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. To view the Mission Movie and download your 2014 mission application, click here.

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Articles & Past Events

Young Leadership - Summer White Party

On Thursday, June 11th, over 600 YL-NY supporters gathered for the Annual Beginning of Summer Party in White at 230 Fifth Penthouse.  The event, co-chaired by Jonny Benrimon, Jeremy Burke, Ashley Emrani, Debbie Konstadt, Shiran Melamed, Scott Nadler, and Deborah Simon, sold out over a week before it took place and raised over $30,000 to benefit the brave soldiers of the IDF.  The party featured dancing, magnetic pictures, a room full of young professionals all dressed in white and an incredible enthusiasm for Israel and its soldiers.  A special thanks to our event co-chairs, the hardworking YL Board members, and everyone else who came out to support what was a very successful evening!  
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Westchester_2014Young Leadership - Israel Day Parade 2015

Friends of the IDF gathered on Sunday, May 31st to march in the Celebrate Israel Day Parade, the single largest communal gathering in the world in support of Israel.  New York’s Young Leadership division invited all FIDF supporters to come out and march up 5th avenue in celebration.  Almost 100 FIDF supporters, along with over 35,000 Israel supporters, participated in the walk, carrying unit flags, banners, and other miscellaneous props for marchers and spectators to enjoy.   Click here for photos

Young Leadership - FlyWheel Event

On Sunday, May 17th, FIDF Young Leadership-NY partnered with Flywheel on East 60th Street to ride in support of Israel’s soldiers for the second time this year.  Event co-chairs Alana Frankfort, Nicole Schubert, Lini Klatt and 50 YL-NY supporters cycled for the brave soldiers of the IDF that sweat for us each and every day!

A special thanks to our event chairs, participants and Flywheel for a spirited and motivating afternoon. We look forward to flying again!

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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
  • Max Born
  • Matt Brunwasser
  • Sharon Chadi
  • Arielle Cole
  • Ariel Deshe
  • Alana Frankfort
  • Jonathan Friedman
  • Matt Gelles
  • Adam Goldberg
  • Zach Kadden
  • Jeff Kashi
  • Andrew Klaber
  • Caroline Klatt
  • Debbie Konstadt
  • Rachel Kwal
  • Shiran Melamed
  • Oren Nhaissi
  • Andrew Rafii
  • Sharona Sanieoff
  • Michelle Sassouni
  • Nicole Schubert
  • Eric Sobel
  • Avi Sutton
  • Nicole Waxman
  • Daniel Wilpon

*Past President

    • Jeremy Shure – Past President
    • Adam Tantleff – Past President
    • Tony Felzen – Past President
    • Howard Schor – Past President

** Past Chairman

    • Jason Schwalbe – Past Chairman
    • Tony Felzen – Past Chairman
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