Friends of the IDF

At Friends Of The IDF Dinner, Inbal Mourns Her Twin Brother

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Inbal Grintzvaig remembers her brother Avi so well. She says he was the average mischievous brother who was always getting into trouble growing up in Petach Tikvah. Nothing serious. Because they were twins, their parents made sure they were placed in different classes in school “so we can develop our own identity.”

Lt. Inbal Grintzvaig misses her twin brother. Tim Boxer/JW

'Die-Ins' Spread To NYC

Jewish Voice for Peace members arrested at Friends of IDF office during protest.


Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Pro-Palestinian protesters have held 'die-in' protests in several cities worldwide. Getty Images

At IDF Dinner, The Story of Dani's Medal

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Yael Schiffenbauer came from Israel last month for the annual New York dinner of Friends of the IDF. At the dinner, she shared the story of her husband, Dani, and the medal FIDF awarded him.

Yael Schiffenbauer and Arthur Stark at Friends of IDF dinner. Courtesy of FIDF

Tim Boxer At Friends Of IDF

Jewish Week Online Columnist

As radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley exhorted us to put away all cellphones and other recording and photographic devices, we braced with anticipation for a rare glimpse of Israel’s covert monitoring of terrorist activity.

Israel’s two intelligence services, Mossad (external) and Shin Bet (internal),  are universally known and respected. What’s little known is the third component of the Israeli intelligence community, known as Aman (Directorate of Military Intelligence).

Nelly Barak with son-in-law Nir Shrem at FIDF event. Photo by Tim Boxer

Stevie Wonder Backs Out Of LA Friends Of IDF Event


The head of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces expressed his regret that Grammy-winning singer Stevie Wonder has pulled out of performing at a fundraiser for the group.

The "Superstition" recordng legend was scheduled to headline the Friends of the IDF annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars to support the Israeli military.

Tim Boxer At Friends of the IDF Dinner


One of the supreme joys in Mir Hadassi’s young life was when she and her parents converted to Judaism in Holland and made aliya. “From the very first moment I saw Israel I fell in love,” she said. Her devotion to the nation intensified when she did her military service in the north which came under rocket fire during the first Lebanon war in 1982.

At the same time she met her husband Yossi and, after army service, settled in Kibbutz Merhavia (where Golda Meir first lived when she arrived in 1921).

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