About the Ohio Chapter

The Ohio Chapter was founded in 1986. We are 3,000 strong with supporters hailing from Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown and Toledo.

Our community funds 100 IMPACT! students every year, and we’re involved in FIDF’s Adopt a Brigade program for IDF Paratroopers. Additionally, our supporters are avid participants in missions to Israel. Our Annual Dinner attracts over 600 people each year.

Since its founding, the Ohio Chapter has sponsored the Reim Sports Outdoor Court Project, located 2.5 miles from the Gaza Strip. The Chapter has also underwritten a clubhouse at the Navy Base in Rosh Hanikra (sponsored by the Krasney Family), and The Elyakim Clubhouse (sponsored by the Reisman Family). In addition, the Ohio Chapter has sponsored leisure clubs, mobile gyms, and synagogues all over Israel.

We are particularly proud of our role in renovating the basketball court and Gym at the Havat HaShomer base. Havat HaShomer base takes young men who are on the fringe of society, the socially disadvantage, the drug and alcohol users and the criminals, and in 10 short weeks changes their lives, not only integrating them back into the IDF but into Israeli society.


Lane A. Schlessel, MSW
Director, Ohio Chapter

Jill Barron
Development Associate

Upcoming Events


10th Annual Guys' Night Out - August 12, 2021



Ohio 2021 Save the Dates


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Board Members

Beth Brody Michael Millstein

Richard Soclof, Chairman Emeritus

Eric Chajmovic Jan Moskowitz

Marcy Stahm, Secretary

Jeff Cohen, GNO, Event Co-Chair Alice Rickel Rick Tannenbaum
Leah Dicker Brian Robbins Betty Trangle
Michael Drusinsky Ileen Rosner Dan Ungar
Rob Friedman Leo Rosner Marci Ungar
Jeff Gottlieb Shelley Roth, President Emeritus Richard Uria, Chairman
Lorin Gottlieb Peter Saltz Elie Weiss, Chairman Emeritus
Irwin Haber, Chairman Emeritus Edia Shai Rabbi Stephen Weiss
Erica Hartman Horvitz Bruce Sherman Zev Weiss, Chairman Emeritus
Judy Kaufman, 4-Star IMPACT! Society Chair Carol Sherman Cindy Wolf
Ronald J. Lorig Rabbi Joshua Skoff Marc Wolf
David B. Malik Debi Slater  
Jared Miller Howard Slater