Zahal Shalom is dedicated to healing and lifting the spirits of disabled Israeli Defense Force veterans.


Our compassionate volunteers open their hearts and homes to forge lasting, life-changing relationships that support the veterans and their hopes for the future. We in turn benefit from sharing our lives with them, and are proud to express our gratitude for their service to the State of Israel. Our program of cultural, educational, and social events enriches the lives of the veterans, promotes a sense of new opportunities, and fosters a bond of love and support.


Thousands of IDF 

soldiers are wounded every single year.

Zahal Shalom's work is built upon helping aid and alleviate physical and mental injuries that soldiers suffer following their service in the IDF. In addition to a multitude of physical injuries, thousands of IDF veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our programming is designed to enable our delegations to enjoy stress-free experiences in America.

soldiers injured since Israel's inception
cases of PTSD diagnosed annually
soldiers in rehabilitation

Proudly led by passionate and devoted volunteers.


Scott Krim


Sharing our mission in healing and lifting the spirits of disabled Israeli Defense Force veterans, Scott’s leadership and devotion to Zahal Shalom has been instrumental in making it the success it is. He spent seven years as the Chair of our Fundraising Committee and currently serves as the President of the Executive Board where he oversees all aspects of our organization.


Israel Blum

Vice President

Born in a Cypress detention camp before moving to Israel in 1949, Israel served as a technician in the IDF Air Force. In 1970 he moved to the US to attend college. Married to Sara and the father of 3 children and 2 grandchildren, Israel's been committed to Zahal Shalom since 1999. He is Co-Vice-President with his daughter Tali. Israel's humor, generosity and loving nature touch all.


Tali Blum

Vice President

Born in New York to Israeli parents, Tali lived in Israel until the age of five and frequently returns several times a year. She and her family have been involved in Zahal Shalom for over twenty years and in 2016, because of her passion for Israel, she accepted a leadership role as Vice President of the Executive Board. Tali is an invaluable asset to Zahal Shalom.


Philip Yucht


Born in Europe to Holocaust survivors, Phil came to the United States as an infant. He is fluent in Yiddish and loves to play guitar and sing in several languages. Phil and his wife Karen have three children and two grandchildren, and have been involved with Zahal Shalom for over 15 years. Phil serves as Treasurer and is committed to keeping Zahal Shalom financially solvent.  


Susan Kornblit


Susan serves as the Secretary of the Executive Committee. Along with her husband Steve, she has participated in Zahal Shalom since 2005 as a host to their first veteran. Since then Susan and Steve have hosted a total of seven veterans. Susan was born in New York to parents of German Jewish refugees escaping the Holocaust, and has a strong appreciation for the support and connection to Israel.


Nancy Bortinger

Nancy and Israeli husband Arie have been involved with Zahal Shalom for over 20 years. Beginning as a buddy family, they increasingly became more involved and both served on the Executive Committee. Nancy is part of the Host and Buddy Committee and, as a Licensed Social Worker, thoughtfully pairs veterans with host families. She and Arie have two sons and four grandchildren.


Leslie Golub

Leslie has been an active participant of Zahal Shalom since 2005 and joined the Executive Board in 2006. Since that time she has hosted four veterans and buddied with multiple families. Leslie serves on the Programming Committee and has participated through the years on the Fundraising Committee. She and her family continue to cherish this remarkable organization.


Alice Hefner

Alice’s love affair with Israel began with a NFTY high school semester in Jerusalem and on Kibbutz Kfar HaMaccabi. To date, her family has had the privilege to host or buddy nine Zahal Shalom veterans since 2006. She currently serves on the Host and Buddy Committee and looks forward to dusting off her ulpan Hebrew each year when the Zahal Shalom delegation arrives.


Steve Kornblit

Steve serves on the Publicity and Fundraising Committees as well as being a NYC guide during delegation visits. Since 2005, Steve and his wife Susan have hosted seven veterans. Before Zahal Shalom, Steve had no relationship to Israel, but now has Israeli friends he considers family and has visited three times. He is currently planning a 2022 Zahal Shalom reunion in Israel.


Pam Krim

Pam serves on the Programming Committee, planning the itinerary for the two weeks of each delegation. She and her husband Scott and their four children, all of whom have been a part of Zahal Shalom since 2008, have hosted seven veterans and been a buddy family to two more. Zahal Shalom has made an enormous impact on Pam and her family's life.


Haim Peer

The first son to Holocaust survivors, Haim was born in Akko, Israel. He studied at Tadmor Hotelier School,  attended college in the US and then opened his own restaurant. He is married to Efrat and has three sons that all served in the IDF. Haim has been committed to Zahal Shalom since its inception and has hosted and been a member of the Executive Committee since the 4th year. He supplies us with humor and food and loves the idea of giving with no strings attached.

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Jo Resnick Rosen

Jo has been involved with Zahal Shalom since 1999 when she, husband Michael and children Becca, Dan and Aviva hosted the first of three soldiers. Jo serves on the Programming Committee, leads day trips and is also a professional photographer who uses her talents to capture Zahal programs. Since being a student at Tichon Hadash in Tel Aviv, she has traveled to Israel many times.

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Richard Schnaittacher

Richard has been involved with Zahal Shalom since 1998. He served as President/Chairman from 2007-2016 and now lends his guidance and expertise to the Executive Committee as President Emeritus. He lived in Israel for 8 years in Nave Monoson, a small town outside of Tel Aviv, and has dual citizenship. Richard is fluent in Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese.


Mindy Schultz

Mindy serves on the Host and Buddy Committee and has brought in many families to the program. She also lends her graphic design talents for marketing materials. Prior to joining, Mindy and her family hosted many Israeli teens affected by terrorism. She was naturally drawn to Zahal Shalom due to her passion for Israel, and approached the organization about opening her home for hosting opportunities. The rest is history.


Amanda Zonereich

Amanda has been involved in Zahal Shalom since 2008. She has served as both a buddy family and hosted five amazing veterans who have become family! In 2017, she became a member of the Executive Board serving on a number of committees including Fundraising and Publicity. She and husband Davy and their two children, are passionate about Israel and
visit often.

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Doron was born in Haifa, Israel and moved to the US in 1988 with his wife and two sons. In 1995, he joined Zahal Shalom as a buddy family. He found the organization to be the right fit for him to support fellow Israelis who pay a high price defending Israel. As a board member, Doron chairs the Food Committee, making sure no guest loses weight during their two weeks with us.