Peter Weintraub, a longtime leader in the New York Jewish and business communities and a national board member of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), has been named national president of FIDF.
Weintraub, 64, of Scarsdale, NY, was elected to the national leadership position after being deeply active in FIDF for more than 13 years. This past March, Weintraub chaired the 2015 FIDF National New York Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, which raised over $24 million for the educational, cultural, recreational, and social needs of the brave men and women of the IDF.
“Peter and his family have been an important part of FIDF for over 13 years. He has been a pillar of strength, a leader of FIDF’s spirit and its mission on behalf of Israel’s brave soldiers,” said FIDF national director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir. “I am delighted that Peter accepted the role of FIDF’s national president and am confident that FIDF will flourish under his leadership. His deep love, commitment, and generosity for the State of Israel and its soldiers serve as a promise for his success as national president and the success of FIDF for many years to come. May he go from strength to strength.”
One of Weintraub’s first FIDF projects was to help build recreational facilities at an IDF base in Israel, which today bears the names of his late parents. He has also sponsored more than 70 IDF soldiers over the years with university tuition assistance, through the FIDF IMPACT! scholarship program. “When the soldiers benefit from a program like this, it helps them realize how much we care and that they are not alone,” he said.
Weintraub’s FIDF support goes hand in hand with his ardent Zionism. At one point, he opened a factory in the southern city of S’derot, which has endured Hamas rocket attacks for years, and helped employ women who are victims of domestic violence. When the factory closed, Weintraub used proceeds to support FIDF.
“I am honored to serve as president of FIDF. The brave and dedicated young men and women of the IDF give everything they have to protect their country as well as the wellbeing and security of Jews throughout the world,” said Weintraub. “We at FIDF take seriously the Jewish mandate: kolYisraelarevimzehla’zeh, that all of us–keepers of the Jewish flame–are responsible for each other. I hope to build upon the already enormous support FIDF provides and encourage many more to become part of the mission: Their job is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.”
For more information about Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, please visit www.fidf.org.