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, Chief Executive Officer

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. 


Ricki Alon Bernie Groveman Wendy Moskowitz Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
Harvey Axelrod David Hager Jorde Nathan Ofer Yardeni
Gary Balter Joseph Hanano Spencer Partrich Zach Zalben
Sammy Bar–Or Larry J. Hochberg – Chairman Emeritus* Marc Perlman – President * Arie Zweig
Daniel Benedict Daniel Hyman Robert Polak
Ronny Ben–Joseph Mike Izak Amitai Raziel *
Max Blankfeld Avi Kaner Stephen Wayne Rubin, Esq. – Secretary/General Counsel *
Al Brody Michael Karlin Hyla Ruby
Doug Bunim Alan Katz Ari Ryan
Robert Burman Shmuel Katz Haim Saban
Bobby Cohen * Alice Klein Monica Sasson
Fred Distenfeld Netta Korin Ron Sedley
Nily Falic – Chairman Emeritus * Richard Kwal Rob Selati – Treasurer *
Bill Fox Tim Levart Morrie Silverman
Al Frank Morey Levovitz * Norman Smith
Aaron Ganz Nathan Lewinger Garry Sobel
Fred Gluckman – Chairman* Brian Mermelshtein Lloyd Sokoloff
Mitch Gold Sharon Mishkin Arthur Stark – Chairman Emeritus *
Gabriel Groisman Jerry Mizel Peter Weintraub – Chairman Emeritus *
Harry Gross Sam Moshe David Wiener