About the New York Chapter

The New York Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces was founded at the inception of the organization in 1981. Today we are more than 50,000 strong and we are incredibly proud of all that we do support the young men and women of the IDF.

Located at the FIDF headquarters, the New York Chapter includes a Real Estate Division and the very active FIDF NY Young Leadership Chapter. We host numerous events throughout the year including exclusive briefings with high-ranking IDF Officers, cocktail receptions, parlor meetings, film screenings and luncheons.

FIDF’s iconic New York Annual Gala attracts more than 1,200 people, including celebrities and the who’s who of New York Jewish philanthropy. Featuring Israeli and American Dignitaries, as well as esteemed IDF top brass, the event raises upwards of 24 million dollars in a single evening. Last year alone, we raised $35 million in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform. We are proud to currently be supporting more than 80 IMPACT! students.



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Board Members

Adam Bell Harry Tuvel Ronit Hanan
Amy Geldzahler Jay Zimmet Sammy Bar-Or
Annette Stern Jodi Scherl Saul Scherl
Avi Oren Lance Drucker Seth Geldzahler
Mel Berger Lisa Nadler Sharon Raanan
Brian Katz Lloyd Sokoloff Shelly Talmud
Moshe Cazaz Marc Breslaw Steve Mermelstein
Cheri Deshe Marc Zimmet Steve Talmud
David Moskovic Martin Heistein Sylvia Zimmet
Debbie Cazaz Melinda Lowell-Paltrow Thomas Nadler
Beth Drucker Michael Axelrod  
Ellen Sokoloff Norbert Schacter