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 499 IDF combat veterans. Our missions to Israel have encouraged participants to make generous donations. We send an email newsletter to our members to promote our events and opportunities for supporting our work.

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New England Region | Newton, MA | 617-559-3600 |

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U.S., IDF Soldiers, Holocaust Survivors to Visit Poland, Israel With Friends of the IDF

Fifty Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the U.S. will visit Poland and Israel in May with Holocaust survivors, G.I. liberators, and soldiers from the IDF, according to a press release from FIDF.
The eight-day trip will be led by Peter Weintraub, national president of FIDF, and FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir. Titled “From Holocaust to Independence,” the trip will take participants on a voyage through Jewish history.      Read more      Watch the videos


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You Can IMPACT! the Lives of IDF Soldiers and Veterans!

There are many ways YOU can strengthen and sustain the lives of IDF soldiers and veterans: Discover more about the FIDF's IMPACT! Scholarship Program.  
The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland.               BY MARY MARKOS         Read more


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Making an Educational IMPACT!

Against the odds, Reut Efroni, Golan Nagani and Arthur Ness are pursuing their educational dreams. The three highly decorated soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are now high achieving college students advancing towards professional careers, as beneficiaries of a unique initiative of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) that offers four-year scholarships to former IDF combat soldiers from disadvantaged, low-income families.
The program, they say, is giving them and others the chance to transform their lives, their communities and the well-being of Israel.          Read more

See photos from our Summer Soldier visit, August 10-16

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New England Region Board of Directors

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

New England Region Professional Staff

Relly Banker - Director of Develoment Lior Zommer - Executive Director (Interim)
Barbara Lebowitz - Operations Manager
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