FIDF missions are unlike any other. You will journey through history, society, and culture, taking in the iconic highlights of each destination, while gaining a unique perspective from those who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect those very landmarks. You will delve into an unforgettable educational experience, led by inspiring mission leaders, marked by spirited conversations, and shared with newfound friends. The friendships are forever, the experience is everlasting.
What sets our missions apart is the extraordinary, exclusive access to the people who are setting the world agenda and to places normally off-limits. You will go behind-the-scenes to tour IDF bases, and you will personally meet with top officials and dignitaries. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to truly engage with the men and women of the Israel Defense Forces.
WHY TRAVEL WITH FIDF?
When you go on an FIDF mission, you become a part of something larger than yourself. Traveling to Israel with FIDF and getting to know the soldiers who safeguard Israel 24/7 is a true testament of your support. It could not be more meaningful to our brothers and sisters in uniform. As they stand on the frontlines, day in and day out, we stand in solidarity with them and show them that they are not alone. Each smile, each hug, and each word of encouragement from their friends across the ocean helps them immensely through their services.
Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi Amir, Friends of the IDF National Director & CEO
During his distinguished 33 years of military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Major General Meir Klifi-Amir held several command positions within the IDF, including Head of the IDF Paratroopers Brigade and the Commander of the Givati Brigade. From 2007-2010, General Klifi served as the Military Secretary to Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu and operated as the Special Security Advisor and Partner in National Security decisions. He assumed his role at FIDF in 2014. General Klifi holds a B.A. in political science from Haifa University and is a graduate of Israel’s National Security College. He is married to Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir, and they have three children.
Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi Amir
Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir has been a trailblazer and pioneer for women in the military throughout her 30-year career with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Gila was the first female Deputy Commander of the Combat Support Basic Training Unit and then the first female Commander for the Ground Forces and Combat Support Basic Training Units. She established and became the first Head of the Infrastructure and Deployment Department and then served as the IDF Advisor to the Chief of the General Staff for Women’s Issues. Gila holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and an MA in Political Science and Public Administration from Bar Ilan University, as well as an MA from Haifa University. Gila has three children and lives in New York City.
Rabbi Peter Weintraub, Friends of the IDF National President
Rabbi Peter Weintraub is founder of Bristol Associates, Ltd., a home furnishings textile business that he has grown into a worldwide enterprise. In 2007, he also established BCP Home Fashions. He opened a sheet factory in Israel in 2004 near Gaza and after Israel’s disengagement, he moved the factory to the rocket-afflicted town of Sderot where he employed 75 mostly single mothers. In addition to his extensive community outreach, Rabbi Weintraub and his wife, Ellen, are avid supporters of FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program, sponsoring more than 60 students, and built a recreation center at the Reim Army Base near Gaza. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Rabbi Weintraub earned a B.A. in Psychology from CCNY, Masters from Hebrew Union College, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College where he also earned his Doctorate of Divinity. He officiated the weddings of all five of his children.
Robert (Bobby) Nathaniel Cohen, Esq., Friends of the IDF National Vice President
Robert “Bobby” Cohen is Chair of family-owned Daycon Products Co., Inc., a leading janitor supply company that his father founded in 1942. He was elected President of the International Sanitation Supply Association and currently is on the ISSA Educational Foundation. He is also the founder of RoCo Water Services. Bobby earned a B.A. from Syracuse University, a J.D. from American University College of Law, and attended University of Virginia Darden School of Business’s Advanced Studies program. Bobby and his wife Lorraine have been married for more than 50 years. The consistently give back to their community through many charitable organizations and Bobby served as a trustee of Syracuse University Business School and an Executive Board member of Congregation B’Nai Tzedek. They have been great supporters of FIDF since 2008.
“FIDF’s Leadership Mission exceeded all of my expectations! I gained a whole new understanding of Israel through the eyes of its soldiers and I will be forever be connected to this land of miracles through the relationships I made, the intellectual growth, and memories I will hold dear.”
- National Leadership Mission 2016 Participant
“It’s one thing to read and learn about the Holocaust from books and films; it’s another to see it. When we paid tribute to the millions of men, women and children who lost their lives there by marching into the camp led by 50 IDF soldiers proudly flying the Israeli flag, it felt so good to show how proud, strong, and vibrant Israel has become.”
– From Holocaust to Independence Mission 2017 Participant
“The FIDF Women’s Mission was amazing! Beyond amazing! It was the best trip I ever took, not just to Israel, but anywhere. It was even better than my visit to the Great Wall of China or my African Safari!”
- Women’s Mission 2017 Participant