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.  

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.

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


Mrs. Alisa  Abecassis

Ms. Ricki Alon

Mr. Harvey Axelrod

Mr. Sammy Bar-Or

Dr. Rosaline Barron

Mr. Daniel  Benedict

Mr. Ronny Ben-Josef

Mr. Scott Black

Mr. Max Blankfeld

Mr. Al Brody

Mr. Doug Bunim

Mr. Robert Burman

Mr. Robert Cohen - President*

Mr. Fred  Distenfeld

Dr. Nily Falic - Chairman Emeritus*

Mr. Oscar Feldenkreis

Mr. William Fox

Mr. Albert Frank

Mr. Fred  Gluckman*

Mr. Mitchell Gold

Mayor Gabriel Groisman

Mr. Harry Gross

Mr. Bernard Groveman

Mr. Irwin Haber

Mr. David Hager

Mr. Larry Hochberg - Chairman Emeritus*

Mr. Daniel Hyman

Mr. Meir Izak

Mr. Marc Jason

Dr. Michael Kalisman

Mr. Jerry Kaplan

Mr. Michael Karlin

Dr. Shmuel Katz

Mr. Alan Katz

Mr.&Mrs. Alon & Shari Kaufman

Mr. Andrew  Klaber

Mr. Richard Kwal

Mr. Avi Lerner

Mr. Morey Levovitz

Mr. Nathan Lewinger

Mrs. Melinda Lowell Paltrow

Mr. Brian  Mermelshtein

Mr. Gerald Mizel

Mr. Sam Moshe

Mrs. Wendy Moskowitz

Mr. Jorde Nathan

Mr. Younes Nazarian

Mr. Spencer Partrich

Mr. Marc Perlman - Vice President*

Mr. Robert Polak

Mr. Amitai  Raziel*

Mr. Israel Roizman

Mr. Anthony Rubin - Vice President*

Mr. Stephen Rubin - Secretary/General Counsel*

Mr. Ari Ryan

Mr. Haim  Saban

Mrs. Monica Sasson

Mr. Rob Selati - Treasurer*

Mrs. Fela Shapell

Dr. Robert Shillman

Mr. Morris Silverman

Mr. Norman Smith

Mr. Garry Sobel

Mr. Lloyd Sokoloff

Mr. Arthur Stark - Chairman Emeritus*

Rabbi Peter Weintraub - Board Chairman*

Mr. Michael Werner

Mr. David Wiener

Mr. Shahram Yaghoubzadeh

Mr. Ofer Yardeni

Mr. Arie Zweig

Executive Committee*