Young Leadership Florida Region

The FIDF Young Leadership Florida Region chapter’s main goal is to create awareness among the young professionals and support the goals of the Friends of the IDF. Thanks to the growth of our volunteer base and expanding donor base Young Leadership has experienced unprecedented growth.

The combination of amazing fundraising events such as our Annual Poker & Casino Night, the White Party and exceptionally generous donors give the Young Leadership a very privileged position in allocating funds where our soldiers need it the most.

This year alone, the Young Leadership Division has helped make a difference in the lives of our combat heroes in Israel by allocating monies to different programs such as:

  • Sponsoring 18 IMPACT! Scholarships to pursue a college education after they finish their military service
  • Donating:
  • The Garden area for the Gym at BARAM Base for Battalion 334
  • The Garden area for the Expanded Wellbeing Center at GASHOR for Division 36
  • Allocating monies to the Dignity program which provides soldiers in-need with special grants and food allowances, to the EITAN program which helps soldiers from difficult backgrounds, and to MASA Israeli Journey which helps soldiers clarify their Jewish Identity
  • Sponsoring flights for Lone Combat Soldiers enabling them to travel back home and visit their loved-ones
The various programs FIDF has to offer give our donors many opportunities to reinforce the significant bond between the Jewish community in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel.

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Young Leadership & Program Coordinator: Lauren Masuzzo

Young Leadership Miami Upcoming Events

Casino Royale

Sat, 25 Oct, 2014

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Miami Marathon/half Marathon 20145K Support The Soldiers - Family Fun Run

Sunday 30 Nov, 2014

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Miami Marathon/half Marathon 2014Run For The Soldiers - Miami Marathon / half Marathon

Sunday 25 Jan, 2015

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Articles & Past Events

Sunday Yoga Shvitz @Green Monkey

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers Sunday, September 14!
The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Florida Region organized a special “Sunday Shvitz” session (“shvitz” is the Yiddish word for sweat) that will turn hours of intense workouts into donations for well-being and educational programs that help the men and women of the IDF.

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Over 500 guests packed a pool party this week at the historic Shore Club, hosted by Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Young Leadership Division-Greater Miami Chapter and Palm Beach/Broward Region. All proceeds went to supporting wellbeing services for the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces serving in Operation Protective Edge.  Friends of the IDF Young Leadership Division-Greater Miami Chapter and Palm Beach/Broward Region will also be hosting a “Casino Royale” fundraiser on October 25 in Sunny Isles Beach, FL at the Trump International Beach Resort. FIDF 10th Annual Casino Night Gala
 — at Shoreclub.



Exclusive VIP Bootcamp @ Barry's

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Sunday Shvitz

Young Jewish leaders in Miami broke a serious sweat – for Israeli Army soldiers Sunday June 22!

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Over 500 prominent guests from around the Miami area attended a white-clad soiree to support Israel’s soldiers. The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Greater Miami Young Leadership Division hosted its 12th annual White Party on Saturday, April 5, at a private residence in Golden Beach, FL.
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FIDF Young Leadership Miami organized two teams to bowl at Splitsville Luxury Lanes with a Lone Soldier from Peru that is serving in the IDF, Corporal Monica C. Monica’s position in the IDF is to protect the Iron Dome devices. We learned that it’s not an easy task, and very important. The Iron Dome device intercepts rockets that are fired targeting Israel.
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Miami Marathon- Fidf Run for the Soldiers!

Friends of the IDF participated as a sponsor in the Miami Marathon event for the first time! All participants finished strong in their custom FIDF dry-fit shirts; for many it was their first Half-Marathon! Our team raised over $6,000 in support of the IDF soldiers.
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FIDF YLD Casino Night 2013-Gatsby Soiree’

On Saturday, October 26, 2013 over 600 guests clad in 1920’s attire arrived at the Trump International Hotel in Sunny Isles for the FIDF’s Young Leadership Division’s 9th Annual Casino Party.
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FIDF Happy Hour @ Regent Cocktail Bar

Over 70 guests attended our pre-Casino Kickoff event at the beautiful Regent Cocktail Bar. Guests who purchased FIDF 9TH Annual Casino Night Tickets at the event gained free entry and enjoyed cocktails by world famous “mixologists”.
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FIDF special rooftop pool party

150 young professionals of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) from across the greater Miami area came together for a special rooftop pool party on Sunday, August 4th, at the Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach, FL.
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Social event at the Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar

Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Greater Miami Young Leadership Division hosted a social event at the Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Over 80 young professionals joined FIDF for an exclusive intimate wine & cheese event in Hallandale Beach. Our guests gained a better understanding of what the FIDF does and how they can get involved with the FIDF (YLD) Young Leadership Division.

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11th Annual White Party Celebrating Israel’s 65th Anniversary

On April 27, 2013 over 500 white clad guests came to celebrate with the FIDF Young Leadership Division (FIDF YLD) at the largest beach front property in Golden Beach. Our guests enjoyed gourmet kosher food from Aroma and Soho, premium drinks, silent auction, raffle tickets for JT and Jay Z concert, and entertainment by DJ David Bitton.
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FIDF YL Happy Hour @ Segafredo Brickell

Thursday April 11,2013 Young professionals from all over Miami came together to support the FIDF Young Leadership division, at the Segafredo Brickell.
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Happy Hour @Yolo “SPIRIT” Awareness

On February 21, 2013, over 75 young professionals from Boca and South Miami came together for the first Friends of IDF Young Leadership Happy hour of the year!
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The Lone Soldier Lunch and Learn Experience

Israel’s Lone Soldiers are those who volunteer to leave their countries of origin and their families to serve the Jewish homeland. The FIDF Lone Soldier Program provides these soldiers with support and assistance throughout this new phase of their lives. Approximately 2000 brave young men and women pledge their commitment to the IDF coming from all over the world.
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Mix and Mingle with FIDF Young Leadership

Over 200 young Jewish professionals gathered at Ricochet Bar & Lounge in Midtown Miami this July for a one-of-a-kind mix and mingle to support the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
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Young Leadership Wine & Cheese Night 2012

The Friends of the IDF Young Leadership Division of Greater Miami gathered in Sunny Isles Beach on Monday, April 23rd at Oren & Renee Kattan’s beautiful home for a Wine & Cheese mix and mingle event.
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10th Annual YL White Party 2012

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership Division held its 10th Annual White Party on March 31st, 2012 in Golden Beach.
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FIDF Young Leadership 7th Annual Poker & Casino Night “The Glitz of Monte Carlo”

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Greater Miami Chapter Young Leadership Division, Dezer Development, Universal Insurance Inc., and Deusche Bank joined forces once again on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 to raise funds for Israel’s soldiers at the 7th Annual Poker Tournament & Casino Night. Read More

9th Annual White Party

On Saturday, April 16th, 2011 Joel and Edith Newman opened up their stunning home for the Young Leadership White Party in Loving Memory of Moshe Bondar Z”L, one of the founders and Board member of the FIDF in Miami.
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FIDF YL & Birthright Israel NEXT South Florida Joint Event

For the first time, the Greater Miami Chapter Young Leadership Division and Birthright Israel NEXT decided to partner up for a memorable evening.
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FIDF Young Leadership Takes a Gamble and WINS Again at the

6th Annual Poker & Casino Night

Over $165,000 Raised for Israel’s Soldiers

The Young Leadership Division of Friends Israel Defense Forces, Dezer Development and Universal Insurance Inc., joined together again to raise funds for Israel’s soldiers with the 6th Annual Poker & Casino Night on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Read More

2010 Young Leadership White Party

The FIDF Young Leadership 8th Annual White Party- Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Zadok Art Gallery in Miami’s artistic Wynwood District – brought together over 400 young professionals from the South Florida area to show their support for the soldiers of Israel. 
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2009 Young Leadership Poker & Casino Night Event

The Annual Poker & Casino Night, which is held every year at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, is presented with great success by Florida’s FIDF Young Leadership Division.
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Young Leadership Greater Miami Board Members

Executive Board
Evan Glassman- President  
Brad Meier-Immediate Past President  
Oren Kattan-Chairman  
Adam Kayce-Vice President  
Christine Yormack-Treasurer  
Adam Yormack  
Dan Karten  
Michael Behar  


Board Members
Alice Edery Josh Statlander
Anette Karten Jonathan Schwartz
Asher Sobie Karin Cohen
Blima Cohen Keren Levy
Brett Hyman Kevin Cooper
Darren Heitner Michael Szanto
Hadas Mizrahi Morris Esquanazi
Heather Needelman Perlie Korn
Jaime Wasser Roseann Simovitch
Jessica Moreno  


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