About the Long Island Chapter
The Long Island Chapter of FIDF was founded in 1986 by Jerry Kaplan who served as the Long Island Dinner Chairman for more than 20 years and led the Chapter’s support of Israel’s young men and women of the IDF. Edeed Ben-Josef, his successor, served as chairman for several years until he handed the torch to his son Ronny Ben-Josef who continues the tradition.
Our Chapter is comprised of a North Shore and South Shore/Five Towns division, each of which hosts its own galas and conducts its fundraising efforts on behalf of IDF soldiers. In addition to annual galas we host many parlor meetings, school visits with soldiers, concerts with the IDF musical ensemble, and other community events across Long Island.
Our Chapter is a proud beneficiary of the generosity of the Iranian American Jewish Federation of NY (IAJF). IAJF supports FIDF’s Formal Education Program, which allows soldiers to earn their high school diplomas while serving their country. In addition to supporting several battalions such as the Haruv Battalion, Netzach Yehuda, and Squadrons 114, 118 and 210, members of our community also enjoy making meaningful connections with IDF’s soldiers on their trips to Israel. Our incredible teens also created their own fundraiser to support their brothers and sisters in Israel.