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.
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.
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” 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.