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