Michigan Chapter

The Michigan Chapter, which was established in 1996, has since sponsored two Capital Projects: The Michigan House in Ashkelon and the Yamam Sport Center.  In addition, the Michigan Chapter has sponsored briefing rooms, clubs, mobile gyms, and synagogues all over Israel. In 2010, the Michigan Chapter sponsored 142 IMPACT students, as well as other FIDF programs such as Dignity, Legacy, and Lone Soldiers. The Michigan Chapter has shown constant growth since the day it was formed.

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Articles & Past Events


FRIENDS OF THE IDF MICHIGAN ANNUAL GALA DINNER RAISES OVER $1M TO SUPPORT WELL-BEING PROGRAMS FOR ISRAELI SOLDIERS

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 4 – More than 700 prominent community leaders and FIDF supporters from across Michigan gathered for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Michigan Annual Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 1, raising over $1 million to support FIDF’s educational and well-being programs for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. The annual gala at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield honored Israel’s brave soldiers and saluted local Lone Soldiers – those who immigrate to Israel with no immediate family to serve in the IDF.      READ MORE   PHOTO GALLERY

 

200 WOMEN HEAR HEROIC TALE OF WOUNDED ISRAELI PILOT AT FIDF BENEFIT IN WEST BLOOMFIELD

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich., Sept. 27 – Some 200 women gathered last Thursday, Sept. 22, for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Michigan Women’s Luncheon at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club. The funds raised at this event will benefit the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants full academic college scholarships to Israeli combat veterans of modest means.   READ MORE

 


Inaugural Four Stars Impact! Scholarship Society Donor Appreciation Event

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Michigan Chapter held their Inaugural Four Stars Impact Scholarship Donor Appreciation event August 9th hosted by Teri and Mark Goodman and Enid and Gary Goodman at the beautiful home of Enid and Gary Goodman. 
The IMPACT!  program, which started in 2002, has helped more than 7,000 Israeli veterans graduate and join the Israeli workforce, with 3,300 more currently pursuing their degrees   READ MORE


Young Israel of Oak Park Host an FIDF Brunch honoring Israel’s Soldiers 

Young Israel of Oak Park partnered with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Michigan Chapter Sunday, August 7th for a Brunch to honor the IDF Soldiers. Co-chairs for the event were Sarah and Marty Kornblum, Milt Neuman, and Julie and Eugene Sherizen. Special guest speaker was IDF  (Res.) Combat Soldier Staff Sergeant Matan Shamis. READ MORE

 


OVER 1,100 FIDF SUPPORTERS FROM MICHIGAN COMMUNITY GATHER TO HONOR ISRAELI SOLDIERS AMID TENSIONS IN ISRAEL

Friends of the IDF Michigan Gala Dinner raises over $1.5M for well-being of Israeli soldiers
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 12 – More than 1,100 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across Michigan gathered last Tuesday, Nov. 3 for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) .READ MORE

 

‘Israel On Two Wheels’ - FIDF’s first cycling tour brings challenges and mutual admiration. 

We stood atop Israel’s tallestpeak, Mount Hermon,at a heavily fortified strategicIsraeli Army base that overlooksHezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and thehills of war-torn Syria — among the firsttourists to ever visit this spot.Some 40 of us felt deeply privileged tobe there, not only because we were gettinga rare look at the “eye of the country,” butalso because of how we got there. READ MORE




AMID VOLATILE SITUATION, AMERICANS BIKE ACROSS ISRAEL TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAELI SOLDIERS’

Despite the recent resurgence in attacks on Israeli civilians, 40 American supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) sent their own messages of courage by biking the length of Israel last week – from the Galilee hills in the north to the Red Sea in the south.

FIDF’s “Israel on Two Wheels” Cycling Tour of Israel brought this adventurous group on a once-in-a-lifetime journey, visiting Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bases along their route to show support for Israel’s brave men and women in uniform.   READ MORE




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Michigan Chapter Officers and Board of Directors

Alon Kaufman - Chairman of the Board Justin Becker - Young Leadership President
Gary Shiffman - President Ann Newman - Chairman Emeritus
Josh Berkovitz - Vice President Norman Pappas - Chairmen Emeritus
Shari Kaufman - Vice President Josh Berkovitz - Past President
Richard Bloom - Treasurer Hannan Lis - Past President
Elaine Robins - Secretary  

Michigan Chapter Executive Committee

Rick Kovacs Brenda Wayne
Dr. Morton Plotnick  

Michigan Chapter Board of Directors

Beverly Baker Ron Perry
Aaron Belen Steven Perlman
Linda Cohen Yudi Rosenzweig
Mira Eisenberg Michael Rosner
Lindsay Gross Izak Rozin
Shlomi Hamer Dr. Dany Saar
Patti Haron Uri Segal
Dr. Mitchell Hollander Eugene Sherizen
James Katz Benny Spielmann
Linda Katzman Alex Stotland
Dr. Ron Lederman Aubrey Tobin
Dr. Leonard Lachover Irving Tukel
Arie Leibovitz Dr. Brian Weinstein
Eugene Neugebohr Uri Zachor
Ann Newman  
Aliza Nivy  
Mark Orechkin Tamir Oppenheim - Executive Director

 

Testimonials


"As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor I was raised to believe in the absolute importance and necessity of the State of Israel for the protection of the Jewish people. If there had been a Jewish state prior to World War II, millions of senseless murders could have been prevented. Whether we are Jews living in Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Japan, or the United States, the IDF continues to fight for all our freedoms. They allow all of us to live as Jews, granting us the freedom to be who we are, to practice Judaism how we choose.
My mission is to ensure that these brave young soldiers of Israel, who sacrifice everything for our safety, are taken care of.
We all have the same goal: the existence and security of the State of Israel, the Jewish people and, ultimately, peace."

- Brenda Wayne – Executive Board Member

 

"As Americans, we have been blessed with opportunities and freedoms that do not exist in other parts of the world. As Jews, our people have never had it better in anytime in our history than we do right here, right now in this country. I believe that one of the main reasons that we have been able to achieve unprecedented success in this country has been because of the inspiration that the State of Israel has provided American Jews. In that regard, there is one reason and one reason only that the State of Israel has been able to not only survive, but to thrive, has been because the men and women of the Israeli Defense Forces. 365 days a year, 24/7  they stand guard in the toughest neighborhood in the world to protect not only the State of Israel but the Jewish people. It is my privilege and honor to be able to support the men and women who risk their lives and delay their future so I can live the life that I do"

- Rick Bloom – Board Member

 

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