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

*Executive Committee