Leaders of AFSI

Mark Langfan - Chairman

Our chairman, Mark Langfan, is an attorney who is best known in the pro-Israel community for the original educational 3-D Topographic Map System of Israel he created in the 1990’s. The maps and related educational material are specifically designed to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. The maps have been studied by U.S. lawmakers and can be seen at www.marklangfan.com.

Helen Freedman, z"l - Co-Executive Director

Helen Freedman, z"l, Co-Executive Director of AFSI, passed away after a long illness on August 12, 2020, at age 85.

Helen became Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI in 1995. She served in that capacity until December 2005 and resumed the position in 2009. She continued as AFSI’s Co-Executive Director, along with Judy Freedman Kadish, serving as a spokeswoman for the organization at innumerable meetings, press conferences, radio, and TV interviews. Helen assisted in planning and leading the semi-annual AFSI Chizuk missions to Israel which have been conducted for the past 22 years. She also assisted in planning and participating  in programs and demonstrations related to a safe Israel – and America.

Helen was selected as one of the Forward 50 by the Forward newspaper for efforts to prevent the expulsion of the Gush Katif community in 2005. The connection she and AFSI had/have to the former Gush Katif residents continues to this day. She wass committed to working with American and Israeli lawmakers, in Washington, DC and Jerusalem on issues affecting Israel and America. She also kept in close contact with good friends developed in the many Israeli communities visited by AFSI on the Chizuk missions.

She was especially pleased that her daughter, Judy Freedman Kadish, served with her as AFSI's Co-Executive Director.

In addition to her beloved Charlie Bernhaut, Helen leaves behind four children and a number of grandchildren, all of whom share her devotion to Israel.

We will miss Helen will leading a demonstration, speaking up and calling it out - as only Helen could and did for so many years in the fight for the truth about Israel and the Jewish people. May her memory be a blessing for us all.


Judy Freedman Kadish- Co- Executive Director

Judy has been working with Americans For a Safe Israel since 2012. She began as Director of Special Projects and now shares the Executive Director role with Helen.  She has planned and executed many AFSI meetings, represented AFSI at numerous functions and has been interviewed by various press outlets in her capacity as AFSI Co-Executive Director.

During her years at AFSI, Judy has become familiar with all of the organization's Israeli contacts their American counterparts and has developed great cooperative efforts with them.  Together, she and Helen plan and execute AFSI’s Chizuk missions and co-lead the trips.

Judy earned her J.D. at The Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.  Her practice consisted primarily of Trust and Estate and Real Estate law. Prior to joining AFSI, Judy had many years of volunteer and paid experience working with non-profit organizations in leadership positions. She is also the very proud mother of two stellar young women and is grateful to have had the experience of raising them.

She is thrilled to be able to combine her years of varied knowledge and apply them to her work with AFSI.

Ruth King - Co-editor of Outpost

Creator and editor of the blog, Ruthfully Yours, a daily summary of articles related to Israel.

Rael Jean Isaac - Editor of Outpost

Author of two books on Israeli politics (Israel Divided and Party and Politics of Israel), co-author Coercive Utopians and Madness in the Streets. Her most recent book is an expose of the global warming hoax, Roosters of the Apocalypse.

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