Washington Chapter



The Washington, D.C. chapter is one of the newest additions to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces family having formally launched in the fall of 2011. Due to the enormous support for the young men and women who serve in the IDF throughout the D.C. Metro Area the decision was made for the organization to expand with a regional presence in the D.C. area.

The Chapter held its Founders’ Dinner in May of 2012 and has hosted a full calendar of events over the last year including a screening of Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, a concert by the IDF Musical Ensemble and A Night In Tel Aviv for our Young Leadership Division.

Based in Rockville, MD, the goal of the chapter will be to reach supporters and host events in communities throughout the Metro area. Long-term goals of the FIDF Washington, D.C. Chapter will include bringing in Israeli military leaders and Lone Soldiers for community briefings and meet & greets, showcasing the IDF Musical Ensemble at special concerts and host other events and speakers that provide access to those who serve as defenders of Eretz Yisrael.

Throughout the D.C. Metro area, there is a fabulous group of both emerging and established community leaders who are passionate about the work that FIDF undertakes. They have played and will continue to play a key role in our important work moving forward.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact our office.

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Washington D.C. Upcoming Events


Washington DCs 3rd Annual Gala
From Holocaust to Independence

May 29thth, 2014 - 6:30PM
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
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Articles & Past Events

Local FIDF chapter adopts Israeli naval fleet

Washington Jewish Week

The Washington, D.C., chapter of Friends of the IDF, a national organization dedicated to supporting the well-being of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, recently adopted an Israeli navy fleet through FIDF’s new Adopt a Brigade Program.

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Washington, D.C. Chapter Raised Over $350,000 at its Annual Gala

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, held its Annual Gala on May 9th at the Washington Hebrew Congregation Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac, Maryland, where more than 430 prominent lay leaders and supporters from across the Washington, D.C. area attended and showed their support for Israel’s soldiers.

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Over $300,000 Raised at Friends of the IDF Washington Chapter Inaugural Founders’ Dinner

The Washington Chapter raised over $300,000 at the inaugural 2012 Founders’ Dinner that took place on Thursday, May 17, at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland.
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Washington’s First Event features the IDF Ensemble

On December 13, 2011, FIDF Midatlantic held its first event featuring the IDF Musical Ensemble held at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.  Rina Ribio and Sarah Avissar were the Co-Chairperson’s who coordinated a beautiful event that was filled with dancing and music.
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Washington Parlor meeting on September 14, 2011

The Midatlantic Region is expanding its outreach to the Washington area. We had our first Parlor meeting on September 14, 2011. Our guest speaker was National Director, Major General (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon who gave a presentation about the IDF.
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Base visit with Washington Group

Members of the Washington area went to Israel and visited a base. It was a memorable experience for all as well as a special opportunity to meet and greet with the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting the State of Israel.
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Washington DC Steering Committee

Bobby Cohen, FIDF Washington, D.C. Chairman Ayelet (Ellie) Lichtash
Dr. Philip Berry, Mid-Atlantic Region’s Director of Development Chen Liebstein
Jeremy Alexander Aimee Avissar Lyani
Lee Alexander Alan Manstof
Marlene Weiss Alexander Cantor Aaron Marcus
Cindy Anapolsky Anna Masica
Sara Avissar Alan Meltzer
Julie Band Larry Miller
Lydia Benaim Philip Nathan
Nira Berry Jacob Pankowski
Philip Berry Richard Pollack
Robert Burman Daniel Ratner
Gil Carpel Dennis Ratner
Sheila Chodorov Carole Rayburn
Lorraine Cohen Rina Rebibo
Margo Cohen Meital Regev
Ken Goldblatt Marni Riffkin
Allison Green Gil Rudolph
Ron Halber Susan Rudolph
Richard Hellman Fred Shapiro
Elaine Hoffman Ami Sheintal
Ike Isaacson Dvora Shwartz
Ceil Klein Eddie Snyder
Connie Krupin Keith Solit
Jay Krupin Jonathan Stahl
Nina Levitt Malka Weitzman
Norman Levy  

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