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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Michigan Region | Walled Lake, MI | 248-926-4110 | michigan@FIDF.org

Michigan Chapter Upcoming Events


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Articles & Past Events

Michigan Chapter hosted its 18th Annual Gala

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Michigan Chapter’s Annual Gala Dinner raised more than $1 million for wellbeing programs for the brave men and women of the IDF. More than 850 FIDF supporters from across the state gathered at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Walled Lake for the Gala, which honored Enid and Gary Goodman, and Teri and Mark Goodman. 

Mark and Gary have traveled to Israel with FIDF missions and have seen first-hand how Israeli soldiers work tirelessly to protect the Jewish homeland and its people. They take great pride in being Jewish and supporting the local Jewish community, as well as the State of Israel.
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Michigan Chapter hosted its 17th Annual Gala

On Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 honoring the soldiers of Israel for their dedication and commitment to the State of Israel and world Jewry. The memorable evening, held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, provided a vital opportunity for our community to pay tribute to the young men and women who serve on Israel’s Defense Forces.
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Friends of the IDF celebrates 7th Annual Guys Night Out

On Thursday, April 25th, over 300 men gathered at Tam-O- Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield to show solidarity with the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and to have a good time at the FIDF Guys Night Out.

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Michigan Chapter hosted its 16th Annual Gala Dinner

The memorable evening, held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, provided a vital opportunity for our community to pay tribute to the young men and women who serve on Israel’s Defense Forces.

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The Michigan Chapter Supports R&R Week for 527 Golani Soldiers

Thanks to the Michigan Chapter’s donors, 527 Golani soldiers IDF enjoyed a carefree one week break, allowing them to “recharge their batteries” and release their accumulated stress.
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2011 FIDF Michigan Gala Dinner – An evening of Spirit and Inspiration

The Annual Gala Dinner of the Michigan Chapter was held on October 25, 2011 and brought together more than 700 of Metro-Detroit’s community leaders and philanthropists to pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the State of Israel, serving in far-flung locations all around Israel and honored the legacy of Steven Zack  z”l. Read More

Capital Projects: Michigan Chapter is Proud of the YAMAM Sports Center

With much gratitude and in recognition of YAMAM Unit invaluable work, the Michigan FIDF chapter committed to funding the unit a Sport Center. YAMAM is Israel’s elite domestic hostage rescue and counter-terrorism unit. Established in 1974, as a unit of Israeli Border Guard, YAMAM was the response to the Maalot failed hostage rescue
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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


"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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