With the burgeoning support of its South Texas Chapter in Houston, and the growing number of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters across Texas, FIDF is proud to announce the new North Texas Chapter operating out of Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Under the restructuring, FIDF appointed Julie Jerden as Director of the South Texas Chapter, and Kathi Ravkind Sebastian as Director of the North Texas Chapter.

Kathi Ravkind Sebastian, Director of the FIDF North Texas Chapter
Kathi Ravkind Sebastian, Director of the FIDF North Texas Chapter

Ravkind Sebastian is a nonprofit executive with more than 20 years of experience working internationally and nationally on issues ranging from high-risk youth in emergency shelter settings to drug and alcohol addiction in the local Jewish community and worldwide. 

The new chapter in Dallas-Ft. Worth will help expand FIDF’s reach across Texas and allow more Lone Star communities to participate in supporting well-being and educational programs for Israeli soldiers. Texas is also home to dozens of families of Lone Soldiers, those who make the brave decision to join the Israeli military without having the support system of an immediate family in Israel.

“It is an honor to be chosen to serve as Director of the FIDF North Texas Chapter,” said Ravkind Sebastian. “I look forward to carrying out the vital work of looking out for the brave young soldiers who preserve and protect the freedoms of the Jewish people in Israel and around the world.”

At a time when Israel faces increasingly hostile threats, it is important now more than ever to expand the Texas Region to include an FIDF North Texas Chapter,” said FIDF North Texas Board Chair Yoram Avneri. “I am very proud to be a part of a cause that supports over 105,000 men and women IDF soldiers, wounded veterans, and the families of fallen soldiers. I look forward to all the communities in North and South Texas working together to support this important cause.”