Together Summer 2017
B’Yachad: The Newsletter of Jewish National Fund
Celebrating Israel’s Everyday Heroes The Service, The Sacrifice, The Love
Together Summer 2017
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The Last Word from JNF’s Outgoing President
Meet the First JNFuture to Become a World Chairman’s Council Member
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In his final message as Jewish National Fund President, Jeffrey E. Levine reflects on the nation of heroes that is Israel, and the countless ways JNF continues to build our homeland.
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Being Social and Spreading the Word
JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. Today, JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel. JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information on JNF, call 800.JNF.0099 or visit jnf.org.
Israel is a nation of, and home to, thousands of everyday heroes. Read about two women in Israel’s desert communities who save lives every day; the military hero that made a unified Jerusalem a reality; the firefighters whom we rely on in times of need; and the brave individuals who persevere in spite of adversity to achieve their goals. For over 116 years, Jewish National Fund has built and continues to build this nation founded, served, and led by heroes.
Social media is catapulting the JNF name and brand forward by leaps and bounds. Read how various social media platforms have transformed the way Jewish National Fund reaches new audiences, and learn more about the launch of IsraelCast, JNF’s brand-new podcast!
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The Hero in Each of Us
By Talia Tzour Avner
A Message from our President, Jeffrey E. Levine
B’Yachad, heroes large and small are featured. Definitions as to what describes a hero vary. It may be an individual who, in the face of danger, is able to overcome adversity through impressive feats of ingenuity, bravery, or strength. And, they may appear in a variety of situations—cultural, folk, literary, military, and more. This Water Update is about an Israeli national hero whose name, personality, and actions are engraved in the nation’s consciousness and who is a source of patriotic pride. While Israeli heroes traditionally tend to be military commanders or veterans who have fought or sacrificed their lives for Israel’s survival, there are others, with brilliant minds, who have devoted their life’s work toward developing groundbreaking technologies that have changed the course of Israel’s and the world’s history. One of those bright minds is Emily Elhacham. A most important water initiative of Jewish National Fund’s is the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition, also known as the “Junior Nobel Prize for Water Research.” The highest prize in water research for young people, this competition entices a new generation of scientists to work in the field of water. Less than a decade ago, JNF began sponsoring the competition to encourage Israeli students to discover new and creative ways to improve water development. Its success has allowed Israel to be a world leader in solving the global water crisis for generations to come. At age 15, Emily began her journey in developing nano-detectors that warn of water pollution. Her desire to find a solution to this problem was triggered by L-R: Talia Tzour Avner and Emily Elhacham Photo credit: LENS Productions the need to find an alternative to the existing method—one that was time consuming and left population centers that rely on water reservoirs at risk. For her work, Emily was awarded the Israel Chemistry Society prize and was the runner-up—amongst teenagers from 29 countries—at the Stockholm Water Prize. By age 16, she was selected to participate in MIT’s Young Researchers Program and was a visiting scholar at Caltech. Today, Emily is completing her masters at Tel Aviv University and is working on new developments in nano-technology. Recently, she was featured in Israeli Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list. Emily is a true Israeli hero. Among the world’s nations, Israel is a hero. It has successfully absorbed millions of immigrants and built a new national home for people from over 80 countries; invented groundbreaking technologies and agricultural innovations; and despite lacking natural resources, has been able to develop, produce, and supply water to over 12 million people. Through it all, Jewish National Fund has been a key player in Israel’s development—especially in water solutions—and that is why JNF is also a hero. As a trailblazer, Jewish National Fund is willing to defy all expectations, no matter how challenging they may be. With JNF, we do, we lead, we build, and we innovate—B’Yachad, together.
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Talia Tzour Avner is KKL-JNF’s Chief Israel Emissary. To learn more about JNF’s National Water Task Force or to join, please contact her at email@example.com.
once defined a hero as “an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” As we travel throughout life we are bound to cross paths with people doing extraordinary things. They come in all sizes, genders, and colors. They may be teachers who inspire us to dream beyond the four walls of a classroom, loved ones who make sacrifices so that we can have better lives, or leaders who call us to action and service. Every generation has among them great individuals who define history, and, as the Children of Israel, we Jews are blessed to have our fair share who have changed the course of the world. As I reflect on my own personal heroes—my parents, mentors who taught me the skills and crafts I would need to succeed in both business and life, and the countless selfless and dedicated lay leaders who give their time and resources to our cause—I am reminded of those who have come and gone in my own lifetime and their influence that continues to endure. In the land of Israel, heroes appear as abundant as there are grains of sand in the desert. From the north to the south, today’s Israelis have picked up the mantle forged by Ben Gurion, Meir, Rabin, Begin, Peres, along with countless others, and are moving the nation forward in unprecedented ways. Among them are those pioneers who leave their homes in other countries to make aliyah and begin new lives in the Jewish homeland. They are joined by scientists and innovators who are reshaping Israel’s place among nations as a world leader in cyber technology. Heroes include individuals who choose to live in the desert and, in what seems against all odds, find amazing success growing agricultural products that are exported across all of Europe. And, always in our thoughts are those brave soldiers and first responders who keep the peace and defend the state from those who would seek its destruction. In this column of B’Yachad—my last before the fall issue that will feature our new president—I want to thank you for taking this journey with me and sharing your thoughts when you read something that you either agreed or disagreed with. Without question, having the opportunity to serve as President of Jewish National Fund has been one of the defining moments of my life. The many thousands of donors, Israelis, partners, and influencers I have met over the last four years have proven incredibly inspiring. Together, we have made a difference in our common interest—to continue to build a strong and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. On behalf of my family, Randi, Ben, Dara, Jessica, and my son-in-law Evan, thank you for being a part of this experience, and thank you for being there for JNF and Israel. You can still reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CAMPAIGN UPDATE KEN SEGEL, VP, CAMPAIGN identify one’s hero, it’s instinctual for a sports-loving Jewish man like me to immediately consider figures like Sandy Koufax or Hank Greenberg. For Zionists, also like me, others naturally come to mind such as Theodor Herzl, David Ben Gurion, and Golda Meir who worked to create and shape the modern State of Israel. This exercise of defining my heroes has me reflect upon the many present-day people I have had the honor to meet through my association with Jewish National Fund; people who mean so much to Israel and who have become partners with JNF to build the land of Israel. Two in particular who I have come to know well and have profound respect and admiration for, are Shimon “Katcha” Cahaner and Major General (Res.) Doron Almog. “Katcha,” as he is nicknamed, was a deputy battalion commander of the Paratrooper Brigade who fought in the Six-Day War to reunify Jerusalem. I had the pleasure to meet, work with, and admire Katcha in his former role as Chairman of the Ammunition Hill Foundation. Ammunition Hill is the site of the decisive battle that led to Israel’s liberation of the Old City and reunification of Jerusalem. JNF has raised millions of dollars to preserve this battlefield, document its history, and educate the hundreds of thousands who visit annually. Maj. Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog is the former head of the Southern Command of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) who fought in many wars, including the Yom Kippur War and the Lebanon War. He was also part of the heroic 1976 mission in Entebbe to rescue the victims of a terrorist hijacking. Now retired from the IDF, Doron is the founder and chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, a state-of-the-art residential and rehabilitative village for people with severe disabilities who require 24-hour care. ALEH Negev is a major JNF partner and an important part of our vision in making the Negev thrive. It has become a world leader in cutting-edge therapy, and when fully operational, will provide thousands of jobs in Southern Israel. The epitome of both a warrior and a humanitarian, Doron often says that “the true character of a nation is how it cares for the weakest among its citizens.” The ultimate in heroism in my book. Through JNF I have been blessed with the opportunity to stand beside modern day heroes, and work with them as partners to place my own mark on the history of our Jewish homeland. As this is my last column as Vice President of Campaign, I want to thank all JNF volunteers and professional staff who have worked tirelessly to help us reach our campaign goals. In the last three years we have raised over $425 million toward building the land of Israel. I also want to congratulate my friend Bruce Gould, who will be taking over as the new National Vice President of Campaign. WHEN ASKED TO
To get involved, contact Ken Segel at email@example.com.
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Campaign All-Stars: Joel & Irene Spalter WHEN DRS. JOEL AND Irene Spalter relocated to
Fayetteville, Arkansas from Florida to be closer to two of their adult children, they immediately sought to connect with the local JNF family. Unfortunately, the Spalters were unable to find the established presence they were used to, so they set out to build one up themselves. Their hard work paid off and they became the first Co-Presidents of JNF’s new Southwest Board of Directors. “Joel and Irene are JNF road warriors, nestled in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas,” said Reagan Weil, JNF executive director for the Southwest. “They not only take opportunities, they create opportunities to speak and solicit on behalf of JNF.” Longtime Jewish National Fund supporters, the Spalters are members of JNF’s Century Council and Negev Society, Doctors for Israel, and the Arava Task Force. Joel is also a member of Makor, while Irene is a Sapphire Society member, JNF’s Major Donor Society for women. “The Spalters are special philanthropists,” added Reagan. “They do
everything together; they are a true team. Zionism radiates from their souls, and their mutual passion for Israel is contagious.” This philanthropic spirit has also filtered down to their son, David, an attorney who sits on JNF’s Orlando Board of Directors. Special to the Spalters is the development of Israel’s Central Arava. Joel assisted in the design of the Danielle A. & Irving J. Grossman JNFArava Medical Center in Sapir, and Irene has brokered a partnership with the Jewish Federation of Arkansas ( JFAR) to commit $200,000 toward JNF’s new Nancy Simches JNFArava Emergency Response Center. Said Marianne Tettlebaum, executive director of JFAR, “Irene and Joel inspire us with their deep passion for and extensive knowledge about JNF’s work in Israel. They have a special connection with and concern for the people whose lives are affected by JNF’s work.” Their commitment to the Israeli people, leadership, and a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ attitude make the Spalters true JNF Campaign All-Stars.
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After Everything Was Taken Away: A Life of Giving born in the town of Torun, Poland in 1913. Her story is one of tragedy and heroism, as her family endured the brutality of the Holocaust. During Kristallnacht, Margot’s father was killed, but luckily her brother escaped the night before and her mother managed to escape when Margot selflessly insisted that her mother get on a train set to leave the area, in her place. Unable to leave, Margot was interred in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She was briefly transferred to Auschwitz and then to a mountain woman’s work camp where she was left in a hospital to die. Just as Margot was on the verge of giving up, allied planes flew over the camp, signaling Hitler’s defeat, and shortly thereafter the camp was liberated by Soviet soldiers. Once nursed back to health, Margot walked nearly 300 miles from Czechoslovakia to Poland. Upon her arrival, Margot learned that her mother and brother had survived and were living in Argentina. Under the advice of a family MARGOT COHN WAS
member, Margot decided to immigrate to America. Margot arrived to New York on one of the first transports from Europe, and from there briefly stayed with an uncle in Los Angeles before returning to New York City. She worked at a hat shop and later at a Macy’s department store where she spent her career working up the ranks. She was also a union representative who fought for workers’ rights. Margot met and married John Rucinsky, a rough and tumble kind of guy who was not Jewish. He was a dapper dresser, body builder, and a person who had many friends. In 1977, Margot and John retired and moved to San Diego. They traveled the world visiting Israel on a couple of occasions. As a Holocaust survivor, Margot felt it was important to support the people and land of Israel, and named Jewish National Fund as one of the beneficiaries of the family trust upon her passing. Her main focus was to help as many people as possible, and she admired the
work being accomplished by JNF. Margot Cohn will be remembered as a strong and compassionate woman who enjoyed playing tennis, reading, traveling, and helping others. JNF is grateful to have been a beneficiary of the Rucinsky-Cohn Family Trust and to continue the legacy of John and Margot, helping the land and people of Israel. To see other stories of people who have left their estates to JNF, visit jnflegacy.org or call 800.562.7526.
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gift will count towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) • You will not pay tax on the distribution (hence, whether or not you itemize your deductions or take the standard deduction, you still benefit) • Your gift can be applied to existing pledges • Your contribution, to an organization that is 116 years old, will have a lasting impact on the land of Israel and its people • You may be eligible to become a member of one of JNF’s prestigious lifetime societies • The current law extends the IRA Charitable Rollover provision indefinitely - with no expiration date —allowing you to make qualifying gifts of up to $100,000 every tax year
must be 70½ years old or older donation must come from your IRA • The gift must be made outright (it cannot be used for a charitable gift annuity, donor advised fund or private foundation) • The transfer must go directly from your IRA to JNF • The gift cannot exceed $100,000 per year • A husband and wife can each give $100,000 separately per year • The gift is not eligible for an additional charitable income tax deduction • The
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FOOD & WINE
Eretz Arava: A Tranquil Resort & Restaurant in the Heart of the Desert Chef Oren Toupotte-Tagel’s Stuffed Chard Leaves with Ground Veal Serves 2-4 (Makes 10 stuffed leaves) INGREDIENTS
TWELVE YEARS AGO,
Chef Oren Toupotte-Tagel and his wife Dafi found the perfect spot, deep in Israel’s Arava desert, to open their luxury resort and restaurant, Eretz Arava. In the Central Arava’s artist colony of Zuqim—a Jewish National Fund-built community—on what was once nothing but sand dunes, the couple have built a paradise that includes seven top-notch guest suites, a gourmet restaurant, and a fruit orchard that is tended to in their free time. The restaurant offers diners a delightful modern Israeli-style dining experience combined with exquisitely chosen décor that lends perfectly and seamlessly to the social atmosphere of the establishment. “For Dafi and me, Eretz Arava is the realization of a dream,” said Chef Toupotte-Tagel. Dinners at Eretz Arava are a relaxed affair and more like a king’s feast than a quick bite out. The steadypaced, multi-course meals begin with a traditional Mediterranean mezze—a wide array of small dishes often accompanied with fresh baked pita bread—which reflects the many cultural influences on the fare. This is followed by several courses of elegantly plated meat or fish dishes, each customized for the patron’s individual palate. In the mornings, guests indulge in an awe-inspiring Israelistyle breakfast with breathtaking mountain views on the sunbathed patio. “The restaurant was inspired by my travels through the Sinai Peninsula, as well as time spent with my father, who was an avid fisherman,” said Chef Toupotte-Tagel, who, when not in the kitchen, is often found greeting and conversing with patrons while they wait to be seated by the cozy fire place or while dining al fresco under the unbounded night sky. “I also drew from my childhood memories of the Moroccan and Israeli foods my Mother prepared in our home. Later, I mastered other cuisines as well, especially Arab cuisine, which I am passionate about.” Inspired by renowned Bedouin hospitality and a dash of Israeli warmth, a visit to Eretz Arava, with its breathtaking views of the Negev Desert and wilderness, is a culinary gem waiting to be experienced. For more information on Eretz Arava, please visit eretzarava.co.il (Hebrew) or facebook.com/aravaland. Restaurant is not kosher.
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∙ 10 fresh, whole chard leaves ∙ 1/3 cup short grain rice ∙ 3 Tbs. safflower oil (separated into 1 Tbs. and 2 Tbs.) ∙ 1 large onion, finely chopped ∙ 5 large sage leaves, finely chopped ∙ 1/2 lb. ground veal ∙ 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped ∙ 1/4 cup tomato paste ∙ Baharat spice, to taste* ∙ Pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, and ground cardamom ∙ Salt and black pepper to taste ∙ 1 large cabbage (for lining) ∙ 2 cups water ∙ 2 quartered onions, cut into rings ∙ 1 lemon for garnish *Baharat spice can be found in Middle Eastern markets and online grocers. INSTRUCTIONS Chard Leaves
1. Bring a large half pot of water to a gentle boil. 2. Place chard leaves carefully into the boiling water at varying angles. This prevents the leaves from sticking together. 3. Blanch for two minutes, remove from heat, drain and fill the pot with cold water to stop the cooking process. 4. Set blanched chard leaves aside to cool.
1. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package. Add salt to taste. Strain and set aside to cool. 2. Heat safflower oil in a sauce pan and sauté chopped onions on medium-high heat until translucent. Add sage leaves and cook for an additional 30 seconds. 3. Add ground veal to the pan, cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly. Turn off heat. 4. Add the cooked rice, parsley, tomato paste, and spices to the meat mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stuffing and Cooking
1. Once cooled, stuff blanched leaves with the meat and rice mixture, and roll up. Repeat until meat and rice mixture is finished. 2. Line the bottom of a short, wide pot with raw cabbage leaves to create a lining for the stuffed leaves during the cooking process. 3. Place a layer of stuffed leaves stem side down followed by a layer of cabbage leaves. Repeat until all the stuffed leaves are in the pot with a final protective layer of cabbage on top. 4. Add two cups of water to the pot and place a large inverted plate over the layers to keep them down and to prevent the stuffed leaves from disassembling during the cooking process. 5. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for one hour. 6. While the stuffed leaves are cooking, heat the remaining tablespoon of safflower oil in a sauce pan and sauté ringed onions over low heat until caramelized. 7. Drain excess liquid from the pot and carefully remove the stuffed leaves. 8. Serve the stuffed chard leaves garnished with the caramelized onions on top and a lemon quarter on the side.
TRAVEL & TOURS
Discover the Nation of Heroes Israel is a nation founded by heroic figures who sacrificed much to envision endless potential for the Jewish homeland. Jewish National Fund’s work in heritage site preservation, community building, and ground-breaking research and development brings life to those heroes and their stories. See the marvels for yourself on your next visit to Israel.
Jerusalem and the Center
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem by visiting this important heritage site that tells the story of the famous 1967 Six-Day War. Tour the newly constructed Jean and Norman Gould Museum and learn more about this pivotal moment in Israel’s history.
Witness where David Ben Gurion declared Israel’s independence on May 14, 1948 in the beautifully restored Independence Hall in Tel Aviv.
Visit the top-secret underground bullet factory that made the ammunition used in the struggle for Israel’s independence. This JNF-supported heritage site has been restored to give visitors a detailed view into the daily operations at this clandestine facility. Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill
Atlit Detention Camp
Explore this former detention camp that was used by the British to imprison Jewish immigrants, Holocaust survivors upon their arrival to the Holy Land pre-1948.
Women of Valor Center at Nitzanim
Pay your respects to the brave women who fought for Israel’s independence at Kibbutz Nitzanim, site of a massive attack by the Egyptian army during the War of Independence. Atlit Detention Camp
Vidor Visitor Center
Discover the latest breakthroughs and innovations in agriculture, medicine, and technology that are making the Arava desert bloom.
Go back in time at one of three Negev settlements established by JNF in 1943. Beit Eshel was abandoned following its destruction by the Egyptian army until JNF renovated the site as part of its signature Be’er Sheva River Park. Vidor Visitor Center
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WOMEN FOR ISRAEL
The Impact of Women on the Next Generation By Terry L. Katz
look at my life and think, ‘How lucky I am to have Jewish National Fund in it and to be part of JNF’s Women for Israel!’ For as long as I can remember, JNF has been a part of me and has definitely shaped the woman I am today. As a child, I sold more trees for Israel than anyone else in my Hebrew school, and when my family moved from New York to Philadelphia in the 1950s, my father joined the local JNF board. Little did I know then that years later I would fill his seat upon his retirement. I have always believed in harnessing the unstoppable power of women—whether it’s individually or collectively. In 1997, Jewish National Fund formed its Women for Israel (WFI) group and the Sapphire Society, JNF’s Major Donor division for women at a $5,000 minimum annual commitment. I and 16 likeminded women met at JNF’s headquarters, where I was elected to serve on the board of the Sapphire Society. What began as a handful of determined and passionate women whose goal was to make an impact on the land and people of Israel, now boasts thousands of members. What’s more is that WFI and its women are a leading philanthropic force, responsible for contributing over $20 million in 2016 alone toward JNF’s groundbreaking One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade. AT TIMES, I
Over the years, I have had the privilege of traveling across the U.S. to speak to communities about the power of women to make an impact. This was never clearer to me than at JNF’s 2016 National Conference in New York, when I addressed nearly 1,000 people about the power of women in building a prosperous future for all Israelis.
help him in the future he should not hesitate to reach out to me. It also didn’t hurt that we had developed a mutual “grandmother-grandson” connection. Following the conference, I sent Jonathan a note to thank him again for joining me on stage and reiterated my offer of assistance at any time. Shortly after, he responded that he had recruited another five college friends for JNF’s AWB but they were on financial aid and having difficulty raising the $950 necessary to go. This is where, once again, I witnessed how women can and do have an impact on lives. I suggested that we speak and work out a solution. I offered $250 in financial assistance to each of the five students, but students’ families still felt the financial stress. This is when Jonathan stepped in, calling each set of parents and explaining that the purpose of this trip to Israel was volunteering and working, not vacationing. While the parents agreed to help some more, there was still a gap, but Jonathan’s motivation and zeal gave me the impetus to increase my contribution to $435 per student. Following his trip, Jonathan sent me an email which included the following: “The six of us were eager to literally get our hands dirty working the soil in Israel. Two of the students you sponsored were so excited to step foot in the Holy Land for the first time! One unforgettable moment was walking up to the Western Wall with two of my closest friends. This was their first time at the Kotel, and arm-in-arm, the three of us said the Shema together. I will never forget the pride I felt leading these friends to the place that our ancestors have been praying towards for thousands of years, a place they would have cut off a hand to see just once. That moment had a profound impact on them, as if it placed a cherry atop their newfound love for Israel. This would not have been possible without you, and I cannot begin to express my gratitude for all that you have done for me, not only for the assistance you provided, but for the constant love, support, and encouragement you have shown me.” I encourage all of you to join me and thousands of like-minded women to make a lasting impact on Israel and on our greatest asset, the young leaders who will one day fill our seats the way I filled my father’s. This is the power of WFI, this is the opportunity we have to strengthen JNF and, in turn, secure the land and people of Israel.
“I will never forget the pride I felt leading these friends to the place that our ancestors have been praying towards for thousands of years, a place they would have cut off a hand to see just once.“
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While preparing for my speech, I spotted a young college student who reminded me very much of one of my grandsons. The student, Jonathan Evan Tobin, was a JNF Campus Fellow from Binghamton University. I introduced myself and learned that he was responsible for recruiting five students to participate on JNF’s Alternative Winter Break (AWB), a volunteer trip where students fundraise $950 to be donated directly toward the project they will be working on in the Negev. I immediately was taken in by Jonathan’s passion for JNF and Israel and asked that he join me on stage as an example of “JNF’s youth leadership.” Afterward, we exchanged information and I told Jonathan to keep in touch, and that if there was anything I could do to
Terry L. Katz is a founding member and past National Chair of JNF’s Sapphire Society, past National Chair of Women for Israel, and a member of JNF’s Philadelphia Executive Board. To get involved in WFI, please contact Sharon David at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212.879.9305 x242.
A JNFuture’s Journey By Sam Goldberg MY JEWISH NATIONAL Fund
journey began after college. Following the Israel-Lebanon War of 2006, JNF organized an Alternative Spring Break trip to replant trees burned in Israel’s forests during the campaign. While we were only in Israel a week, it was one of the most productive and meaningful seven days of my life. We helped rebuild what was lost. Returning home I felt renewed Jewish purpose and joined JNFuture—a newly formed group for young professionals ages 23-40. Ready to make a difference with my fellow Futures, I attended my first JNF National Conference in Philadelphia in 2009. Looking around the room, I felt disheartened seeing too few young people. Something had to be done. At the 2010 JNF National Conference in Atlanta, JNFuture members pitched the idea of bringing leaders from across the country together on a trip to Israel. We thought to find ways for these new leaders to build relationships with one another regardless of where they lived, and promote them to work together while seeing firsthand the various projects they were helping support. Lay leader Dr. Toby Mower, a strong believer in the vital role of the next generation, immediately committed to fund the Jewish Leadership Institute Mission ( JLIM). Without Dr. Mower, this endeavor could not have happened. Our inaugural JLIM trip in 2011 had 27 participants, including myself. The trip was eye-opening; invigorating our Zionist commitment to the current, and future, State of Israel. Friendships were formed, and more
importantly, a community of like-minded and likehearted individuals willing to make personal investments into our homeland was created. I witnessed this again when I participated in the first JNF Leadership Development Program in Los Angeles. These JNF programs made a big difference in my life, providing me with a means to protect Israel and help her thrive—an important goal in my life. Donors invest in JNFuture for the same reasons Jews have survived through millennia. No matter how difficult or inconvenient—we stick together. Our ancestors dreamed of returning to our homeland and now we must
“Donors invest in JNFuture for the same reasons Jews have survived through millennia. No matter how difficult or inconvenient— we stick together.“ protect and build it. But this is an ongoing endeavor. We can never be complacent, and we must always invest in our future. In prayer, we say L’dor V’dor [from generation to generation], so too must we do in our efforts. There is nothing I am more passionate about than the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Yet, if not for the community of JNF donors who paved the way before me, this might only be expressed through my words in passing conversation. But, thankfully, this is not the case. I have an example to follow.
The 2014 JLIM Mission group in Halutza
Without JNF, there would be no forum for me to channel the feelings in my heart into reality on the ground. The JLIM trip is now entering its 7th year, and JNFuture has over 22 of chapters across the U.S. and Israel, with 830 members. We have built an incredible cadre of individuals who are committed to Israel and we continue to grow. There is something about the Jewish community that compels us to contribute. Granted, tzedekah is something many of us were taught as young children—often with JNF’s little Blue Boxes, but it is also a great feeling to invest in our purpose. JNF projects and programs have contributed to all of humanity. Our chessed [kindness] is what makes us special—our contributions are what make me proud to be Jewish. Hundreds of years from now, Jews will speak about our time as the time of Israel’s rebirth...I am honored to be a part of our living history. In my life, I have experienced personal difficulties and tragedies. I watched my home and all my possessions be engulfed by fire. I suffered indescribably painful injuries. I faced intense anti-Semitism at a young age. My Jewish values keep me going and I am driven to contribute. I cherish celebrating our collective success. On that first JLIM trip in 2011, I made a commitment. I shared this commitment with our group of young leaders as we visited Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. I then pledged: To use my best judgment in decision making, be ethical and righteous; listen to my community, family, and friends; do my best to advance humanity to become more righteous, decent, and law abiding; teach the foundation of our Jewish heritage to my children—if I am blessed to have them; love G-d and the life I was given, which is the greatest gift; stand by my people, the Jewish people; and to preserve and protect Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Join me in doing more for our people. Join me in leaving a stronger, better Israel for generations to come, surpassing any dream our ancestors could have ever had. Join me in making JNF impactful beyond measure. Join me in building Israel not as we know it, but with the vision of how great it can truly be. “If you will it, it is no dream” – Theodor Herzl Sam Goldberg is an entrepreneur and the first JNFuture member to donate $1 million and become a World Chairman’s Council Member. With special thanks to Karen Springer. To learn more about joining JNFuture, please contact Sharon David at email@example.com or call 212.879.9305 x242. JNFuture
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(L-R) Sherrie Frachtman, Director of Special in Uniform IDF Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, and Bob Frachtman at Austin’s Donor Thank You Event.
(L-R) Wendy Dawer, Ann Zinman, and Marcy Helfand at the Dallas Women for Israel (WFI) Brunch.
(L-R back row) Hannah Feldstein, Susan Londe, Roni Wolk, Beth Feldstein, Esty 4. (L-R) Emilie Vainer, Mike Roth, Ross Boardman, Jason Belnick, Steven Prager, and Jake Richman, Carole Salzberg, Marin Londe, Anat Granath. (L-R front row) Sam Londe, Ginsberg celebrate Tu Beer’Shvat after a hands-on environmental project in Atlanta. Amy Szumstein, Laurie Kunkes, Tiffany Salzberg, and Anat Tsin celebrate Purim at a 5. (L-R) Margot Alfie, Dara Brenner, Lori Halpern, Karen Senft, Penina Richards, and Girls Night Out in Atlanta. Katie Busch celebrate Purim at a Girls Night Out in Atlanta. 6.
(L-R) Daniel Raimi-Zlatic, Aaron Hellman, Ben Kogut, and Steven Braunstein at JNFuture’s Tu Beer’Shvat in Austin.
(L-R) Executive Vice-Chairman of the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites 4. (L-R) Moshe Katz and JNF-Ammunition Hill Liaison Yoel Rosby at a meeting in Milwaukee. (SPIHS) Noa Gefen, National WFI (Women for Israel) Chair Nina Paul, JNF National 5. (L-R) JNF Israel Operations Development Officer Ariel Kotler, Dan Zelman, and Campaign Director Sharon Freedman, and JNF Southern Ohio and Kentucky Israel Fire and Rescue Service Head of Operations Shmulik Friedman at a meeting Director Eric Goldstein visit the JNF 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem. in Cleveland. 2. (L-R) National WFI Chair Nina Paul, Didi Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat 6. Northern Ohio Board Members Rob Singer, with Marcy and Dr. Brad Robbins, and Eran Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, and Southern Ohio and Kentucky Board Dr. Linda Schoenberg, at JNF’s Tu BiShvat Community Celebration in Cleveland. President Jan Armstrong Cobb at a WFI parlor meeting in Cincinnati. 1.
(L-R) Event Co-Chair Grant Dinner, the “King of Jewish Baseball” Nate Fish, JNF Project Baseball Manager Peter Kurz, and event Co-Chair Brian Robbins at the Northern Ohio Project Baseball Brunch in Cleveland.
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(L-R back row) Marilyn Hirsch, Genevieve Gandal, JNF-Ammunition Hill Liaison Yoel Rosby, Stacey Landsman, Irene Caminer, Stacey Derby, and Chicago Board President Deb Lust Zaluda. (L-R front row) Chicago WFI Chair Jill Weininger, JNFuture Campaign Executive Hannah Feldman, Giselle Ratain, and Ricca Sloan at a WFI Breakfast in Chicago.
JNFuture members with Director of Special in Uniform Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia at a parlor meeting in Cincinnati. (L-R back row) JNF Southern Ohio and Kentucky Director Eric Goldstein, Aaron Guttman, Josh Davidson, Hadas Silver, Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, Matt Jacober, Brad Atlman, Joel Atlman, and Robbie Levy. (L-R front row) Rachel Felous, Sami Silverstein, Chelsea Manning, Alissa Benham, and Danielle Levy.
(L-R) Wisconsin Board President Susan Carneol, Richard Marcus, Zvi Frazer, Gail Komisar, Karen Schapiro, and Guest Speaker Jay Footlik at a lunch and learn in Milwaukee.
Yehezcial Dror and Vicki Berman at the Be’er Sheva River Park in Israel.
(L-R) Andy Klein with JNF Chairman of the Board Ronald S. Lauder at the rededication of the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
Fred Sussman visits the plaque dedicated in memory of his late wife, Robin, at the Wall of Eternal Life at American Independence Park in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Nina Cardin presents a D’var Torah at the rededication of the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
(L-R) Ellen Rosenberg and Susie Levene at Orly Shalem’s installation as JNF’s Baltimore Board President.
(L-R) Jack Rose, JNF-Green Horizons Liaison Ido Eisikovits, and Delaware Board President Joel Friedlander at a Major Donor Thank You Reception in Baltimore.
(L-R) Erika Schon, JNF National Campaign Director Diane Scar, Monica Talor, Ellen Rosenberg, and Ann Fried at a Women for Israel (WFI) event in Baltimore.
Bob and Jane Zweig at a reception in Howard County.
(L-R) JNF D.C. Director Stuart Diamant-Cohen with Col. Bentzi Gruber and Lawyers for Israel (LFI) Co-Chair Leon Berg at a LFI meeting in Baltimore. Monica Talor accepts her Chai necklace from her daughter, Baltimore JNFuture President Nicole Talor, as she is welcomed into JNF’s Chai Society. Baltimore LFI Chair Michael Hamburg and Jodie Hamburg with Debbie and Frank Spector at an LFI event in Baltimore. Baltimore JNFuture President Nicole Talor with Rabbi Arthur and Dr. Adrienne Rulnick, and Baltimore JNFuture Root Society member Zack Garber at a Major Donor Appreciation Dinner in D.C.
(L-R) Linda Gersten and Roberta Greenberg at a Women for Israel (WFI) wine tasting event.
(L-R) Caravan for Democracy participants Ian Clark, JNF Campaign Executive Gali Gordon, Julia Carro, Hasani Hayden, and Shumayl Syed visit JNF’s Sderot Indoor Recreation Center on the Student Leadership Mission to Israel.
(L-R) Wendy Reservitz, Event Co-Chair Laura Rice, and Leslie Bernstein at an Annual Breakfast in Newton.
(L-R) Brandeis students Rachel Kraus and Marisa Albert with JNFuture Members Meredith Van der Walde and Allyson Wheelright, and JNF Campaign Executive Gali Gordon on Alternative Winter Break in Israel.
(L-R) Lawyers for Israel (LFI) sponsor and Board of Trustees Member Marc Zwetchkenbaum and LFI Member Kenneth Brier at a LFI program in Boston.
(L-R) Elaine Cohen, New England Chairman of the Board Larry Cohen, and his wife, Suzanne Cohen, at Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton, FL.
(L-R) Laura Milmed, JNF Campaign Executive Gali Gordon, and JNFuture Board Member Liz Harris at JNFuture Israel’s New Year’s & Hanukkah Party in Tel Aviv.
JNF Campaign Executive Gali Gordon, Board of Trustees Member Zev Steinmetz, and Tor HaMidbar Director of Resource Development Tamar Gil at a meeting in Brookline.
Genesis Scholars Gillian Weissman, Noah Beckwith, Miriam Pomerantz, Emma Brachfeld, and Ezra Sutter from Western MA studying at Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) as part of AMHSI-JNF’s Impact Fellowship Program.
Students from Temple Emanuel Andover’s Religious School send thank you notes to 12. (L-R) Event Host Joan Schneider, Chai Society Chair Risa Aronson, Bunny Aronson, Israeli firefighters following Israel’s devastating fires in November 2016. JNF New England and Capital Regions Executive Director Sara Hefez, Pat Blank, and Phuli Cohan at a WFI wine tasting event in Newton. 9. JNFuture Board Members Rachel Goldberg, Leonard Aronson, JNFuture Boston Chair Nicole Litvak, and JNF Campaign Executive Gali Gordon at JNFuture’s Tu BiShvat wine tasting in Cambridge. 8.
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(L-R) JNF Central NJ Campaign Executive Anna Richlin, JNFuture NJ Board Chair Josh 3. (L-R) Event Chair Mark Kramer and Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn at JNF Southern Goodkin, Guest Speaker Shmuli Zema, and Central NJ Board Member Saul Sutton at NJ’s Beer, Cheese, and (More Than) Trees Tu BiShvat event in Cherry Hill. a JNFuture Tu BiShvat event at the home of Alyssa and Saul Sutton in Millburn. 4. (L-R back row) Suzanne Magaziner, Betsy Fischer, JNF Chief Development Officer Rick 2. (L-R) Sirena Terr, Dan Kline, JNF Central NJ Campaign Executive Anna Richlin, Krosnick, Robert Benedon, Michelle Scheinthal, Mark Kramer. (L-R middle row) Jerry Andrew Bronsnick, Howard Kailes, Central NJ Board Members Marina Kirshenbaum Abramson, Shelly Abramson, Pamela Benedon, Helene Blumenfeld, David Bross. (L-R and Lee Samuelson at a Lawyers for Israel (LFI) breakfast featuring The Jerusalem front row) Leonard Wizmur, Marsha Feldman Raab, Alan Blumenfeld, Bob Belfer, Post’s Gil Hoffman at McCarter & English in Newark. Rita Shrayberman, and JNF Southern NJ Senior Campaign Executive Dara Gever at a Southern NJ Board meeting at Betsy Fischer’s Groove Lounge. 1.
(L-R) JNF Southern NJ Senior Campaign Executive Dara Gever, Suzanne Magaziner, Eric Clayman, David Bross, Robert Benedon, Cindy Silvert, Michelle Scheinthal, Rita Shrayberman, Pamela Benedon, JNF-Green Horizons Liaison and Guest Speaker Ido Reichman-Eisikovits, and Event Chair Mark Kramer at JNF Southern NJ’s Beer, Cheese, and (More Than) Trees Tu BiShvat event in Cherry Hill.
(L-R) Anne Kroll, Adrian Kroll, Central New Jersey Board Member Roy Tanzman, and JNF-Halutza Liaison Yedidya Harush at a parlor meeting hosted at the home of Anne and Adrian Kroll in East Brunswick.
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(L-R) JNF NNJ and Rockland County Director Jocelyn Inglis, NNJ Board Member Michael ‘Buzzy’ Green, and Rabbi Shalom Baum at a JNF reception in Teaneck.
(L-R) Northern NJ Board Member Doryne Davis, NY Board Member Sheryl Buchholtz, and NNJ Women for Israel (WFI) Chair Susan Gutmann at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
(L-R) Sandy Balkin, Ben Carr, and Westchester & Southern CT Co-President Jeremy Abramson at JNF’s 4th Annual Water & Wine event at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.
JNFuture GNY Board Member Roy Kirsh with his wife Stephanie Itzkowitz at a GNY JNFuture Tu BiShvat Cocktail Party at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
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(L-R) JNF Director of Task Force on Disabilities Yossi Kahana, Director of Special in Uniform Director Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, IDF Major Riki Golan, Shmuel Altaras, Charles Fine, Dana Fine, and Adam Fine at a Special in Uniform parlor meeting and magic show in NYC.
(L-R) Rebecca Belsky, Robin Hershkowitz, Westchester & Southern CT Board Member Lynn Jacobs, Westchester & Southern CT Co-President Caren Hammerman, Jill Schwartz, and JNF Westchester & Southern CT Director Stephanie Risa Balkin at JNF’s 4th Annual Water & Wine event at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.
(L-R) JNFuture Member Molly Bock with Madeleine Fein at a GNY JNFuture Tu BiShvat Cocktail Party at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
10. (L-R) JNF Long Island Director Howard Ingram, Long Island President Michael Kessler,
(L-R) FDNY Foundation Board of Directors Chair Steven Ruzow, Head of Operations for the Israel Fire & Rescue Services Shmulik Friedman, and Commissioner of the NYC Fire Department Daniel A. Nigro at NYFD’s Training Academy on Randall’s Island.
(L-R) JNF Brooklyn Director Laura Mardiks, NY Board Member Sheryl Buchholtz, and Jane Myers at a WFI Breakfast at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
Guest Speaker Rebeca Shimoni-Stoil, Long Island Board Member Larry Ingber, and Event Chair Rami Abada at the Woodbury Jewish Center Community Breakfast.
(L-R) JNF Vice President of Campaign Ken Segel, Palm Springs Board Member Judy Brown, Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor and Guest Speaker Bret Stephens, Board Member Debbie Orgen-Garrett, and Board Member Rick Stein at the Palm Springs Love of Israel Dinner.
(L-R) Toni Dusik, Sue Rothberg, Carol Knoppow, T. Lungwitz, Randi Jablin, Marlene Shapiro, and Renee Resler a Women for Israel (WFI) luncheon in Phoenix.
(L-R) Event Host Alan Moskowitz, JNF-LOTEM Liaison Alisa Bodner, Northern California Board President Dick Berman, and Rabbi Gershon Albert at a Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month ( JDAIM) parlor meeting in Oakland.
(L-R) Gail Leventhal, Cheryse Miller, and Judy Bassett at a WFI luncheon in Phoenix. 8. (L-R) Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) class of 2016 student Jonas Kohn and AMHSI class of 2011 alum Alissa Hartnig table for AMHSI at Joan Holland and Leonard Sherman at the Palm Springs Love of Israel Dinner. University Prep in Seattle.
(L-R) JNF Northern California Associate Director Martha Kariv, Arava Institute student Zohar Weiss, Maddy Chalef, David Arfin, and Arava Institute student Muhanad Alkharaz at a reception for Arava Institute students in Palo Alto.
(L-R) Guest Speaker Jessica Abo, JNF National Campaign Vice President Ken Segal, JNF National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman, Advisor to the President and National Board Member Dr. Toby Mower, Mountain States Board Chair Ron Werner, JNF National Campaign Director Diane Scar, JNF Water Task Force Chair Dr. Morton Mower, JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, and JNF Mountain States Executive Director Boaz Meir at the First Annual WFI Luncheon at Palazzo Verdi in Denver.
Arizona Board President Mark Kelman, Kim Kotzin, and Toni Dusik celebrate Kim Kotzin’s Arizona Board Member of the Year Award.
(L-R) Elaine Land-Dexter, Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor and Guest Speaker Bret Stephens, and Carol Luber Harwich at the Palm Springs Love of Israel Dinner.
Mountain States Board President Barbara Burry, Mountain States WFI Chair Natalie Goldman, WFI Luncheon Co-Chair Kathy Berenstein, Advisor to the President and National Board Member Dr. Toby Mower, WFI Luncheon Co-Chair Amy Hinton, and JNF Mountain States Associate Director Jessica Milstein at the First Annual WFI Luncheon at Palaazo Verdi in Denver.
State University students in Jerusalem’s Old City during JNF’s Alternative Winter Break.
(L-R) JNFuture Mountain States Board Members Michelle Nikolayevsky, Elina Moyn, and Tracy Altman at the 8th Annual Wine & Trees: Tu BiShvat in the Rockies at Space Gallery in Denver.
from Seattle Hebrew Academy celebrate Tu BiShvat with JNF Pacific Northwest IPAD Alissa Hartnig. Bill and Michelle Futornick with their daughter Shira, Rabbi Nathaniel Ezray, AICAT Executive Director Hanni Arnon, Moti Arnon, Barbara Sommer, and Alan Fisher at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City.
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(L-R) Janise and Dr. Allan Klaiman at a Special in Uniform Doctors for Israel (DFI) program at the home of Dr. Michael and Celia Graham in Orlando.
Ken and Naples Board Member Goldie Wetcher at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.
Janet and Howard Solot at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.
Judith and Edward Anchel at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.
(L-R) Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon with Dr. Robert Colton at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
Jennifer Siegal-Miller and Rabbi Adam Miller at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.
(L-R) Robbie Puritz-Hayes, Rabbi Michael Resnick, Vivienne Ivry, JNF Palm Beach Director Laura Sherry, and Cantor Elaine Shapiro at JNF’s Temple Emanu-El Shabbaton Weekend in Palm Beach.
(L-R) Sarasota Board Members Helen and Len Glaser, Estelle Crawford, Women for Israel (WFI) National President Nina Paul, Gloria Moss, and Sarasota Board President Mark Schlanger at a breakfast in Sarasota.
(L-R) Naples Board Co-President Anthony Solomon, Didi Almog, and Founder of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Major Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog at the Naples Tree of Life™ Dinner.
10. (L-R) Cantor Elaine Shapiro, Barbara Greene, and JNF Palm Beach Director Laura
Sherry at JNF’s Temple Emanu-El Annual Brunch in Palm Beach.
13. (L-R) Marc Goldman with Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon at JNF’s 2017 Winter
Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
11. (L-R) Celia Graham and Dr. Jennifer Landa at a Special in Uniform DFI program hosted 14. (L-R) Cantor Elaine Shapiro with Michael Zimmerman, Beverly Myers, Cantor Sandra
at the home of Dr. Michael and Celia Graham in Orlando.
Estelle Crawford and Sarasota Board President Mark Schlanger present Gloria Moss with JNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Guardian of Israel Luncheon in Sarasota.
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Pilatsky, and David Sherry at a reception held at the home of Bev Myers in Palm Beach.
15. JNF Teen Ambassadors from Katz Yeshiva High School and Rosenblatt High School of
Donna Klein Jewish Academy at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
16. (L-R) Jen Steinlauf, Orlando Board Member and Orlando JNFuture Co-Chair Joe Davis,
Orlando Board Member and Orlando JNFuture Co-Chair Shira Glickman, Joe Saul, Karin Barth, and Orlando Board Member Lee Ossin at a JNFuture Hanukkah party in Orlando.
17. (L-R) Laura Rose, Jen Steinlauf, and Joy Zabell at a JNFuture Hanukkah party in Orlando. 18. (L-R) Rabbi Yaakov Gibber, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, and Rabbi Philip Moskowitz at
JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
19. Louis Reinstein and his son at a community Tu BiShvat event in Fort Lauderdale. 20. Frances Kwahly and Marc Lawrence at a JNFuture Tu BiShvat event in Miami. 21. (L-R) Ron Kriss, Angela Shylakov, JNF Miami-Dade Director Jeffrey Greenberg at a
JNFuture Tu BiShvat event in Miami.
22. (L-R) Tampa Board Member Lynne Merriam and Laura Salzer with Founder of ALEH
25. Leslie Rimboeck and Cory Clair at a JNFuture happy hour in Miami. Negev-Nahalat Eran Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, Didi Almog and Tampa Board Members Ida Raye Chernin, Andy Meyer, Dr. Robert Norman, and Richard Rappaport 26. (L-R) Esther Rose and Joan Levenson visit JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem on the CAARI Mission to Israel. at a parlor meeting for ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran in Tampa.
23. (L-R) Dr. Stuart and Juli Bobman with Dr. James Rubenstein and Director of Special in
27. (L-R) Orlando Board Member Lee Ossin and Dr. Jennifer Landa at a Special in Uniform
DFI program at the home of Dr. Michael and Celia Graham in Orlando.
Uniform IDF Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia at an evening with Special In Uniform in Ft. Myers.
24. (L-R) Ira Weiss, Marty Weiss, and Jane Weiss at JNF’s Annual Temple Emanu-El Brunch
in Palm Beach.
(L-R) Olympian Mark Spitz, Breakfast Co-Chair Barak Lurie, David Williams, JNF CEO 2. (L-R) Alyse Golden Berkley and Julie Bran at the LA Breakfast for Israel. Russell F. Robinson, Senator Bob Herzberg, and Breakfast Co-Chair Doug Williams at the LA Breakfast for Israel.
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now advocates for others with disabilities By Megan E. Turner Photos by Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
for overcoming something, lehitgaber, is commonly used when describing a successful feat against a challenging situation. Interestingly, the root of the verb—gimel, bet, resh—is also the foundation for the word gibor, or “hero.” Dealing successfully with challenges has ripple effects far beyond the individual. Overcoming adversity in the face of a disability is often a profound source of inspiration to others. One such example is a program in Israel that is paving the way for thousands with disabilities to move past traditional obstacles and proudly serve in the military. And, with the help of an inspirational military officer, the program is creating a more inclusive Israeli society and serves as a model to other nations. Special in Uniform (SIU), a signature program of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was launched 20 years ago by a small group of senior officers, to integrate Israeli youth with disabilities—mental and physical—into the IDF to serve alongside their fellow countrymen and women. Today, a proud partner of Jewish National Fund, Special in Uniform is working toward its goal to “ensure that the army is a place for everyone.” A distinctive aspect of SIU is that it pairs the soldiers with positions, units, and commanders to ensure that their service is meaningful and effective. This includes identifying appropriate positions for each soldier so that they can excel in their tasks and have a sense of belonging. Throughout their service, Special in Uniform soldiers receive life-skill lessons and are provided with career assistance and placement to ensure a smoother transition into civilian life. A natural partnership for JNF, which does so much for people with disabilities and special needs, SIU has received praise from disability and special needs groups in Israel and around the world for bringing equality and awareness into the wider Israeli society. Its story has also reached Washington and been reported in The Hill, sparking discussion on its replication elsewhere. “The idea is for the soldiers with special needs to be mainstreamed into society. They are no different than anyone else,” said IDF Lt. Col. (Res.) and Director of Special in Uniform Tiran Attia. “Thanks to JNF and the generosity of its donors, no Israeli is left behind.” “These kids simply want to be a part of the army, which is a central part of Israeli culture—a rite of passage THE HEBREW VERB
in society,” said Major Riki Golan, 38, a volunteer with Special in Uniform, who has seen individuals with all kinds of disabilities come and serve in the IDF. Golan knows all too well the need for this program. Born premature at 27 weeks, and one of a set of triplets, Golan’s brain was deprived of oxygen at birth. As a result, she developed cerebral palsy, a disability marked by impaired muscle coordination. Unlike the rest of her siblings, Golan didn’t hit typical developmental milestones, and one doctor even told her parents that she would never walk. But, despite it all and with the perseverance of her parents who sought every which way to get her the medical help she needed, Golan not only conquered the obstacles, she has served in the IDF for the past 20 years—as a ranking and highly respected officer! Joining the military was always the goal for Golan, who comes from a long line of military veterans. Her father (z’’l) was a four-star brigadier general who served in the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War, and received the nation’s highest honor bestowed upon soldiers. “I was crawling around on tanks before I even
influence, constantly encouraged and pushed her forward to achieve her dreams. “My father would tell me, ‘Your legs may not work well, but your head is good,’ meaning that I should always search for what can be done and to build from there.” Young, stubborn, and ready to do anything to succeed, Golan rose through the ranks and was accepted into the IDF’s officer training course. “This was very challenging—the course was held on the fourth floor of an army base only accessible by stairs. I was repeatedly asked if I was sure if I could do it, and each day I climbed those stairs up to the fourth floor, no matter what,” Golan said with pride. Golan’s IDF service has also brought positive change and has done much to raise awareness for soldiers with disabilities. “As an officer I bring awareness to those around me in the army about individuals with disabilities.”
“Not everyone has an encouraging dad like I did,” Golan said, “but with an organization like Special in Uniform, these kids have someone to advocate for them.” started walking,” Golan remarked while showing a picture of her father. Doctors told her parents that she would never walk, but Golan’s mother searched the world over for help for her daughter, and finally located a surgeon in Israel willing to treat her. After many surgeries, she gained use of her legs and began walking. She attended a regular school until her graduation, integrating with her peers despite the inherent difficulties. At age 18, Golan knew exactly what to do—she, along with the rest of her peers, went to join the army. She never let her physical disability diminish her love for her country and her desire to serve in the IDF. Rather, it lit a fire of determination. But, back then without an organization like Special in Uniform to assist youth with disabilities, Golan faced difficulty with recruitment. “As part of the process, all soldiers must go before a medical committee, and my experience there was traumatic,” she said, and was immediately given an exemption from military service. Unsatisfied, Golan asked if she could volunteer, but the committee’s response was an equally heartbreaking, “No.” Golan left the recruitment center feeling defeated and frustrated. “I felt like I wasn’t good enough for them, but I refused to give up. I decided to persist until I was enlisted. Eventually I was accepted into the army.” Determination is a highly valued virtue by Golan. It is a quality that has been deeply ingrained in her by her parents since childhood. Her mother never gave up trying to find a way to help her walk, and her father, her biggest
Golan is also unique from another aspect. Her status as a high-ranking IDF officer with a physical disability paved the way for her to become the spokeswoman for Special in Uniform. “Not everyone
Major Riki Golan
Major Golan advising a Special in Uniform soldier
has an encouraging dad like I did,” Golan said, “but with an organization like Special in Uniform, these kids have someone to advocate for them.” If an officer is wary of accepting a soldier with a disability into their unit, Golan steps in. “I am able to explain to the commanding officer that I know that it is not easy, but I’m also an officer and I understand how valuable these soldiers can be.” Like many in Special in Uniform, Golan is amazed to see the program’s deep and profound influence on the country’s perception of individuals with disabilities. “The IDF is the only army in the world that recruits people with disabilities. This acceptance has an impact on Israeli society as a whole.” Said Lt. Col. Attia: “Special in Uniform is having a ripple effect—these soldiers’ families are positively influenced, their neighborhoods see the abilities and capabilities of these soldiers, and eventually, that ripple widens out and touches everyone.” So, what is next for Golan? She’s looking forward to starting a family in the near future, but she’s also starting to think about the end of her army career. “Once I conclude my service in the military, I definitely want to continue working with people with disabilities and assist them to better integrate into society,” she said. She’s also thinking of writing a book about her journey, and she’s even toying with the idea of entering into politics. One thing is clear. Golan’s bravery, confidence, and far-reaching influence will not cease once she hangs up her uniform for good. “Riki is a person that was told there was no chance, but she overcame it all and succeeded. She’s an example that a disability does not have to limit you, and that people with disabilities can also succeed,” said Lt. Col. Attia. “It is very special and important to me that Special in Uniform exists,” Golan beamed. “It gives me even more pride to be an officer in the IDF.” For more information on how to get involved with Special in Uniform or Jewish National Fund’s Task Force on Disabilities, please email Yossi Kahana at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyday Heroes
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Public servants answering the call to serve and protect against destructive fires By Jessica Halfin “PEOPLE OFTEN REFER to us as heroes, but we are just doing our job. It’s what we do,” said Lior Haimovici, a firefighter who, along with his brother-in-law and fellow firefighter Moshe Mizrahi, took part in battling some of the worst fires in Israel’s history in late 2016. Like policemen, doctors, and astronauts, becoming a fireman often inspires great excitement in schoolchildren’s dreams. Who doesn’t want to be a hero? Stoic, fearless, and brave, the public relies on them to come to the rescue at critical times. That’s exactly what happened in late November when Israel’s firefighters and first responders were called into action as widespread fires consumed some 10,000 acres of land and forest, and destroyed over 700 homes in the Haifa region alone. While some of the fires were found to be the work of arsonists, many were sparked due to the week-long hamsin Israel had been experiencing. Of Arabic origin, hamsin is a term used to describe brutally dry, hot sandy winds blown in from the Sahara Desert. The phenomenon, a common yearly occurrence in the Middle East, inevitably creates perfect conditions for the rapid spread of fire—which is exactly what happened across the country, with the largest blazes raging near the port city of Haifa.
Moshe Mizrahi and Lior Haimovici at the family engagement party
Haimovici and Mizrahi are stationed in the same fire house in Kiryat Haim, a Haifa suburb. Both were called up for duty during the fires, but the event was also unique to the pair—scheduled for that afternoon was Haimovici’s brother’s and Mizrahi’s sister’s engagement party. The family connection makes the two firefighters more like brothers than colleagues in an institution known to create a bond of fraternal camaraderie between its members. “We had been fighting the fires since the early morning the day of the engagement party, and the sun had already set,” Haimovici said. “We were utterly exhausted, Fires burning near Haifa, November 2016 but were pushing through right alongside everyone in the unit to continue tackling about the family’s event. “Understanding how much it the fire. We each called our parents to let them know meant to us, the Chief gave the order for us to be pulled that unfortunately there was no way we would be off the front lines and be released for a few hours so that able to make the party.” we could attend the engagement party,” said Haimovici. It was then that the pair were summoned by their “I felt extremely guilty for leaving our brothers out commander and notified that the Fire Chief had heard there to fight the fire,” Mizrahi noted with a slight tinge of remorse in his voice, but, “we showed up to the venue hall in our uniforms, covered in ash, eyes red, and smelling of smoke as our families greeted us with tears of joy.” Despite the chaos of the fires going on outside, for a brief moment, the two were able to share in their families’ joyful occasion and union. A few hours later the men hugged their friends and families goodbye and returned to the front lines to continue fighting the blazes. “We were initially nervous returning to the fire and to our unit because we had left them in the middle of the blaze,” Haimovici admitted, “but we were relieved to hear our brothers cheering mazel tov upon our return. It was as if we had somehow lifted their spirits as well.” It took over a week—and with the assistance of several foreign firefighting services, hundreds of people, firefighting planes, and more—to finally gain control and extinguish all of the fires ravaging Israel. “We worked hard but the fire was put out by the grace of God,” said Liron Almog, a firefighter in Haimovici and Mizrahi’s station. “When you’re standing up against a wall of fire with your fire hose, you suddenly feel very small and insignificant. It reminds you of what it means to just be a man in the face of Mother Nature. We battled the flames with all
Images from the devastating fire in November 2016 that Mizrahi and Haimovici fought | Photo Credit: Nir Hoffman
our strength until they eventually subsided, almost as quickly as they began.” Hard as that week was, this wasn’t the first time that Israel had experienced such destructive and devastating fires that tested the nation’s firefighters and first responders. The Mount Carmel Fire in 2010 wreaked havoc throughout the Western Galilee and just south of Haifa for three days. “It was literally hell on earth,” said Michael Weinberger, a Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael forest supervisor who was on duty when the Carmel fires broke out. “I saw a
“When you’re standing up against a wall of fire with your fire hose, you suddenly feel very small and insignificant. It reminds you of what it means to just be a man in the face of Mother Nature.”
sight unlike anything I had ever seen since. We started trying to contain the fire, but then our unit had to do something we never did before—we had to abandon our positions and retreat. As firefighters, we’re not used to retreating.” Each firefighter has an unforgettable moment—one that’s seared into their memory forever. For Haimovici that moment was when he saved an elderly man’s life from certain death. “There was a house on the verge of collapse, and all of the firefighters had already cleared the area except for me. That’s when I saw an old man stumbling through the debris,” Haimovici said. “I knew there was no time to call for back up to come for assistance, so I put my oxygen mask over the man’s face and we ran through the smoke and out to safety. For Weinberger, the memories most unforgettable are of places saved then lost. “We contained the fire, saved an area, then moved on or rested for a couple of hours, only to come back to discover that the area we thought we saved had burnt down,” Weinberger said. “I felt frustration, disappointment, and terrible sadness.” “When bad things happen, people tend to talk and ruminate about it for a while, and then can forget it even happened,” Haimovici said. “As firefighters and first responders we did what we could in the moment, but we can’t forget that there are people who lost all their worldly possessions during this tragedy.” The scars are strikingly evident in parts of Northern Israel and the areas around Haifa and its suburbs.
Places that were once peoples’ homes are nothing but frames and scorched blackness. But Haifa’s residents are resilient and they have made it through hardships in the past, including surviving the devastation wreaked by Hezbollah’s long-range missiles during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Since the outbreak of the fires—and long before—Jewish National Fund and its partners in Israel have been working to rebuild, replant, and restore the Jewish homeland. Thanks to Jewish National Fund’s Fire Campaign, over $6 million has been raised to build new fire stations, and ensure that Israel’s firefighters have the most up-to-date equipment and firefighting trucks. Throughout Israel today, schoolchildren continue to run towards windows and gaze out onto the street whenever the sounds of fire trucks with their wailing sirens speed by, rushing to fight a fire or to save a life. When the task is done and the fires are out, firemen don’t expect public parades or national awards thanking them for their difficult, dangerous work. For the firefighters riding in those trucks—like Haimovici and Mizrahi—who risk life and limb protecting Israel’s forests and public, this is a job that fills them with pride. And yet, most will still deny being labeled a “hero.” They will simply say that they’re just doing their job. To learn how you can help rebuild Israel, please visit jnf.org/israelfires or call 800.JNF.0099. Everyday Heroes
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Dr. Ofir and Nurse Korin saving lives in the heart of Israel’s desert communities By Tania Pons Allon
Nurse Inbar Korin at the JNF-Arava Medical Center
Negev Desert, between the oasis cities of Be’er Sheva and Eilat, lies the Central Arava, a stretch of desert straddling the IsraeliJordanian border home to 3,600 heroes. The Arava has faced challenges for decades—scarce water, barren land, hot summer days, and cold winter nights—but young men and women infused with the Zionist spirit came to the region in the 1950s, sowed seeds, established its first communities, and made the desert their home. The Arava is an intriguing and breathtaking place to settle down and raise a family. It’s also the last place you’d search for a comic book-inspired hero, such as a caped crusader armed with the noble and valiant cause DEEP IN ISRAEL’S
of helping those in need. Indeed, flowing capes won’t be found in the blistering heat of this desert. However, in a place many consider to be Israel’s last remaining frontier, there are in fact heroes. They just happen to don “capes” of a different sort. SEARCHING FOR CURES IN THE DESERT For the last 20 years, Dr. Rivki Ofir has focused on a singular goal—unmasking the potential of desert plants to cure diseases. A founding member of Moshav Hatzeva, Dr. Ofir joined the Central Arava R&D Center in 1998 with the intention of conducting high-quality research in unique desert conditions. This center was established by the Israeli Ministry of Science,
Technology, and Space in partnership with Jewish National Fund, made possible through a gift by Stephen M. Ross of New York. Dr. Ofir has spent most of her professional life studying desert plants and their extraordinary attributes. Given that these desert plants have lived for millennia in harsh conditions, she believes that they may hold the key to one day curing humanity’s most debilitating illnesses, such as various forms of cancer, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. And that’s really what sets her apart in this parched corner of Israel. It didn’t all start that way; it hardly ever does. “I met my husband Moishale in 1973 when I was
Dr. Rivki Ofir | Photo Credit: Haim Horeinstein
25-years-old,” said Dr. Ofir, who has a B.A. in chemistry, an M.A. in biology with an emphasis on cancerous cells, and a Ph.D. in immunology. “I loved being a farmer and a mother, but my thirst for science pushed me to continue my research and led me here, to where I am today.” Her personal mission to help mankind began when Dr. Ofir was working on her thesis, which questioned why human immune systems failed to protect the body from various forms of cancer. She concluded that desert plants defend themselves by producing unique, natural chemicals. So why not extract those chemicals—which can’t be synthetically reproduced in a laboratory—to create medicines and potential cures? Today, she and her fellow researchers spend their days screening various extracts on models of human diseases and exploring their effects on cells in the hopes that one will yield promising results. A Nobel Prize? The coveted Israel Prize? What’s Dr. Ofir’s motivation searching for cures in desert plants, and in the Arava of all places? Her response is humble and quite simple—she wishes to help develop the region and make the Arava a more desirable place for new families. She believes that the future of Israel, and the Arava, is in science, and the greatest obstacle facing her research is available manpower. But that’s changing, too. Thanks to Jewish National Fund and foundations like the Karl Asch Foundation, highlyskilled researchers are being galvanized to relocate to work at the Central Arava R&D Center. Still hardships exist. Conducting research remains challenging in the region and long distances between facilities makes it difficult to create an atmosphere to
share research with ease. “You are working alone but succeeding against all odds,” said Dr. Ofir. Helped by a state-of-the-art facility they are performing cutting-edge research that has the potential to save the lives of millions. “Big-hearted” and “bold” are appropriate adjectives to describe Dr. Ofir’s noble quest in her pursuit to find cures for grave human illnesses, and while she may demur at the term “heroic,” her lab coat flapping in the desert wind at times gives her the appearance of a desert hero. Still, she will say she is most proud when young families relocate to the Arava, like the family of Inbar Korin, a nurse who settled in Hatzeva six years ago.
Rescue Unit maneuvered around us, trying to cut the vehicle open. It took almost 40 minutes with everyone working together to save her life.” Medical services in the region dramatically improved in 2014 with the opening of the Danielle A. & Irvine J. Grossman JNF-Arava Medical Center, a state-of-theart and well-equipped facility with an emergency call center, in the town of Sapir. As a member of the facility’s steering committee, Korin wrote the treatment protocols for the medical center, and is also a member of the Arava Search and Rescue Team. “Being a nurse in the Arava means you have to be accessible all the time,” Korin said. “It means sacrificing family time at any hour when someone is in need of assistance. It’s a workday that never ends and one with great responsibility, but it’s also one with tremendous satisfaction. From snake bites, to CPR, to delivering a baby on the roadside, we Central Arava nurses do it all.” Now the new Nancy Simches JNF-Arava Emergency Response Center that’s under construction—and conveniently located next door to the Medical Center— will provide a facility to ensure the safety and security of the Arava’s residents and its visitors.
PROVIDING HELP ANYWHERE, ANYTIME Having already saved numerous lives, Inbar Korin, 35, is heroine of a different kind. Born and raised in central Israel, Korin’s passion for helping others began in high school when she became a Magen David Adom volunteer. Later, after completing her army service, Korin enrolled in Ben Gurion University’s School of Nursing. Today, she and her family live in the Arava’s Moshav Hatzeva. In addition to working on the moshav as a nurse, Korin also works at Soroka Hospital’s Emergency Room—located an hour and a half away in Be’er Sheva, a job she keeps to gain more experience and professional skills in trauma treatment, decision making, and precise diagnosis, training that is invaluable in the desert. As a result of the long distance Dr. Ofir at the Central Arava R&D Center | Photo Credit: Haim Horeinstein to the nearest hospital, nurses are the front line in providing medical services in the Despite the stresses of emergency cases, Korin, a Arava and often fill in as paramedics, doctors, social mother of three, finds respite from her roles as a nurse workers, and even psychologists. and regional superwoman and lifesaver when she “Two years ago, on Shavuot eve, I was called to works at her favorite job at the Infant Care Unit in the an accident on Route 90, the main highway,” Korin Medical Center. “I love treating babies and consider it recalled. “A woman was trapped in what was left of a privilege to be able to care for newborns and watch her car, and I sat behind her, holding her neck and them grow from their first days. It fills me with pride head in place while the firefighters and the Arava knowing that I am playing an active part in caring for the Central Arava’s future generation.” They may not have a bat signal, a secret laboratory, or extraordinary human abilities, but Dr. Rivki Ofir and Nurse Inbar Korin serve as true examples of heroes making positive changes in Israel’s growing desert communities.
“It’s a workday that never ends and one with great responsibility, but it’s also one with tremendous satisfaction. From snake bites, to CPR, to delivering a baby on the roadside, we Central Arava nurses do it all.”
To learn more about the Arava or to join the Arava Task Force, please contact Talia Tzour Avner at email@example.com. Everyday Heroes
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The bravery that reunited Jerusalem and a son’s recollection of his father’s heroism at Ammunition Hill By June Glazer
Captain Rami Wald’s photos and medals at Ammunition Hill
of three days, beginning June 5, more than 180 Israeli soldiers fell along the Jerusalem front fighting against Jordanian forces in what is ingrained in Israel’s collective memory as one of the Six-Day War’s fiercest and bloodiest battles. Ammunition Hill, a critical part of the struggle for Jerusalem, is today a Jewish National Fund-sponsored national memorial site that honors and tells the story of the heroic soldiers who died in the fight to reunite the capital city in 1967. Alon Wald, marketing manager and event coordinator at Ammunition Hill, is the son of Rami Wald, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) captain and a war hero who fell on OVER THE COURSE
the first day of fighting. At the outbreak of the war, Alon was only 10-months-old, and since then he has spent much of his adult life trying to piece together the story of his father’s bravery. The journey is what led him to give a voice to those who fell in the battle for Jerusalem, and share their untold stories with visitors. “My father was a carpenter, newly married, and with a baby on the way. At 32-years-old, he was an ‘old’ reservist in the 28th Paratroopers Battalion, a combat engineer expert who had taught soldiers his specialty for many years,” Alon said in his office. “Prior to the war, the army told my father that he had ‘done enough,’ had ‘family responsibilities,’ and if he was ever needed, he
would be an adviser to General Mordechai ‘Motta’ Gur, his brigade commanding officer.” When war broke out on June 5, Wald was immediately called up by Gen. Gur, who was in charge of the division trying to capture the Old City, which had been lost to Jordan in the 1948 War of Independence. Wald was deployed as part of Gen. Gur’s commanding officers contingent, and rode with him in the armored vehicle collecting and analyzing data. The details of what happened next remained a mystery to Alon for much of his life. Driven to learn more about his father, at age 40 he began seeking answers from the men who were with his father and the last to see him alive.
“I always knew he died a hero, but as a kid it’s an unwritten rule that you don’t ask too many questions,” he said. “As the years went by, I wanted to better understand the man who was my father.” He began putting together the pieces of the puzzle, first by speaking with the intelligence officer who was with Wald in Gen. Gur’s vehicle. “The battle for Jerusalem had already begun, and the reservists were getting ready to open up the way to Ammunition Hill, the strategic hilltop occupied by the Jordanians that served as the gateway toward the Old City’s liberation,” Alon recounted from what he learned. “The officer said that my father knew the soldiers were entering a danger zone, one where they would have to navigate through a 300-meter-long minefield and overcome barbed wire and trenches. But Motta didn’t allow him to join, reminding my dad that he had already ‘done enough.’ My father begged and argued until Motta relented.” Alon learned more from the medic who treated Wald after he was injured. According to the medic, as the first platoons were rushing toward the Jordanian forces, Wald appeared “out of nowhere” a mere 300 meters from the front line. “My father approached a tank from behind to speak with its commanding officer through the internal communication system, which is located at the rear of the tank, when the engine fired up and a blast of hot exhaust hit him in the eyes,” Alon said. The medic dragged Wald away, bandaged him up, and turned his attention to the chaotic scene unfolding. The medic said that 15 minutes later he saw Wald yank off the bandages, pick up his rifle, and make a dash toward the front. The last person to see Wald alive was Nir Nitzan, who was second-in-command of the platoon that captured Ammunition Hill on the second day of the war. Nitzan and the combat engineers were laying Bangalore torpedoes, an explosive charge placed within connecting tubes, to clear a path through the minefield. That’s when Wald again appeared “out of nowhere.”
“You will go in safely and you will come out safely. Now let me do my work.” Good friends as civilians, Nitzan was relieved to see Wald and confided in him that he was afraid. Wald reassured him, and said, “You will go in safely and you will come out safely. Now, let me do my work.” Bangalore explosives produce a distinctive, thick smoke and immediately after the blast, two soldiers with flashlights are charged with directing the soldiers down the cleared path. It was also a given that once the Jordanians saw the smoke they would begin shooting into it, knowing that their defense line had been breached. “Because he knew this drill better than anyone else, my father grabbed a flashlight and jumped in right after the explosion,” Alon said. “He was instantly shot three times in the chest and fell
The Wald family
down, still holding the flashlight and illuminating the path. Nir [Nitzan] once told me, ‘Try to imagine how symbolic it was that after your father was fatally shot, he was still showing us the way.’” Shortly after, the IDF—with 36 casualties—took Ammunition Hill, and the rest is history. This battle allowed for the liberation of the Old City and the reunification of a Jewish Jerusalem for the first time in over 2,000 years. “I couldn’t be more proud of my father,” Alon said with pride. “At age 32, he could have stayed back and remained safe, but because of his commitment to his friends, the army, and his country, he joined the battle. There are many stories of heroism from Ammunition Hill, like his, and they are what led me to become involved with the site. We need to ensure that future generations know about these heroes who fought for Israel’s survival and for Jerusalem.” Although Alon felt the absence of his father during childhood, in many ways he was surrounded by many surrogate fathers—Rami Wald’s comrades-in-arms. “I remember them telling me, ‘You are part of our family now and you will never be alone,’” Alon said. “They were always there for me, and they instilled in me the values that they and my dad held dear.” It is because of those values that Alon became a major and commanding officer of an elite IDF paratroopers unit; established the Maglan Unit, a special forces group that operates deep in enemy territory; was recruited by Israel’s Secret Service; oversaw the security personnel of Israel’s embassy in Cairo and later in Vienna; and was an air marshal for EL AL Airlines. “I felt that my father was with me all the time, pushing and supporting me,” Alon said. When he speaks to young visitors at Ammunition Hill, it is about these same values. “When Shorashim-Taglit Birthright and Hillel groups visit, I want them to leave inspired by human values— values everyone can relate to,” he
said. “JNF has been integral in Ammunition Hill’s preservation and renovations. They have helped me tell this story by building the new Norman and Jean Gould Commemoration Hall for visitors.” To mark the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification, and to honor his father, Alon launched the JerusaLens Jerusalem Photo Challenge. The contest— sponsored by JNF as well as municipal and governmental ministries—was open to people around the world to submit their unique pictures of Jerusalem, with the 100 best to be exhibited at Ammunition Hill for public viewing. The contest was the largest photo contest in the world, with more than 2 million people participating. “Not surprisingly, Israel has many commemoration sites and many stories of heroism,” said Alon. “So why does JNF support Ammunition Hill so significantly? It’s because Jewish National Fund is a visionary organization and its donors, like Larry Russ from California and Bruce Gould from Florida along with many others, understand that what we do at Ammunition Hill is for the Jewish people everywhere. JNF donors enable us to share our story with the next generation in a way that is modern and relevant.” Nine years ago, together with Ammunition Hill, Jewish National Fund built the Wall of Honor as a way to pay tribute and respect to Jewish combatants who fought in any war, and in any country. The wall is a testament that shows that Jews, no matter where they live, are loyal and ready to fight for the nations they live in. Said Alon: “Loyalty and bravery, like the names of those on the Wall of Honor, are values that were important to my father and ones that are equally important for me to pass on to the next generation.” For more information or to plan a visit to Ammunition Hill, please visit g-h.org.il/en or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rami Wald and 10-month-old Alon Everyday Heroes
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Burt Ziskind (Century Council, President’s Society) enjoying time with his family in Israel.
(L-R) Andy (Century Council, Negev Florence and Robert Chertkof (President’s Society) and Gail (Century Council, Negev Society) enjoying Israel on JNF’s Israel H20 Society, Sapphire Society) Quartner with Tour Gail (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Gary (Century Council, President’s Society) Kushner at JNF’s Mid-Atlantic Major Donor Thank You Reception in D.C.
(L-R) Guest Speaker Ethan Zohn with Delaware Board President Joel Friedlander (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society), Frank Spector (Herzl Society), and Gary Kushner (Century Council, President’s Society) at a Major Donor Event in Bethesda.
(L-R) Andy Klein (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society), Leonard (Century Council, Negev Society) and Phyllis Attman (Century Council, Negev Society), and JNF National President Jeffrey E. Levine (World Chairman’s Council, Negev Society) at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House rededication in NYC.
(L-R) Jack Rose (Century Council, President’s Society) and Zack Garber ( JNF Future Root Society) at a Baltimore Board meeting.
(L-R) Mota (Century Council, President’s Society) and Amy Gur (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) with Baltimore Board of Directors President Orly Shalem (Sapphire Society) at a Board Meeting in Baltimore.
(L-R) Nanci Seff (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Joe Marzouk (Century Council, President’s Society) with Naomi (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Larry Amsterdam (Century Council, President’s Society) at an event for Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month in Baltimore.
(L-R) Ethan Grossman (Century Council, President’s Society), Florence and Robert Chertkof (President’s Society), Marc Epstein, Dr. Robert (Herzl Society) and Carol Keehn, and Eric Narrow at American Independence Park in Jerusalem.
(L-R) Xiuyun Li with her husband, Jeffrey Klein (Century Council, President’s Society), Jack Rose (Century Council, President’s Society), and Lynn Kapiloff (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at a dinner for Major Donors in Bethesda.
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(L-R) Melanie Moreno (President’s Society, Sapphire Society), Gary Kushner (Century Council, President’s Society), and Adrienne Rulnick (President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at JNF’s Mid-Atlantic Major Donor Thank You Reception.
(L-R) Mitch Berliner (Herzl Society) and Gary Kushner (Century Council, President’s Society) at a recent Lawyers for Israel event in D.C.
(L-R) Stephen (President’s Society) and Sharon Seiden (President’s Society), Lenore (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Central NJ Lawyers for Israel (LFI) Chair Mark Rattner (Century Council, President’s Society) at a Major Donor Thank You Reception hosted at the home of Vicki and Andrew Solomon in Millburn.
(L-R) JNF Central NJ Campaign Executive Anna Richlin and Michael Zimmerman (Herzl Society, JNFuture Root Society), Central NJ Board President Andrew Solomon (Century Council, Negev Society) with Vicki (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) and Rachel Solomon at a Major Donor Thank You Reception hosted at the home of Vicki and Andrew Solomon in Millburn.
(L-R) Central NJ Board Member Alyssa Russo (Sapphire Society), JNF Central NJ Women For Israel (WFI) Co-Chair Marci Robinson (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society), and Guest Speaker Rebecca Shimoni-Stoil at a Major Donor Thank You reception hosted at the home of Vicki and Andrew Solomon in Millburn.
Sadie Toczek, Ella Toczek, Susie Toczek (Sapphire Society), Fred Toczek (Herzl Society), and JNF Development Officer Ariel Kotler visit the Gush Etzion Fire Department.
(L-R) Event Chair Mark Kramer (Herzl Society) and Jeffrey Brown (Century Council, Negev Society) with JNF-Green Horizons Liaison and Guest Speaker Ido Eisikovitz enjoying a laugh at JNF Southern NJ’s Beer, Cheese, and (More Than) Trees Tu BiShvat event in Cherry Hill.
(L-R) Southern NJ Orthodox Outreach and Event Chairs Jerry (Century Council, Negev Society) and Shelly (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) Abramson with Southern NJ President and Makor Member Betsy Fischer (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at the Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton, FL.
(L-R) Speakers Bureau Chairman and Makor Member Robert Benedon (Century Council, President’s Society), JNF Chief Development Officer Rick Krosnick, and Southern NJ WFI Chair Helene Blumenfeld (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at JNF Southern NJ’s January board meeting.
Chicago Board Member Robert Wigoda (Century Council, President’s Society) visits his father and grandfather’s memorial plaques at Ammunition Hill’s Wall of Honor in Jerusalem.
(L-R) JNF-Ammunition Hill Liaison Yoel Rosby, Fran Levy, Howard Freedberg (Century Council, President’s Society), Congressman Bradley Schneider, Marc Levy, Rob Rubin (Century Council), and Scott Gendell (Century Council, President’s Society) at a parlor meeting in Chicago.
(L-R) Sandy Zieve (Negev Society, Sapphire Society) and Barry Feldman (Century Council, Negev Society) after purchasing a fire truck together at a parlor meeting in Cleveland.
(L-R) Eugene Cohn (Sapphire Society), JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, Merle Horwitz (Negev Society), and Ula Zusman at an event honoring Women for Israel (WFI) Chai and Sapphire Society donors at the home of David and Merle Horwitz.
Dr. Jeff (Century Council, President’s Society) and Laurie Kunkes (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at an event honoring WFI Chai and Sapphire Society donors at the home of David and Merle Horwitz.
(L-R) JNF Southwest Executive Director Reagan Weil, Tina Almendares (Sapphire Society), Ande Mass, and Director of Special in Uniform IDF Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia at a Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month event in San Antonio.
(L-R) LA Breakfast Co-Chairs Barak Lurie (Herzl Society) and Doug Williams (Century Council, President’s Society) at the 2016 Breakfast for Israel.
(L-R) Elizabeth and Joey Gindi, JNF Development Officer Ariel Kotler, Rachel Gindi (Century Council, King Solomon Society), Alan Gindi (Century Council, King Solomon Society), and CEO of HaShomer HaChadash Yoel Zilberman visit the HaShomer HaChadash headquarters in the Galilee.
(L-R) Northern Ohio Board President Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein (Century Council, Negev Society, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) presents Sapphire Society pins to Nancy Kay (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Margo Vinney (Sapphire Society) at a board meeting in Cleveland.
(L-R) Sisters Leslie Edwards (Sapphire Society) and Laura Kuntz (Sapphire Society) at a board meeting in Cleveland.
Alan (Century Council, President’s Society) and Roni Wolk (Century Society, Sapphire Society) dedicate a plaque in memory of Alan’s brother and in support of Special in Uniform at the Tel Nof Air Force Base in Israel.
JNF’s Major Donors
National Vice President of Campaign Ken Segel (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society) with JNF National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman dedicating a memorial for Ken’s parents on behalf of the Segel family at JNF’s Sderot Indoor Recreation Center in Israel.
(L-R) Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) Co-CEO Leor Sinai and Board Member Isaac Edry (Century Council, Herzl Society) discuss the Greater Boston Impact Fellowship.
(L-R) Rhonda Forman (Sapphire Society), Chai Society Chair Risa Aronson (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society), Yadira Patkin (World Chairman’s Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) with Sonia Silverman (Sapphire Society) at a Women for Israel (WFI) event for ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran.
(L-R) Daniel Rudoy (Herzl Society) and Jay Shuman (Herzl Society) are welcomed as members of the New England Board of Directors by JNF New England and Capital Region Executive Director Sara Hefez and New England Chairman of the Board Larry Cohen (Century Council, President’s Society).
(L-R) Judi Elovitz Greenberg (Century Council, Sapphire Society) and Judith Sydney (Sapphire Society) at a WFI wine tasting event in Newton.
(L-R) New England Chairman of the Board Larry Cohen (Century Council, President’s Society), Guest Speaker IDF Col. Bentzi Gruber, and Suzanne Cohen (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at a Board of Trustees Meeting in Boston.
(L-R) JNF National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman, Capital Region President Robert (President’s Society), and Dorothy Ganz (President’s Society) meeting in Carlsbad, CA.
(L-R) Jodi Sokoloff, Chai Society Chair Risa Aronson (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society), Judi Elovitz Greenberg (Century Council, Sapphire Society), and JNF New England and Capital Region Executive Director Sara Hefez at a WFI event for ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran.
(L-R) Event Co-Chair and Board of Directors Member Steven Aronson (Century Council, President’s Society) and National VP of Communities and Boston President Emeritus Michael Blank (World Chairman’s Council, President’s Society) at the New England Annual Breakfast in Newton.
(L-R) National VP of Strategic Partnerships Jeffrey Davis (Century Council, Negev Society) and New England Chairman of the Board Larry Cohen (Century Council, President’s Society) at a planning meeting in Newton.
(L-R) Sapphire Society Chair and Board of Directors Member Amy Parsons (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), JNF New England and Capital Region Executive Director Sara Hefez with Executive Vice-Chairman of the Society for the Preservation of Israel Herritage Sites and Guest Speaker Noa Gefen at a WFI event.
(L-R) National General Campaign Co-Chair and Boston President Emeritus Robert Cohan (President’s Society), Boston President Jeffrey Woolf (Century Council, President’s Society), and New England Chairman of the Board Larry Cohen (Century Council, President’s Society) at a Lawyers for Israel (LFI) event hosted and sponsored by LFI and Board of Trustees Member Marc Zwetchkenbaum in Boston.
(L-R) Makor Member Bob Weiss (Century Council, Negev Society) and NY Board and Makor Member Sheryl Buchholtz (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) with JNF-Ammunition Hill Liaison Yoel Rosby on JNF’s 2017 Makor Mission in Israel.
(L-R) JNF Greater New York Executive Vice President Maidelle Goodman Benamy with Freda Rosenfeld (Sapphire Society) at an event at Young Israel of Flatbush in Brooklyn.
(L-R) Ronen Bojmel, NY Board President Saul Burian (President’s Society), Honoree Dan Kamensky (Century Council, President’s Society), and Founder of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran IDF Major General (Res.) Doron Almog at the JNF Finance for Israel Tu BiShvat Celebration in NYC.
(L-R) Ron (Century Council, President’s Society) and Amy Iles (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at the Be’er Sheva Amphitheater in Israel.
(L-R) Head of Operations for the Israel Fire & Rescue Services Shmulik Friedman, Kim (Sapphire Society) and Jordan Dickstein, with Randi (World Chairman’s Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) and JNF National President Jeffrey E. Levine (World Chairman’s Council, Negev Society) at the Levine’s home in NYC.
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(L-R) National Board Member Ben Gutmann (World Chairman’s Council) and Northern NJ and AMHSI Board Member Karl Kaplan (President’s Society) on JNF’s Cuba Experience: For President’s Society Members.
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(L-R) Carrie (Sapphire Society) and Long Island Board Member Alan Chalup (Herzl Society) with Ronnit (Sapphire Society) and Long Island Board President and Makor Member Michael Kessler (Century Council, Negev Society) at JNF’s Long Island Breakfast at the Woodbury Jewish Center.
(L-R) David Pollack (Century Council) with Director of Special in Uniform Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, JNF Director of Task Force on Disabilities Yossi Kahana, Rabbi Hershel Billet of Young Israel of Woodmere, Shmuel Altaras, IDF Major Riki Golan, Rebitzen Rookie Billet, and JNF Chief Marketing Officer Jodi Bodner at a meeting to support JNF’s work with special needs and disabilities in Long Island.
(L-R back row) Westchester and Southern CT Board Member Lynn Jacobs, Guest Speaker Seth M. Siegel, Westchester & Southern CT Co-President Caren Hammerman, JNF Westchester & Southern CT Director Stephanie Risa Balkin, Westchester Board Member Donald Altman, Barbara Bruno (President’s Society), Susan Davidowitz, and Noah Klein (Herzl Society). (L-R front row) Bonnie and Norman Weiss (Century Council) at JNF’s 4th Annual Water & Wine event at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.
(L-R) Marc Kelman (Century Council, Negev Society) presents Ted (Century Council, Negev Society) and Ann Zinman (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) with the Golden Branch Award at the Arizona Tree of Life™ Award Gala in Phoenix.
Tree of Life™ Award Honoree Dr. Michael Crow with Arizona Board President Toni Dusik (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at the Arizona Tree of Life™ Award Gala in Phoenix.
(L-R) Arizona Women for Israel (WFI) CoChairs Pam Meyer (President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Shirli Borenstein (Sapphire Society) at a WFI Luncheon in Phoenix.
(L-R) Shelley Krovitz (Sapphire Society), Rabbi Anat Moskowitz (King Solomon Society, Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), Mountain States Board President Barbara Burry (Sapphire Society), and Nancy Siegel (Century Council, Sapphire Society) at a Major Donor Appreciation event in Denver.
(L-R) Nancy Siegel (Century Council, Sapphire Society), Buzz (Herzl Society) and Shelley Krovitz (Sapphire Society), with Bob (Century Council, Negev Society) and Carol Lembke (Century Council, Negev Society) at a Major Donor Appreciation event in Denver.
(L-R) Norman Brownstein (King Solomon Society) with Mountain States Campaign Consultant Stanley Kamlet at a Major Donor Appreciation event in Denver.
(L-R) Deanne and Harvey Gilbert (Century Council, President’s Society), Nefesh B’Nefesh Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Development Doreet Freedman, and Arnold Zeiderman at a parlor meeting in Oakland.
(L-R) Kelly Loewenstein, Julie Ovadia (Herzl Society, Sapphire Society), WFI Event Chair Helen Loewenstein (President’s Society, Sapphire Society), and JNFuture Board Member Amy Ovadia at a WFI event in San Francisco.
(L-R) Northern California Board President Dick Berman (Century Council, King Solomon Society) presents a tree certificate to Michael and Deborah Sosebee honoring the birth of their first grandchild at a parlor meeting in Oakland.
(L-R) JNF Orange County Director Lisa Grier, Daniel and Robin Greenberg (Sapphire Society), and Yael Aronoff (Sapphire Society) at a Jewish Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Month ( JDAIM) event in Orange County.
(L-R) Yael Aronoff (Sapphire Society), Adrienne Matros (Century Council, Negev Society), Eyal Aronoff (Herzl Society), and Director of JNF’s Task Force on Disabilities Yossi Kahana at a JDAIM event in Orange County.
(L-R) NY Board and Makor Member Sheryl Buchholtz (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Susan Chaddick (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at a Women for Israel (WFI) event at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House in NYC.
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(L-R) Yael Aronoff (Sapphire Society) and JNF Orange County Director Lisa Grier at a JDAIM event in Orange County.
(L-R) JNF Palm Springs Director Donna Raider, WFI Chair Sheri Borax (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society), and Nancy Singer at the Palm Springs Planned Giving Luncheon.
Marcia and Rick Stein (Herzl Society) at the (L-R) Elaine Land-Dexter (President’s Society, Sapphire Society) and Sheri Borax Palm Springs Planned Giving Luncheon. (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at the Palm Springs Planned Giving Luncheon.
(L-R) JNFuture Member Daniel J. Spear ( JNFuture Root Society) and JNF Pacific Northwest Director Roland Roth at JNFuture Portland’s Tu BiShvat Cider Tasting event.
(L-R) WFI Seattle Member Dr. Lisa Shaw (Sapphire Society) with her sons and JNFLOTEM Liaison Alisa Bodner at Dr. Shaw’s office in Issaquah.
(L-R) JNF San Diego Director James Kimmey, Karen Zeiger (Sapphire Society), JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, and Dr. Bob Zeiger at a Major Donor Reception in San Diego.
(L-R) Rita Heller (Sapphire Society) with San Diego Board President Lauren (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society, Sapphire Society) and National Board Member Sol Lizerbram (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society) at a Major Donor Reception in San Diego.
(L-R) JNF Israel Operations Development Officer Ariel Kotler with Orlando Co-President Debbie Meitin (Sapphire Society), Israeli firefighter Shmulik Friedman, Orlando Board Member Bruce Gould (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society), and Orlando Co-President Ed Milgrim (Herzl Society) at an Israel Fire & Rescue reception at the home of Bruce Gould in Orlando.
(L-R) Sarasota Board Member Brenda JNF-Ammunition Hill Liaison Yoel Rosby Johnston (Sapphire Society) presenting with Marilyn Shuman (Century Council, Gail Sinick (Sapphire Society) her Sapphire Sapphire Society) at a lunch in Sarasota. Society pin during lunch in Sarasota.
JNF’s Major Donors
(L-R) Toby Siegel (Century Council, Negev Society), Guardian of Israel Award Honoree Ernest Kretzmer (Century Council, President’s Society) with Luncheon Co-Chair Edie Chaifetz (Century Council, President’s Society) during the Guardian of Israel Award Luncheon in Sarasota.
(L-R) Barbara Hoffer (Sapphire Society), Leonard Hirsch (Century Council, Negev Society), and San Diego Board President Lauren Lizerbram (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society, Sapphire Society) at a Major Donor Reception in San Diego.
(L-R) JNF North Florida Executive Director Uri Smajovits with JNF Orlando Director Laura Abramson, Harry Frisch (Century Council, Negev Society), and JNF-Halutza Liaison Yedidya Harush in Jacksonville.
(L-R) JNF Israel Operations Development Officer Ariel Kotler and Israeli firefighter Shmulik Friedman, with National Lawyers for Israel (LFI) Chair and Orlando Board Member Jill (World Chairman’s Council, Sapphire Society) and National Community Campaign Co-Chair and Orlando Board Member Jim Riola (World Chairman’s Council, Herzl Society) at an Israel Fire & Rescue reception at the home of Bruce Gould in Orlando.
(L-R) Celia Jacobs (Century Council), Michael Hayes, Louise Dabrow (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), Robbie Puritz-Hayes, and Florence Paley (Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Kick-Off in Boca Raton.
Naples Board Members Stuart (Century Council, Negev Society) and Estelle Price (Century Council, Sapphire Society) at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.
(L-R) Naples Board Member and Major Gifts Chair Hank (Herzl Society) and Naples Board Member Nancy Greenberg (Herzl Society), Guest Speaker and former MLB player Art Shamsky, Naples Board Members Estelle (Century Council, Sapphire Society), and Stuart Price (Century Council, Negev Society) at a dinner in Naples.
(L-R) Co-CEO of Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) Leor Sinai, Tampa Board Member Richard Rappaport (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society), JNF North Florida Executive Director Uri Smajovits, and Michael Kass (Negev Society) at a breakfast in Tampa.
June (Herzl Society) and Naples Board Member Dr. Gerald Kumin (Herzl Society) at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner.
Harvey (Herzl Society) and Katherine Maureen (Herzl Society) and Arnold Cohen (Herzl Society) at the Naples Tree of Lerner (Herzl Society) at the Naples Tree of Life™ Award Dinner. Life™ Award Dinner.
(L-R) Sarasota Board Members Len (Negev Society) and Helen Glaser (Negev Society, Sapphire Society), with Edie (Century Council, President’s Society) and David Chaifetz (Century Council, President’s Society) at the Guardian of Israel Luncheon in Sarasota.
Tampa Board Members Dr. Fred (Century Council, Negev Society) and Lynne Merriam (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at the Guardian of Israel Luncheon in Sarasota.
(L-R) Tampa Board Members Laura Salzer (President’s Society, Sapphire Society), Dr. Fred Merriam (Century Council, Negev Society), and Meg Moskovitz (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at the Guardian of Israel Luncheon in Sarasota.
(L-R) Tampa Board Member Lynne Merriam (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), Founder of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Major Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog, Didi Almog, Co-President Tampa Board Ida Ray Chernin (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), Tampa Board Member Dr. Rob Norman (Century Council, Negev Society), and Tampa Board Member Richard Rappaport (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society) at a parlor meeting in Tampa.
(L-R) Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon with Suntrust Corporate Sponsors, Private Wealth Division Executive for South Florida Victoria Rixon and Senior Vice President Jeff Amkraut at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, Past Palm Beach Board President Irving Wiseman (Century Council, President’s Society), Steve Weinberg, and JNF Frenchman’s Creek Country Club Chair Jim Anchin (Herzl Society) at Frenchman’s Creek Country Club in Palm Beach.
(L-R) Jerry (Century Council, Negev Society) and Shelley Abramson (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), Eva Schlanger (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), Joachim Rudoler (Century Council, President’s Society), Gerri Rudoler (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society), Barry and Gladys Robbins, and Betsy Fischer (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) Gloria Kaylie (Century Council, King Solomon Society, Sapphire Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) Ambassador Danny Ayalon with Jane (Century Council, King Solomon Society, Sapphire Society) and Alan Cornell (Century Council, King Solomon Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson and Kenneth Kaplan (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
JNF’s Major Donors
(L-R) National VP of Campaign Ken Segel (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society), Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Palm Beach Board President Art Silber (Century Council, Herzl Society), and Past Broward Board President Beckie Fischer (Century Council, Sapphire Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) Nefesh B’Nefesh Vice President of Partnerships and Development Doreet Friedman and Menucha Meinstein (Century Council, Negev Society) in Jerusalem.
Sandy (Sapphire Society) and Rabbi Donald Crain at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) JNF South Palm Beach Director Lee Lebovich, JNF North Palm Beach Director Laura Sherry, Rubin (Century Council, Negev Society) and Sharon Pikus (Century Council, Negev Society), JNF National Executive Director Glen Schwartz, Louise Dabrow (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), and Bruce Gould (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) Michael (Century Council, Negev Society) and Sydelle Lazar (Century Council, Negev Society, Sapphire Society), with Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection in Boca Raton.
(L-R) Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon with Past Palm Beach Board President Irving (Century Council, President’s Society) and Marian Wiseman (Century Council, President’s Society, Sapphire Society) at JNF’s 2017 Winter Connection Breakfast in Boca Raton.
(L-R) JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson with Rabbi Sheldon and Fern Harr (Sapphire Society), and Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon at a Major Donor Thank You Dinner in Aventura.
(L-R) JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson with Lorelai (Sapphire Society) and Bob Ennis, and Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon at a Major Donor Thank You Dinner in Aventura.
(L-R) National VP of Campaign Ken and Nancie Segel (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society), with Vivian (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society, Sapphire Society) and Glenn Grossman (World Chairman’s Council, King Solomon Society) at a Major Donor Thank You Reception in Aventura.
(L-R) Merv (Herzl Society) and Elaine Jacobs (Sapphire Society) with JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, and Lorin (Sapphire Society) and Yossi Shlang (Herzl Society) at a Major Donor Thank You Event in Aventura.
(L-R) JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, Judge Alex Bokor ( JNFuture Root Society), Maia Aron ( JNFuture Root Society), and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon at a Major Donor Thank You Event in Aventura.
Take your relationship with JNF to the next level November 10 - 13, 2017 The Diplomat Resort & Spa 3555 S. Ocean Drive ∙ Hollywood, FL 33019
Register and view this year’s program (to date) at jnf.org/nc
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My Inspiring Trip to Israel with Caravan for Democracy By Stefanie Keeler brim.” That’s how I would describe my recent trip to Israel with Jewish National Fund’s Caravan for Democracy. I cried and laughed, and was filled with emotions. It was one of the most incredible trips I’ve ever been on. Caravan for Democracy is a 10-day trip to Israel for student leaders from around the U.S. who aren’t Jewish and have never been to Israel. It provides an opportunity to learn about Israel so college and university students can apply their first-hand experiences to create a space on campus for constructive dialogue and understanding between people. At first I was intimidated by the other students participating. Our group had students from esteemed universities like Yale, Harvard, and George Washington University, and many of the 68 participants were majoring in engineering, political science, and international studies—I was the only art major. But our diversity was what made this trip unforgettable. We came from different races, states, and political stances, all of which added to the incredible conversations we had on the bus between stops at various sites. One of my new friends, Mike, characterized the trip as “life-changing.” And it did change me in many ways. “FILLED TO THE
I cried and prayed with Jewish women at the Western Wall. I dipped my hands in the Sea of Galilee and was left breathless at the thought that Jesus had walked on that very water centuries ago. I brushed away silent tears as I walked through the children’s memorial at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum. Our trip was also rich in conversation with diverse groups of people, all of whom call Israel home. We met Kher Abez, a Bedouin raising his daughters in Israel’s Negev Desert. We heard from a young man with disabilities whose life has been transformed by LOTEM-Making Nature Accessible, a JNF-partner that creates accessible nature trails for people with disabilities. We toured Sderot, arguably the bomb shelter capital of the world, and peered out over a hill into Gaza, where Hamas is probably digging tunnels and preparing to launch rockets against Israel yet again. I also met people working at Beit HaGefen, an organization in Haifa that brings Jewish and Arab kids together through after-school programs. By the end of the trip, I had made new friends, experienced moments and felt feelings that will stay with me forever, and was inspired to look at the world differently. I didn’t want to leave Israel; I left many pieces of my heart there. I left a piece with the Bedouins
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in the Negev, a piece with the Druze in Usfiya, a piece in Sderot, and a piece with everyone that works to make Israel a better country. Experiencing Israel has given me a link and an understanding that I did not have before, and I can’t wait to share my experience and to go back. Stefanie Keeler is from Miami Beach and a student at Jacksonville University, Class of 2018. For more information on Caravan for Democracy, please contact email@example.com.
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Join Team JNF on the 2017 Israel Ride! Jerusalem to Eilat
Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2017
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The Israel Ride is your opportunity to explore the beauty and breathtaking landscape of Israel from the seat of a bike — all for great causes. Join us on 1 of our 3 route options and cycle between 150-370 miles on this adventure of a lifetime.
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Taking Pride in JNF’s Social Media Success JNF’s IsraelCast Podcast Has Arrived! social media channels are powered by the stories and narratives that fuel the work we do each day in Israel. From the farmer in Halutza to the kitchen staff at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, we honor everyday heroes through JNF’s various social media platforms, especially with our ever-popular Humans of JNF Facebook page and blog. Now, we’re giving you a sneak peek into what’s cooking with the launch of JNF’s first podcast, IsraelCast! IsraelCast will continue telling and sharing the stories that matter from each of our JNF partners and friends in Israel. Keep a look out for the new podcast on iTunes. In the meantime, please look at the infographic detailing our successes and growth, and how social media has improved JNF’s presence and brand in the digital landscape. This is all thanks to our devoted Social Media Executive Committee, Co-Chaired by Vivian Grossman and Alicia Yaffe, whose tireless work over the past three years is evident in the numbers.
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Thought About Your Legacy? Kenny Kaplan has… He named Jewish National Fund as a beneficiary of his will and established two dozen charitable gift annuities with us! As a proud World Chairman’s Council Member, Kenny has visited Israel on numerous occasions with JNF’s President’s Society Missions. “JNF’s Charitable Gift Annuities increase my annual income and allow me to donate more to the extraordinary work being done in Israel.” Kenny Kaplan, Delray Beach, FL
Request a free Wills Guide to learn how to leave your Legacy to Jewish National Fund in your will or trust. Contact a JNF Planned Giving Specialist Today! 800.562.7526 · jnflegacy.org
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45 Years of Alexander Muss High School in Israel! This year is AMHSI’s 45th Anniversary and there’s no better way to celebrate than at a reunion in South Florida, where it all began! Jewish National Fund’s National Conference November 10-13, 2017 The Diplomat Resort and Spa Join us for a celebratory Shabbat dinner followed by our largest reunion ever. Learn more at amhsi.org/45th-Reunion AMHSI will be featured throughout JNF’s National Conference! Look for us all throughout the weekend on panels and events featuring our Co-CEO Rabbi Leor Sinai, Head of School Mordechai Cohen, and Israel Studies instructor Akiva Gersh. And finally, students are invited to join the JNF High School Summit and College Summit programs. Registration and travel subsidies are available! Contact email@example.com for details.
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Remember the family. Come home for a visit. Find your unique trip to Israel with Jewish National Fund. Sunshine Tour (for active adults 55+)
JNFuture Volunteer Vacation
SEPTEMBER 3 - 12, 2017
DECEMBER 26, 2017 – JANUARY 1, 2018
Enhance your Jewish identity with a life-changing, 10-day excursion exploring Israel from north to south.
A life-changing trip for young professionals ages 25-38 who fundraise their way to Israel to volunteer and get their hands dirty building and improving the land of Israel.
Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel (CAARI)
President’s Society Mission OCTOBER 22 - 26, 2017 | OPTIONAL PRE - MISSION: OCTOBER 18 - 22
JANUARY 11 - MARCH 1, 2018 | SEVEN PROGRAM OPTIONS AVAILABLE
An exclusive opportunity to experience Israel with JNF Major Donors and delve deeply into JNF’s work.
Capture Israel’s spirit through rewarding community service, touring the country, and volunteering while learning about the land.
Law and Justice Tour
Ride for Yerucham
NOVEMBER 26 - 30, 2017
MARCH 18 - 22, 2018
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Israel’s justice system and attend exclusive meetings with influential Knesset members, Supreme Court judges, and high-ranking military officials.
Discover 3,000 years of the history of the Negev on an inspirational five-day biking excursion. This trip is open to riders of all skill levels.
Israel at 70 Tour
Israel H20 Tour
APRIL 12 – 19, 2018 | OPTIONAL EXTENSION: APRIL 19 – 22
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 6, 2017 Learn first-hand how Israel has become a global leader in water solutions and JNF’s central role in Israel’s water achievements.
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Celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday in style on this momentous and unforgettable trip. Immerse yourself in rich, cultural festivities marking 70 years of Israel’s independence and learn about JNF’s bold vision for our beloved homeland for the years to come.