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. 


Alisa Abecassis David Hager Robert Polak
Ricki Alon Larry J. Hochberg – Chairman Emeritus* Amitai Raziel*
Harvey Axelrod Daniel J. Hyman Israel Roizman
Gary Balter Mike Izak Anthony Rubin
Sammy Bar-Or Marc Jason Stephen Wayne Rubin – Secretary/General Counsel*
Daniel Benedict Marvin Josephson z”l Ari Ryan
Ronny Ben-Josef Michael Kalisman Haim Saban
Scott Black Avi Kaner Monica Sasson
Max Blankfeld Michael Karlin Ron Sedley
Alan Brody Alan Katz Rob Selati – Treasurer*
Doug Bunim Shmuel Katz Robert Shillman
Robert Burman Andrew Klaber Morris Silverman
Robert Cohen* Netta Korin Norman Smith
Fred Distenfeld Richard Kwal Garry Sobel
Nily Falic – Chairman Emeritus* Barbara Leff Lloyd Sokoloff
Oscar Feldenkreis Morey Levovitz Arthur Stark – Chairman Emeritus*
William Fox Nathan Lewinger Peter Weintraub – Board Chairman*
Albert Frank Brian Mermelshtein Michael Werner
Aaron Ganz Sharon Mishkin David Wiener
Fred Gluckman – President* Gerald Mizel Shahram Yaghoubzadeh
Mitch Gold Sam Moshe Ofer Yardeni
Gabriel Groisman Wendy Moskowitz Zack Zalben
Harry Gross Jorde Nathan Arie Zweig
Bernard Groveman Spencer Partrich
Irwin Haber Marc Perlman – Vice President*
*Executive Committee