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


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Board Members

Beth Brody Ronald Lorig Rabbi Joshua Skoff
Eric Chajmovic David Malik Debi Slater
Jeff Cohen, GNO Event Co-Chair Jared Miller, GNO Event Co-Chair Howard Slater
Lead Dicker Michael Millstein Richard Soclof, Chairman Emeritus
Michael Drusinsky Jan Moskowitz Marcy Stah, Secretary
Barry Freeman Alice Rickel Rick Tannenbaum
Rob Friedman Brian Robbins Betty Trangle
Josh Goldstein Ileen Rosner Dan Ungar
Jeff Gottlieb Leo Rosner Marci Ungar
Lorin Gottlieb Nanette Ross Richard Uria
Irwin Haber, Chairman Shelley Roth, President Emeritus Elie Weiss, Chairman Emeritus
Erica Hartman Horvitz Peter Saltz Rabbi Stephen Weiss
Judy Kaufman, 4-Star IMPACT! Society Chair Edia Shai Zev Weiss, Chairman Emeritus
Donna Kurit Bruce Sherman Cindy Wolf
Geula Lando Carol Sherman Marc Wolf