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