About the Michigan Chapter

The Michigan Chapter was founded in 1996 by Norman Pappas, Hannan Lis and Ann Newman. Through the very generous support of the William and Audrey Farber Foundation, as well as countless individuals, our Chapter supports FIDF’s full scope of projects with a special emphasis on educational programs both through Formal Education and IMPACT! scholarships.

Our Annual Gala Dinner attracts over 700 attendees. We also host yearly Four Stars Impact Society Donor Appreciation events, Women’s Luncheons, Exclusive IDF Briefing programs and Synagogue events.

We are very proud to have sponsored the Michigan House in Ashkelon and to be among those that helped upgrade the Yamam Sports Center. The Sports Center provide much needed services for the young men and women of the IDF who are part of Israel’s counter terrorism unit, responsible for hostage rescue operations and offensive take over raids against targets in civilian areas. In addition, the Michigan Chapter has sponsored briefing rooms, leisure clubs, mobile gyms, and synagogues for soldiers all over Israel. As part of the Midwest Region, we also adopt the Paratroopers Brigade.

An ongoing focus for our Chapter is to grow our community by engaging with the next generation of leaders.


Upcoming Events


2019 Michigan Chapter Annual Dinner


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Board Members
Justin Becker      James Katz          Ann Newman, (Chairmen Emeritus) Gary Shiffman, President
Aaron Belen       Linda Katzman   Aliza Nivy  Benny Spielmann 
Joshua Berkovitz, Co-Vice President Alon Kaufman, Chairman Mark Orechkin  Aubrey Tobin    
Richard Bloom, Treasurer Shari Kaufman, Co-Vice President Elaine Robins, Secretary Brenda Wayne, Executive Committee
Mira Eisenberg  Lenny Lachover                                  Izak Rozin  Bryan Weinstein              
Shlomi Hamer    Arie Leibovitz     Uri Segal              
Pat Haron            Eugene Neugebohr                          Eugene Sherizen