Central Region Past Articles & Events


Friends of the IDF Chicago Women’s Brigade Raised $60,000 for Children of Fallen Israeli Soldiers

Chicago, IL, July 2, 2013 – Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Women’s Brigade hosted ‘Ladies Night Out,’ on June 26th, at the Art Center of Highland Park in Highland Park, IL, where over 100 women from around the Chicagoland area gathered to raise money for the FIDF LEGACY Program. The program benefits families of fallen IDF soldiers. Over $60,000 was raised at the event, which included a fashion show by the well-known boutique on Chicago’s North Shore, Frances Heffernan. Read More


 

Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya’alon attends FIDF Annual Dinner in Chicago with IDF soldiers

Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Former IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Moshe Ya’alon, was the keynote speaker at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Central Region Annual Dinner that took place Monday, October 29th, at the Hilton Chicago. 
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1.6 Million Raised at FIDF Central Region Event With Former Israel Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

On Sunday, August 5, 2012 more than 175 attendees helped raise $1.6M in support of Israel’s soldiers at the 2012 FIDF Summer Benefit for Israel’s Soldiers hosted by Liora and Jerry Mizel. 
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Central Region Welcomes the 2012 LEGACY Program 

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, the Central Region’s LEGACY Program welcomed 41 campers and 11 counselors from Israel. Campers and counselors were greeted at the home of Kim and Adi Mor and were treated to some snacks after their long journey.
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FIDF Central Region Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Friends of the IDF, Central Region held its inaugural celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut on Wednesday, May 3rd at Moriah Congregation in Deerfield. Steve Blonder of Much Shelist and a member of the Central Region Board of Directors chaired the event which featured special guests IMPACT! graduate Alona Poupesheva and Israeli media personality Yishai Fleisher.
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FIDF Central Region’s Real Estate and Finance Battalions Host 2nd Annual March Madness Event

On March 20th, the Central Region chapter’s Real Estate and Finance Battalions hosted their 2nd annual March Madness Networking Event at Bull & Bear Bar in downtown Chicago.
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FIDF Central Region Hosts 3rd Annual Palm Springs Event

On February 22nd, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted its 3rd annual community event in Palm Springs, CA for many of Chicago’s snow-birds.
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Central Region Celebrates 30 Years at the 24th
Annual Dinner

FIDF Central Region raised more than $1.6 million in support of Israel’s soldiers

The Central Region Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, held its Annual Dinner on Monday, September 26 at the Hilton Chicago, celebrating 30 years of visionary leadership and dedication to the IDF.
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Central Region Summer Event with former Director of the Mossad, Meir Dagan

On September 9, 2011, nearly 150 guests came together to support FIDF, Central Region’s effort to provide for the wellbeing of Israel’s soldiers.
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2011 Summer Benefit for Israel’s Soldiers – featuring Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi

More than 150 guests and FIDF supporters gathered at hosts’ Morrie Silverman and Lori Komisar’s home on Sunday August, 7th for the 2011 Summer Benefit for Israel’s Soldiers.
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Dreams Come True for LEGACY Kids in Chicago

On July 14th, 48 Israeli Bar and Bat Mitzvah teens and 14 counselors arrived in Chicago for the start of a summer they will never forget through FIDF’s LEGACY Program
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Chief of Staff Cabinet Inaugural Event with US Senator Mark Kirk

On Sunday July 10th, the Chief of Staff Cabinet hosted its inaugural event at the home of Lori Komisar and Morris Silverman featuring United States Senator Mark Kirk.  More than 50 donors were in attendance at this private dinner meeting.
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FIDF Central Region’s Women’s Brigade Hosts 5th Annual Spring Event

On June 28th, the Women’s Brigade hosted its 5th annual Spring Event at the Chicago Botanic Garden to benefit FIDF’s LEGACY Program.  Over 150 women participated at the outdoor luncheon, featuring special guests, Major Liat Barnea, Corporal Shani Dahan, and Ms. Orly Dahan.
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FIDF Central Region Hosts Events in Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas with Lieutenant Colonel Dr Rami Sagi

In mid June, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted several community events in Chicago and Dallas with special IDF guest, Dr. Rami Sagi.  While in Chicago, Dr. Sagi spoke at various engagements, including the Central Region’s Law Battalion and Women’s Brigade.
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FIDF Central Region Kicks Off 2011 Real Estate
Battalion Event

On March 15th, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ (FIDF) Real Estate Battalion kicked off 2011 at Theory Sports Bar in downtown Chicago.  This event, sponsored by Cary G. Schiff & Associates, JDI Realty LLC, Millennium Properties R/E, Inc. and The Wolcott Group LLC, attracted more than 125 professionals in the Real Estate field...Read More



FIDF Central Region Hosts Event in Palm Springs, California in Support of The Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers

On February 24th, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted a community event in Palm Springs, California, for many of Chicago’s snow-birds.  This event benefited the IMPACT! Scholarship program, which supports Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans in their pursuit of higher education...Read More



FIDF Central Region Hosts Event in Dallas, Texas in Support of The Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers

On February 16th, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) hosted a community event in Dallas, Texas to benefit the IMPACT! Scholarship program...
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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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Central Region Kicks Off the 2011 Boot Camp Mission

On Tuesday, December 14th  Andy Goodman hosted a 2011 Boot Camp Mission To Israel Information Meeting, with two visiting IDF soldiers, to learn more about this fantastic program.  Ira Holtzman, the Central Region’s most recent Boot Camp participant, joined the group to share his experience.
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Central Region Hosts Visiting IDF Soldiers

This past December, FIDF Central Region hosted visiting IDF Officers Second Lieutenant Danielle Neubauer and Captain Amit Parnes. Neubauer works as an officer in the Sar-El Unit, through which she escorts groups of volunteers from Israel and abroad in various public and social service projects around Israel and on IDF military bases for up to three weeks at a time. Read More



Central Region Young Leadership Wine Tasting at Drinks Over Dearborn

On December 11, 2010 Central Region Young Leadership started the countdown to the New Year with a wine tasting event at Drinks Over Dearborn. 
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Thank You Central Region! Capital Projects and Donor Dedications in Israel

The Robert Neal Sklare Memorial Synagogue, a place of prayer and study for the Soldiers of Duvdevan was generously donated by Yadelle Sklare, Tammy and Jack Faintuch and family, Janis Sklare and family, Leah and Ronald Sklare and family in October 17th,  2010.
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Central Region’s 2010 IMPACT! Mission - An Unforgettable Trip to Israel!

This November, 23 participants enjoyed the Central Region’s 2010 IMPACT! Mission to Israel, led by Co-Chairs Al Brody and Ed Schwartz.   The group attended the 9th annual IMPACT! Ceremony, met with influential Israeli businessman, politicians and military leaders, and visited IDF bases.
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FIDF Central Region Hosts 23rd Annual Dinner in Support of The Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers

On October 19th, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF)--Central Region honored Hezi Levy of Highland Park with the Yonatan Netanyahu Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership and advocacy on behalf of Israel’s soldiers. 
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Central Region Legacy Summer Camp Bar/Bat Mitzvah 2010

This past July, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Central Region hosted thirty six Bar/Bat Mitzvah-age children of fallen IDF soldiers at JCC Camp Chi. LEGACY teens first spent a few days in Chicago, sight-seeing and shopping, hosted by local Jewish-American families and forming relationships within the community. 
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Central Regions Kicks off its new Affinity Groups –
Real Estate, Law and Finance!

Chaired by Daniel J. Hyman and David Israel, over 100 Real Estate Professionals gathered to hear from visiting IMPACT! Scholarship Students and FIDF National Chairman Arthur Stark at the Kick-off Breakfast held at Maggiano’s Old Orchard. 
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2010 Summer Benefit for Israel’s Soldiers raises record dollars!

Over 250 community leaders gathered at Cindy and Israel Levy’s home this summer for our Annual Summer Benefit for Israel's soldiers, also hosted by Hezi Levy and Judd Malkin. 
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Central Region Young Leadership Hosts Summer Event

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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FIDF-Central Region Raises $2.2 Million to Aid Israel’s Soldiers

Funds raised support educational, cultural, and recreational programs for the young men and women soldiers of Israel
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