FIDF relies on the commitment and dedication of our volunteer board members and staff to ensure that we are delivering on our mission each and every day.
Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, National Director and Chief Executive Officer
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 Commander of the 55th Paratroopers Brigade and the Commander of the Infantry 84th Givati Brigade.
From 2001-2007, General Klifi held a wide range of commanding roles, including Commander of the 91st Division on the Israel-Lebanon border, the Head of the Joint Doctrine and Training Division of the General Staff Command, and the Deputy Chief of the Ground Forces Command.
From 2007-2010, General Klifi served as the Military Secretary to Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu and operated as their Special Security Advisor and Partner in National Security decisions.
Prior to assuming his role as National Director and CEO of Friends of the IDF in September 2014, General Klifi worked as a security consultant, specializing in national security and strategic planning for governments and agencies worldwide.
General Klifi holds a B.A. in Political Science from Haifa University in Israel, and he is a graduate of Israel’s National Security College. He is married to Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir, and they have three children.
Lilach Ohad, Chief Operating Officer
Lilach joined Friends of the IDF directly following her military service in Israel and has risen through the ranks over the course of her 18 year tenure with the organization. As COO, Lilach has facilitated the growth of FIDF’s infrastructure, overseeing an expansion with new chapters around the country.
Prior to assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer, she established FIDF’s Projects and Programs Division and served as its director, vastly expanding the organization’s footprint on the ground in Israel. Under her leadership, FIDF’s programmatic support for Israel’s soldiers broadened and increased. Lilach holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nina Hanan, Ph.D., Chief Development Officer
Nina Hanan has served as a nonprofit executive management & development professional for over 20 years with a successful track record in the Jewish community. Prior to joining FIDF in 2015, she was the Chief Development Officer at the Anti-Defamation League.
Nina grew up in Israel and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School & University Center at the City University of New York. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Women in Development (WID), and is the co-chair of WID’s President’s Council.
Jeffrey Goldberg, Chief Financial Officer
Jeffrey Goldberg is a finance and accounting executive with broad expertise serving philanthropic and educational organizations for over 30 years. He was the Chief Financial Officer at Central Synagogue, the Controller at Kaplan, Inc. and City Parks Foundation, and an audit manager at KPMG and Arthur Andersen, where his clients included many Jewish and other nonprofit organizations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Jeff graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.B.A. In Accounting from Adelphi University.
|Peter Weintraub - National Chairman*|
|Arthur Stark - Chairman Emeritus*|
|Dr. Nily Falic - Chairwoman Emeritus*|
|Larry J. Hochberg - Chairman Emeritus*|
|Marvin Josephson - Chairman Emeritus|
|Robert Cohen - National President*|
|Rob Selati - Treasurer*|
|Joel Greenberg - Vice President*|
|Marc Perlman - Vice President*|
|Stephen Wayne Rubin, Esq. - Secretary/General Counsel*|
|Ricki Alon||Paul Guerin||Sharon Mishkin||Fela Shapell|
|Harvey Axelrod||Irwin Haber||Gerald Mizel||Dr. Robert Shillman|
|Sammy Bar-Or||David Hager||Sam Moshe||Morris Silverman|
|Rosaline Barron||Bob Hammer||Wendy Moskowitz||Norman Smith|
|Ronny Ben-Josef||Daniel J. Hyman||Jorde Nathan||Garry Sobel|
|Scott Black||Mike Izak||Soraya & Younes Nazarian||Lloyd Sokoloff|
|Max Blankfeld||Marc Jason||Melinda Lowell Paltrow||Elie Weiss|
|Alan Brody||Dr. Michael Kalisman||Spencer Partrich||Michael Werner|
|Oscar Feldenkreis||Jerry Kaplan||Robert Polak||David Wiener|
|Tony Felzen||Alan Katz||Amitai Raziel||Shahram Yaghoubzadeh|
|William Fox||Dr. Shmuel Katz||Israel Roizman||Ofer Yardeni|
|Al Frank||Shari & Alon Kaufman||Tony Rubin||Robert Zarnegin|
|Fred Gluckman*||Richard Kwal||Ari Ryan||Arie Zweig|
|Harry Gross*||Nathan Lewinger||Haim Saban|
|Gabriel Groisman||Nicole Lowenstein||Monica Sasson|
|Bernie Groveman||Daniel Mani||Jason Schwalbe|