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The Young Leadership Division (YL) of FIDF provides individuals ages 21-40 the opportunity to become involved in the organization’s work while socializing and networking with their peers. YL sponsors events throughout the year, such as community-wide Shabbat dinners and parlor meetings with visiting soldiers, to raise awareness about FIDF’s various programs. YL also hosts fundraising parties at local hot spots that attract hundreds of guests. YL allocates the funds it raises at these events to support various FIDF programs.

National Young Leadership Director: Bari Lovi | 646-274-6941 |
Development Associate of National Young Leadership: Danielle David | 646-854-3071 |

Young Leadership Upcoming Events

View photos from the 2017 Young Leadership Mission to Israel

2017 Young Leadership Mission to Israel

Articles & Past Events

National Young Leadership Mission to Israel

Over 20 members of Young Leadership hailing from all over the US recently returned from the 2016 YL Mission to Israel.  The group traveled across the country for 9-days, spending time with other YL supporters and visiting numerous IDF military bases along the way.  Participants had the opportunity to meet hundreds of active duty IDF soldiers, share words of inspiration and support, and see firsthand how FIDF directly impacts their day to day lives.                       READ MORE     CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK PHOTOS


Westchester_2014YL - NY Celebrate Israel Day Parade

Friends of the IDF gathered on Sunday, June 5th in celebration of the annual Celebrate Israel Day Parade.  Despite the rain and bad weather, FIDF YL-NY led the march up 5th Avenue in full gear and spirit, along with the thousands of other Israel supporters.  Thanks to all who came out and continue to support us and our soldiers - rain or shine! 


YL - NY March Newsletter

It's been an action packed month for Young Leadership - New York (YL-NY) and we're excited to share a recap of what's been happening. From an emotional evening at the National NY Gala Dinner to the festive Purim party, the week was filled with meaningful interactions with IDF soldiers and marked a powerful show of support for our community.  READ MORE

Westchester_2014Friends of the IDF and Israel Bonds Launch Event

To kick off the first ever collaboration between Friends of the IDF and Israel Bonds, 50 young leadership supporters from both organizations gathered at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz on Wednesday, February 3rd.  In celebration of the launch event, guests mingled and enjoyed light refreshments while listening to military correspondent, Alon Ben-David, share his views and give his insight on the current situation in Israel.  On behalf of both organizations, FIDF YL-NY is very excited to begin this new partnership! 


The 13th Young Leadership Gala - December 5th

On Saturday, December 5th, FIDF YL-NY celebrated our Bar Mitzvah at our 13th Annual Gala, the largest Young Leadership event and biggest fundraiser of the year.  Close to 1,600 young professionals from every industry - finance, real estate, legal, medical, arts, media, etc. – gathered at Metropolitan Pavilion and joined in celebration.  This year’s Bar Mitzvah theme lived up to the pre-event excitement and was especially festive, featuring live entertainment and Bar Mitzvah dancers, wax hands, gourmet food and drinks, the Horah and casino-style gambling with over $120,000 in luxury raffle prizes.  The most successful gala yet, we sold out days before and raised over $550,000 for the IDF Iron Trails Brigade.  A special thank you to our fantastic Gala co-chairs, wonderful Gala Committee, and supportive attendees for helping to make the evening such a success!  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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Young Leadership Officers and Exec. Board

Ashley Emrani – President
Brian Mermelshtein - Chairman
Ali Faivus – Vice President
Douglas Bunim – Treasurer
Amanda Berman – Secretary
Debbie Abramson – Executive Board Member
Alex Berman – Executive Board Member
Talia Hermesh – Executive Board Member
Jane Oster – Executive Board Member
Nicole Schubert – Executive Board Member

Young Leadership Board Members

Sharon Ahdout
Linda Baharestani
Lexi Bakhash
Jonny Benrimon
Matt Brunwasser
Jeremy Burke
Sharon Chadi
Jake Dardashtian
Liel Dardashtian
Gideon Drucker
Rachel Fix
Matt Gelles
Noushka Green
Dan Haskell
Brett Jacobs
Jeff Kashi
Andrew Klaber
Caroline Klatt
Ariel Kreisler
Jarret Leist
Jake Mansher
Benjamin Mayo
Natasha Moradi Boutehsaz
Scott Nadler
Bri Rubach
Michelle Sassouni
Sam Stein
Avi Sutton
Kamran Yaghoubzadeh
Doreen Zehavi

Past President

Lemor Balter – Past President
Jeremy Shure – Past President
Adam Tantleff – Past President
Tony Felzen – Past President
Howard Schor – Past President

Past Chairman

Lemor Balter – Past Chairman
Jane Oster – Past Chairman
Jason Schwalbe – Past Chairman
Tony Felzen – Past Chairman

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