Long Island Chapter

The Long Island Chapter of Friends of the IDF was founded in 1986 by Jerry Kaplan, who served as the Long Island Dinner Chairman for more than 20 years and spearheaded efforts to support Israel’s soldiers.  His successor, Edeed Ben Josef, continues the strong tradition today, as the Long Island Chapter continues to expand with numerous parlor meetings, concerts and community events on both the North Shore and South Shore of Long Island.

Long Island Chapter  | New York | 646-274-9649


Director: Liron Kreitman    
Liron.Kreitman@fidf.org
646-274-9649
Development Associate: Rachael Youra
rachael.youra@fidf.org
646-274-9661

Long Island Chapter Upcoming Events

 







Articles & Past Events

 

Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

More Tri-State Triumphs: Long Island Highlights 2016

See the Long Island highlights from 2016 HERE







Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

THE IDF ENSEMBLE TAKES LONG ISLAND

We are overjoyed with the incredible turn-out at Long Island’s IDF Ensemble Concert at Temple Beth Shalom, as well as the enthusiastic response to the Ensemble performances at North Shore Hebrew Academy and JFK Elementary.  READ MORE







Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

THANKING YOU: $1.2 raised for Israel's soldiers at 11th Long Island Gala

We cannot possibly thank you enough for joining us last night -- along with 600 devoted lay leaders and FIDF supporters -- for the FIDF Long Island 11th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadow Country Club. Because of your presence and support, we raised over $1.2 million to embrace and empower Israel's brave young men and women soldiers. Thank you for this stellar success!  READ MORE  CLICK TO SEE PHOTOS

 

 

Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

OVER 400 LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER AT FIDF BENEFIT, RAISING $315,000 TO SUPPORT ISRAELI SOLDIERS

More than 400 community leaders gathered Wednesday, June 1st at The Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst for FIDF’s Five Towns and Greater South Shore Fifth Annual Community Event, raising some $315,000 to support educational and well-being programs for the brave men and women of the IDF.  READ MORE




Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

FIDF Supporter Spotlight:  Making an Impact: The Maslavi Family

The Maslavi family has been a key supporter of Friends of the IDF for over 10 years. The success of the Maslavi family comes from their family business, Jovani Fashions. Jovani was founded in 1980 by Mr. Jacob Maslavi Z”L, and the business has grown into a fashion superpower, world-renowned for tailored, designer dresses for any special occasion.      Read More




Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

FIDF Long Island Physicians Group Kickoff Event

What an inspirational evening! On Wednesday, January 20, the Friends of the IDF Long Island Physicians Group held its very first kickoff event at the New York Breast Reconstruction Associates. Over 30 physicians joined together as we welcomed Staff Sgt. Jimmy and Dr. Eyal Gur to share their stories, from their service in the IDF to where they are today.      Read More




Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

Another incredible Hanukkah Celebration with IDF Musical Ensemble

For the first night of Hanukkah, we welcomed the talented IDF Musical Ensemble for a special concert in support of Israel’s soldiers hosted by the Merrick Jewish Centre.  Thank you to Betty and Rabbi Charles Klein, Rabbi Ravid Tilles, the event committee, and over 500 of our wonderful FIDF supporters for celebrating with us and showing your support for the IDF.    Read More




Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

FIDF Celebrates Hanukkah with the IDF Musical Ensemble at Temple Israel of Great Neck

What an incredible start to Hanukkah! Yesterday, for the first night of Hanukkah, we welcomed the talented IDF Musical Ensemble for a special concert in support of Israel’s soldiers.  Thank you to Temple Israel of Great Neck and over 300 of our wonderful FIDF supporters for joining us for a truly inspiring celebration and showing your support for the men and women of the IDF!      Read More

 


Temple Israel Men's Club welcomes IDF hero

Over $1 million raised at the 10th Annual Long Island IDF Appreciation Evening in support of Israel's soldiers!

On Thursday, October 22, over 500 prominent lay leaders and FIDF supporters from across Long Island attended the Long Island Chapter's 10th Annual IDF Appreciation Evening at Fresh Meadow Country Club in support of Israel's soldiers.  

The evening was a tribute to the chapter's achievements of the past decade, including a special recognition to all our past honorees who have been instrumental in the founding and growth of our chapter. Click HERE to see all our wonderful accomplishments over the last ten years. We were happy to have Michelle Ahdoot serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening's program.       Read More

 


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Long Island Chapter Executive Committee

 
Moris & Lana Bakhash Harvey & Freddi Kadden
Edeed & Lidia Ben-Josef Jerry Kaplan
Ronny & Merav Ben-Josef Robert & Ravit Kraus
Fred & Oshri Endzweig Marc & Amy Puntus
Leslie Granoff Martin & Ellen Rosenman
Howard & Rachel Hershenhorn  

 

Testimonials


“I started going to bases before I became involved with FIDF. When I saw the way the young soldiers had to live in barracks that were built at the turn of the century, it broke my heart.

I was always fiercely proud of my Jewish heritage. I believe that we have to take care of our own. There would be no Israel if there was no IDF. If Israel is to stay strong, the IDF must be strong. I wanted to do everything I could for the soldiers who were fighting for our homeland, and for our heritage.”

- Jerry Kaplan

 


"I did not serve in the Israeli army and always felt indebted to the country which is a big part of who I am......The FIDF gave me the opportunity to fulfill my desire to serve Israel"

- Ronny Ben Josef

 


"The IDF has proven itself over and over again as the defender of Israel and the Jewish People. Israel's survival is dependent upon the strength of the IDF. Its strength is, however, also dependent on the emotional and physical wellbeing of our soldiers. If we can't assist our soldiers in defending our homeland, at least we can make their daily lives a little easier."

- Dr. Fred Endzweig

 


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