News and updates about FIDF

Itay Levy wows New York audience: 'Have no fear, Israel!'

Israeli singer Itay Levy performs at a sold-out fundraiser for Friends of the IDF. 'In name of my country and my people, thank you.'

Itay Levy wows New York audience: 'Have no fear, Israel!'

FIDF ensures Israeli soldiers will enjoy Rosh Hashanah

Gift cards worth $1.3M distributed to Lone Soldiers and soldiers in need.

FIDF ensures Israeli soldiers will enjoy Rosh Hashanah

Groundbreaking for new state-of-the-art home for Lone Soldiers

FIDF, IFCJ, and Ha'aguda Lema'an Hachayal fund building with 56 apartments to house Lone Soldiers who left their homes to defend Israel.

Groundbreaking for new state-of-the-art home for Lone Soldiers

Showing gratitude to the IDF, the modern-day Maccabees

Much of the world doesn't realize how much Israel's survival depends on the bravery of the young IDF soldiers who protect it. Op-ed.

Showing gratitude to the IDF, the modern-day Maccabees

American supporters bike across Israel with wounded IDF veterans

American Friends of the IDF bike with wounded veterans across Israel.

American supporters bike across Israel with wounded IDF veterans

Over 2,000 lone soldiers attend annual Nefesh B'Nefesh event

Nefesh B’Nefesh, Friends of the IDF (FIDF), host annual ‘Personal Errands Day’ for Lone Soldiers' as the finale to a special week.

Over 2,000 lone soldiers attend annual Nefesh B'Nefesh event

IDF Chief of Staff salutes FIDF for 21 years of impact

Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, program graduates, join annual event for IDF vets receiving college scholarships.

IDF Chief of Staff salutes FIDF for 21 years of impact

Bride: 'Immigrating to Israel led me to my partner for life'

First lone soldier wedding hosted at Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah Campus in Jerusalem.

Bride: 'Immigrating to Israel led me to my partner for life'

Israeli Air Force major moved by the support of American Jewry

IAF Major who continued in his father's path in the Air Force says that FIDF NY event was a very meaningful and powerful experience.

Israeli Air Force major moved by the support of American Jewry

'Israel is stronger than all of our enemies'

Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks at Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala: The US has stood by our side from the very beginning.

'Israel is stronger than all of our enemies'

Children & siblings of fallen soldiers enjoy unique summer camp

Nearly two dozen children and siblings of fallen Israeli soldiers enjoy US summer camp experience thanks to FIDF.

Children & siblings of fallen soldiers enjoy unique summer camp

Twin brothers make aliyah and will enlist in elite IDF unit

Ari and Ron (18), twin brothers from New York, immigrated to Israel and will be drafted into the Shayetet 13 unit of the Naval Brigade.

Twin brothers make aliyah and will enlist in elite IDF unit

Olympic taekwondo medalist shares experiences as IDF soldier

Israeli Tokyo Olympic taekwondo bronze medalist welcomed at FIDF Washington, D.C., chapter.

Olympic taekwondo medalist shares experiences as IDF soldier

FIDF cuts funding to IDF Widows and Orphans

IDF Widows and Orphans Organization finds itself in dire straits as major contributor set to end financial support.

FIDF cuts funding to IDF Widows and Orphans

IDF soldiers host Iranian Muslims at military base

Iranian Muslim dissidents and activists meet IDF soldiers on Israeli military base on Lebanon border.

IDF soldiers host Iranian Muslims at military base

FIDF announces Hanukkah giving campaign

FIDF announces new Hanukkah giving campaign and virtual lighting series featuring lone soldiers.

FIDF announces Hanukkah giving campaign

Over $15m raised at first-ever virtual FIDF national gala

'Nowhere in the world is there another organization like this,' IDF Chief of Staff says.

Over $15m raised at first-ever virtual FIDF national gala

Largest IDF synagogue to date opens

Soldiers at IDF training campus in Southern Israel can now pray and celebrate in the largest IDF synagogue to date.

Largest IDF synagogue to date opens

1,000 US lone soldiers will not be with families for Passover

Friends of the IDF implements programs to address needs of soldiers stuck on base indefinitely due to coronavirus.

1,000 US lone soldiers will not be with families for Passover

FIDF supporters to cycle across Israel with wounded veterans

American FIDF to host its 5th Annual Ride, an intense six-day bicycle adventure through Israel to show solidarity with Israeli soldiers.

FIDF supporters to cycle across Israel with wounded veterans

Camp for bereaved teens kicks off

D.C. and Philadelphia-area summer camp for children and siblings of fallen Israeli soldiers offers participants fully-funded fun.

Camp for bereaved teens kicks off

Holocaust survivor meets US army vet who liberated her

Sophie Tajch Klisman meets army vet Doug Harvey, thanking him for helping liberate her from Salzwedel concentration camp during WW II.

Holocaust survivor meets US army vet who liberated her

FIDF breaks records

More than half-billion shekels raised to benefit IDF soldiers by American Friends of the IDF (FIDF) in 2018.

FIDF breaks records

20 women FIDF supporters to embark on unique mission to Israel

20 leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces from across the US to join FIDF Women’s Mission to Israel.

20 women FIDF supporters to embark on unique mission to Israel

Surprise celebration for NY native who donated center years ago

In moving ceremony, FIDF honors long-time supporter who donated sports center to IDF soldiers 20 years ago.

Surprise celebration for NY native who donated center years ago

'It's the least we can do'

An interview with a unique man: Max Blankfeld, who sponsors a project exposing UNRWA, and heads the Texas FIDF, among many other things.

'It's the least we can do'

Hollywood honors the IDF

The star-studded event raised $60 million for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Hollywood honors the IDF

"We turn hateful into grateful"

Watch: Staff Sgt. Bar, a paramedic who treats Syrian civilians as part of the IDF’s “Operation Good Neighbor,” at FIDF event.

"We turn hateful into grateful"

'Proud to be a soldier in the IDF'

Watch: Cpt. Or, the first female soldier to command a Patriot Battery, speaks to the participants at the FIDF event in Manhattan.

'Proud to be a soldier in the IDF'

Meet the Rebbe's grandson, an IDF officer

Watch: Arutz Sheva speaks with grandson of Satmar Rebbe who graduated from the IDF's Officer School.

Meet the Rebbe's grandson, an IDF officer

From the battlefield to Manhattan

IDF Soldiers attend annual FIDF event in NYC; 'There's a community who decided to stand side-by-side with IDF; very important contribution.'

From the battlefield to Manhattan

'Thanks to IDF soldiers - Jews can flourish around the world'

Public figures join FIDF in wishing IDF soldiers well: 'Spectacular event shows level of support our soldiers get - highest level ever.'

'Thanks to IDF soldiers - Jews can flourish around the world'

From Israel to Broadway to singing with soldiers

Renowned Israeli singer and former X Factor Israel television personality performs with IDF Musical Ensemble at gala dinner.

From Israel to Broadway to singing with soldiers

During one night: Over $32 million raised for IDF soldiers

1,200 business people and philanthropists salute Israel’s brave soldiers in an inspiring evening attended by IDF soldiers.

During one night: Over $32 million raised for IDF soldiers

Supporters of FIDF to cycle across Israel

Supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) gearing up for an intense six-day bicycle ride through Israel this month.

Supporters of FIDF to cycle across Israel

New IDF synagogue dedicated in time for Jewish New Year

Thanks to Florida natives, Israeli soldiers receive new synagogue in time for High Holidays.

New IDF synagogue dedicated in time for Jewish New Year

NBA star shoots guns with Israeli police during visit

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green visits police training centers during visit to Israel, prompting criticism from leftist groups.

NBA star shoots guns with Israeli police during visit

'We will win every encounter with the enemy'

Friends of the IDF unveil new synagogue, donate Torah scroll to IDF base in southern Israel.

'We will win every encounter with the enemy'

Bed Bath & Beyond President may chair top Jewish policy group

Arthur Stark of Bed Bath & Beyond and Friends of the IDF is likely to chair the Conference of Presidents.

Bed Bath & Beyond President may chair top Jewish policy group

Nefesh B’Nefesh - FIDF ‘personal errands day’ for Lone Soldiers

All essential government agencies whose services are needed by Lone Soldiers were concentrated under one roof in one intensive day.

Nefesh B’Nefesh - FIDF ‘personal errands day’ for Lone Soldiers

Meet the twin IDF lone soldiers

Arutz Sheva speaks with twin brothers Even and Shai Goel, who left their family in the US to join the IDF as 'lone soldiers.'

Meet the twin IDF lone soldiers

Holocaust survivor reunited with woman who hid her from Nazis

At an event held by Friends of the IDF Holocaust survivor Miri Amir meets savior Mirosława Gruszczyńska.

Holocaust survivor reunited with woman who hid her from Nazis

Florida FIDF event raises over $2 million

More than 800 IDF supporters join MK Michael Oren for FIDF gala.

Florida FIDF event raises over $2 million

Over 1,500 lone IDF soldiers gather for personal errands day

Over 40 representatives from various government departments, NGOs, agencies assist lone soldiers with all bureaucratic requirements.

Over 1,500 lone IDF soldiers gather for personal errands day

Women IDF supporters to visit Israel

FIDF delegation to meet with Israeli women political and military leaders.

Women IDF supporters to visit Israel

20 Lone Soldiers Make Aliyah on Hanukkah

72 Olim landed at Ben Gurion Airport this morning, including 20 future Lone Soldiers - ‘present-day Maccabees.’

20 Lone Soldiers Make Aliyah on Hanukkah

Hollywood salutes IDF soldiers

Hollywood stars came to show support for IDF soldiers at annual FIDF gala event in Los Angeles.

Hollywood salutes IDF soldiers

Watch: WWII vet reunited with Holocaust survivor he liberated

Sid Shafner and Marcel Levy forged a close friendship after Shafner liberated Dachau concentration camp, but the two lost touch for decades.

Watch: WWII vet reunited with Holocaust survivor he liberated

Immigrant lone soldiers get some backup

Over 1,500 lone soldiers take part in Yom Siddurim in Tel Aviv, making their lives easier as the bureaucracy comes to them.

Immigrant lone soldiers get some backup

Hollywood celebs raise $31 million for IDF soldiers

Actors and singers take part in massive FIDF event, showing 'amazing support of Hollywood elite and Jewish community' for Israeli soldiers.

Hollywood celebs raise $31 million for IDF soldiers

Syria is '50 Shades of Black,' Says IDF Intelligence Chief

IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi warns FIDF gala audience that internal violence along Syria's borders is growing.

Syria is '50 Shades of Black,' Says IDF Intelligence Chief

Watch: Immigrants Celebrate Thanksgiving in Israel

What does Thanksgiving mean to an expat? Celebrants say traditional American holiday has become universal.

Watch: Immigrants Celebrate Thanksgiving in Israel

Pro-Palestinian Groups to Protest Maccabi Tel Aviv Game in US

In the weeks after Operation Protective Edge, Maccabi Tel Aviv to be met by Pro-Palestinian protestors at their preseason games in the US.

Pro-Palestinian Groups to Protest Maccabi Tel Aviv Game in US

IDF Captain Who Lost Arm Proposes to Girlfriend

Captain Ziv Shilon, who was wounded in a terror attack and lost his arm, proposed to his girlfriend in front of 1,500 people in Miami.

IDF Captain Who Lost Arm Proposes to Girlfriend

50 Soldiers in ‘March of Living’ in Poland

An Israeli Air Force plane flew 50 soldiers and American supporters to Poland to participate in the annual “March of the Living."

50 Soldiers in ‘March of Living’ in Poland

Holocaust Survivor Jungreis: 'It's Happening Again'

"Once again we are surrounded on every side by those who want to destroy us - and they don't hide it," says Rebetzin Esther Jungreis.

Holocaust Survivor Jungreis: 'It's Happening Again'