Illinois Chapter

About the Illinois Chapter

The Illinois Chapter was founded in 1981. Based in Chicago, we represent the larger Midwest community. Our leadership is nearly 70-strong, made up of a committed and engaged Board of Directors who oversee the year-round activities for our 2,500 members in support of the young men and women of the FIDF.

We host a wide range of events, including Bourbon & BBQ, Women’s Brigade Annual Benefit, Yom Ha’atzmaut and the Paratroopers Delegation community celebrations, as well as missions to Israel. Our Annual Dinner attracts over 800 people and raises more than $2MM. Our chapter is also proud to have a very active Young Leadership group.

The Illinois Chapter has undertaken several capital projects for IDF soldiers to enjoy, including the Herrendorf Family Sports Center at the Meishar Base, Sklare Sports Center at the Haifa Naval Training Base, the Polak Sports and Recreation Center at the Shraga Base, the Zweig Auditorium and Garden on Tel Nof Base, and many more. The Ramat Gan Lone Soldier Home provides apartments for those serving away from their families, while the Silverman Family and Lori Komisar Clinic provides medical care for the thousands of soldiers who serve on the Nevatim Air Force Base.

We are also avid supporters of IMPACT! scholarships. Our Region alone funds more than 20% of the over 4,000 IMPACT! students. In addition, our community has adopted the Paratrooper Brigade.

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Contact this chapter to learn how you can get involved with FIDF locally.

Executive Board Members

Daniel J. Hyman, Chairman
Rob Selati, Vice President
Nancy Babendir, Secretary/Treasurer
Andrew Goodman
Benjamin Leshem
Jorde M. Nathan

Board Members

Michael BalkinMichael GoldbergIsrael LeviJohn Shear
Robert BernatSteven GoldishJonathan MarkowitzRichard Sheiner
Craig BernfieldAri GolsonGerald MizelMorris Silverman
Steven BlonderRobert HarrisLiora MizelRichard Sincere
Craig BondySteven HefterJennifer NewmanRonald Sirt
Al BrodyDavid HellerLouis PasterDaniel Stern
Douglas CohenLarry HochbergRobert PolakNoga Villalon
Lance CulterAdam HoeflichJames ResnickGerald Weiner
Oren DekaloDavid IsraelBarry RosenthalLaurence Weiner
Dan DrexlerRobert JacobsonSaul RudoPerry Weinstein
Steven DryEric JaffeeLoren SchechterAl Winick
Sig FeigerDonald KirkCary SchiffJoseph Wolf
Michael FishmanLarry KuglerGregg SchneiderBradley Young
Albert FrankDennis LapidusMark SchneiderArie Zweig
Fred FriedmanMark LevineEdward Schwartz
Manuel GliksbergHezi LevyGlenn Seiden