Tri-State Region

New York | New Jersey | Long Island | Westchester / CT | Young Leadership NY

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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Tri-State Region |  New York, NY  | 646-274-9645 | tristate@FIDF.org


 
 

Associate Director: Olivia Lichaa
olivia.lichaa@fidf.org
646-274-9696

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Articles & Past Events


$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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Long Island Barbeques in Support of Israel’s Soldiers

On Wednesday, July 23, supporters from the FIDF Long Island Chapter gathered together at the home of Ravit and Robert Kraus for a barbeque in support of Israel’s soldiers. 

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FIDF at the Celebrate Israel Day Parade!

Friends of the IDF gathered on Sunday June 1st to show their support for Israel and the Israel Defense Forces by marching in the 2014 Celebrate Israel Day Parade, the single largest communal gathering in the world in support of Israel.

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Five Towns and Greater South Shore 3rd Annual Community Event


More than 500 prominent supporters from across the Five Towns and Greater South Shore area gathered for their Third Annual Community Event in Cedarhurst at the Sephardic Temple on May 28.


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$230,000 Raised for Israel’s Soldiers at Annual FIDF NY Real Estate Division Gala


Many of New York’s most prestigious real estate professionals gathered for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New York Real Estate Division Gala last night, contributing $230,000 for the wellbeing and educational programs for the men and women of the IDF.


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National Board Members from the Tri–State Region

  • Arthur Stark - Chairmen Emeritus
  • Marvin Josephson - Chairmen Emeritus
  • Marc Jason - Vice Presidents
  • Stephen Wayne Rubin, Esq - Legal Counsel
  • Harvey Axelrod
  • Gary Balter
  • Sammy Bar-Or
  • Ronny Ben-Josef
  • Tony Felzen
  • Martin E. Franklin
  • Harry Gross
  • Jerry Kaplan
  • Jared Kushner
  • Dr. Herbert London
  • Michael Nachman
  • Peter Reisman
  • Lloyd Sokoloff
  • Rabbi Peter Weintraub
  • Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
  • Ofer Yardeni

Tri–State Region Professional Staff

  • Olivia Lichaa - Associate Director, Tri-State Region
  • Liron Kreitman- Director, Long Island Chapter
  • Anat Chavkin - Director, Westchester/Connecticut
  • Howard Gases - Director, New Jersey
  • Dan Haskell -Director, National Young Leadership
  • Kym Pitlor - Communications Associate

 

  • Allison Spielman - Development Associate
  • Deborah Sason - Development Assistant 
  • Marin Schloss - Development Associate
  • Arielle Kramer - Development Assistant
  • Lauren Rabner - Associate for Community Engagement
  • Orly Vignet - Administrator, Data Records 

Moms For Israel 2014




Testimonials

"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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