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 YLChicago@fidf.org or call (312) 372-8500

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


Young Leadership Central Region Upcoming Events

- Central Region Event Calendar -


Letters from our IMPACT! Students


In 2007 FIDF Central Region YL committed to sponsoring 4 IMPACT! Scholarship Students

FIDF Central Region YL Summer Event

On Thursday, July 28, 2011 well over 200 young leaders gathered at District Bar in the popular River North neighborhood of Chicago to celebrate their support of the brave men and women of the IDF.
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FIDF Central Region YL 5th Annual Purim Party

On Thursday, March 10, 2011 FIDF YL threw their most successful Purim Party ever at Public House, a new Chicago hot spot.
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FIDF Central Region YL Tequila and Taco Tasting

On Wednesday, August 25, 2010 FIDF YL hosted about 30 young leaders for a private tequila and taco tasting at Double A, the Private Tequila Lounge at Mercadito Chicago.  Sponsored by Tres Generaciones, the event brought people together over a shared love of the IDF and high quality Mexican food. Read More




FIDF Central Region YL Summer Event at The Underground Chicago

This summer, FIDF Central Region – Young Leadership hosted a Summer Event at The Underground, a popular nightclub in the heart of Chicago. 
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