New Jersey Chapter

The New Jersey Chapter of Friends of the IDF is often referred to as the “Lone Soldier Chapter”. The chapter began in 1970 when three Lone Soldiers – Sammy Bar Or, Avi Oren and Mike Gross- met while serving in the IDF Paratroopers Brigade, bonded together in their communal challenge of being Lone Soldiers. After returning to the states, Sammy and Avi reunited and wanted to provide aid to Lone Soldiers and give them comfort that they themselves did not have. That dream realized itself in 2005 when the chapter’s first Annual IDF Tribute Dinner was held. Since its inception, the dinner has continued to grow and raise funds to better the lives of the brave young men and women of the IDF.

NJ Chapter | New York, NY 

Director of New Jersey: Howard Gases
Development Associate: Monica Steinberg

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Articles & Past Events

Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

More Tri-State Triumphs: New Jersey Highlights 2016

See the New Jersey highlights from 2016 HERE


PARSIPPANY, N.J., Nov. 22 – More than 450 members of the N.J. Jewish community gathered Monday, Nov. 21, for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New Jersey Chapter Annual Tribute Dinner, which raised nearly $1 million to support well-being and educational programs for the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Read More
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Making a Real IMPACT!

On their recent trip to Israel, FIDF supporters Shelly and Steve Talmud from East Brunswick, NJ joined their two children – a current and a former Lone Soldier – for an emotional meeting with their sponsored IMPACT! student. Looking back on the event, the couple wrote:

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Over $1 Million was raised to benefit the wellbeing of IDF soldiers!

On Monday, November 23rd, 450 lay leaders and FIDF supporters, came together for the FIDF New Jersey 11th Annual IDF Tribute Dinner at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in support of Israel's soldiers. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the New Jersey community,

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“The New Jersey chapter’s main goal is the well being of lone and needy soldiers. As one of the founders and myself a lone soldier, I see them as our new chalutzim (pioneers) of 21st century."

-Sammy Bar-Or event co-chair


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