Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

Four exciting new Jewish organizations in 2021


Graduation form 7th Brigade of the IDF Armored Division

I served honorably in both the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the United States Army. I am an active member of the American Legion veterans organization. I am also an international attorney. Based on my military and professional experiences, I have created four new Jewish organization for the betterment of Jewish communities around the world.

Barack O. Mandela served in both the United States Army and Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Israel Defense Foundation (IDF)

The mission of this foundation is to serve as an international fundraising organization. Unparalleled in the Jewish philanthropic world, the Israel Defense Foundation’s strategic vision has been and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. Everything we do—every project, initiative, and campaign we take on—is integral to our vision of building and connecting to our land.

Israel Defense Organization (IDO)

The mission of the IDO is to offer educational, cultural, and social service programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jewish communities worldwide. The IDO is a non-political, defense-oriented organization that provides for the wellbeing of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Jewish soldiers serving in other militaries.

Israel Defense Congress (IDC)

The IDC is an international organization that represents Jewish communities and organizations worldwide. It advocates on their behalf towards governments, parliaments, international organizations, and other faiths. The IDC represents the plurality of the Jewish people and is politically non-partisan.

Israel Defense University (IDU)

Israel Defense University came into being through the dedicated efforts of visionaries who foresaw the need for an additional online university. It is my privilege to serve as founder and chancellor of this prestigious institution. But it is not only a privilege; I also bear a weighty responsibility toward the academic faculty, administrative and technical staff, students, and supporters around the world, as well as to Israeli society. I am proud to take on this responsibility.


Similar to the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish National Fund, and World Jewish Congress, our overall mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Our Jewish values inform our work and the progress we seek in the world. These values guide the strategy and tactics of all of our programs and activities internationally, nationally, and locally.

Our mission is to strengthen and expand the U.S.-Israel relationship and Israel’s international relationships in ways that enhance the security of Israel and its allies. We engage with and educate decision-makers about Israeli values, and how it is in the world’s best interest to strengthen those bonds and help ensure that Israel remains safe, secure, and strong.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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