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.  

Lilach Ohad, Chief Operating Officer

Lilach joined Friends of the IDF directly following her military service in Israel and has risen through the ranks over the course of her 18 year tenure with the organization. As COO, Lilach has facilitated the growth of FIDF’s infrastructure, overseeing an expansion with new chapters around the country.

Prior to assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer, she established FIDF’s Projects and Programs Division and served as its director, vastly expanding the organization’s footprint on the ground in Israel. Under her leadership, FIDF’s programmatic support for Israel’s soldiers broadened and increased. Lilach holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeffrey Goldberg, Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Goldberg is a finance and accounting executive with broad expertise serving philanthropic and educational organizations for over 30 years. He was the Chief Financial Officer at Central Synagogue, the Controller at Kaplan, Inc. and City Parks Foundation, and an audit manager at KPMG and Arthur Andersen, where his clients included many Jewish and other nonprofit organizations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Jeff graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.B.A. In Accounting from Adelphi University.


 

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

*Executive Committee