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FIDF initiates and helps support social, educational, cultural and recreational programs & facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Central Region – Young Leadership (YL) officially began in the summer of 2007 to provide a group for the thousands of IDF supporters in Chicago and the greater Central Region’s young professional community. We now offer more opportunities than ever before for those looking to get involved in one of the most important, dynamic, and fastest-growing organizations in our community. Nearly 100 Young Leaders attended the Annual Dinner in the fall of 2007. Since then, YL has continually increased its outreach efforts by planning a breadth of engaging, diverse monthly programs offered in both small, intimate settings of a couple dozen, to much larger gatherings of a few hundred. Our events include stimulating educational receptions with IDF soldiers in donors’ homes, inspiring documentary movie nights at major city theaters, enjoyable parties at trendy restaurants and bars, and much more. Young Leadership has amassed an email list of over 1,000 people, and has a similar number of "friends" on Facebook. In 2007, FIDF, Central Region- Young Leadership made a commitment to sponsor academic scholarships for four former Israeli combat soldiers through the IMPACT! Scholarship Program. This program grants full scholarships for higher education or vocational training in Israel to combat veterans from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Funds raised at YL events help to support these four scholarships


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