New Jersey Chapter

The New Jersey Chapter of Friends of the IDF is often referred to as the “Lone Soldier Chapter”. The chapter began in 1970 when three Lone Soldiers – Sammy Bar Or, Avi Oren and Mike Gross- met while serving in the IDF Paratroopers Brigade, bonded together in their communal challenge of being Lone Soldiers. After returning to the states, Sammy and Avi reunited and wanted to provide aid to Lone Soldiers and give them comfort that they themselves did not have. That dream realized itself in 2005 when the chapter’s first Annual IDF Tribute Dinner was held. Since its inception, the dinner has continued to grow and raise funds to better the lives of the brave young men and women of the IDF.

NJ Chapter | New York, NY 

Director of New Jersey: Howard Gases
Development Assistant : Arielle Kramer

NJ Upcoming events


2014 NJ Gala

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Hilton Meadowlands
East Rutherford, New Jersey

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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story Movie Screening

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Edison, New Jersey

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New Jersey Mini Mission to Israel

November 14 – 16

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Articles & Past Events


Up Close and Personal with IDF Soldiers in Demarest, NJ!

On Thursday, March 13, NJ supporters in Demarest had the exclusive opportunity to experience IDF life firsthand, when active duty soldiers Lt. Einav and Lt. Tova came to speak. Hosted by Neil and Andrea Strahl at their home, the evening was filled with inspirational moments as each soldier shared her story.
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NJ Bar Mitzvah Project shows the SPIRIT of FIDF!

In preparation for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah, Ben Pincus’ passion for Israel’s soldiers inspired him to raise money for FIDF’s SPIRIT Program. During the IDF delegation’s visit to NJ this month for the National NY Gala Dinner, Ben was fortunate enough to share with his peers the impact of SPIRIT directly, when a soldier joined him to speak at his school.
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$1.1 million raised at the FIDF New Jersey Chapter’s 9th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner

1.1 million was raised at the FIDF New Jersey Chapter 9th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner, Saturday, November 23rd, at the Hilton Secaucus Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. Over 400 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across New Jersey attended the annual Gala

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Skeet And Meat

In June, the New Jersey chapter of Friends of the IDF hosted Skeet and Meat, a trap and skeet instruction shooting event co-hosted by the Golani Rifle Club. Below, New Jersey supporter Gideon Drucker, shares his experience about the exciting event and the connection to Israel’s soldiers.

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Over $1 million raised at FIDF NJ Chapter’s 8th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner

Over $1 million was raised at the New Jersey Chapter’s 8th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner that took place on Saturday, December 15th at the Sheraton Meadowland Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. More than 350 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across New Jersey attended the Annual Dinner themed “Generations of Service, Generations of Giving, Generations of Lone Soldiers”.
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The FIDF New Jersey Chapter Welcomes the 2012 LEGACY Program

FIDF was proud to partner once again with the Sephardic community of Deal, New Jersey to sponsor a fun-filled week for 18 Israeli Bar/Bat Mitzvah-aged kids from Israel as part of FIDF’s LEGACY Program.
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New Jersey Chapter Raises $600,000 for the Soldiers!

On Saturday evening, November 5, Friends of the IDF supporters gathered together at the New Jersey Chapter’s 7th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner. More than 400 people attended the gala event held at the Sheraton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, to show their support for the soldiers of the IDF.
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NJ Chapter Sponsors Three Fun Days for 2,200
Lone Soldiers

This October, IDF Lone Soldiers serving in combat and combat-support units participated in three Fun Days at Hof Dor beach in Israel, sponsored by funds raised by the Friends of the IDF New Jersey Chapter.
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The LEGACY Goes On in New Jersey

For the sixth year in a row, FIDF partnered with the Sephardic community of Deal, New Jersey, for the very special opportunity to host a group of Israeli children who have suffered the devastating blow of losing a parent or a sibling in the defense of the Jewish Homeland.
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“The New Jersey chapter’s main goal is the well being of lone and needy soldiers. As one of the founders and myself a lone soldier, I see them as our new chalutzim (pioneers) of 21st century."

-Sammy Bar-Or event co-chair


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