The Board of Directors of LIBI USA are all volunteers from all over the United States, thus when you donate to LIBI over 95% of your donation goes straight to benefit the soldiers of the IDF.
Dr. John Grossman, Chairman, Coral Gables, FL
Dr. John Grossman is one busy man! He is a hand and nerve surgeon who runs the Brachial Plexus program at Miami Children’s hospital and is using his medical expertise to develop a similar program at Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petach Tikvah. Because of his work as Chairman of LIBIUSA and Schneider’s Children Hospital, John travels to Israel several times a year, and is actually in the Holy Land right now. “I just returned from spending the afternoon Bakum Military Base, which is where young men and women are inducted into the army” said Dr. Grossman. “Having seen these youngsters enter in their civilian clothes and come out as soldiers was a very dramatic transition and really made a strong impression on me and renewed my commitment to working tirelessly to support the soldiers of the IDF.
Shimshon Erenfeld, Vice Chairman, Brookline, MA
Behind the scenes at LIBI USA are all volunteer board members, and we’d like to introduce you to one of the best. Shimshon Ehrenfeld, our Vice Chairman, is originally from Israel and served in the IDF, and is now living in the U.S. Shimshon helped found LIBIUSA in 1994, and has been working tirelessly to raise funds for LIBI projects ever since. He ensures that funds go directly to help improve the quality of life for the soldiers. Shimshon credits “our strong and direct relationship with IDF units” with allowing LIBI USA to help in the most needed areas of the soldiers’ lives. Former LIBI USA Chairman Paul Lipof described his colleague, “Shimshon was there at the beginning and I believe will be with us as long as he is breathing.” In giving so generously of his time and resources, Shimshon is truly a Guardian of Israel!
David Golden, San Francisco, CA
Hailing from San Francisco, David Golden has been volunteering for LIBI USA for almost ten years. He loves seeing how LIBI contributions touch soldier’s lives intimately, especially in a program called Na’arai Raful (“Raful’s boys”), which provides a last chance opportunity for underprivileged Israeli youth. “Within the framework of their military service, these soldiers can complete their high school education and learn a vocation, literally turning their lives around,” says David. He adds that “one of the most meaningful and humbling aspects of my involvement with LIBI has been to witness first hand how so many people, from so many different walks of life, join together to support Israel. Each donation contains that donor’s passion for Israel.” Thanks David for all of your efforts.
Paul Lipof, Fairfield, CT
All it took was one visiting IDF soldier to his Connecticut synagogue to hook Paul Lipof into “enlisting” on a totally volunteer basis with LIBI USA. Paul learned how LIBI programs are prioritized by the offices of the IDF Chief of Staff to most directly benefit the soldiers where the need is most acute, be it medical, social or educational. Paul has joined on two LIBI USA missions to Israel where he saw first-hand that “the soldiers feel that their service is appreciated, not only by the citizens of Israel, but also by Jews and supporters of Israel in the USA; they see they are not alone.” Paul is motivated by the thought: “How could I not try my best to help make their lives better, and to show that we stand together?” Thanks, Paul, for all of your incredible efforts.