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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

A Life Changing Experience for a Long Island Supporter

During Stuart Abo’s last trip to Israel, he chose to travel a bit off the beaten path and, instead of just exploring the land of Israel, to meet the men and women who protect it. On May 12th, he joined an IDF base visit to a Givati Brigade base in the Golan Heights, where soldiers enthusiastically greeted him and gave him a tour of their base. 

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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn visits soldiers of Shimshon Battalion on FIDF Base Visit

On June 30th, members of Temple Beth Sholom of Roslyn, New York participated in an FIDF base visit to meet the soldiers of the Kfir Brigade’s Shimshon Battalion on their base outside of Jerusalem. 

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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

MORE THAN 550 LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER TO HONOR ISRAELI SOLDIERS

NEW YORK, May 28 – More than 550 community leaders gathered in Cedarhurst last night for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Five Towns and Greater South Shore Fourth Annual Community Event, raising more than $420,000 to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). 

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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

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. 

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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

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. 

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Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

$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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 


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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



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MORE THAN 550 LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER TO HONOR ISRAELI SOLDIERS

FIDF Five Towns and Greater South Shore Annual Community Event raises over $420,000 in support of the brave soldiers of the IDF
NEW YORK, May 28 – More than 550 community leaders gathered in Cedarhurst last night for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Five Towns and Greater South Shore Fourth Annual Community Event, raising more than $420,000 to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).       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.


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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.


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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.
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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.

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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.

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$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!

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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.

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$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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Five Town community coming together to support the
IDF soldiers

On Sunday evening, August 7, more than 80 guests gathered together at the home of Jay & Malky Spector, co-hosted by Steven & Marilyn Garber, to learn about FIDF and hear from two special speakers.
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Mitzvah projects that help kids be kids!

Olivia, daughter of Ofer and Shari Yardeni, chose to support FIDF’s Legacy Program with gifts given in honor of her Bat Mitzvah. Every summer, the Legacy program brings Israeli children of Bar and Bat Mitzvah age from bereaved families to the U.S. to enjoy 10 days of summer camp, have fun and escape from their hardships at home.
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Paintball with IDF Soldiers

It’s not often that a group of Long Island teenagers get led into battle by Israeli soldiers, but on Sunday, February 6, two IDF officers and their teams of high school students squared off in an epic battle of strategy, strength and courage. A paintball battle, that is.
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The IDF Air Force Musical Ensemble performs in the Merrick Jewish Centre

This December, the highly talented singers and musicians of the IDF Air Force’s Musical Ensemble were welcomed by supporters of the Long Island community for a concert held at the Merrick Jewish Centre.
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5th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening

On September 21, 2010, the FIDF Long Island Chapter held its 5th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadows Country Club. It was a wonderful evening paying tribute to our honorees, Edeed Ben Josef and Yaron Rosenthal, as well as the brave soldiers of the IDF. 
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Long Island Teen committee raises over $10,000 for the soldiers!

On May 23rd, 2010, the Long Island Teen Leadership threw a Spring BBQ Party to raise funds to support FIDF’s programs. The party was hosted by Arielle Kraus, the co-president of the Teen Leadership board, with the support of her parents, Robert and Ravit Kraus.
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IDF Combat Soldiers visit the students at Hebrew Academy of The Five Town and Rockaway HAFTR Middle School, an Orthodox day school in the Five Towns

The schools welcomed two IDF combat soldiers to speak to grades 6-8. The soldiers shared pictures and movies from their military service and answered a slew of questions from the enthusiastic audience.
The event closed with an assembly lead by Rabbi Dovid Kupchik and everyone joined in to sing Hatikvah.




IDF Combat Soldiers visit the Youth Group in Temple Israel of Great Neck

IDF combat soldiers spent time with the youth group of Temple Israel in Great Neck during their after-school meeting time, sharing their stories with the group and their youth leader, Moji Pourmoradi. The soldiers led the students in a discussion about Yom Hazikron and how meaningful the holiday is for them as soldiers, and answered the many insightful questions posed by the youth group.

For more information about having soldiers speak at your next event, please contact Liron Kreitman, Director of Long Island at 212-244-3118 ext 46 or via email at Liron.Kreitman@FIDF.org.


FIDF “Haganah” group kicks off with a whopping $40,000 raised at IDF Ensemble concert!

On November 12, the IDF Ensemble performed for a packed house of more than 300 people at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills. Amy and Scott Smith, the organizers of the event, were thrilled with the great energy from the crowd and the incredible support shown for the soldiers.
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Funds raised at the Annual IDF Appreciation Evening support a variety of FIDF Projects & Programs

Over the past four years, the Annual IDF Appreciation Evening has been at the forefront of the FIDF’s Long Island chapter efforts to support the brave soldiers of Israel. During this time we are proud to announce that it has raised over $1,500,000.
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