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.

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 - Vice President*
Stephen Wayne Rubin, Esq. - Secretary/General Counsel*

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

*Executive committee