About the Greater Miami Chapter
The Greater Miami Chapter of the FIDF was founded in 1998 by Paul Kwitni z”l, Miriam Jacobi , Nily Falic, Moshe Bondar, Masza Rok, Malka Kurkin, Tania Friedman, Eva Kokiel, Jack Chester, and Adela Burnstyn. Today we have almost 31,000 supporters who are either snowbirds or hail from Cuba, Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, or Israel.
Our chapter has funded a wide range of capital projects for Israel’s soldiers, including: the Elias & Sarita Bibliowicz Synagogue, the Braman Family Synagogue, the Isaac and Nieves Olemberg and Family Cultural and Educational Sports Centers, the Braman Family Medical Center, the Falic Family Cultural, Educational & Sports Center for the Givati Brigade, the Florida Cultural Center on the Naval Base in Haifa, the Florida House in Ashkelon, and the Bahad 1 Infirmary.
Providing educational opportunities to soldiers is a major focus for our region. We have sponsored hundreds of IMPACT! students over the years and are currently funding nearly 200. We have also adopted the Golani Brigade and are currently supporting the Yehuda, Shomron, Binyamin, Menashe, Efrayim, and Etzion regional commands, as well as the Lions of Golan, Bislach 17, and the David Sling battalions.
Throughout the year, it is our pleasure to host a variety of events for our community, including parlor meetings, musical ensembles, movie nights, family days, casino nights, pool parties and our Annual Gala, which attracts upwards of 1,000 people and raises up to $3.5 million. We are fortunate to count the following foundations as benefactors of our cause: Robert Russell memorial Foundation, Jack Chester Foundation, Norman and Irma Braman Foundation, Phillip and Patricia Frost Philanthropic Foundation, Inc., Olemberg Family Foundation, and the Cherna Moskowitz Foundation.
Congratulations to the winners of our raffle!
First prize (two free airline tickets to Israel): Mr. & Mrs. Roberto Elovic
Second prize (Dimodolo Sterling Silver and Black Onix Necklace and earring): Ms. Elena Salomon
Third prize (Fine art painting): Mrs. Esta orovitz
|Oscar Feldenkreis - President||Dr. Shmuel Katz*|
|Evelyn Katz - Vice president||Nathan Lewinger*|
|Edith Newman - Vice president||Monica Sasson*|
|Dr .Nily Falic - National Chairman Emeritus*||Dror Zadok*|
|Gabriel Groisman||Miriam Zadok*|
|Paula Hertzberg||Uzi Zohar|
|Orly Alexander||Uzi Hardoon||Dr. Shirley Press|
|Shlomo Attas||Tzippy Holand||Malcia Rothstein|
|Dr. Ann Ballen Aguilar||Meir Izak||Avi Samuels|
|Rabbi Jeremy Barras||Miriam Jacobi Josielewski||Shoshana Schecter|
|Michael A. Behar***||Malka Kaduri||Benny Shabtai|
|Morris Berger||Dan Karten**||Jose Tabacinic|
|Marcel Calef||Sisel Klurman||Harry Tempkins|
|Miguel Chocron||Anita Krieger||Fiona Welles|
|Pini Dagan||Dr. Rachel Lapidot||Michael Werner|
|Rose Dagan||Eugene Lebovitz||Nancy Yariv|
|Ari Deshe||Rosy Lofer||Tzemach Yariv|
|Gil Dezer||Brad Meier**||Tova Yemin|
|Irwin Edelstein||Jaime Mittleman**||Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun|
|Tibor Feldmar||Joel Newman||Tova Zohar|
|Evan Glassman**||Michael Newman|
|Adrian Green||Ronit Neuman|
|Michelle Green||Aviva Oberlender|
|*Past President **YL Past President ***YL President|