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
Long Island Chapter Upcoming Events
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Articles & Past Events
2015 Five Towns & South Shore Shabbaton
During the weekend of March 6, seven elite IDF officers who have all participated in Operation Protective Edge visited the Five Towns and Greater South Shore for a community Shabbaton.
HAFTR Hawks Basketball Team Raises $10,000 in Support of the IDF Soldiers
Friends of the IDF would like to congratulate the HAFTR Hawks and Coach Joey Hoenig on an outstanding game played at the Barclays Center on Sunday, December 28. Over 600 friends, family, and fans from the HAFTR community came out to cheer for the Hawks and show their support for men and women in uniform.
$1.4 million raised at the FIDF Long Island Chapter's 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening in support of Israel's soldiers!
On Tuesday, October 21, over 600 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters attended the Long Island Chapter's 9th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadow Country Club in support of Israel's soldiers.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chapter Executive Committee
|Moris & Lana Bakhash
||Harvey & Freddi Kadden
|Edeed & Lidia Ben-Josef
|Ronny & Merav Ben-Josef
||Robert & Ravit Kraus
|Fred & Oshri Endzweig
||Marc & Amy Puntus
||Martin & Ellen Rosenman
|Howard & Rachel Hershenhorn
Long Island Chapter
“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