Tri-State Region

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The Tri-State Region of Friends of the IDF was founded in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors who dedicated their lives to the heritage and remembrance of the ones they lost.  John Klein z’l, Frank & Cesia Blaichman, Sam & Lily Bloch, Esther Born z’l, Vladka Meed z’l, Jack & Sally Pomeranc, Robert z’l & Sarah Wax, and Judy Gorodetzki z'l are amongst those who worked relentlessly to found Friends of the IDF. Their profound history charged them to defend the importance of the Jewish State of Israel and the brave young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep it safe. 

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For more information:
Galit Brichta
Tri-State Executive Director


Mailing Address:
PO Box 4224
New York, NY 




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Articles & Past Events

Celebrations: Tri-State Year End Message

A Year End Message from Tri-State Director Galit Brichta. Read More

IMPACT! Scholarship Spotlight and a Soldier's Story

Tri-State Donors Open Doors to Opportunity with IMPACT! Scholarships. Wiener family tops 100 students sponsored and donors make direct connections in Israel and in America, coming face-to-face with the transformative power of their gifts. Hear a soldier’s moving story. Read More



Last night, over 1,300 prominent members of the FIDF community came together to raise a record-breaking $33.1 million to support educational and well-being programs for the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The evening’s theme was “Standing together, serving each other,” and the event featured a riveting program that included a keynote address by Israel’s minister of defense and former vice prime minister, Moshe Ya’alon, and honored business magnates, philanthropists, and steadfast supporters of Israel, Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson. The evening was emceed by Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman.     Read More



$24 Million Raised for Israel’s Soldiers at FIDF’s National Gala

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) annual National Gala in New York tonight raised over $24 Million, as more than 1,200 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country gathered at New York’s historic Waldorf Astoria to demonstrate their love and support for Israel’s soldiers and FIDF.

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$600,000 raised at NJ’s 10th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner

The former head of Israel’s Navy, Lone Soldiers from New Jersey, and former and active-duty IDF soldiers joined over 340 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across the Garden State for the New Jersey Chapter’s 10th Annual Gala. Held on Saturday, November 8th at the Hilton Secaucus Meadowlands in East Rutherford, the evening raised $600,000 for wellbeing programs supporting the men and women of the IDF.

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Westchester_2014An Inspirational Evening at the FIDF Annual Community Event in Westchester

This Saturday, over 130 community members gathered together at the home of Mrs. Ellen and Rabbi Peter Weintraub in celebration and in support of Israel's soldiers at the FIDF Annual Community Event in Westchester. The evening, themed "One Big Event...One Intimate Setting" was filled with poignant remarks, emotional moments and overwhelming passion for Israel's soldiers.

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An Evening of Celebration at the FIDF Annual Community Event in Connecticut

Yesterday, over 130 community members gathered in celebration and support of Israel's soldiers at the first FIDF Annual Community Event in Connecticut. The evening, held at the Stamford Marriott Hotel, was filled with poignant remarks, emotional moments and overwhelming passion for Israel's soldiers.

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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

$1.4 million raised at the FIDF Long Island Chapter's 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening in support of Israel's soldiers!

On Tuesday, October 21, over 600 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters attended the Long Island Chapter's 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadow Country Club in support of Israel's soldiers.

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2014 RE Golf eventA Hole in One at FIDF NY Real Estate Division's 3rd Annual Golf Outing


Thank you to the over 200 supporters who joined the 2014 FIDF NY Real Estate Golf Outing! The event was a true "hole-in-one" for Israel's soldiers, as the tremendous show of support from our real estate community was unparalleled. Because of their dedication, we raised over $400,000 for the brave men and women of the IDF.

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National Board Members from the Tri–State Region

  • Arthur Stark - Chairman
  • Peter Weintraub - President
  • Marvin Josephson - Chairmen Emeritus
  • Stephen Wayne Rubin, Esq - Legal Counsel
  • Harvey Axelrod
  • Gary Balter
  • Sammy Bar-Or
  • Ronny Ben-Josef
  • Tony Felzen
  • Harry Gross
  • Marc Jason
  • Jerry Kaplan
  • Melinda Lowell Paltrow
  • Peter Reisman
  • Lloyd Sokoloff
  • Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
  • Ofer Yardeni

Tri–State Region Professional Staff

  • Galit Brichta - Tri-State Executive Director
  • Olivia Lichaa - Associate Director, Tri-State Region
  • Liron Kreitman- Director, Long Island Chapter
  • Anat Chavkin - Director, Westchester/Connecticut
  • Howard Gases - Director, New Jersey
  • Bari Lovi - National Young Leadership Director


  • Carly Billig - Development Associate
  • Cara Chernin - Development Assistant 
  • Bari Mimoun - Development Associate
  • Alexandra Picheny - Development Associate
  • Rachael Youra - Development Associate
  • Orly Vignet - Administrator, Data Records 



"In his memory, we pledge to continue and advance his efforts on behalf of Israel and its glorious Defense Forces, by his shining example he brought honor to all of us."
- Sam E. Bloch, In memory of John Klein z’l

"Helping these young people to start their lives and build their future has certainly been one of the most rewarding experiences of our own lives."
- Art and Barbara, IMPACT! Supporters

Words from our Soldiers

“Thank you for the work you do for the IDF. During our two weeks in the US, we came to understand just how much people care and identify with the sacrifice we make day in and day out as soldiers of the IDF. It was a heartwarming experience and gave us a boost of strength and motivation to continue defending our people and our country.”
- Major Elad and Lt. David
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