Young Leadership-NY


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. Stay tuned for information on the 2017 mission.

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More Tri-State Triumphs: Young Leadership NY Highlights 2016

See the Young Leadership NY highlights from 2016 HERE









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YL-NY Havana Nights-Themed Gala


More than 1,500 young professionals from the New York area gathered Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Metropolitan Pavilion for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership New York (YL-NY) Division 14th Annual Gala, which raised over $500,000 to support the well-being of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers 
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YL-NY Fall Cocktail Party


Over 550 YL-NY supporters gathered on Thursday, October 13th to celebrate the leaves changing colors and the start of cold weather! Well okay, we may not have celebrated the end of summer but we did celebrate the brave soldiers of the IDF and in typical YL-NY fashion, we sold the event out and raised almost $30,000! Thank you to our very large, amazing group of co-chairs: Shlomit Azoulay, Lexi Bakhash, Arielle Cole, Gideon Drucker, Zach Kadden, Jeff Kashi, Jake Mansher, Abby Reich, Kamran Yaghoubzadeh, Eric Zion who helped us add another successful event to the books!  
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National Young Leadership Mission to Israel

Over 20 members of Young Leadership hailing from all over the US recently returned from the 2016 YL Mission to Israel.  The group traveled across the country for 9-days, spending time with other YL supporters and visiting numerous IDF military bases along the way.  Participants had the opportunity to meet hundreds of active duty IDF soldiers, share words of inspiration and support, and see firsthand how FIDF directly impacts their day to day lives.                       READ MORE     CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK PHOTOS

 


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YL - NY Summer Party in White


On Thursday, June 23rd, YL-NY and over 500 of our most loyal supporters gathered at The DL for one of our favorite parties of the year, our annual Beginning of Summer Party in White! We sold out the event, chowed down on some Soom Soom falafel and Kind Bars, danced and had qwuite the time, all the while raising over $25,000 to support the brave men and women of the IDF.  A special thanks to our event co-chairs Lexi Bakhash, Jonny Benrimon, Jason Berger, Seth Godnick, Robert Jakobi, Ariel Kreisler, Ben Mayo, Noah Meicler, Ariel Oz, our YL-NY Board, and everyone else who joined us on this summer night and helped to make this evening such a success. 
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Friends of the IDF gathered on Sunday, June 5th in celebration of the annual Celebrate Israel Day Parade.  Despite the rain and bad weather, FIDF YL-NY led the march up 5th Avenue in full gear and spirit, along with the thousands of other Israel supporters.  Thanks to all who came out and continue to support us and our soldiers - rain or shine! 
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Westchester_2014YL-NY Shabbat Dinner part 1 & 2


FIDF YL-NY recently hosted Shabbat Dinners in April and May in support of our soldiers.  We are happy to report that we successfully sold out both dinners, totaling 215 combined attendees and over $20,000 in funds raised!

Special thank you to everyone who came out to spend their Friday night with YL-NY, and we hope to see you again in the Fall for our next meal!

 

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Young Leadership Officers and Exec. Board


Ashley Emrani – President
Brian Mermelshtein - Chairman
Ali Faivus – Vice President
Douglas Bunim – Treasurer
Amanda Berman – Secretary
Debbie Abramson – Executive Board Member
Alex Berman – Executive Board Member
Talia Hermesh – Executive Board Member
Jane Oster – Executive Board Member
Nicole Schubert – Executive Board Member
 

Young Leadership Board Members


Sharon Ahdout
Linda Baharestani
Lexi Bakhash
Jonny Benrimon
Matt Brunwasser
Jeremy Burke
Sharon Chadi
Jake Dardashtian
Liel Dardashtian
Gideon Drucker
Rachel Fix
Matt Gelles
Noushka Green
Dan Haskell
Brett Jacobs
Jeff Kashi
Andrew Klaber
Caroline Klatt
Ariel Kreisler
Jarret Leist
Jake Mansher
Benjamin Mayo
Natasha Moradi Boutehsaz
Scott Nadler
Bri Rubach
Michelle Sassouni
Sam Stein
Avi Sutton
Kamran Yaghoubzadeh
Doreen Zehavi
 

Past President


Lemor Balter – Past President
Jeremy Shure – Past President
Adam Tantleff – Past President
Tony Felzen – Past President
Howard Schor – Past President
 

Past Chairman


Lemor Balter – Past Chairman
Jane Oster – Past Chairman
Jason Schwalbe – Past Chairman
Tony Felzen – Past Chairman

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