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.

Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, National Director and Chief Executive Officer

During his distinguished 33 years of military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Major General Meir Klifi-Amir held several command positions within the IDF, including Commander of the 55th Paratroopers Brigade and the Commander of the Infantry 84th Givati Brigade.

From 2001-2007, General Klifi held a wide range of commanding roles, including Commander of the 91st Division on the Israel-Lebanon border, the Head of the Joint Doctrine and Training Division of the General Staff Command, and the Deputy Chief of the Ground Forces Command.

From 2007-2010, General Klifi served as the Military Secretary to Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu and operated as their Special Security Advisor and Partner in National Security decisions.

Prior to assuming his role as National Director and CEO of Friends of the IDF in September 2014, General Klifi worked as a security consultant, specializing in national security and strategic planning for governments and agencies worldwide.

General Klifi holds a B.A. in Political Science from Haifa University in Israel, and he is a graduate of Israel’s National Security College. He is married to Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir, and they have three children. 

Joshua Fogelson, Deputy National Director

Joshua Fogelson headshot

Joshua Fogelson recently joined the FIDF after serving as CEO of Jewish Agency International Development, leading the Jewish Agency’s global financial resource development efforts.

Previously Joshua was Executive Director for Strategic Development at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, launching a major endowment campaign initiative and overseeing relationships with Federations, foundations and major donors. Mr. Fogelson spent over 20 years as a senior Federation Executive - as Chief Executive Officer of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, Executive Director of the Nashville Jewish Federation, as well as Campaign Director and Community Relations Director of the Atlanta Jewish Federation.

Joshua holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Leeds, lived in Israel for eight years and served in the Israel Defense Forces. Joshua is married to Shelley Fogelson, Lower School Director at the Hannah Senesh School in Brooklyn, and has three children.

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.

Nina Hanan, Ph.D., Chief Development Officer

Nina Hanan has served as a nonprofit executive management & development professional for over 20 years with a successful track record in the Jewish community. Prior to joining FIDF in 2015, she was the Chief Development Officer at the Anti-Defamation League.

Nina grew up in Israel and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School & University Center at the City University of New York. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Women in Development (WID), and is the co-chair of WID’s President’s Council.

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


Peter Weintraub - National Chairman*
Arthur Stark - Chairman Emeritus*
Dr. Nily Falic - Chairwoman Emeritus*
Larry J. Hochberg - Chairman Emeritus*
Marvin Josephson - Chairman Emeritus
Robert Cohen - National President*
Rob Selati - Treasurer*
Marc Perlman - Vice President*
Tony Rubin - Vive President*
Stephen Wayne Rubin, Esq. - Secretary/General Counsel*

Ricki Alon David Hager Soraya & Younes Nazarian
Harvey Axelrod Bob Hammer Melinda Lowell Paltrow
Sammy Bar-Or Daniel J. Hyman Spencer Partrich
Rosaline Barron Mike Izak Robert Polak
Ronny Ben-Josef Marc Jason Israel Roizman
Scott Black Dr. Michael Kalisman Ari Ryan
Max Blankfeld Jerry Kaplan Monica Sasson
Alan Brody Michael Karlin Fela Shapell
Doug Bunim Alan Katz Dr. Robert Shillman
Robert Burman Dr. Shmuel Katz Morris Silverman
Oscar Feldenkreis Shari & Alon Kaufman Norman Smith
Tony Felzen Andrew Klaber Garry Sobel
William Fox Richard Kwal Lloyd Sokoloff
Al Frank Nathan Lewinger Elie Weiss
Fred Gluckman* Shawn Miller Michael Werner
Joel Greenberg Sharon Mishkin David Wiener
Harry Gross* Gerald Mizel Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
Gabriel Groisman  Sam Moshe Ofer Yardeni
Bernie Groveman Wendy Moskowitz Robert Zarnegin
Irwin Haber Jorde Nathan Arie Zweig

*Executive commitee