Young Leadership

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The Young Leadership Division (YL) of FIDF provides individuals in their 20's to 40's the opportunity to become involved in the organization’s work while socializing and networking with their peers. YL sponsors events throughout the year, such as community-wide Shabbat dinners and parlor meetings with visiting soldiers, to raise awareness about FIDF’s various programs. YL also hosts fundraising parties at local hot spots that attract hundreds of guests. YL allocates the funds it raises at these events to support various FIDF programs.

Director of National Young Leadership: Dan Haskell | 646-274-9641 |

Young Leadership Upcoming Events

Articles & Past Events


Young Leadership FLYWHEEL Fundraiser

This past Sunday, FIDF Young Leadership-NY joined with Flywheel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to ride in support of Israel’s soldiers.  Chaired by YL-NY’s Alana Frankfort and Nicole Schubert, the group cycled to success, raising money and crucial support for the brave soldiers of the IDF.

Special thanks to our event chairs, Flywheel and our awesome instructor, Jared for an energetic and inspiring afternoon. We look forward to flying again!

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Over $500,000 raised at the 12th Annual FIDF YL-NY Gala - IN THE PRESS

1.  The Paramus Post 
5.  Gloucester City News


Over $500,000 raised at the 12th Annual FIDF YL-NY Gala - A Success for Israel's Soldiers!

On Saturday, December 6th, over 1,550 guests joined in celebration at the 12th Annual FIDF NY-YL Gala raising over $500,000 for the IDF Iron Trails Brigade. This year’s carnival themed lived up to the hype, featuring gourmet food, live music, casino and carnival games and offered over $50,00 in luxury raffle prizes.  The largest Young Leadership event of the year, the night was a fantastic celebration of all that NYC’s young professionals do to support Israel’s soldiers.

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2012 National YL Mission Fundraising Campaign

Our goal is to raise $25K for the FIDF Formal Education Program. And we ask our friends and family to join us; whether your donation is $18 or $18,000 – any and every amount will make a difference – especially since NY Young Leadership will match up to $25K of what we raise for the Formal Education Program. To support this initiative, and to start your own personal or team fundraising page, click here

Greetings from the National YL mission to Israel

On Thursday, July 12th the National Young Leadership Mission joined over 400 soldiers from the Nachal Reconnaissance Battalion as well as 60 naval cadets for a truly special evening of friendship and fun at the R&R Facility in Ashkelon. Read More

Young Leadership Meets High Ranking Israeli National Security Delegation

Members of the Tri-State Young Leadership community were invited to join an exclusive briefing with a high ranking Israeli National Security Delegation on Monday, February 27th. Read More


Young Leadership Officers and Executive Board

  • Lemor Bar-or - President
  • Jane Oster - Chairman
  • Stefanie Cohen - Vice President
  • Douglas Bunim - Treasurer
  • Erica Feldenkreis - Secretary
  • Jake Dardashtian - Executive Board Member
  • Ashley Emrani - Executive Board Member
  • Alexandra Faivus - Executive Board Member
  • Brian Mermelshtein - Executive Board Member
  • Daniel Schor - Executive Board Member

Young Leadership Board Members

  • Natalie Ashoory
  • Jonny Benrimon
  • Alex Berman
  • Amanda Berman
  • Robyn Blum
  • Max Born
  • Matt Brunwasser
  • Sharon Chadi
  • Ariellen Cole
  • Ariel Deshe
  • Alana Frankfort
  • Jonathan Friedman
  • Matt Gelless
  • Adam Goldberg
  • Zach Kadden
  • Jeff Kashi
  • Andrew Klaber
  • Lini Klatt
  • Debbie Konstadt
  • Rachel Kwal
  • Shiran Melamed
  • Oren Nhaissi
  • Andrew Rafii
  • Ariele Sabet
  • Sharona Sanieoff
  • Michelle Sassouni
  • Nicole Schubert
  • Eric Sobel
  • Avi Sutton
  • Nicole Waxman
  • Daniel Wilpon

*Past President

    • Jeremy Shure – Past President
    • Adam Tantleff – Past President
    • Tony Felzen – Past President
    • Howard Schor – Past President

** Past Chairman

    • Jason Schwalbe – Past Chairman
    • Tony Felzen – Past Chairman

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