FIDF relies on the commitment and dedication of our volunteer board members and staff to ensure that we are delivering on our mission each and every day.


Rabbi Steven Weil, National Director and Chief Executive Officer

Steve Weil

Rabbi Steven Weil comes to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) following an 11-year tenure at the Orthodox Union. The son of a German cattle dealer, Steven grew up on a farm in Upstate New York. He attended Yeshiva University, concurrently completing his ordination at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) and a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Steve began his career teaching, and then moved to pulpit work, first in Michigan and then in Beverly Hills, California. In 2009, Steve and his family returned to the East Coast to assume the position of Senior Managing Director of the Orthodox Union, where he led their institutional advancement and community engagement efforts.

Steve is deeply passionate about Jewish continuity, and engagement within and outside the Jewish community. He is an ardent proponent of Jewish education and the future of the Jewish people – its younger generation. With his life-long love and devotion to the state of Israel, Steve has channeled his talents and energy into fostering governmental and organizational relationships, in support of the Jewish homeland.

Steve is thrilled to be part of the FIDF family, and is excited to channel his skills in institutional advancement as well as his vast experience in the Jewish community to support Israel and its heroic guardians, the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Rabbi Weil resides in New Jersey with his wife and is a proud father and grandfather.  

Our Board
Alisa Abecassis Larry J. Hochberg - Chairman Emeritus* Marc Perlman - Vice President*
Ricki Alon Daniel Hyman Robert Polak
Harvey Axelrod Meir Izak Amitai Raziel*
Sammy Bar-Or Marc Jason Israel Roizman
Daniel Benedict Michael Kalisman Anthony Rubin - Vice President*
Ronny Ben-Josef Jerry Kaplan Stephen Rubin - Secretary/General Counsel*
Scott Black Michael Karlin Ari Ryan
Max Blankfeld Alan Katz Haim Saban
Al Brody Shmuel Katz Monica Sasson
Doug Bunim Shari & Alon Kaufman Rob Selati - Treasurer*
Robert Burman Andrew Klaber Fela Shapell z"l
Robert Cohen - President Richard Kwal Robert Shillman
Fred Distenfeld Avi Lerner Morris Silverman
Nily Falic - Chairman Emeritus* Morey Levovitz Norman Smith
Oscar Feldenkreis Nathan Lewinger Garry Sobel
William Fox Melinda Lowell-Paltrow Lloyd Sokoloff
Albert Frank Brian Mermelshtein Arthur Stark - Chairman Emeritus*
Fred Gluckman* Sharon Mishkin Peter Weintraub - Board Chairman*
Mitch Gold Gerald Mizel Michael Werner
Gabriel Groisman Sam Moshe David Wiener
Harry Gross Wendy Moskowitz Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
Bernard Groveman Jorde Nathan Ofer Yardeni
Irwin Haber Soraya & Younes Nazarian Arie Zweig
David Hager Spencer Partrich  

*Executive Committee