About Us

Major Joseph H. Lief
Suffolk County Post No. 488
Jewish War Veterans Of The U.S.A.
3 Cider Mill Lane
Huntington, NY 11743-2513
(516) 313-2489

Who We Are

Organized in 1896 by Jewish Veterans of the Civil War, JWV is the oldest active national Veterans service organization in America. Today, the JWV combats anti-Semitism and bigotry throughout the world. We  support American youth through scouting, scholarships and anti-drug programs, and assist oppressed Jews worldwide. The organization also supports strong U.S.-Israeli relations by sponsoring Allied Veterans Missions to Israel each year.

About Our Post

Our Post received its charter on May 22nd, 1946, which makes us the oldest JWV Post in Suffolk County and has been named in honor of Major Joseph H. Lief.

Major Lief  served our Country in World War II and afterwards he was the Chaplain at the Northport  Veterans Administration Hospital. We have breakfast meetings once a month at Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, 74 Hauppauge Rd. in Commack, NY. You are cordially invited to come and visit.

What We Do

We, citizens of the United States of America, of the Jewish faith, who served in the Wars of the United States of America, in order that we may be of greater service to our country and to one another, associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

To maintain true allegiance to the United States of America; to foster and perpetuate true Americanism; to combat whatever tends to impair the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions; to uphold the fair name of the Jew and fight his or her battles wherever unjustly assailed; to encourage the doctrine of universal liberty, equal rights, and full justice to all men and women; to combat the powers of bigotry and darkness wherever originating and whatever their target; to preserve the spirit of comradeship by mutual helpfulness to comrades and their families; to cooperate with and support existing educational institutions and establish educational institutions, and to foster the education of ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen, and our members in the ideals and principles of Americanism; to instill love of country and flag, and to promote sound minds and bodies in our members and our youth; to preserve the memories and records of patriotic service performed by the men and women of our faith; to honor their memory and shield from neglect the graves of our heroic dead


Any Jewish man and woman who is a citizen of the United States of America, who was regularly enlisted, drafted, inducted or commissioned, and who was accepted for, and assigned to, active duty in the armed forces of the United States of America (including the National Guard and Reserves or other persons or as may be set forth in organizations the Bylaws, is eligible for membership. A “Patron” membership may be awarded to those who are not active duty or former military service members but subscribe to, pursue or reflect the purpose, policies and aims of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.