New England Chapter

The New England Region of FIDF was founded in 2003. It is comprised of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the eastern part of Connecticut. Our annual dinners have featured former Prime Ministers of Israel as guest speakers. Our generous donors have funded capital projects such as Sports Centers and many mobile gyms, clubs and synagogues. This year we are providing IMPACT! scholarships for 499 IDF combat veterans. Our missions to Israel have encouraged participants to make generous donations. We send an email newsletter to our members to promote our events and opportunities for supporting our work.

facebookConnect with New England on Facebook

facebookFollow FIDF New England Region on Twitter

New England Region | Newton, MA | 617-559-3600 |

New England Chapter Upcoming Events

Articles & Past Events

elderly day care 1

Guy Ronen Appointed New England Executive Director

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) announced today that Guy Ronen will join the organization as the New England region executive director. 
Read more.

elderly day care 1

Six Day War 50th Anniversary Event

On June 14, the New England Region commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War at a Reception honoring the three paratroopers photographed at the Western Wall in June 1967 in the famous photo by David Rubinger z"l. The event raised funds for the Impact Scholarship Program, and included Donor Recognition and presentations by three scholarships recipients. View Photos.



elderly day care 1

Torah Dedication

On May 28, IDF soldiers at a Northern Command Base celebrated the dedication of a Sefer Torah at their synagogue. The Torah was donated by the Elkind Family in loving memory of wife and mother Rachel Goldstein.

elderly day care 1

The 2016 Annual Dinner

More than 1,200 New Englanders gathered Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for the Friends of the IDF New England Annual Dinner, which raised over $1 million to support well-being and educational programs for the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces. The guest speaker was Brigadier General (Ret.) Relik Shafir, one of the eight IDF pilots selected for the mission to bomb Osirak, Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981.

Women's Breakfast

Over 100 guests attended the 2nd Annual Women’s Breakfast on Sept 21st at a private home in Chestnut Hill. Miri Einsen, our keynote speaker, addressed the crowd with a talk about ethics in the IDF. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, FIDF will be able to empower countless Ethiopian-Israelis through our Amir Course; just like our other speaker Lieutenant Sivan Sisay. Her story of courage and perseverance is just one example of the amazing and diverse soldiers we help every day. In an emotional presentation, Sivan told the guests "I would have never believed in myself, three years ago, that I would be here... and it is thanks to this organization".

elderly day care 1

U.S., IDF Soldiers, Holocaust Survivors to Visit Poland, Israel With Friends of the IDF

Fifty Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the U.S. will visit Poland and Israel in May with Holocaust survivors, G.I. liberators, and soldiers from the IDF, according to a press release from FIDF. The eight-day trip will be led by Peter Weintraub, national president of FIDF, and FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir. Titled “From Holocaust to Independence,” the trip will take participants on a voyage through Jewish history.      Read more      Watch the videos


elderly day care 1

You Can IMPACT! the Lives of IDF Soldiers and Veterans!

There are many ways YOU can strengthen and sustain the lives of IDF soldiers and veterans: Discover more about the FIDF's IMPACT! Scholarship Program.  
The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland.               BY MARY MARKOS         Read more


elderly day care 1

Making an Educational IMPACT!

Against the odds, Reut Efroni, Golan Nagani and Arthur Ness are pursuing their educational dreams. The three highly decorated soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are now high achieving college students advancing towards professional careers, as beneficiaries of a unique initiative of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) that offers four-year scholarships to former IDF combat soldiers from disadvantaged, low-income families.
The program, they say, is giving them and others the chance to transform their lives, their communities and the well-being of Israel.          Read more

See photos from our Summer Soldier visit, August 10-16

View older articles & events

Please join our new Facebook Group

Also, check out the New England Chapter Young Leadership page on Facebook


Jonathan Leffell
Joseph Sieber *

New England Region Board of Directors

Jacqueline Adelson Rabbi Jonathan Hausman
Leonard Adelson Elliot Honig
Julie Altman Robert Huebscher
Rosaline Barron Amelia Katzen
Sara Bernstein Louis Laskey
Scott Black* William Marcus
Irwin Chafetz Sharon Mishkin
Rachel Chafetz Gary Perkins
David Cohen Marc Perlman*
Paul S. Cohen Wendy Polins
Amos Eisenberg Jeffrey Robbins
Ronni Eisenberg Mark Rosenzweig
Carol Ellman Stephen Schultz*
Michael Field Arnold Slavet
James Gould Barry Tatelman*
Rabbi William Hamilton Moshe Yanai


*Also National Board Members

New England Region Professional Staff

Guy Ronen - Executive Director  
Barbara Lebowitz - Operations Manager
Get Adobe Flash player

Copyright © 2014 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
p: (212) 244-3118 | f: (212) 244-3119 |
Mailing Address: PO Box 4224 NY, NY 10163 USA 

  • Donate
  • Privacy Policies
  • Store

    Friends of the Israel Defense Forces is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the
    extent permitted by law. The portion of your contribution deemed to be for goods and services will not be deductible.