New Jersey Past Articles & Events


$600,000 raised at NJ’s 10th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner

The former head of Israel’s Navy, Lone Soldiers from New Jersey, and former and active-duty IDF soldiers joined over 340 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across the Garden State for the New Jersey Chapter’s 10th Annual Gala. Held on Saturday, November 8th at the Hilton Secaucus Meadowlands in East Rutherford, the evening raised $600,000 for wellbeing programs supporting the men and women of the IDF.

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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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Celebrating Israel's 63rd Year in New Jersey

In honor of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, the New Jersey Chapter had the privilege of hosting the IDF Musical Ensemble and a lieutenant in a combat unit for several events throughout the region.
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FIDF National Director Brown Bags it with very special group

On February 7th, 2011, Major General (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon was welcomed as the guest speaker at the Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series at Congregation M’kor Shalom of Cherry Hill.
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New Deputy Director makes his speaking debut

FIDF’s new Deputy National Director and Director of Development, Colonel (Ret.) Pinky Zoaretz, addressed a crowd at his first formal FIDF speaking engagement on February 13, 2011 at the Chabad of West Windsor, New Jersey.
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IDF Officers Go Back to High School!

Two IDF officers spoke at Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School in Edison, New Jersey, engaging the students with tales of life on the frontlines.
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An Event of Solidarity

Lone Soldier Leigh from Cherry Hill, NJ is building bridges between Christians, Jews and the State of Israel
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FIDF and The IDF Air Force Ensemble Brings The Sounds of Israel to Morris Plains

On December 13th Adath Shalom of Morris Plains warmly welcomed for the first time the IDF Air Force Ensemble and Captain Ofer of the Israeli Air Force
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2010 New Jersey Chapter 6th Annual IDF Tribue Dinner Raises Over $500,000 for IDF Lone Soldiers!

On Saturday evening, November 6, 2010, the New Jersey Chapter hosted its 6th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner at the Sheraton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. More than 350 attendees turned out to show their support for the soldiers and the State of Israel.
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NJ Chapter Sponsors Three Fun Days for 1800 Lone Soldiers

This September, three Fun Days at Hof Dor beach in Israel.were organized for Lone Soldiers serving in combat units. The Fun Days, sponsored by funds raised from the 2009 New Jersey Dinner, enabled 1800 soldiers to be treated to a day of games, food, music, food, massages, and food.
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FIDF Comes To Princeton

On August 11, 2010 the Princeton, NJ area community had it’s first introduction to the FIDF. This premier meeting for adults was held at The Jewish Center of Princeton with approximately 50 interested friends in attendance.
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Three Wounded IDF Soldiers Share Their Lives On The Front Lines With Three New Jersey Communities

FIDF of NY Tri-State hosted 6 IDF soldiers to participate in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride. Three of the soldiers, Oren, Haran and Ilan, visited 3 three New Jersey chapter parlor meetings to speak about their experiences dealing with injuries sustained during their army service..
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NJ Chapter Sponsors FLIGHTS FOR LONE SOLDIERS

Every year, about 2,800 determined young men and women choose to leave the comfort of their homes and families to travel to Israel, enlist in the IDF, become proud soldiers, and make Israel their home.
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2009 5th Annual Tribute Dinner Raised over $400,000 for our IDF Soldiers

The FIDF New Jersey Gala is dedicated to all IDF soldiers, and especially the approximately 5000 brave Lone Soldiers who serve their country every year despite dealing with numerous emotional and financial struggles. Having no immediate family in Israel, Lone Soldiers are usually either new immigrants, orphans, or Israeli-born soldiers estranged from their families.
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IDF Orchestral Ensemble Performed at Congregation Gesher Shalom

On Wednesday March 10, 2010, the IDF Orchestral Ensemble performed at Congregation Gesher Shalom joined by the Israel and World Advocacy Committee and the synagogues Sisterhood.
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Tzahal Shalom officers come to New Jersey for outreach efforts in the community

On Thursday April 15, 2010 FIDF & Stamford Tzahal Shalom kick-off Yom HaAtzmaut at Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School. The soldiers in attendance were graciously welcomed by the 9th-12th grade, and spoke to the students about their army service. It was a very eye opening afternoon for the students hearing from soldiers a few years their senior speak about their experience guarding our homeland as opposed to filling out college applications.

On Saturday April 17, 2010 the soldiers were hosted by Congregation Netivot Shalom where the entire congregation gathered to hear the soldiers share their stories and experiences from the frontlines. In support of the Soldiers the congregation has made a generous donation to the FIDF DIGNITY Program


The Sephardic Community of New Jersey Supports FIDF LEGACY Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program

For the past 4 years, the Sephardic Community of Deal, NJ has opened their hearts and their homes to the Legacy children. Many wonderful young volunteers from the community selflessly dedicate their time to interact with the children and help make this program a success.
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