About the San Diego / Orange County / Arizona Chapter

The San Diego, Orange County and Arizona Chapter was originally founded as the San Diego Chapter in 2009 by Dan and Nina Brodsky, Norman and Jill Smith and Julian and Jenny Josephson. With 3,000 supporters hailing from San Diego, Orange County, Arizona, and Mexico, we host parlor meetings, Women’s events, concerts with the IDF Choir, and Lone Soldier Fun Day.

We are active supporters of IMPACT! students, currently sponsoring over 60 student, in addition to two brigades. Additionally, we have helped build several projects for the IDF’s famous 8200 Intelligence Unit, namely a beautiful auditorium on Glilot Base to be used for educational enrichment, ceremonies, and more. We have also completed multiple renovation projects for leisure clubs and gyms. Most recently, we sponsored a new gym on Bislamach Base.

Our annual gala attracts 700 people and raises close to $1M, with exciting themes ranging from IDF ingenuity to the IDF’s humanitarian efforts. Each year, we host at least one mission to Israel, and some years up to four. Participants experience the Jewish State with unparalleled access to dignitaries and bases, deepening their connections to the Israel and her soldiers.

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David Ellman Stephanie Nisan
Raymond Fink Danny Reicht
Alan Katz Robert Shillman
Tamara Klein Norman Smith
Kevin Lyons Simon Vainer
Enrique Pupko-Maizel Ben Weinrib
Doron Malka Nancie Vann
Steve Mizel