Long Island Chapter

The Long Island Chapter of Friends of the IDF was founded in 1986 by Jerry Kaplan, who served as the Long Island Dinner Chairman for more than 20 years and spearheaded efforts to support Israel’s soldiers.  His successor, Edeed Ben Josef, continues the strong tradition today, as the Long Island Chapter continues to expand with numerous parlor meetings, concerts and community events on both the North Shore and South Shore of Long Island.

Long Island Chapter | 1430 Broadway | New York, NY 10018 | 646-274-9649

Director: Liron Kreitman
Development Assistant: Deborah Sason

Long Island Chapter Upcoming Events

2014 Long Island Appreciation EveningFIDF Long Island Chapter 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening

October 21 2014
Fresh Meadow Country Club
255 Lakeville Road
Lake Success, New York 

Read More

- New York / Tri-State Event Calendar -

Articles & Past Events

Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

Temple Israel Men's Club Breakfast Welcomes IDF War Hero

On Sunday, September 14th, the Men’s Club at Temple Israel of Great Neck hosted their annual breakfast inviting IDF Sgt. Yoni Asseraf as this year’s guest speaker. Nearly 100 guests attended the morning’s event, including Rabbi Howard Stecker, honoree for the upcoming FIDF Long Island Chapter 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening.

Read More

Long Island Barbeques in Support of Israel’s Soldiers

On Wednesday, July 23, supporters from the FIDF Long Island Chapter gathered together at the home of Ravit and Robert Kraus for a barbeque in support of Israel’s soldiers. 

Read More

Five Towns and Greater South Shore 3rd Annual Community Event

More than 500 prominent supporters from across the Five Towns and Greater South Shore area gathered for their Third Annual Community Event in Cedarhurst at the Sephardic Temple on May 28.

Read More

IDF Orchestra Celebrates Purim with a Concert in Long Island!

FIDF Long Island Chapter, along with Temple Israel of Great Neck, hosted the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Orchestra on Sunday, March 9, for a special concert at Temple Israel of Great Neck in Great Neck, NY. The event, which brought together over 300 supporters of Israel, aimed to honor the brave IDF soldiers for their service and celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. Read More

Long Island Boy Uses His Sneakers to Support Israel’s Soldiers!

After the sneaker convention (Jared was the youngest vendor), Jared came to us and asked whether he could donate the proceeds of sneakers he was unable to sell at the convention to the FIDF.

Read More

Long Island BBYO Convention Welcomes Corporal Noam Sohn

On Friday December 6, Corporal Noam Sohn, a lone soldier from Rye Brook, NY appeared at the annual convention for the Long Island Chapter of the Bnai Brit Youth Organization (BBYO), held at the Hudson Valley Resort around two hours North of Manhattan.

Read More

Long Island Students Meet Lone Soldiers & Bring Mitzvah Project to Life!

On Thursday, December 5, two Lone Soldiers visited Solomon Schechter Elementary School upon the invitation of 7th grader Tali Schor. In preparation for her upcoming Bat MItvah, Tali’s passion for FIDF led her to organize a readathon to spread awareness and to raise funds for FIDF’s Lone Soldier program.
Read More

Temple Israel of Great Neck Gets Up Close & Personal with Iron Dome Combat Officer!

On Sunday, November 24, the Men’s Club at Temple Israel of Great Neck had the exclusive opportunity to experience IDF combat life firsthand, when Lt. Nitzan Elimelech came to speak.

Read More

Friends of the IDF held a Chanukah candle-lighting with IDF soldiers serving in Combat Engineering Battalion 603

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers from Combat Engineering Battalion 603 gathered on December 2, 2013, together with representatives of Friends of the IDF (FIDF), to light the sixth candle of Chanukah and enjoy some traditional Chanukah donuts.

Read More

$1 million raised at the FIDF Long Island Chapter's 8th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening in support of Israel's soldiers!

On November 14, over 450 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across Long Island attended the Long Island Chapter's 8th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadow Country Club in support of Israel's soldiers. Thank you to each and every supporter who helped contribute to this unbelievable success!

Read More

The Long Island Teen Leadership of the Friends of the IDF

Founded in October 2009 by Arielle Kraus and Alexa Bakhash, the teenaged daughters of FIDF supporters, the group has quickly grown.

Read More

$300,000 raised at the Five Towns and Greater South Shore 2nd Annual Community Event in support of Israel's soldiers!

On May 22nd, prominent lay leaders and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the Long Island area attended the Five Towns and Greater South Shore Second Annual Community Event.

Read More


Over $850,000 raised at Friends of the IDF Long Island Gala in support of Israel’s soldiers!

Over $850,000 was raised at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Long Island Chapter’s 7th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
Read More

Five Towns and Greater South Shore Inaugural Community Event raises over $300,000 in support of Israel’s soldiers!

On May 23rd, prominent lay leaders and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the Long Island area attended the Five Towns and Greater South Shore Inaugural Community Event. Read More

Shabbat and Stories from the Frontlines

On Friday, November 4, 2011, FIDF teamed up with Kehillath Shalom of Cold Spring Harbor for a beautiful Shabbat dinner at the synagogue. We were privileged to hear from two visiting guest speakers, Captain Nati and Captain Ofri from the IDF, who shared their backgrounds and experiences serving in defense of the Jewish Homeland.
Read More

Long Island raises more than $650,000 at local Gala

On Tuesday evening, September 20, Friends of the IDF supporters gathered together at the Long Island Chapter’s 6th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening. Nearly 500 people attended the gala event, held at the Fresh Meadows Country Club in Lake Success, to show their support for the soldiers of the IDF.
Read More

View older articles & events

Long Island Chapter Executive Committee

Moris & Lana Bakhash Harvey & Freddi Kadden
Edeed & Lidia Ben-Josef Jerry Kaplan
Ronny & Merav Ben-Josef Robert & Ravit Kraus
Fred & Oshri Endzweig Marc & Amy Puntus
Leslie Granoff Martin & Ellen Rosenman
Howard & Rachel Hershenhorn  

Join the 2014
November Mission

Moms For Israel 2014


“I started going to bases before I became involved with FIDF. When I saw the way the young soldiers had to live in barracks that were built at the turn of the century, it broke my heart.

I was always fiercely proud of my Jewish heritage. I believe that we have to take care of our own. There would be no Israel if there was no IDF. If Israel is to stay strong, the IDF must be strong. I wanted to do everything I could for the soldiers who were fighting for our homeland, and for our heritage.”

- Jerry Kaplan


"I did not serve in the Israeli army and always felt indebted to the country which is a big part of who I am......The FIDF gave me the opportunity to fulfill my desire to serve Israel"

- Ronny Ben Josef


"The IDF has proven itself over and over again as the defender of Israel and the Jewish People. Israel's survival is dependent upon the strength of the IDF. Its strength is, however, also dependent on the emotional and physical wellbeing of our soldiers. If we can't assist our soldiers in defending our homeland, at least we can make their daily lives a little easier."

- Dr. Fred Endzweig


Get Adobe Flash player

Copyright © 2011 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
New York, NY 10018
p: (212) 244-3118 | f: (212) 244-3119 | fidf@fidf.org

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.