American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation

Our ten guests in June 2013, standing from left to right: front row: Menashe Moyal from Yehud Munus; Imad Faris from Kfar Horfesh; Adir (Emil) Baron from Holon; back row: Avraham Lugasi from Beer Sheva; Yehya Kamal from Dalit El Karmel; Gabriel Mamam from Herzlia; Prosper Attias from Jerusalem; Yehuda Yashar from Hazor Haglilit; Yitzhak Steinvortzel from Ashdod; and Yakov Hendiry from Azur.
Our Mission Statement
American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation (AFIWDF) was founded in 1977 with the purpose of expanding ties between Israel and the Chicago Jewish Community Metropolitan area, in support of Israeli disabled veterans and victims of terror attacks.
Our organization hosts delegations that are chosen by our parent organization, Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization (ZDVO), in a home hospitality program for two weeks every summer.  We create a 'home away from home" environment that helps the Israeli veterans in their rehabilitation process.
Members of our organization are individuals and families who are caring and committed to the survival of Israel and its disabled citizens.
What We Do

For more than 30 years a diverse group of Chicago area families, primarily from the North Shore, has hosted a delegation of disabled Israeli veterans for two weeks of rest and relaxation in Chicago.  A different group of veterans is chosen each year by the Zahal Disabled Veterans Organization (ZDVO) in Israel.  Our group, American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation (AFIWDF) brings these veterans into our homes and sponsors two weeks of activities.  See Our June 2013 Program for a description of our program in the summer of 2011.  Pictures from our guests' visits are viewable on our Photo Gallery.  
In addition to hosting our guests in our homes, we plan and accompany them on the various activities of our two-week program.  We also pay all of our guests' expenses during their stay, including their round-trip airfare between Israel and Chicago.  Our funding comes exclusively from our own contributions, contributions of those who support our program and the various fund-raising activities we carry on during the course of a year.
We invite you to join us in this important and worthwhile undertaking.  In this small way we can thank the men an women of Israel who have given so much in defense of their homeland, a land and a people that mean so much to us.  If you are interested in participating in our activities during our guests' two-week stay, spending a day with a veteran as a "Host for a Day," possibly hosting a guest in your home, or contributing financially, please see our Support AFIWDF page.
You may leave your comments in our Guestbook.