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Friends of the IDF


Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is a non-political, non-military organization that provides for wellbeing of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), veterans and family members. We are the single organization authorized to represent the IDF across the United States and Panama, as designated by Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, IDF Chief of the General Staff in March 2017 and by Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, IDF Chief of the General Staff in February 2019.

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.

Established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors under the leadership of John Klein z’l, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 20 regional offices in the United States and Panama, with headquarters in New York City.

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Coronavirus Online Portal

March 24, 2020

As the Coronavirus pandemic causes individuals to socially distance themselves and even self-quarantine, community and connection are more important than ever. That’s why FIDF has launched FIDF Engage, your direct, free, 24/7 online portal to official information and connections to the IDF soldiers.


March 24, 2020

Please visit FIDF Engage often to access exclusive briefings, community events and webinars - all available to you from the comfort of your home. The FIDF Family’s commitment to the heroes of Israel is unwavering and absolute, and we will continue to stand together as a community, providing care and support, for them and each other. Together, we will continue to exhibit the Jewish traits of resilience, unity, and hope, proving once again, that community is a function of resolve, not proximity!

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