FIDF Young Leadership-NY (YL-NY) numbers over 10,000 young professionals in their 20s to late 30s from across the Tri-State region who represent a broad cross section of Jewish observance.
YL-NY is governed by a dedicated group of 40 volunteer Board Members who are responsible for programming outreach activities such as Shabbat Dinners and Parlor Meetings with visiting active duty IDF soldiers. YL-NY also hosts several fundraising events, such as the annual Purim, Beginning and End of Summer Parties.
YL-NY’s Annual Gala, which The New York Observer nicknamed “The Jewish Oscars”, is perhaps one of the most celebrated nights of New York City’s Jewish philanthropic calendar. The Gala attracts 1,500 young Tri-State area professionals who enjoy a night of dancing, live entertainment, delicious food, and casino-style gambling for over $50,000 in luxury raffle prizes.
YL-NY’s Annual Mission to Israel is the division's most important outreach initiative. Each summer, over 30 participants from around the US experience Israel and the IDF from the inside because FIDF coordinates unparalleled access to IDF bases, soldiers, and officials. To view the Mission Movie and download your 2014 mission application, click here.
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Young Leadership FLYWHEEL Fundraiser
This past Sunday, FIDF Young Leadership-NY joined with Flywheel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to ride in support of Israel’s soldiers. Chaired by YL-NY’s Alana Frankfort and Nicole Schubert, the group cycled to success, raising money and crucial support for the brave soldiers of the IDF.
Special thanks to our event chairs, Flywheel and our awesome instructor, Jared for an energetic and inspiring afternoon. We look forward to flying again!
Over $500,000 raised at the 12th Annual FIDF YL-NY Gala - IN THE PRESS
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Over $500,000 raised at the 12th Annual FIDF YL-NY Gala - A Success for Israel's Soldiers!
On Saturday, December 6th, over 1,550 guests joined in celebration at the 12th Annual FIDF NY-YL Gala raising over $500,000 for the IDF Iron Trails Brigade. This year’s carnival themed lived up to the hype, featuring gourmet food, live music, casino and carnival games and offered over $50,00 in luxury raffle prizes. The largest Young Leadership event of the year, the night was a fantastic celebration of all that NYC’s young professionals do to support Israel’s soldiers.
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Young Leadership Officers and Executive Board
- Lemor Bar-or - President
- Jane Oster - Chairman
- Stefanie Cohen - Vice President
- Douglas Bunim - Treasurer
- Erica Feldenkreis - Secretary
- Jake Dardashtian - Executive Board Member
- Ashley Emrani - Executive Board Member
- Alexandra Faivus - Executive Board Member
- Brian Mermelshtein - Executive Board Member
- Daniel Schor - Executive Board Member
Young Leadership Board Members
- Natalie Ashoory
- Jonny Benrimon
- Alex Berman
- Amanda Berman
- Robyn Blum
- Max Born
- Matt Brunwasser
- Sharon Chadi
- Ariellen Cole
- Ariel Deshe
- Alana Frankfort
- Jonathan Friedman
- Matt Gelless
- Adam Goldberg
- Zach Kadden
- Jeff Kashi
- Andrew Klaber
- Lini Klatt
- Debbie Konstadt
- Rachel Kwal
- Shiran Melamed
- Oren Nhaissi
- Andrew Rafii
- Ariele Sabet
- Sharona Sanieoff
- Michelle Sassouni
- Nicole Schubert
- Eric Sobel
- Avi Sutton
- Nicole Waxman
- Daniel Wilpon
- Jeremy Shure – Past President
- Adam Tantleff – Past President
- Tony Felzen – Past President
- Howard Schor – Past President
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- Jason Schwalbe – Past Chairman
- Tony Felzen – Past Chairman