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 & Shelly Pomeranc, Robert z’l & Sara 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 | 1430 Broadway | New York, NY 10018 | 646-274-9645 |

Executive Director, Tri-State Region: Richard Goldstein

Associate Director: Olivia Lichaa

FIDF Delegation to Poland & Israel: From Holocaust to Independence

Every April, prominent FIDF supporters join IDF officers for an impassioned ten-day trip that takes them through our suffering in Poland during the Holocaust, to our prevailing strength and success in Israel. In Poland, the group visits sites whose stories tell only of sadness, such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camps and the Zbylitowska Gora forest, where countless Jews were murdered. But days later, the delegation flies on Israeli Air Force planes to Israel, and breathes the sweet air of freedom and triumph over tragedy. While in Israel, the delegation visits IDF army bases and meets with high-ranking dignitaries, such as the Prime Minister and President of Israel. They mourn Israel’s fallen soldiers on Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Israel’s liberty on Yom Haatzmaut. Soldiers, survivors, and supporters come together to honor our legacy, making the trip a moving tribute to the Jewish people’s power and perseverance.

Click here for the April 2014 Application!

Check out the April 2014 detailed itinerary for Poland here.
Check out the April 2014 detailed itinerary for Israel here.
For photos from the April 2013 Delegation click here.
Get a taste of the journey through personal testimony from the delegation, including a daily journal from noted academic Herbert London, an account from student Gideon Drucker, and the perspective of Sara Greenberg, granddaughter of one of the survivors on the trip.

Tri-State Region Upcoming Events

FIDF NY Real Estate Division Annual Gala

May 13, 2014

The Five Towns & Greater South Shore Gala

Save the Date
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

- Tri-State Region Event Calendar -

In The News

Articles & Past Events

$20 Million raised at the Gala Dinner for the wellbeing of IDF soldiers

More than 1,400 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country gathered at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel for the FIDF National NY Gala Dinner, demonstrating their love and support for the soldiers of Israel and FIDF and raising $20 million. National Chairman Emeritus Arthur Stark served as the Gala Chairman, and author and nationally syndicated radio host Dr. Monica Crowley served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

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Young Leadership Hosts Intimate Conversation with Holocaust Survivor Asher Aud and An Active Duty IDF Officer!

On September 11th 2013, Friends of the IDF New York Young Leadership, Michael Frank, Jack Kliger, and David Pinto, along with the associates of the Museum of Jewish Heritage hosted an intimate conversation with Holocaust survivor Asher Aud and two active duty IDF Officers.

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Young Leadership’s 10th Annual Mission to Israel!

On June 29th, a group of close to 30 Young Professionals from all over the United States embarked on the 2013 Young Leadership Mission to Israel co-chaired by Ali Faivus and Brian Mermelshtein. Throughout the week, the group toured the country from north to south and visited the soldiers who stand guard to protect Israel.

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Skeet And Meat

In June, the New Jersey chapter of Friends of the IDF hosted Skeet and Meat, a trap and skeet instruction shooting event co-hosted by the Golani Rifle Club. Below, New Jersey supporter Gideon Drucker, shares his experience about the exciting event and the connection to Israel’s soldiers.

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Tri-State Delegates from FIDF’s “From Holocaust to Independence” Mission Reunite in NYC!

Nearly two months following their powerful experience visiting Poland and Israel alongside active duty IDF soldiers on FIDF’s From Holocaust to Independence mission, delegates from the Tri-State region gathered on Tuesday, June 18th for a reunion.

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FIDF NY Real Estate 2013 Rooftop Event!

On Wednesday night, June 5th, 150 New York Real Estate young professionals gathered on the rooftop of 75 Wall Street for a night of networking and discussion.

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$300,000 raised at the Five Towns and Greater South Shore 2nd Annual Community Event in support of Israel's soldiers!

On May 22nd, prominent lay leaders and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the Long Island area attended the Five Towns and Greater South Shore Second Annual Community Event.

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Up Close and Personal with Visiting IDF Officers

When we see the FIDF signs all over the buildings and equipment, it's not just about what's been given, it's a warm feeling that we are appreciated and supported by Jews all over the world."

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FIDF Raises 27 Million at 2013 National NY Gala Dinner!

Chairing the evening was Arthur Stark, FIDF Chairman Emeritus, while nationally syndicated radio host, Dr. Monica Crowley, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

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Russian Community Welcomes IDF Soldier!

Members of the Russian Jewish Community gathered at the home of Anna and Mark Lazar in Leonia, NJ on January 20th for a wonderful brunch, raising awareness about FIDF within the community. Anna Lazar, a member of our Russian Community Committee, gathered over 20 families to join the event, bringing together a large sector of the Russian community to learn about FIDF for the first time.
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Over $1 million raised at FIDF NJ Chapter’s 8th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner

Over $1 million was raised at the New Jersey Chapter’s 8th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner that took place on Saturday, December 15th at the Sheraton Meadowland Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. More than 350 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across New Jersey attended the Annual Dinner themed “Generations of Service, Generations of Giving, Generations of Lone Soldiers”.
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Over $850,000 raised at Friends of the IDF Long Island Gala in support of Israel’s soldiers!

Over $850,000 was raised at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Long Island Chapter’s 7th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
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Over $250,000 raised at First Annual FIDF NY Real Estate Division Golf Outing 

Over $250,000 was raised in a golf outing put on by the FIDF NY Real Estate Division that took place on Monday, September 10, 2012, where 200 of New York’s most prestigious real estate professionals came together.
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Parlor Meeting with the Tri-State Region’s Jewish-Russian Community

Prominent members of the Tri-State Russian community came together on September 6 for an inspirational evening of cocktails and conversation in support of Israel’s soldiers.
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Tri-State Region Brings IDF Veterans for Wounded Warrior’s Soldier Ride

Friends of the IDF supporters gathered at Fox News headquarters Thursday morning, July 19, to cheer on three wounded IDF veterans as they kicked off a three-day cycling event with the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.
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FIDF Tri-State Region Expands Outreach with Inaugural Parlor Meeting in Rockland County! 

FIDF Tri-State Region is excited to expand outreach to an enthused group of supporters in Rockland County, NY.  As such, an introductory parlor meeting was held on July 17 at the home of Shira and Eric Lewis in New City, New York. 
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Yankees’ fans raised over $100,000 at FIDF event at Yankee Stadium

On Monday, July 16, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), together with Mindy and Randy Levine, President of the NY Yankees, hosted a fundraising event at their private suite in Yankee Stadium in support of Israel’s soldiers.
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FIDF Hosts Private Film Screening of FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story on 36th Anniversary of Entebbe Raid

Over 120 friends and supporters joined FIDF at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on June 27 for a private screening of the powerful film, FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
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Tri-State Region Supporters Join FIDF 30th Anniversary Delegation Trip to Poland and Israel

Over 100 prominent FIDF lay leaders and supporters from all over the US, Canada and Panama, including 30 from the Tri-State Region, joined with 50 IDF soldiers and officers as they embarked on an impassioned 12-day excursion to Poland and Israel.
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FIDF NY Real Estate Division Rooftop Reception brings together Real Estate Young Professionals and Industry Leaders in support of Israel’s Soldiers

FIDF NY Real Estate Division Rooftop Reception brings together Real Estate Young Professionals and Industry Leaders in support of Israel’s Soldiers.
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FIDF raises $26 Million at National NY Gala Dinner

$26 million was raised Tuesday evening, March 13, when over 1,300 prominent business and philanthropic leaders from across the country gathered at the historic Waldorf=Astoria Hotel for Friends of the IDF (FIDF) National NY Gala Dinner, demonstrating their love and support for the soldiers of Israel.
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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
  • Ann Newman
  • Peter Reisman
  • Lloyd Sokoloff
  • Rabbi Peter Weintraub
  • Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
  • Ofer Yardeni


Tri–State Region Professional Staff

Richard GoldsteinExecutive Director, Tri-State Region Marin Schloss - Development Associate
Olivia Lichaa Associate Director, Tri-State Region Deborah Sason - Development Assistant
Alex Reback - Associate for Community Engagement Dan Haskell -Director, National Young Leadership
Allison Spielman - Development Associate Arielle Kramer - Development Assistant
Kym Pitlor - Communications Associate Liron KreitmanDirector, Long Island Chapter
Orly Vignet - Administrator, Data Records

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"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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