Mission Statement

Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans (FIDV) – Beit Halochem is committed to caring for Israeli servicemen and women disabled in the line of duty, and victims of terror attacks. Beit Halochem centers provide therapeutic treatments, sports and recreational facilities, cultural and educational programs, scholarship support, and family-oriented activities to help them resume lives of purpose and dignity.

In the United States, FIDV – Beit Halochem [501 (c)(3)] is the only authorized organization whose purpose is to support the rehabilitation of disabled Israeli veterans and victims of terror through the Beit Halochem centers in Israel.

FIDV works in cooperation with the Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization (ZDVO), which was established in 1949 in the wake of the War of Independence, with the purpose of providing the 6,000 disabled veterans from that war with all their needs towards the long process of their rehabilitation. Since that time thousands of new members who were wounded during their active or reserve services joined the organization’s ranks, which today number more than 51,000.

The men and women of the Israel Defense Forces serve their country with courage. The debt of gratitude the Jewish world owes them is immeasurable. Additionally, we owe much to the courageous Israelis who by living in Israel secure this tiny land for all the Jewish people. FIDV celebrates the men and women who protect and serve Israel by raising critical funds for Beit Halochem and the people the centers serve.


At FIDV we take our commitment both to our donors and the people we help seriously. In the interest in transparency, we are making available some documents relating to FIDV’s governance and financial practices for our donors review. We hope that this will assist you in better understanding the work FIDV does and the way the organization strives to be good stewards with the gifts we receive from donors.















FIDV-Beit Halochem
1133 Broadway, Suite 232
New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212.689.3220

FIDV Board of Directors

Michael A. Leichtling


Sheldon Pickholz


David Fogel

Meir Greenberg, MD
Avri Horowitz

Barbara H. Urbach Lissner, Esq.
Mark Porat
Robert P. Rothenberg
Isaac Seinuk, DDS
Michael Shmuely
Bruce Slovin



Office Staff

Ella Levine

National Executive Director

Kelly Griffin

Director of Operations

Sara Yaverbaum

Development Associate and Database Coordinator

Elise Fischer

Development and Grants Writer

ZDVO Worldwide

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom


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