New England Chapter

The New England Region of FIDF was founded in 2003. It is comprised of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the eastern part of Connecticut. Our annual dinners have featured former Prime Ministers of Israel as guest speakers. Our generous donors have funded capital projects such as Sports Centers and many mobile gyms, clubs and synagogues. This year we are providing IMPACT! scholarships for 355 IDF combat veterans. Our missions to Israel have encouraged participants to make generous donations. We send an email newsletter to our members every few weeks to promote our events and opportunities for supporting our work.

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New England Region | Newton, MA | 617-559-3600 | newengland@FIDF.org

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New England's - First Annual Women’s Event

On Thursday, May 14, at a private home in the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, more than 130 women attended the first annual women’s event for the New England region. The event was co-Chaired by Sara Bernstein, Wendy Kraft and Sharon Mishkin.

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Community Event at Young Israel of Brookline

On the evening of May 14, Sergeant Pnina and Captain Gilad, featured speakers at the Women’s Event Breakfast that morning, delivered inspirational and informative presentations to a large audience at Young Israel of Brookline. Attendees included members of six local synagogues who received announcements about this event. The audience—some who knew Pnina while she was growing up in this area--warmly welcomed the IDF’s young combat soldiers.

 

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“New challenges for Israel in an explosive Middle East”: an analysis by Professor Chuck Freilich

On the evening of April 22, FIDF donors enjoyed a lovely dessert reception in Schwartz Hall at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill. The featured speaker at the event was Professor Chuck Freilich, Former Deputy National Security Advisor in Israel and Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His insightful and challenging assessment of the “New challenges for Israel in an explosive Middle East” focused on the diplomatic confrontation with Iran over a possible nuclear deal, Israel’s relationship with the current U.S Administration, and the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq as a terrorist threat to the region and the world.


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New England Region Welcomes A New Executive Director

Message from our Co-Chairs -
The Board of Directors of New England Friends of the IDF announces the appointment of a new Executive Director to replace Lior Zommer who is moving to New York City with his wife and two young children. 
Lior has done a superb job!  With five years of hard work, dedication, vision, tenacity and optimism he brought the achievements of the New England Region to a level few of us had dared to anticipate. We will miss him, and we wish him much continued success.

Please join us in welcoming Bruce Mendelsohn.  Read more

 


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New England 2014 Annual Dinner
An Overwhelming Show of Support for IDF Soldiers

Our 2014 Annual Dinner was held on Thursday, October 30 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. Almost 1,200 members of the New England community joined together in an overwhelming show of support for IDF soldiers. Ten soldiers who fought in the recent Gaza Operation were our honored guests, and two of them described their experiences during the conflict.


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ELDERLY MEMBERS OF DAY CARE CENTER RAISE $2K FOR OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE EMERGENCY CAMPAIGN

Most of them are immigrants from the former Soviet Union and its Satellites, and many are Holocaust Survivors....


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Rhode Island Friends

RHODE ISLAND FRIENDS OF ISRAEL HOLDS SOLIDARITY EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR IDF SOLDIERS

The Rhode Island Friends of Israel held a kickoff fundraising dinner at Congregation Ohawe Shalom in Pawtucket RI. I on August 24. The dinner was attended by 80 people, and it was a great turnout for this enthusiastic group which plans to hold future events in support of Israel and her soldiers. One Lone Soldier mother read a letter from her son saying how much FIDF helps the soldiers.


 

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IDF OFFICERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE IN GAZA GIVE BRIEFINGS AT EVENTS ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD, NANTUCKET, BROOKLINE, AND THE BERKSHIRES.

During the week of August 17 - 22, we were honored to host two remarkable IDF reservists who participated in Operation Protective Edge...

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NATIONAL DIRECTOR VISITS NEW ENGLAND TO THANK DONORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon came to New England for a few days in early August to meet with our supporters and to thank them for their ongoing support

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2014 Jerusalem Day Events

Captain Tamar Aizenman came from Israel to participate in our Yom Yerushalayim events. Tamar was born and raised in Jerusalem, and she presented her personal story of her family's courage and resilience to audiences at Congregation Beit Sasson in Newton, Temple Israel in Natick, Gann Academy in Waltham, and at the Christians and Jews United For Israel Celebration in Newton.
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New England donors attend the 2014 FIDF New York Gala Dinner

Donors from New England joined with the huge crowd of FIDF supporters that filled the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria on March 9 to show solidarity with Israel and her soldiers. The Gala event raised $20 million for the wellbeing of the soldiers, with $1.75 million of that total pledged by New England donors.
Lt. General Benny Gantz, Chief of the IDF General Staff, was guest of honor. New England attendees include Marc and Claire Perlman, Alan and Rosaline Barron, Scott Black, Joseph and Jodi Sieber, James and Paula Gould, and NE Regional Director Lior Zommer.













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New England Region Board of Directors

 
Jonathan Leffell - Co-chair  
Joseph Sieber* - Co-chair  
   
Julie Altman Leonard Adelson
Scott Black* Rosaline Barron
Irwin Chafetz Sara Bernstein
Paul S. Cohen Rachel Chafetz
Amos Eisenberg Ted Cutler
Carol Ellman Ronni Eisenberg
James Gould Michael Field
Rabbi Jonathan Hausman Rabbi William Hamilton
Robert Huebscher Elliot Honig
Jamie Kotler Amelia Katzen
William Marcus Louis Laskey
Gary Perkins Sharon Mishkin
Jeffrey Robbins Marc Perlman*
Stephen Schultz* Mark Rosenzweig
Barry Tatelman* Arnold Slavet
Moshe Yanai Lisa F. Wallack
*Also National Board Members

New England Region Professional Staff

Bruce R. Mendelsohn - Executive Director
Barbara Lebowitz - Operations Manager
 


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