Friends of the Israel Defense Forces has appointed IDF veteran Orna Sheena of Woodbury, N.Y., as women’s campaign tristate director, and Robert Katz of Fair Lawn as executive director of the New York chapter and affinity groups.
Ms. Sheena joins FIDF with more than 25 years of experience working in the tristate Jewish philanthropic community. For the past 13 years, she has worked as senior director at UJA-Federation of New York. At UJA, she developed and executed some of the largest and most popular programs on Long Island, including fundraising events, mitzvah projects, and educational sessions. She has been the director of education of a Long Island synagogue for 23 years.
Robert Katz, the son of Holocaust survivors, comes to FIDF with more than 25 years of non-profit fundraising, management, and strategic planning experience, with strong leadership focused on Israel and the Jewish world. He most recently worked as the chief development officer for Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, which has an annual operating budget of $70 million. He was vice president for development at American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, executive director at American Friends for Migdal Ohr, and director of development in New York for International Hillel. He is a frequent lecturer and mentor on matters of strategic fundraising, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a former board member of the UJA of Northern New Jersey’s (now the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey) campus outreach committee, and a trustee and member of the grants committee of the Maks and Lea Rothstein Charitable Youth Trust.
“The FIDF is thrilled to have Robert and Orna join our new team of seasoned, trusted professionals,” Steven Weil, FIDF’s national director and CEO, said. “With their great passion, they will play an integral role in telling the story of our amazing soldiers to business and community leaders, as well as caring citizens, throughout the Tri-State area.”