Ronn Torossian is Chairman of American Friends of Duvdevan, a 501 c3 charity. The organization supports the soldiers of the Duvdevan unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), a mista’arvim (counter-terrorism) special-forces unit. Fauda, the Netflix show is based upon this unit.
American Friends of Duvdevan – the American arm of the Duvdevan Foundation in Israel – supports Duvdevan soldiers and graduates. The unit specializes in urban anti-terrorist warfare in populated areas throughout Israel.
The Duvdevan Foundation helps with many vital issues – from post-service PTSD counseling to empowering Israeli youth to take a personal commitment to society – to scholarship and mentoring programs. The transition from soldier to civilian is highly complex. For years the soldiers of Duvdevan serve on the front lines of the IDF, and then come home with many questions and dilemmas. The foundation assists with the process to ease the transition back to civilian life and to start a new path.
Duvdevan Foundation strives to achieve three goals:
- Supporting the unit and soldiers welfare
- supporting Duvdevan veterans, by helping them transition to civilian life and continue to contribute to society
- supporting bereaved families who lost loved ones serving in the unit
The Duvdevan Foundation is dedicated to Zionist values of honesty, comradeship and social involvement. The Chairman of the Board of Directors in Israel is Shahaf Kieselstein, GM of Intel Jerusalem and Vice President of Intel Worldwide.
Russian American Jewish Experience
Founded in 2006 to address the Jewish communal and educational needs of young Russian American Jews. RAJE is a comprehensive educational and communal organization whose goal is to spark Jewish life and ensure Jewish continuity for the next generation. RAJE is passionate about building a community that embraces Russian speaking Jews from all walks of life.
Zionist Organization of America
Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America (“ZOA”) is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media, and college/high school students about the Middle East conflict. ZOA is also committed to promoting strong U.S. – Israel relations.
Since its launch in February 2000 Aish.com has become the world’s largest Jewish content website, logging over a million monthly user sessions. As a non-profit organization, Aish relies solely on private support to continue providing its wide range of quality content. Plans for the near future include an advanced learning site, and an online Hebrew School.
Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.
New York Center for Autism
A non-profit organization founded in 2003 dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families who are living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). NYCA’s purpose is to address the serious gaps in New York in the areas of education, training, clinical services, support and research and to serve as a catalyst for building capacity around autism in the public, private and governmental sectors.
United Jewish Appeal
In 1939 the United Palestine Appeal joined with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the National Refugee Service to form the United Jewish Appeal (UJA). Most of what it raises goes to what is now called the United Israel Appeal, which operates through the Jewish Agency in Israel. Funds are also given to support Jewish communities in other parts of the world. The UJA operates through hundreds of federations and welfare funds in the United States.
Federation of Jewish Communities
Represents 157 Jewish Federations & over 300 independent Jewish communities. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).
Young Jewish Professionals
Developed into a legendary organization focused on improving and expanding the social life of New York City’s young and Jewish professionals. Regularly orchestrating sensational social events and evenings attended by hundreds of New York’s Jewish socialites, the YJP’s stellar standards have come to be recognized as the trend setters and forerunners of the entire New York Jewish social scene.
The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC)
The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) educates boys and girls from nursery through high school throughout Long Island by providing a high quality and thorough curriculum rooted in Torah (religious studies) and mada (general studies), based in academic excellence.
HANC provides a dynamic, Orthodox Jewish education that fosters intellectual and spiritual understanding and love of Torah, and commitment to its mitzvot and values. An emphasis on middot tovot (good character) infuses all aspects of school life.
Since 1987, Chai Lifeline’s mission has been to restore the light of childhood to children whose innocence ended when life-threatening or lifelong illness was diagnosed. Through programs that address the emotional, social, and financial needs of seriously ill children, their families, and communities, Chai Lifeline restores normalcy to family life, and better enables families to withstand the crises and challenges of serious pediatric illness.
GJCF/Gershon Jacobson Continuity Foundation
The Gershon Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation serves as a valiant media voice addressing the most compelling issues of our time, with vision, integrity and moral clarity, informed by the power of 4000 years of Jewish experience and wisdom. Harnessing the trusted brand name of the Algemeiner Journal coupled with the most advanced media tools, the GJCF is committed to tackling the most important matters facing the Jewish people, Israel and the survivors. We are preserving for posterity the legacy of Jewish institutions and individuals, and bringing our rich Jewish history and vibrant soul to the next generation, serving as an anchor of continuity for upcoming generations.
Yeshivat Maharat is an Open Orthodox woman’s educational yeshiva which offers an exceptional education in Jewish law and pastoral counseling so that graduates are prepared to inspire and lead Orthodox communities. Yeshivat Maharat offers a dynamic group of women the opportunity to become ordained as clergy within the bounds of Jewish law so that they can serve their communities as spiritual leaders.
Other charities and organizations The Ronn Torossian contributed to are:
Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center
Friends of the IDF
National Stuttering Association
Chabad of the West 60s
American Heart Association
Dress for Success Worldwide
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Operation Backpack Campaign
Hebrew Academy of Nassau County
Gershon Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Congregation Shearith Israel