Holiday Packages for Heroes
The story of Purim is a classic tale of the righteous defending the Jewish people against evil. Today, approximately 2,500 Lone Soldiers voluntarily leave the comforts of their home countries and enlist in the Israeli military to continue this legacy. To show our support of their dedication, FIDF has launched an online campaign to raise $36 donations for care packages to be sent to our Lone Soldiers in Israel. The packages, filled with food and holiday treats boosts the soldiers’ morale. “It is incredible for us to receive such an uplifting message during the holidays when we are serving so far away from our families,” said Tal Peretz, former Lone Soldier.
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Tal, A Lone Soldier from San Francisco wrote a letter to the community
My heart was pounding against my uniform. Brushing my nervousness aside, I jumped from the plane into the open sky and readied myself to pull the ripcord on my parachute. I was a long way from my Northern California home.
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150 members of the Middle East Information Council (MEICOR) of Rossmoor were treated to a talk with former IDF combat soldiers Nuriya Neuman and Tal Peretz on January 12.
Both soldiers, who are now pursuing their college degrees in the Bay Area, shared with the attendees their motives for servicing and their appreciation for the support they received from FIDF. MEICOR’s mission is to present positive factual information about the Jewish state for Rossmoor, a senior adult community in Walnut Creek.
Lone Soldier promotes diversity/personal development
Bay Area Lone Soldier Inbar Eliav who is serving in the IDF without any immediate family in the country was back in Northern California during December for a brief visit and while here was the featured speaker at dinner hosted by the Queen’s Club in Alameda.
Local East Bay former Lone Soldier Ilan Benjamin is as eloquent as he is brave.
On Thursday, December 12, 2013, he read from his personal collection of short stories about serving his adopted country of Israel in the harsh conditions that he faced during a winter of guard duty on Mount Dov. Benjamin was the featured speaker at Under One Tent: Contra Costa Jewish Book and Arts Festival in Walnut Creek. The event was co-sponsored by Friends of the IDF. In the face of these extremities, Benjamin’s rays of humanity and camaraderie that he shared with his audience were refreshing and invigorating.
San Francisco 2013 Gala
Watch a highlight from the gala dinner of Impact student Victoria Shlomo who shows her appreciation to her sponsors at the 2013 San Francisco Gala Dinner. Read about guest speaker, Lieutenant Anastasia Bagdalov whose skills and bravery saved the lives of many passengers on a bus during a terrorist attack.
The Family Mission to Israel was a chance for families with young adult children connect with Israel's young soldiers. They visited a base in the West Bank, learned about Israel's latest technological advances from pilots at Israeli Air Force Base, and met with residents of a community targeted by Gaza rockets.
On May 31, Friends of the IDF San Francisco Bay Area met with Yisroel Hofrichter, a leader in the effort to integrate the ultra-orthodox into military service. Mr. Hofrichter is the director of Joint Distribution Committee's “New Dawn” program that provides a religiously and culturally appropriate way for the ultra-orthodox of Israel to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
San Francisco Parents of Soldiers Serving in Israel Create Unbreakable Network
San Francisco, CA, May 22, 2013 – A new network for parents who live in the Bay Area and have sons or daughters serving as soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officially launched yesterday, Wednesday, May 22. An inaugural gathering was held by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) at a private home in Atherton.
Coming together over high anxiety: New local support group to unite parents of soldiers in Israel
First thing each morning, Kory Zipperstein checks the news to make sure all is calm in the Middle East. After all, his son, Caleb, serves with the Israel Defense Forces. If hostilities were to break out, Caleb could find himself on the front lines.
Vallejo Jewish temple holds study, movie screening in celebration
Jonathan Bernstein, executive director of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, talks at Congregation B'nai Israel in Vallejo.Read More
Ricki Alon, Silicon Valley businesswoman, nominated to serve on the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National Board
The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) nominated Silicon Valley resident and businesswoman, Ricki Alon, who is the Chairperson of the local FIDF San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, to serve on its National Board.Read More
San Francisco 2012 Gala Dinner
Watch highlights from FIDF San Francisco Region’s Gala 2012 dinner. Included in the video are Ilan Benjamin, cousin of Daniel Pearl; Miriam Peretz, mother of two fallen IDF soldiers; and current South African soldier, Emma Meltz. Watch the video
Hundreds Gather to Honor Lone Soldiers
Nearly 300 people gathered on December 9, 2012 in San Francisco to hear first-hand accounts from two of Israel’s lone soldiers and honor their service to the country. Read More
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Hosts IDF Musical Ensemble
This past Israeli Independence Day, the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces was fortunate enough to host the IDF Musical Ensemble. The talented group of soldiers, along with Alona, an IMPACT! scholarship student, performed and spoke at a variety of venues from synagogues to Jewish day schools throughout the Bay Area. Read More
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San Francisco Bay Chapter Board of Directors
|Ricki Alon - Chairman
|Robert Hudson – Chair Emeritus
|Jonathan Bernstein - Executive Director