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 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 |

Executive Director, Tri-State Region: Richard Goldstein

Associate Director: Olivia Lichaa

Tri-State Region Upcoming Events

FIDf Long Island Chapter 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening

October 21 2014
Fresh Meadow Country Club
255 Lakeville Road 
Lake Success, New York 

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2014 NJ Gala

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Hilton Meadowlands
East Rutherford, New Jersey

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New Jersey Mini Mission to Israel

November 14 – 16

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- Tri-State Region Event Calendar -

Articles & Past Events

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

  • Richard Goldstein - Executive Director, Tri-State Region
  • 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 

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November Mission

Moms For Israel 2014


"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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