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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NY-Young Leadership Upcoming Events
FIDF Tough Mudder Team 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Join FIDF YL-NY for our second annual Tough Mudder challenge.
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Articles & Past Events
YL-NY Hosts 200 for Shabbat in Support of Israel’s Soldiers
Over 200 members of FIDF YL-NY joined together to celebrate Shabbat on Friday, July 25. In these most difficult times, Shabbat is more precious than ever for Jews around the world. The event illustrated the profound support...
FIDF at the Celebrate Israel Day Parade!
Friends of the IDF gathered on Sunday June 1st to show their support for Israel and the Israel Defense Forces by marching in the 2014 Celebrate Israel Day Parade, the single largest communal gathering in the world in support of Israel.
10th Annual YL-NY Purim Party at Motivo
In true YL-NY fashion, the 10th Annual Purim Party was held in festive style at Motivo on March 13. The event, Co-Chaired by YL-NY Board Members Sharon Chadi, Andrew Rafii & Nicole Schubert, raised over $30,000 to benefit the soldiers of the IDF and brought together over to 550 supporters!
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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
- Alexandra Faivus - Executive Board Member
- Avi Ishofsky - Executive Board Member
- Brian Mermelshtein - Executive Board Member
- Daniel Schor - Executive Board Member
Young Leadership Board Members
- Natalie Ashoory
- Alex Berman
- Amanda Berman
- Robyn Blum
- Max Born
- Matt Brunwasser
- Sharon Chadi
- Ariel Deshe
- Ashley Emrani
- Nicole Eshaghpour
- Shena Falic Dominitz
- Alana Frankfort
- Jonathan Friedman
- Zach Kadden
- Jeff Kashi
- Andrew Klaber
- Debbie Konstadt
- Rachel Kwal
- Shiran Melamed
- Keri Nadler
- Oren Nhaissi
- Gonen Paradis
- Andrew Rafii
- Nelly Rosenking
- Ariele Sabet
- Sharona Sanieoff
- Michelle Sassouni
- Nicole Schubert
- Eric Sobel
- Daniel Wilpon
- Netanel Yaghoubi
- 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