Young Leadership Central Region

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Central Region – Young Leadership (YL) officially began in the summer of 2007 to provide an outlet for thousands of young professionals in Chicago and the greater Central Region to express their support for the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces.  We now offer more opportunities than ever to get involved in one of the most important, dynamic, and fastest-growing organizations in the community.

YL continually increases its outreach by planning a variety of engaging and diverse monthly programs.  Our events include stimulating educational receptions with IDF soldiers, inspiring documentary film nights, entertaining parties at the hottest restaurants and bars, and much more. With over a thousand participants (and still growing!), FIDF YL is a major attraction for Chicago’s young community to share their support for the brave men and women of the IDF. 

In 2007, FIDF Central Region YL made a commitment to sponsor academic scholarships for four former Israeli combat soldiers through the IMPACT! Scholarship Program.  This program grants full scholarships for higher education or vocational training is Israel to combat veterans from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.  Funds raise at YL events help to support these four scholarships.

Want to get more involved?  Email or call (312) 372-8500

FIDF Central Region - Young Leadership | 29 East Madison St | Chicago, IL 60602-4550

Young Leadership Central Region Upcoming Events


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CHICAGO, Aug. 10 – Some 300 young leaders from Chicago’s Jewish community gathered last Thursday night at Rockit, one of Chicago’s hottest bars, to support wellbeing and education programs for Israel’s brave soldiers.    Read More

Young Leadership Professionals Cabinet Inaugural Event with IDF Hero: Noam Gershony

Noam Gershony, Israeli Paralympic Gold Medalist & Second Lebanon War Wounded Veteran shared his heroic journey from the IDF to the 2012 Paralympics at the Inaugural Young Professionals Cabinet Event last Thursday night at the Standard Club.
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