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Dear Reader,

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

As one of the most innovative philanthropic organizations in the U.S., JNF is proud to showcase our
new look and feel. As you read through these pages please notice our tweaked logo, bolder colors,
exciting fonts, and more emotional language and photography. JNF truly is Your Voice in Israel.
This repositioning of JNF is the culmination of months of research, focus groups, surveys,
and interviews with lay leaders, staff, donors, and non-donors of all ages—all of which gave
us a real understanding of how our mission and vision are perceived across key audiences and
how to boldly lead this organization deeper into the 21st century.
As we look to our 2013 campaign, we want to highlight how Your Voice in Israel is being
heard through JNF’s work. Our centerfold map gives a comprehensive picture of JNF’s
projects from north to south, and pages 18-23 illustrate JNF’s tangible effect on the land and
people of Israel—from the new communities that are flourishing thanks to JNF’s support to the
JNF-funded R&D stations helping farmers improve their growing and export possibilities.
JNF’s strong, clear, unified brand identity is being conveyed in everything we do. Help us
spread the word about JNF—Your Voice in Israel.
We hope you enjoy this issue. Send your feedback to newsletter@jnf.org.

12 JLIM/The Summit

This summer, 21 of JNF’s young leaders were selected to attend the
JNFuture Leadership Institute Mission to Israel. In 2013, the next
generation of leaders will gather in Red Rock, NV for a one-of-a-kind twoday summit focused on sustainability of water, food and energy.

14 Road to Jerusalem

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem,
JNF led 120 participants on an exclusive tour of the land of Israel,
complete with VIP seats at the Yom Yerushalayim ceremony with Prime
\ Minister Netanyahu.

16-17 Map of JNF Projects

JNF’s work encompasses all aspects of daily life in Israel. See how our
program areas cover the map and touch the lives of all Israel’s residents.

18-23 Your Voice in Israel

B’YACHAD STAFF
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Ariel Vered
PUBLISHER: Russell F. Robinson
EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Jodi Bodner
MANAGING EDITOR: Sarit Schonbrun
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Sherene Strausberg

JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous
future for the land of Israel and its people. Learn how our work is
helping Israel’s youth, farmers, new communities, and much more.

24 Nefesh B’Nefesh

JNF announced a new partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh, which helps new
olim through all the stages of the aliyah process.

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel

Correction: Please note that in our last issue, in Campaign All-Star on page 5, Larry
Cohen was mistakenly identified as a real estate lawyer. He is an estate lawyer.

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.

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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.

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A MESSAGE FROM
OUR PRESIDENT

STANLEY M. CHESLEY

250 multinational corporations invest in Israeli water and energy

JNF’S MEASURE
OF SUCCESS

companies, including Google, IBM, Motorola and Apple.
• Israeli companies hold

30% of the global desalination market and

• JNF’s

222 reservoirs store 67% of Israel’s recycled water.

• By 2030, Israel will need to double its storage capacity for treated
wastewater, at a cost of

$280 million in reservoir construction.

• The Shafdan, Israel’s largest and most complex wastewater treatment
plant, is also the most advanced in the Middle East and was chosen by the
UN as one of 30 projects from around the world that demonstrates the ability
of local authorities to deal with environmental problems. It services
municipalities with a total of

2.5 million

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people. Its treated water

is injected into an aquifer where it is kept for 300 days, emerging at a
quality close to drinking level.
• In central Israel alone,
• In

225 wells have been disqualified due to pollution.

1966, Israel had already established a pilot desalination program.

• Israel has achieved the world’s highest production efficacy per water
unit. Even in open fields, Israel has achieved

88-92% irrigation

efficiency. It was recognized as a world leader by the United Nations
Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development.
• In 20 years, the Middle East’s need for water resources will increase
by

40-45%. n

To learn about JNF’s work with water in Israel, visit jnf.org/water

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78% of the water in Israel is recycled and reused—the highest rate in
the world. Spain is second at 17% and the U.S. only reuses 1%.

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

50% of the water purification field.

There are those who measure
success in projects completed
and in dollars raised. While those
line items are important at JNF,
that is not how we, the premier
organization that builds a prosperous
future for the land and people
of Israel, measure success. JNF’s
ultimate barometer of success is
the lives we touch—both in the U.S.
and Israel.
A few years ago, before the
Pipes Bridge was built in Be’er Sheva, before ground was broken on
the amphitheater and the lake, before the private sector had begun to
invest millions in new residential housing and malls as a result of our seed
money, before we had won the 2012 Be’er Sheva Lifetime Achievement
Award in recognition of our commitment to the development of the
Negev and Be’er Sheva as part of our Blueprint Negev campaign, I was
walking along the newly constructed promenades with Itai Freeman,
Be’er Sheva River Park Project Director. He was explaining to me what
we had done, how the park was being irrigated, and what it had taken to
clean the riverbed, move the earth and get the project going, gesturing
as he was pointing things out to me. It was clear we were talking about
the city’s progress. A cab driver stopped his car and asked if we were
the ones responsible for the changes. When we said yes, the smile that
broke across his face is an image I will remember always. “Thank you so
much,” he said. “You have no idea what a difference it is making in our
lives. We can’t wait to see what’s next.”
That gratitude, mixed with pride for their homeland, is a sentiment
echoed throughout the country when it comes to what JNF has done that is
making a difference. “No words can express the excitement and gratitude
of our members,” said Hillel Tobias, CEO of Kibbutz Yahel, in reference
to JNF’s donations that are enabling them to expand their kibbutz in
the southern Arava [see pg. 5]. That expansion along with Park Yahel, a
five-acre tourist complex at the entrance to the kibbutz funded by Jack
Freeman, will make an incomparable change in the region and create 89
new jobs. Every day, we’re making tangible differences in the lives of
Israel’s residents. All thanks to you. JNF is Your Voice in Israel.
In the U.S., talk to any Alexander Muss High School in Israel alum,
Birthright or Alternative Winter/Spring Break participant, and you will
see a life transformed. There is something magical about these Zionist
experiences that puts Israel front and center in their lives. Many go on
to become leaders in the Jewish community, some even make aliyah. We
did that, you did that. JNF is Your Voice in Israel.
Recently, I was at a meeting to plan our 2013 campaign. More than
50 lay leaders were in attendance, some who interrupted their summer
vacation to be there. Listening to them speak, it was the difference that
JNF has made in their lives that really struck me. They fundraise, run
events, speak publicly, and take time away from their professional lives
to travel to Israel with us. All are passionately, deeply devoted to Israel
and the organization, and determined to spread the word.
To me, Jewish National Fund is the now organization. Thanks to a
combination of terrific lay leaders and professional staff we get things
done, and because of what we do, others follow. Take part. JNF is truly
Your Voice in Israel. Make it heard.

Plant trees for all occasions: Birthdays • Holidays • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Births • Weddings • Anniversaries • In Memory Retirement • Graduation • Housewarming To learn more. a tree. Steven Adashek performing a bris. Dr. Sign up at jnf. Visit jnf.org/store or call 800-542-TREE Open an E-Z Tree account and save up to 50%. or creating a building or a park.” n For information about JNF’s Doctors for Israel visit jnf.org/treeplanting Be part of the time-honored tradition of planting a tree to honor or memorialize a loved one. “This is why I am involved with JNF. “and this way I’m not only giving back to Israel.” Adashek explained. discovered a deeper connection to Israel while on a bar mitzvah tour with his son in 2005.” His time in Israel solidified his commitment to Israel and the work that JNF stands for. these are visible and physical projects to which you can point and know exactly how you’ve helped the land and people of Israel.” For young parents new to tzedakah and searching for the right place to give. and it connects the child to Israel. It was an unbelievable feeling. I felt like I belonged. Seeing an arid country turning green with life was transformational. JEWISH NATIONAL FUND 4 JNF.org BUT THESE ARE YOUR ROOTS IN THE HOLY LAND Adashek has donated more than 1. DR. Adashek offered this advice: “Planting a tree. and as he recalled. “The Jewish people are spread out all over the world. a Baltimorebased obstetrician and gynecologist.org/doctorsforisrael . is a certified mohel who donates a tree for every bris (circumcision) he performs.ANYWHERE ELSE Mohel Plants a Tree for Every Bris THIS WOULD JUST SINCE 2003. “It’s Jewish tradition to give back.” he said. What makes this contribution even more remarkable than simply the sheer number of trees itself is that Adashek. “I feel that JNF understands that Israel is ours and in turn that it is our responsibility to make it a self-sufficient and thriving state.org/ez for more information. STEVEN BE A TREE. visit jnf. in having a home.” he continued. but also in the name of the child. It is a physical manifestation. but having Israel means we have a place to call ours— Plant a tree with your own hands at the Harvey Hertz-JNF Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim. Dr. and for the two weeks I was there. “from the moment I stepped off the plane. “I’m a firm believer in having a place for the Jewish people. Dr. a member of JNF’s Doctors for Israel Society. a place we need to make green and thrive This is a part of our responsibility as a People.” Adashek.200 trees to Israel through JNF. Steven Adashek planting a tree in Israel. the world’s only biblical landscape reserve. It was the doctor’s first visit to Israel.

and I felt like a proud parent witnessing their appreciation of what JNF has accomplished. income tax practice in Las “Bob truly believes that JNF Vegas. The security roads used daily to drive children to school were built by the generous dollars from JNF donors. In addition to serving as the Las Vegas Board Las Vegas Jewish community. I want to thank all of you for making this year’s campaign a success. Prior to becoming President. The new section of the kibbutz will accommodate new families as well as the children of Yahel residents who would like to return and settle down where they grew up. No one could believe that not too long ago this area was strewn with garbage and old cars. it is the first time that funding has come from a source other than the government. and many more have expressed interest in moving there. a JNF Israel Emissary who founded Yahel in 1977. one measured not just in dollars but in the lives we touched. In an effort to utilize and populate this vast area of land and provide affordable housing for many. and the overall quality of life.” Congratulations to Bob Dubin! n was a no-brainer. Not only have we built wonderful projects that enhance the quality of life for all of Israel’s residents. We saw how far along Be’er Sheva is in having a beautiful river walk and new amphitheater. Further south in the heart of the Negev. “Bob Dubin is truly a star in but for his own conviction and the JNF world. JNF is there recognizing one of Israel’s greatest needs and finding ways to fill it. While years ago. one might have thought this to be an impossible task. this expansion is a “promise that will ensure the future of the kibbutz for generations to come. This past May I was part of the large and enthusiastic Phoenix delegation on the Road to Jerusalem Mission. VP. It is impossible to set foot inside the Secure Indoor Recreation Center in Sderot without a feeling of amazement and excitement. The park will create 89 new jobs for kibbutz members and local residents and have a major impact on the Arava’s economy. through the generosity of Jack Freeman of Orlando. As National Vice President of Campaign. This is just a small part of the work we do.” Dubin has been a CPA for more than 40 years and has been deeply involved with the organization for a decade. FL—another obstacle to growth is being addressed. This will go a long way to ensuring a strong and safe Israel for future generations. How can you see a project where Israel’s children and adults with disabilities are treated with such love. JNF’s cause.” said JNF Director of Dubin also served as the Nevada Judy Berkovitz. respect. JEWISH NATIONAL FUND since 1989. new houses will soon be built on Kibbutz Yahel. the dream is now a reality. Bob served as the Las Vegas Board Vice President. solicitation and training group comprised of volunteers who travel JNF. but we have helped to build a homeland of which everyone can be proud.” said National love for the work being done. Most mission participants were seeing our projects for the first time. A prominent member of the Las “Bob has a commitment to JNF Vegas community. Progress and hope for a revitalized future are what JNF has given this city. he demonstrates such a high moral character. Yahel has had to turn potential residents away or put them on a waiting list due to a shortage of housing sites. Up until last year. will create 39 new residential sites. Dubin is also the National Assistant VP to be working with a person like Bob Dubin who of Planned Giving. but this time was different. A graduate of the University of Southern him back and that has earned him the title of California with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. To Ron Bernstein. speaking at synagogue events. the many nearby recreation options. and state-of-the-art rehabilitation capabilities.org a long history of partnership with Yahel that has included preparing infrastructure for housing and farming. not for recognition. It is truly an honor President.” Around 45 families call Yahel home today. Dubin is also and Israel which is unmatched. a Reform movement kibbutz in the southern Arava Desert. or just always ensuring that JNF is at the forefront of the the land and people of Israel. CAMPAIGN Campaign All-Star: Bob Dubin “Bob is an amazing leader and motivator.” n I have often said that JNF is one of the only organizations that touches the lives of all Israelis. drawn by the kibbutz’s eco-friendliness (this past summer. an Bob with his wife Shelley He always makes time for elite leadership. “He is an President of the Nevada extremely passionate individual Society of Enrolled Agents – who devotes countless hours to Southern Chapter. which account for nearly 50% of its income. “He has been extremely successful and stories to the Las Vegas Board of Directors and in every position he has held with JNF. I have had the privilege of visiting JNF projects many times. And with the upcoming opening of Park Yahel. The fruits and vegetables that they eat come from Israeli farmers who learned their skills from JNF-funded research farms. and not have tears in your eyes? Once again. JNF is there to help. it became the first kibbutz in Israel to have solar panels on every house). is Israel. supported by JNF. JNF has CAMPAIGN UPDATE . the caliber of the local school.” Campaign Director Diane Scar. But in the past. JNF donors can be very proud of the work that they have supported over the years. The certainly deserves the kavod of being named our decision for Dubin to make the jump to President Campaign All Star. new communities are emerging. he has a general accounting and Campaign All-Star. Though this is not the first time the kibbutz has expanded. “No words can express the excitement and gratitude of our members. part of JNF’s Makor group. CEO of Yahel. It begins the moment they wake up and turn the water on: JNF has played a major role in helping Israel deal with its water crisis by adding 12% to the Israeli water supply through our JNF Parsons Water Fund initiatives. whether it’s making calls.Community Expansion at Kibbutz Yahel FOR THE FIRST TIME MARC KELMAN. Dubin has served as JNF as being successful in business outside of Las Vegas Board President for the past three years the organization. a five-acre tourist complex at the entrance to the kibbutz—also supported by JNF. The community expansion. BOB DUBIN travels to Israel 5 JNF. as well the community at large. To build a facility enabling children to play without fear of Hamas rockets is a mitzvah provided by JNF thanks to your campaign dollars. EVERY YEAR. educating the across the country to speak about JNF’s work for community. Our mission drove on to Aleh Negev.” said to tour JNF project sites and bring back updates Berkovitz. as well as building two reservoirs that irrigate Yahel’s date plantations.” said Hillel Tobias. “We thank JNF for its continued and generous help in building the Yahel community. It’s his passion for JNF’s work and the and is licensed by the US Department of the positive effect it has on Israel that keeps bringing Treasury.

3 (L-R) JNFuture National Board President and JNFuture Boston President Emeritus Zev Steinmetz. back row) New England board member Adam Zlotnick. board member. Prof. Christina Zlotnick. Adam Bar.ORG AND CLICK ON “JNF IN YOUR AREA”   NEW ENGLAND ZONE JNF ACROSS THE COUNTRY 1   SOUTHERN ZONE 2   LOS ANGELES ZONE 1 1 6 JNF. New England board member David Eisenberg. (L-R. Gladys Hirsch. at an event promoting the JNF Parsons Water Fund. . Elissa Laviage. Chuck Eberly. 2 (L-R) Adele Northrup. Alan Dershowitz. Lynn and Mark Egerman. National Director Zevi Kahanov enjoyed an event in Atlanta. and board member Brian Nagle at the Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon. Halutza representative Yedidya Harush. Lloyd Sherman. and Matt Lieberman. New England Chairman of the Board and President Emeritus Jeffrey Davis. and Daren Schlecter at a JNFuture Leadership Development meeting in Los Angeles. Michelle Jackson. board member. Bobby Margolis. Southeast Co-President. Zevi Kahanov. 5 (L-R) New England Chairman of the Board and President Emeritus Jeffrey Davis. Southeast Co-president. board member. and New England board member Bruce Levine at the 2012 Golf Tournament Tribute Dinner. 4 (L-R) Event Co-Chairs Matt Levy and Stephen Karp at the annual New England Golf Tournament. and Bud and 2 (L-R) New England Golf Tournament honoree Julie Kahn. 2 (L-R) Richie London. Matthew Cohen. Marvin Botnick. Alan Goodman. 4 Noah Johnson enjoyed his visit with Blue Box Bob on Israeli Independence Day. Alan Wolk. Lindsay Aronstein. Susan Weinstein. Jay Kester.org 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 2 3 NEW ENGLAND ZONE SOUTHERN ZONE LOS ANGELES ZONE 1 (L-R. and President Emeritus and Green Horizons National Chair Ron Lubin at the New England kickoff event for JNF’s Summit at the Red Rock Casino and Resort. JNF Israel Emissary Ronnie Porat. 5 (L-R) Robin Irwin.JEWISH NATIONAL FUND ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR INFO ON UPCOMING JNF EVENTS. 1 (L-R) Jill Lerner. and Rick Solomon enjoyed the cocktail hour during the 22nd annual Los Angeles Golf and Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. VISIT JNF. New England board member Kenneth Davis. President Emeritus and Green Horizons Chair Ronald Lubin. Lisa Elkan. Bruce Reisman. Lori Slater. and Judy Levin volunteered at JNF’s Positively Israel Pavilion presented at the Los Angeles Celebrate Israel Festival. Dean Solomon. Southwest Regional Director Julie Malin. and Jennifer Joy-Bronk kicked off the Southwest Moms for Israel Campaign at Rebecca and Drew in Houston. JNF Parsons Water Fund National Director. 3 (L-R) JNF board members Roni and Alan Wolk and JNF Parsons Water Fund 3 (L-R) Tony Rubin. WEEI radio host John Dennis. Michael Levinson at a JNF Parsons Water Fund event in Atlanta. Clinton and 1 (L-R) Evan and Sandra Roklen. MA. Eric Adler. New England board member Ed Hershfield. front row) Adrianna Zlotnick and Ariella Zlotnick at the New England Consul General’s Yom Ha’atzmaut event. Larry Russ. Ilissa Hoffpauir.

Charles Kramer. Shari Mezrah. Tampa Bay board co-president.  7. David 17. Dr. Michele Miller. Faye David. and Miami-Dade Region President Ron Kriss at a Miami-Dade board meeting. 21 22 10 Bunny Skirboll (left) and Robyn Goldstein (right) congratulated Sarasota Tree of Life™ award recipient Helen Glaser (center). JNF Senior Campaign Executive Robbie Puritz-Hayes. the Tree of Life™ award dinner held in Tampa. and Michael Mangan at the Orlando Tree of Life™ award dinner. (L-R) Harry Frisch. Abe Marcadis. (L-R) Beth Morris and 2009 Tree of Life™ award recipient Arnold Lerner at the Naples Tree of Life™ award dinner. JNF Orlando board member Harvey Kobrin. 2. Tree of Life™ award recipients 24. and Shelly Gross at a monthly Rosh Chodesh meeting hosted by Cynthia Hertz in Boynton Beach. and Larry Gutter at the Orlando Tree of Life™ award dinner. Kapitulnik. (L-R) Major General Gadi Shamni and Evan Yegelwel at the Jacksonville Tree of Life™ award dinner. Congregants from Temple Judea in Palm Beach Garden. 3. Mark Miller. Ivette Woldenberg. at at a meeting of the South Palm Beach Board of Directors in Boca Raton. visited the Harvey Hertz-JNF Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim on their trip to Israel this summer. baby brother Ethan. Debbie Meitan-Gutter. (L-R) Josh Berkowitz. and David Chaifetz enjoyed the 2012 Sarasota Tree of Life™ gala. Roy Esh. (L-R) Keynote speaker Major General Gadi Shamni. Ken Esrig. Inna Ruvinsky. and Florida Regional Director Uri Smajovits (left). Cheryl Collins. Betsy Marcadis. Norman Weinberg. a waterfall in the Golan Heights on their Taglit Birthright-Israel trip. Jack Freeman. Marilyn Rothstein. (L-R) Silvia Lerner and guest speaker Beckie Fischer. Gabriela Birnbaum. Jeffrey Gad. JNF Broward board his yearly Blue Box tzedakah donation. Tampa Bay co-president at the Tampa Bay Tree of Life™ award dinner. Judge Harvey Schlesinger. Lois and Norman Weiss of Naples enjoyed Shabbat dinner in Israel during JNF’s Sunshine Mission with Hal Linden. board member. board member. 13 (L-R) Mark Miller. 15 (L-R) Dana Mortell. and Dr. and Betsy Marcadis. Sandra Crain. guest speaker from the to Israel. . Dan. (L-R) Daphna Bentata. (L-R) Sandra Taylor. Naples board member Anthony Solomon. led by Rabbi Yaron Alan and Nancy Bomstein. Lilo Frisch. Tampa Bay board co-president. Tampa Bay board co-president. (L-R) Shari Meltzer and Rabbi Michael Singer of Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens posed with an Israeli firefighter during Temple Beth David’s trip 14 (L-R) Sharon Pikus. Jan Courte. and Lois Schlesinger at the 2012 Bernard Selevan Tree of Life™ award dinner. 11 Israel Fire Chief Boaz Rakia (left) and JNF Israel representative Ariel Kotler 24 18. and Jeffrey Block at the Bernard Selevan Tree of Life™ award dinner in Jacksonville. Kristan Dufour.  FLORIDA ZONE 3 2 1 4 6 12 13 8 7 9 10 11 JNF ACROSS THE COUNTRY 5 7 14 15 JNF. (second from right) briefed Valerie and Harold Joels on the pressing need for new 19. Michelle David. Robert Colton. JNF Orlando Women’s Campaign chair. Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché Hadas Shamni. 6. 8 (L-R) Les Aberson. 9 (L-R) Dyan Owes. 4. General Campaign Chair Rosalie Schlaen. at the Moms for Israel meeting held at the Hollywood home of Laura and Mauricio Sion. 22. Michael Lazar. Susan Cain. Todd Mezrah. 12 Joshua Frenden visited the JNF Clearwater office on his 6th birthday to bring in 21. presenter and Tampa Bay board member. (L-R) Howard DuBosar. and Mort Fishman at a Palm Beach Board of Directors meeting at the Shutts & Bowen law firm in West Palm 23. and Jeanne and Neil Braverman at the Naples Tree of Life™ award dinner held at Anthony Solomon’s Twin Eagles Golf and Country Club. Laura and Mauricio Sion hosted a Moms For Israel meeting in their Hollywood home. Alexander Muss High School in Israel Joel Klausner. 16 (L-R) Dr. Beach. He’s pictured with proud parents Lori and president and Central Arava Task Force chair. 20. Leesa Tabrizi. and Fay Sanders during a hike at Cantor Elaine Shapiro. board member. Ken Segel. 5. and JNF Chief Development Officer Rick Krosnick Pearlman. Cynthia Hertz.org 16 17 18 19 23 20 21 FLORIDA ZONE 1. firefighting equipment in Israel. JNF Florida Zone Director Glen Schwartz. and Ori Serfati at the Moms for Israel meeting at the home of Laura and Mauricio Sion in Hollywood. (L-R) Steven Braverman. (L-R) Karen Jensen.

16. Dr. and Seymour Rife at Ammunition Hill.  WESTERN ZONE JNF ACROSS THE COUNTRY 1 2 3 7 8 9 4 5 6 10 11 15 16 8 JNF. and Melanie Greenberg at the 10th annual Las Vegas breakfast at Temple Beth Sholom. (L-R) Matt Bernstein. (L-R) Matt Bernstein. Ilene Adler. Gideon Bar. Anthony and Ellen Sacks enjoyed the San Diego JNF Love of Israel brunch. guest speakers Jamia Jasper. (L-R) Event Co-Chairs Tammy Goldstein and Stacy Wasserman at the Denver 12. and brother Fred Berkley at Howard Hoffman. and Sheldon Steinhauser at the JNF annual breakfast in Denver. (L-R) Rabbi Bruce Dollin. were recognized on the Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill. and Co-Chair Dan Koblin at the Orange County 7. (L-R) Ray Fiol and Min Kataczinsky at the 10th annual Las Vegas breakfast. HBLA Certified Public Accountant. 10. (L-R) Sandy Rife.org 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 WESTERN ZONE 9. Libitzky at a board meeting at Nixon Peabody Law Office in San Francisco. JNF Northern California board member 2. 1. VP Pinnacle Consulting Group. 3. (L-R) Chairman of the Northern California Board John Rothmann and Moses Planned Giving event held at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa. Liz Goodman. (L-R) Table captain Robyn Raskind. David Moskowitz. 17. Danielle Chayot with San Diego board member and Event Co-Chair David Bramzon at the San Diego Love of Israel brunch. 13. (L-R) Former AIPAC San Francisco Area Director PJ Cherrin. and Event Co-Chair David Lang. 6. Elaine Land Dexter served as Event Chair for the 2012 Palm Springs and Desert Region Love of Israel Dinner. Regional Director Aaron Parker. sister-in-law Dee Berkley. presented a Tiffany Blue Box to Doris Gylseph and Leonard Polonsky in honor of their contributions to JNF. Arizona board member Toni Dusik (right) with her husband Milan Dusik at the 2012 Arizona Tree of Life™ award dinner. (L-R) Longtime JNF supporters Leland Huttner. Debbie Orgen-Garrett served as Event Chair for the Palm Springs and Desert Region Love of Israel Dinner. JNF Chief Planned Giving Officer. Regional Director Adele Bilewitz. annual breakfast. (L-R) JNF Chief Planned Giving Officer Matt Bernstein. San Diego board member and table captain Josh Zlotlow. (L-R) Stuart Berkley. 5. Event Co-Chair Dan Koblin. Co-Chair David Lang. speaker Mitchell Wexler. 20. 11. Israeli cousins of the Rifes. Former Israeli Consul General to Northern California and the Pacific Northwest Akiva Tor accepted a JNF plaque in recognition of his service to the region. 8. and his wife Betina Zlotlow at the San Diego JNF Love of Israel brunch. JNF Chief Planned Giving Officer. Sara Bar. Gal Ben-Naim and Marshall Kaplan. 18. (L-R) Bobby Feldman. . at an Orange County Planned Giving event. 14. (L-R) JNF CEO Russell Robinson with Tree of Life™ award recipients Shari and Irwin Kanefsky of Scottsdale at the Tree of Life™ award dinner at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. 19. and Tami Dollin at the JNF annual breakfast at the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver. the 10th annual Las Vegas breakfast. 4. and President of The Trustees of The Friends of the Arava Institute Hillel Solomon at a JNF parlor meeting. The Bars. 15. Bob Rottman.

guest speaker Yishai Fleisher’s analysis on the Arab Spring and its regional impact. incoming National Vice-Chair and National thank you event.Dr. (L-R) Terry Katz. and Tracy Treger. Doctors for Israel committee members Dr.org 6 67 8 9 10 11 MID-ATLANTIC ZONE 1. Delaware. 9. at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem with his granddaughter Mallory. 3. 2. 4. The students described their 8th grade class trip to Israel and activities they participated in with JNF. Vice President for Women for Israel. JNFuture Co-Chair and National 7. Greg Storch.000 1. Fran and Harvey Cantor. Dr. Gerald Salinsky. Cliff Faber. D. JNFuture Co-Chairs Lauren Kaufman-Bergmann and Danielle Traub at a JNFuture program.(L-R) Erika Schon and Suzie Levene at a major donors 3. and Harold Goldfine at an event benefiting JNF partner Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Judy Salinsky. Celeste Wieselman. keynote speaker Jonathan Adelman.(L-R) Delaware board member Dr. and Co-Chair David Gershuny at the Cincinnati annual breakfast. and playwright David Bar Katz at a fundraiser in Washington D. Dr. Dr. where Ambassador Aharoni discussed Positively Israel. (L-R) Wisconsin Regional Director Sidney Rivkin and past JNF community banquet honoree Rabbi Yoseph Samuels at the JNF booth at the community- wide Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. 11. (L-R) Cleveland 2012 Tree of Life™ award recipient Chuck Whitehill posed with event chairs Joni and Steve Wasserman. who hosted the 2012 Tree of Life™ kick-off. Jim Chisum with guest speaker Beckie Fischer (center). (L-R) Wisconsin Region President Emeriti Ruth Resnick.  MID-ATLANTIC ZONE   MIDWEST ZONE 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 3 4 5 JNF ACROSS THE COUNTRY 1 9 JNF. Consul General of Israel in New York. (L-R) Seth Wenig. Louis annual breakfast. (L-R) Wisconsin Regional Director Sidney Rivkin.Lawyers for Israel Co-Chairs in Maryland Frank Spector and Anna Davis at a JNF Lawyers for Israel event. Dr.(L-R) Delaware JNF Lawyers for Israel Chair Russell Silberglied and Campaign Executive Eric Narrow after a successful Lawyers for Israel event. (L-R) Nina Paul. George Schiller. 6. Vice President of Leadership on the Chicago Regional Board. 5. Dr. and Audrey Brooks with tribute banquet honorees. (L-R) Ambassador Ido Aharoni.National Campaign Director Diane Scar (right) surprised Dr. Lisa Ring. and Norm Pressman at the St. 6. and Dr. (L-R) Twin Cities breakfast committee members Stan to JNF at the Tali School in Israel on the Krieger Schechter Day School’s annual eighth grade trip to Israel.C. keynote speaker Yishai Fleisher. 7. Paul Schneider (right) presented a gift of $5. at the first Chicago JNFuture Leadership group meeting. Joel Greenwald. and Sandy Mendel at a Cincinnati Moms for Israel luncheon hosted by Pam Barnett. 10. 4. and Kayla Wasserman at a campaign parlor meeting hosted by the Salinskys. . Marsha Liss. National Chair of the Central Arava Task Force.C. (L-R) St.C. JNFuture board member. Ellen Stein. Lisa Heilicher. Members of JNFuture at a successful event in Washington. Bonnie Ullner. Sheldon Resnick. at a reception hosted in honor of this year’s honorees. 8 7 9 11 10 MIDWEST ZONE 8. 10. and Campaign Executive Eric Narrow in Newark. Attendees at the Chicago annual breakfast listened to 8. 9. Elece Kovel. Larry Amsterdam with a cake at a fundraiser for the Arava Medical Center. 5. 11. National Women’s JNF Campaign for Israel Chair. DC Women’s Alliance Chair. Baratz. (L-R) Washington.Jim Schiller dedicated a plaque in honor of his father. Mimi Kress. Eliana Wasserman. Noah Schatz. Louis volunteers Dan Kweskin. Barry Kayne 2. Todd Samuels. Larry Amsterdam. (L-R) Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and JNF National President Stan Chesley after the official proclamation of “JNF Day” in Cincinnati. Karen Schiffer. Stacey Berner. Corey and Rabbi Shari Shamah. D.

3 The JNF float at the Celebrate Israel Parade. and Charles Schackner at a JNF insider briefing at Cushman & Wakefield. and Aviva Weinberg at the KKL/JNF headquarters in Jerusalem. New York board member Benjamin Jablonski. 5 (L-R) Jerusalem Fire Chief Shmulik Friedman. Marina Furman. National Director of Women for Israel. Dr. 6 Shabbat in the Park Chair Allison Holzberg and JNFuture Chair Ben Levine at JNFuture’s fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. Dr. New York board member Jeffrey Levine. . and Dr. Harris. and Lea Ruskin at a Long Island Women for Israel event at the Neue Galerie. at the Westchester Guardian of Israel reception. Roy Levinson. 10 (L-R) JNFuture Event Chair Jessica Levine. Michael Yasner. Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Trauma and PTSD Program at Columbia University. Gail Bauchman at a New York Doctors for Israel event. at the Tree of Life™ dinner in Philadelphia. Event Chair Alan Levine. Brian and Seth Drachman. Amy Gutman. President of University of Pennsylvania. Ivy Engel. and Herb Rosenstock at the Bayonne Golf Invitational. Doctors for Israel Chair. Debbie. JNFuture Chair Ben Levine. 5 (L-R) Chuck Fax. 8 JNFuture Root Society members Juliana and Elie Jacobs at JNFuture’s fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. Philadelphia Board President. 7 JNFuture Root Society Chair Elior Shiloh and Shabbat in the Park Host Committee Co-Chair Ilana Derman at JNFuture’s fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. Cohen. 11 7 (L-R) Richard S. 1 (L-R) Event Chairs Elana Kornreich and Rachel Schor. 6 (L-R) Liat Itzhak from KKL’s United States Department with Nina. Daniel Rosenbaum at the Doctors for Israel event in Southern New Jersey. 4 (L-R) Southern New Jersey JNFuture Chair Michael Perice and JNFuture founder Ben Jablonski at a JNFuture kick-off meeting. and Central New Jersey board member Daniel Richter at the Central New Jersey annual breakfast. Regional Director. and David Dinenberg. and Elisa Schindler Frankel. and Marciarose Shestack at the Tree of Life™ dinner in Philadelphia. Frances Schor. New York board member Asaf Palgi. Cohen and Renee and Joseph Zuritsky at the Tree of Life™ dinner in Philadelphia. 9 (L-R) Philadelphia Board President Richard S. Nancy Zaro. Doctors for Israel and Special Campaigns. Yuval Neria. Dr. Vice President of Israel Action. and JNFuture Chair Adam Belfer at JNFuture’s fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. 11 (L-R) Dr. Philadelphia Board Vice President. 4 (L-R) New York board member Bernard Friedman.org 6 7 6 7 8 10 9 8 9 GREATER NEW YORK ZONE NORTHEAST ZONE 1 (L-R) Central New Jersey board members Mindy Zaziski and Marc Leibowitz at the annual Central New Jersey Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament. Michael Block. 3 (L-R) Central New Jersey board members Mark Rattner and Alyssa Russo. 2 Golf Tournament honoree Saul Leighton and his wife Shelley at the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.  GREATER NEW YORK ZONE   NORTHEAST ZONE 1 1 JNF ACROSS THE COUNTRY 2 3 2 3 4 5 4 5 10 JNF. 2 (L-R) Lyn Jacobs. 9 JNFuture Education Chair Jonathan Gertman and Shabbat in the Park Host Committee Co-Chair Ilana Derman at the fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. Long Island Board President Sharon Pikus. NJ. Secretary of the University of Pennsylvania. 8 (L-R) Leslie Laird Kruhly. and Event Chair Dr.

TREE or visit jnf. JNF’s Vice President of Planned Giving.” The trees were planted by the JNF Los Angeles board in the Pan Pacific Park. JNF’s Tribute to the Munich 11 IN 1984.” To plant trees in Israel with JNF. 220 for more information. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the tragedy this summer. “These trees stand as a memorial to the 11 athletes who were murdered during the XXth Olympiad. the Consul General of Germany. JNF Los Angeles board member David Chudnow said. SHORTLY BEFORE LOS ANGELES hosted the XXIII Summer Olympic Games. adjacent to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH). where 11 Israeli athletes were murdered. • Recognition in Israel Join us today and help build a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.org or 212-879-9305 ext.org To learn more contact one of our Planned Giving Specialists at 800-562-7256 or plannedgiving@jnf.org/tree JNF.org 11 . JNF gave a gift of 11 trees as a lasting memorial to the tragedy of the 1972 Munich Olympics. on permanent display at JNF headquarters in NY • A custom-designed Gould Legacy Society pin • Invitations to special events and lectures • For legacy gifts of $50. the Consul General of Israel and David Frank. They are cared for by the Department of Recreation and Parks. JEWISH NATIONAL FUND • • • • • • • JNF’S DONOR SOCIETIES Membership benefits include: • Name recognition in the Book of Life.CREATE A LASTING LEGACY charitable gift annuities charitable remainder trusts charitable lead trusts life insurance endowments donor advised funds bequests reserved for a select group of people who have demonstrated an enduring commitment to Israel and JNF. It is important that we remember. donors will receive a limited edition JNF Blue Box designed by Tiffany & Co. The plaque reads. Society members receive exclusive privileges and services. call 800. LAMOTH held a ceremony on the last day of the Olympics attended by the two local City Councilmen. “The trees are still an important symbol 30 years later. Contact Yael Septee Kane at ykane@jnf.542. who spoke at the event.000 and above.

We’ll engage in conversation about the impact of sustainability and we’ll highlight Israel’s leadership in Young professionals connecting in Israel. We returned from JLIM with a renewed sense of urgency to become further involved with JNF and to expand JNFuture into a cohesive national movement. The pinnacle of these efforts will be when we join forces at The Summit in April 2013. From the beginning. We planted trees in Be’er Sheva. To help share these innovations with the rest of the world. Register at jnf. while bringing to light the core issues of our time. We met with students at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI). We were wrong. JLIM brought us together and we’ll meet again at Red Rock. environmental studies and politics. The first-ever JNFuture Summit will be a one-of-a-kind two-day experience focused on sustainability of water. journalism. This is a not-to-bemissed event. social and environmental issues affecting our daily lives.S. DC with overwhelming success and excitement. Bringing together young leaders from across the globe in agriculture. We can’t wait to share our stories and claim our mark as the voice of our generation. while working hard to develop leadership in our communities in the U.org or 212. Israel is a global leader in sustainability initiatives.org/jnfuture or contact Sharon David at sdavid@jnf. we need to come together and lend our voices. On July 22. we’ll take a deep look at the economic. food and energy. and bring scalable new solutions to the table for: Water • Energy • Food It is the chance to make new friends and network with thought leaders from the centers of innovation. Ours is Sustainability. For more information on JNFuture. Sign up now! . WE LAUNCHED JNFUTURE JNFUTURE 12 JNF. We’ll meet new friends and share an amazing celebration in the best setting for discussing renewable resources — Nevada’s Red Rock Desert.org/summit. Join JNF at The Summit | April 27-29.9305 x242.org in Washington. We were confident that JNFuture in DC would offer young professionals in our nation’s capital an opportunity so many of us were seeking—a chance to get involved in the premier organization for developing the land of Israel while creating lasting friendships and connecting with other young professionals. We learned about the challenges presented to Israeli leaders like Mayor of Be’er Sheva Ruvik Danilovich and MK Yoel Hasson. contact Sharon David at sdavid@jnf.9305 x242. We drove right into the future of Israel with a visit to Better Place. visit jnf. Resort & Spa • Las Vegas. it was clear we all felt the same deep commitment to our homeland. The next four days were filled with inspiring visits to JNF projects and historical sites across Israel.From the Hill to the Homeland to the Red Rock Desert Danielle Traub & Lauren Kaufman-Bergmann. It’s up to us to make it work. 2013 • Red Rock Casino. Israel. We visited the Carmel Forest and recalled the tragic forest fire of December 2010. NV Today. We thought our 80-person kick-off event was the highlight of our involvement with Jewish National Fund. For more information. Every Generation Has a Story. And still we know that will not remain the highlight of our involvement with JNF.879.879.org/summit. JNFuture in DC Co-Chairs IN MARCH.org or 212. visit jnf. we invite you to join us and bring others. We traveled along the ancient Spice Route in the Central Arava and marveled at a land that seems barren but grows 60% of Israel’s exported produce and 10% of the fresh cut flower exports. We reflected on the past with visits to David Ben Gurion’s home and Independence Hall. Each site we visited wove the vision of JNF: invoking Israel’s rich history while opening doors to a bright and sustainable future. JNFuture has a strong affinity to the issue of promoting sustainability in our communities. We played basketball with children at the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center. this area. n For more information on The Summit with JNF. As JNF’s young leadership arm. 2012 we gathered in Tel Aviv for the second JNFuture Leadership Institute Mission (JLIM).

• Israel sent 120 physicians to the tsunami-stricken areas of Asia. SPEAKERS BUREAU JEWISH NATIONAL FUND of other topics at your meetings.” Truth is they’re ALL fact. 13 JNF. in southern California’s Mojave Desert. men’s clubs. schools. • Children orphaned in the Rwandan genocide are being trained by Israeli foresters in agro-forestry and agriculture to help fight famine. and conferences. • An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant. Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day—and saved three victims from the rubble. community events. Embassy in Nairobi. no-radiation diagnostic instrument for breast cancer. Book your speaker today at jnf. • Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process. synagogues.9305 ext.org or Jessica Cutter at 212.org/speakers For more information contact speakers@jnf. the standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free. • When the U.org .org What’s Fact? What’s Fiction? • Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized.JNF SPEAKERS BUREAU Bring world-renowned speakers to your next event JNF Speakers Bureau is a unique service that brings top speakers to your community. Are you surprised? Learn more at PositivelyIsrael. Bring a powerful voice to your next event. Gain inside and unparalleled perspectives on Israel and a variety sisterhoods. Kenya was bombed. • The technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed by four young Israelis.879. as well as 82 tons of medical equipment and humanitarian aid. 252.S.

Other highlights included an exclusive tour with soldiers to learn about daily life in the IDF.” said Kelman. “It’s a great honor to have a plaque on Ammunition Hill’s Wall of Honor [established to honor the military service of Jewish soldiers throughout history] if you’re a Zionist and you relate to the Six Day War.” said mission professional and Northeast Executive Director Joel Leibowitz. . Gould Amphitheatre. “This trip really engaged people with JNF and Israel.” “The ability to stand with those people who played such an important part in reuniting our capital was just unbelievable. See a different side of Israel that only JNF can provide. JNF’s Vice President of Campaign. site of the heroic battle that marked a significant turning point in the Six Day War.Celebrating History on JNF’s Road to Jerusalem Mission ROAD TO JERUSALEM 14 JNF. proof of the resiliency. It doesn’t get better than that. “We emphasized that this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. was its most successful mission ever.” The marquee event of the mission was the ceremony at Ammunition Hill. a tour of Gush Etzion. They finally saw first-hand what I’ve been talking about for the decade. it was an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Israel’s history.” said Segel. held in May and commemorating the 45th anniversary of this historic event.” The mission attracted all types of travelers: those who had never been to Israel before and those who had been there countless times. World Chairman’s Council member and Orlando resident Bruce Gould dedicated the Bruce K. Of the 120 participants on the trip. Ammunition Hill is a memorial and a museum supported by JNF that annually hosts Israel’s official Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) ceremony. Today.” said Marc Kelman. Participants enjoyed VIP status. visit jnf. For more information. “It was a special moment in history in which I was fortunate to participate. “For me. and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. with 120 participants. and tree planting at the Harvey HertzJNF Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim. 50 had never before donated to JNF or even been to Israel. Gould Amphitheatre at Ammunition Hill. And they saw that everything I’ve been saying is true.org Orlando resident Bruce Gould dedicated the Bruce K. “Seeing all of this through their eyes was very rewarding. April 11-18. People understood that it was special.JNF. Celebrate Israel’s birthday and be a part of this special experience that includes exclusive access to major events and insider tours. who served as Road to Jerusalem mission chair.TOUR. Following the ceremony. Some of the 120 mission participants at the Be’er Sheva River Park. people who had never had any Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at the Yom Yerushalayim ceremony. unity. sitting in close proximity to dignitaries including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. the most exciting part of the trip was to see how excited all of my friends were with what they saw and what they did.org/travel or call 877. 2013. “This mission was significant because it was a meaningful anniversary and included events and experiences that were exclusive to JNF. “Everyone who went on the trip returned home an ambassador for JNF and Israel. I did my junior year of college in Tel Aviv in 1970 and therefore am old enough to remember the Six Day War. The idea of celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem meant a lot to me. Ken Segel and Joel Leibowitz. THE REUNIFICATION of Jerusalem in 1967 is a defining moment in Israeli history.” agreed mission participant Alyse Golden Berkley. This was more than just a JNF mission. President Shimon Peres. “Ammunition Hill played a big role in the IDF’s ability to reunify Jerusalem. the site of one of the deadliest battles during the War of Independence. It comes as no surprise then that JNF’s Road to Jerusalem Mission. has been on many JNF missions and has chaired two previous President’s Society missions. Ken Segel. But even for him. being able to sit and experience Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem at the official ceremonies was a real highlight. real connection to JNF and people who were intimately involved.” n Join the Israel@65 Independence Day Mission.” On the mission. and determination of the Jewish people. ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the new visitor center at Gush Etzion and the new Be’er Sheva lake.

Participants have painted shelters and decaying walls with the colors of the Ethiopian flag and the Israeli flag. The atmosphere . and an aquaponics system that allows fish and vegetables to be grown in a closed-loop system. which allows participants to connect with family and friends to ask for support for their volunteer work. this was the first time I was sharing the idea with others. to the land within the municipality and maintains a good name for Be’er Sheva’s environmental activity. organic produce for local businesses including restaurants and grocers. CONNECTING THE NEXT GENERATION TO ISRAEL JNF offers many ways for young people to get to Israel TAGLIT-BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL For 18-26-year-olds who have never been on a peer trip to Israel. “I also knew that my fellow fundraisers also asked their friends and family. ages 18-30. who cultivate crops native to Ethiopia that are difficult to buy or import to Israel. an orchard. He loved the personal fundraising aspect of the program. The extension to the urban farm will include a greenhouse.’” said Adam. which promotes a clean and healthy environment in the Negev. Earth’s Promise’s vision is to expand to other neglected urban spaces and green the desert city of Be’er Sheva.org/amhsi SPRING • WINTER 15 JNF. “Each new plot that Earth’s Promise develops is supported by JNF. which assured me that every participant was invested in volunteering during their break. He found himself inspired by JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign to sustainably develop the Negev Desert.” This year the Alternative Winter and Spring Break participants will work on a new piece of land that the municipality approved for building an urban farm to provide fresh.” n Visit jnf. An eight-week English language program in Israel for high school juniors and seniors.” said Adam. where the country of Israel is transformed into a living classroom. by transforming neglected urban spaces into micro-farms. “Whenever someone asks me the best way to return to Israel. recycling 90% of water used.” Adam made aliyah in September 2010 and is now codirector of Earth’s Promise.” remembered Adam. Before his ASB experience in 2008. He jumped at the opportunity to go to Israel and to bring along his friends from Vermont Law School. but ASB was his first opportunity to be active and to contribute to Israel’s society and environment. “Although I had thought about it. when he decided to make aliyah. who spend their spring or winter break in Israel volunteering in communities in the Negev.” It was after his second ASB experience. The connection between JNF’s Alternative Winter and Spring Break programs and Earth’s Promise began in 2008. “That was the first time that I said out loud and proudly. I pledge to fulfill the JNF vision and continue to provide inspirational and productive volunteer opportunities to JNF ASB and AWB participants. a community service trip for college students and young adults. Many of the urban farms are worked by new Ethiopian immigrants. “Alternative Spring Break was a perfect opportunity to contribute to the Negev and to experience its places and people in more depth. Adam Ganson was looking for a reason to return to Israel when he saw an ad for JNF’s Alternative Spring and Winter Break (ASB/AWB). jnf.org/break ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL (AMHSI) An innovative academic adventure. connects participants with the soil of the land of Israel. ‘I want to make aliyah. The volunteers also interact with the Ethiopian immigrants and can share an experience and communicate without sharing the same language.Alternative Break Inspires Tikkun Olam AFTER SPENDING Adam makes a difference with Earth’s Promise. “As the co-director of Earth’s Promise. Earth’s Promise provides projects for the ASB/AWB participants to accomplish during their time volunteering in the Negev. jnf.” said Adam. israelwithisraelis.” said Adam. I would become more excited. Connect to the land and people of Israel in a meaningful way. a JNF partner. “Every time I saw the fundraise-o-meter jump to a new level. tagging along on his sister’s spring break trip in 2009 while he was in Israel doing an internship. The establishment of these urban farms provides local residents with a close and healthy food supply. “The partnership between JNF and Earth’s Promise advances the idea of urban agriculture and connection EDUCATION & ADVOCACY a summer studying at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.org of giving and dedication to Israel that permeates JNF’s ASB allowed me to fully express my desire to make my permanent home in Israel.org/break for more information. I want my home in Israel. Adam had been to Israel four times. my answer is always with Jewish National Fund’s Alternative Break programs. and promotes development of relationships among neighbors in the community. Join JNF and Shorashim for a free 10-day Israel experience through Taglit-Birthright Israel.com JNF ALTERNATIVE SPRING & WINTER BREAK A week of community service in Israel for 18-30-year-olds. and as a result JNF continues its important environmental work here in the Negev. mainly in the Be’er Sheva area.

enjoyed by millions every weekend and holiday. This map shows the breadth and scope of JNF’s work. constructing security roads. COMMUNITY BUILDING Haifa Jerusalem JNF’s efforts to improve the quality of life for all Israelis and to develop the land of Israel for the next generation can be seen throughout the country. Community building includes everything from creating playgrounds to purchasing fire trucks. and developing tourism sites. .Tel Aviv JNF has been at the forefront of water management and conservation in Israel for two decades. increasing the country’s total water supply by 12% and helping Israel become a world leader in water recycling. JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign is helping to bring hundreds of thousands of new residents to the Negev Desert by creating infrastructure and economic opportunities. GREEN INNOVATIONS JNF enhances the quality of life of Israel’s residents by building new communities and bolstering existing ones. WATER RENEWAL JNF’s parks and forests provide thousands of recreational acres for Israel’s residents.

parks. INCLUSION & THERAPEUTIC SERVICES JNF is committed to the preservation of historical sites throughout Israel and ensuring that the stories behind these sites are properly documented and told for generations to come. from trips to Israel to B’nai Mitzvah projects and advocacy programs on college campuses. playgrounds. profitability. and stability. EDUCATION & ADVOCACY JNF sponsors a network of agricultural R&D stations in Israel. In addition. and medical care for people with special needs and makes its forests. RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT . where leading scientists and technicians work closely with local farmers. Through a variety of initiatives. special education. JNF provides cutting-edge rehabilitative services.MAP NOT TO SCALE Eilat Mizpe Ramon Be’er Sheva As part of its focus on improving quality of life in Israel. and recreational facilities “inclusive” to visitors of all ability levels. research institutes and universities to increase agricultural sustainability. JNF supports leadership development programs for Israeli youth. JNF is dedicated to ensuring that no member of Israeli society is left behind. nature trails. picnic areas. HERITAGE SITES JNF offers myriad ways to connect young American Jews to Israel.

” she said.” recalled the newly hired JNF-Green Horizons liaison. “Green Horizons was a place I could show interest. We build ourselves “Green Horizons really saved me. “Think about it. not because they have to. While it’s a longer term of service. Karmit. When I take kids and build their self-confidence. while others come from poorer areas. “From the self-confidence that I earned during the years in Green Horizons. for Karmit it was an important path to follow.” A Green Horizons group on a hiking trip. It really built my self-esteem.” she said. She never expected to go back to Green Horizons but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do something she found important—fundraising and connecting with American Jews. that most Green Horizons graduates go on to top-ranked positions in the army and in Israeli society.” she said. “I wanted to make teenagers fall in love with Israel.” said Karmit.” Some kids come from rich neighborhoods. they would be serving in the army out of love for the country. visit jnf. and to approach the CEO of the biggest movie production company in Israel when I wanted to promote Israeli movies around the world. Once a month they go on a two-day hike near their homes. the guide chooses a subject that will capture the group’s interest. she says.org/greenhorizons . meet every week.” said Karmit. She continued to guide Green Horizons groups while in the army. Green Horizons really saved me.” A JNF partner organization.” It’s not by chance. and the CEO of Avis. there are 10 Nobel Prize winners. and a better understanding of their surroundings with a goal of fostering leadership.C ultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders K with Green Horizons armit Arbel Rumbak credits the Green Horizons youth group with building her self-esteem. and during school vacations they leave for longer treks and camping excursions all around Israel. the mayor of Akko. who is 30 years old and started Green Horizons at age 12. and I didn’t feel embarrassed about being a smart girl. believes that the program gave her a strength and EDUCATION & ADVOCACY confidence in areas not just related to nature and survival activities. Alumni include the chairman of the Israeli Bar Association. the Israeli Ambassador to Nepal. and culture. I give them tools to have the next creative ideas. they become united.” n To learn more. which stay together from 6th-12th grade. “In the country’s 64-year history. “Growing up in Hadera. and personal responsibility. I know I changed their lives because I showed them that they can do something. but typically the focus is exploring the area in which they live.” Karmit started her new position as JNF-Green Horizons liaison earlier this year. you got hustled. Green Horizons helps youth build self-confidence. if you were a smart kid. From flipping rocks to finding lizards and renovating an archaeological site to learning the history of a place and studying geology. together. “We’re giving them challenges that they think are beyond their limits. curiosity. “There are some people who really want to make a difference and have a large impact on the future of Israel. The hardest thing about getting a Nobel Prize is believing in yourself. Since the groups meet every week. The program emphasizes the importance of social participation. I’m so happy to meet Jewish people all around the world and give them the opportunity to actually influence the quality of life in Israel. “There’s something special about giving love and respect to the kids. The activities vary. geography. “I don’t see myself as a typical fundraiser. combining working with a youth organization and army service. tolerance. It instilled in her an inner belief that she could accomplish whatever she put her mind to. independence. to be significant in other people’s lives. Participants learn about Israel’s history. “That way. The groups. I had the courage to open up a cinema by myself in Dimona while pursuing my Master’s degree.

and lectures are given. GREEN INNOVATIONS In Neve Yaakov.” said Uri Goldflam. SPNI’s partnership with JNF has enabled our work in Jerusalem to achieve unprecedented levels of success and we hope that these successes will inspire conservations throughout Israel. I n 2008. enabling residents and tourists alike to experience the green side of the city in a new and exciting way. the newly overhauled Jerusalem Green Map website highlights natural.SPNI: Protecting Nature in Israel Children working in Ma’agalei Yavneh Community Garden. films are shown. nesting boxes. Jerusalem’s municipality is planning to establish a youth center promoting educational activities on ecology and the environment and familiarizing Neve Yaakov’s younger residents with the Mir Forest and the concepts of nature conservation. “The campaign to save the valley is one of only a few known examples of a successful grassroots conservation campaign in Israel and has transformed the Gazelle Valley into a major cause on a national level. “The planning process for the park has brought the community together and made the garden a meeting place where concerts are held. Director of Urban Communities for SPNI. co-chair of ASPNI said. In south Jerusalem. which drew 400 people this year for the official opening ceremony for new community gardens and to recognize the progress of more established community gardens in Jerusalem. map of the site. The flagship project is Jerusalem’s Gazelle Valley. Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat and Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur are some of the campaign’s strongest proponents. Israel’s first-ever nature site planned by environmental organizations. Director of Resource Development and Foreign Relations at SPNI. a JNF project that borders this residential neighborhood. SPNI successfully defeated the construction plan. “One highlight is the annual music festival. JNF entered into a collaboration with American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (ASPNI). SPNI has worked with local residents to promote a sustainable development plan for the garden. SPNI is now promoting a new development plan that will enshrine the Gazelle Valley as an urban park and operate educational activities and communal events in the area. SPNI has transformed this area into a unique conservation site for wildflowers. a subspecies of mountain gazelle. preserving natural sites and open spaces while making them more accessible to the public. The community projects described herein all help to improve the quality of life for Jerusalem’s residents and visitors. and a biblical orchard. butterfly garden. including 55 protected species. It was originally threatened by plans to construct a new housing development within the valley. and plan activities and events. With the support of JNF. recruit new gardeners. the fundraising arm of Society Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). Next to the wildflower sanctuary. The wildflower sanctuary has seen rapid progress and is stimulating development in the area. environmental and cultural sites and activities in the city of Jerusalem. and thousands of Israelis and tourists have already enjoyed exploring the Gazelle Valley. The English version expands its reach and makes it a truly international outreach tool. contact information. with the help of its professional staff led by Dr. one of Jerusalem’s poorer neighborhoods..” said Tsur.” Finally.” Isaac Blachor.org/forestry . “The Gazelle Valley has become an inspirational symbol to realize the unfulfilled potential of Israel’s other urban nature sites. the Ministry of Housing is promoting a plan which will include the establishment of an ecological experiential trail. National service volunteers assist residents with the day-to-day running of the community garden. organize weekly activities for residents. Currently over 300 species of wildflowers can be found within the reserve. SPNI has established a community garden near the recently inaugurated Railway Park in Emek Refaim adjacent to Ma’agalei Yavneh Street. JNF Vice President of Israel Relations. Each site on the Green Map features a brief description. and links to further information.” n To learn more about JNF’s Green Innovations projects. “full of exciting conservation projects. “Funding these projects is consistent with JNF’s continuing efforts to be a leading voice in environmentally sustainable projects in Israel. Anna Godniva. visit jnf. Leading a coalition of residents and social and environmental organizations.” SPNI has transformed this area into a unique conservation site. a wildflower sanctuary has been established by the community’s Haredim and Russian and Ethiopian immigrants on a patch of undeveloped open space within the Mir Forest. and also of the professional and community work that has been led by SPNI Jerusalem with such impact and success. photo. Over the past several years. working with Leon Sokol.” said Pazit Schweid. This new scenic walking and cycling route links Jerusalem’s southern neighborhoods with Emek Refaim. The municipality is deeply appreciative of this contribution to Jerusalem by JNF-USA. the organizations have developed four very different projects in four very different areas of Jerusalem to help make the city greener and engage citizens in a positive way. Together. At a nearby housing development site. which would have destroyed the habitat of the endangered Gazella gazelle. while maintaining and complementing the natural landscape. one of Jerusalem’s trendier areas. “SPNI’s initiatives have helped turn Jerusalem into a shining example for environmental activism. a wetlands breeding habitat..

who immigrated from France. including a talk and a presentation. It is a story of the past informing the present and future. maps and equipment for sale. in order to restore and revitalize the estate. A café-restaurant will serve delicacies made from produce grown in the garden and the land surrounding the house..” said Kahn. Yehoshua and his wife Serah built their home in the valley. Yellin House is managed by the Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS). with guiding materials. with engaging tours. quarrying in the natural rock. in an engaging and fun way. Years later this khan became the Moza synagogue. The house. visit jnf. the site manager. where one can already taste the sweetest grapes in the region. One hundred and fifty years ago Yehoshua Yellin left his home within the walls of Old Jerusalem and moved to a property in the Moza Valley. “The site is fast developing. unique courses. Yehoshua established a khan. and fascinating seminars. turn around one letter and you have my family name Kahn. The house is built on top of an exquisite ancient cistern from the Crusader period. which was purchased a few years earlier by his father. Who were these The house was settlers? What was abandoned during driving them to do an act that was the last days of considered mad at the time? How did WWI. In 2007. pioneering spirit. Today. which contributes to the preservation of many heritage sites in Israel. which started at the end of the 19th century. characteristic stonemason’s marks. It is a story of how the preservation of a historical site is vitally important in a thousands-year-old land. the process they survive the harsh conditions. That was a sure sign this was the right project. The house was abandoned during the last days of WWI. years ago. was in the dairy farming business. well. “When I learned that the estate is placed near the ancient building that was used as a khan (way station) on the main Jerusalem-Jaffa highway.” n To donate to historical sites. built in the local style. this land was the first to be purchased by a private Jewish owner since Jews started returning from the Diaspora. and decisiveness. which served as a cowshed for domestic needs. bicycle tours and vehicle tours of the whole area. the Crusaders’ cistern and the land surrounding them create a truly authentic. which is still active today. “In the near future we expect to accommodate many local and international visitors who will have the opportunity to experience this special place. will include a display telling the story of the place.org/heritagesites . and iron nails. one laden with the rich history of the Jewish people. The visitor center. whose program is presently under development. a trailhead for walking tours. The decision to move to the Moza Valley was one of passion for the land. initiative. had three rooms and a basement. the only house in the area at the time. as well as actual work at the property—a unique activity in itself. To earn a living. The country house. Serah and Yehoshua Yellin’s pioneering spirit was expressed in their settling in the Moza Valley. Leonard Kahn of New York/Florida made a generous donation to JNF. which boasts three underground constructed domes that were part of a water system from that era. and those of restoration who stood in their way? These questions and preservation and many more are began 10 being explored at the Yellin House in Moza. At the time. Kahn felt a personal connection to the project because his family. “I believe that this unique and beautiful place will serve as a source of inspiration for new generations HERITAGE SITES to learn. T he story of Yellin House is a story of the pioneer settlement outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. on the Jaffa-Jerusalem road. the process of restoration and preservation began 10 years ago when the descendants of Yehoshua Yellin decided to collaborate with SPIHS to restore the crumbling ruins of the estate and turn it into a visitor center. humble and unique environment. ornamental openings in the ceiling. love and appreciate our land. Other impressive features of the site include roughly chiseled caliche rock bricks.Preserving Israel’s History Yellin House in the Moza Valley. and a spectacular audiovisual experience.” said Ruthie Arbel.. a road inn. the old synagogue.” Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to learn about this important chapter in the history of the Jewish settlement outside the Old City walls. located on the main road between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. there was no Jewish presence in the Moza Valley.

R ainy weather is considered a nuisance in most places. Israel’s large-scale and very costly water challenges can only be solved by governmental measures. there are still challenges ahead. Many of these issues tend to affect Israel’s periphery. Ten years ago Syria went from providing regular water supply to water only two hours twice a week. Additionally... its constructed wetlands project at the Ramon Air Force Base—which efficiently treats effluents of a large military base in a desert setting—marked the first large-scale environmental project supported by the Ministry of Defense that utilizes treated water for irrigation on the base and for surrounding farming communities while obviating the hazard of polluting an aquifer and the aboveground environment in the region.JNF Parsons Water Fund Maintaining Israel ’s water balance An Israeli farmer uses recycled water to irrigate his crops. Recently.718 gallons in 2011. significant changes have occurred over the past five years. stream restoration.org/water . For example. but in Israel. Nevertheless. the largest cities experience only an 8% water loss. we honestly felt that through our partnership. last winter’s rain was truly a relief—and a long time coming.000 farmers to leave their lands and migrate to Syria’s large cities. and even water technology and improved efficiency of water use are perhaps JNF’s best areas for philanthropic investments in Israel’s water future.. this model could be applied to 16 other cross-boundary streams. n For more information about JNF’s work with water and the JNF Parsons Water Fund. The relative advantage of the JNF Parsons Water Fund is in addressing niche areas. and with the goal of desalination to supply about 90% of domestic water demand by 2017. recycled water storage and reuse. This year. But. because of achievements in urban water delivery systems. visit jnf. Jordan provides its residents with urban water supply only once a week. education.“ Constructed wetlands. There are not enough reservoirs to store the projected amount of recycled . sectors through neglect and overexploitation. The JNF Parsons Water Fund’s willingness to join an effort to create a non-political model for solving this challenge is demonstrative of its mission to stimulate research in these niche areas.” said Amy Parsons. In times of conflict. aquifers. research.872 billion cubic meters). relatively small amounts of funding can be deployed to achieve a meaningful impact. Vice Chair of JNF Parsons Water Fund.. While Israel is now past this immediate hazardous stage. thanks to the higher rain amounts. major challenges to Israel’s water balance still remain.000 gallons in 2007 to 22. “After much research. There is the threat of continued the threshold of aquifer contamination by all a water crisis. there is a constant overexploitation of water resources. as well as the danger of a loss of vigilance from the illusion that one good rainy season solves it all. And as seen during the seven drought years. This is where the JNF Parsons Water Fund plays a meaningful role. where governmental support is uncertain. Annual per capita consumption was reduced from 28. the entire Near East is affected by water challenges. Water shortages caused 400. JNF undertook the Besor Stream Drainage Basin Rehabilitation program. a hoped-for peace agreement will cost much water and reduce supply. Three decades of discussion between Israeli and Palestinian leaderships have failed to address cross-boundary stream pollution which affects the environment. what that means is that Israel is constantly on the threshold of a water crisis with any climatic variation or precipitation decline. a severe water resource deficit and an imminent threat to sufficient urban water supply. It followed seven consecutive drought years which brought about serious water shortages. Here. discovered the world of JNF. If peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors are ever reached. Desalinated and WATER RENEWAL recycled water now account for about 50% of the water consumed in Israel. At the same time. there is also the threat of damage to desalination plants. and stakeholders on both sides of the border. Israel will be required to pay (among other concessions) with water to thirsty Palestine. reuse of treated water and new desalination plants. trans-boundary projects. If it is successful.Israel is water needed in the future and Israel must double its current constantly on reservoir capacity by 2030. which exposes them to the threat of increased contamination. Israel is not alone. However there are still too many areas that are either neglected or insufficiently attended to by the government. who had been involved in the water industry for many years. over and above what it already gives. To meet the increasing urban demand for water in Israel. specifically because it addressed an issue that needs to operate below the political radar in a region beset by conflict. the amount of available water matched Israel’s total annual water needs (1. we were immediately intrigued by its potential. “When my late husband Natan and I. Jordan and Syria. we could be part of an organization that is helping to alleviate the water crisis in Israel. There has been an 18% reduction in domestic water consumption since 2009 as a result of a 40% hike in water rates and aggressive public awareness campaigns.

When Osher and Jessica Kedar first joined the community of Givot Bar.” Jessica Kedar agrees.Building the Negev’s New Communities JEWISH NATIONAL FUND 22 JNF. not just in a practical sense.” to lower one’s The new communities are thriving thanks to the blood pressure. seven years ago because they wanted to help settle the Negev and live in a tight-knit community with their two children. Givot Bar is a thriving COMMUNITY BUILDING and sought-after community with many public facilities. three years ago.org/new-communities .” said Roy Molgan. Said Alesh Bala. but looking back at the speed region is proven that everything was built is amazing. “There is a feeling of family and a connection to the land. and Faran Ben Eilat. near Yeruham. among other things. an initiative to sustainably develop the Negev and make it home for the next generation of Israel’s residents. it has grown from a signpost in the Arava desert to a large and bustling community. “We have found that we have partners. a new preschool. with the support of JNF and The Or Movement and the establishment of basic services and infrastructure.” Building new communities in the desert is one of the mainstays of Jewish National Fund’s Blueprint Negev campaign. both for us and for our children.” n To learn more about JNF’s work with new communities. where our neighbors are not just neighbors. Since Zuqim was established with the support of JNF’s Sapphire Society in 2001. “We wanted a sense of a ‘real’ community. “Without the help from JNF and The Or Movement. Most of the families have come here because of the love for the desert and a connection to the land here. Zuqim now boasts.” she said. these are the ideals mentioned by the next generation of proud pioneers. “This partnership will only become even stronger in the future. visit jnf.” He and his wife Eilat chose to move to Zuqim four years ago with their two sons Sial Daniel. There wasn’t even a proper road. mutual aid and support are defining values. children grow up freely. a resident of the community of Zuqim in the Central Arava. “at least not as the thriving and flourishing community that we know today. Every donation. there were only a handful of families and nothing except a few caravans and a lot of sand. and moreover brothers and sisters. because of a deep love for the desert. “The wide open space in our region is proven to lower one’s blood pressure and has given me a more relaxed lifestyle.” recalled Jessica. and that connection is not lost on the community members. “The community has been built at an amazing “The wide open pace. 8.org Roy and Nofar Molgan and family in Merhav Am. “Our newfound community has built a new social network of people who share our ideals. but also because the ideals of this artist community complemented their desire to open a business of natural beauty products. located near Be’er Sheva. in our dream of making the desert bloom. every bench donated is meaningful. “Osher especially wanted to take part in building a new community.” she said. but in the realization that we have partners in a joint mission of building Israel. A warm and supportive community.” In these new communities. “Many people couldn’t understand why we would want to move to such a place. Strong connection to the land. and quality unmatched in other areas of the Negev... When discussing the advantages of living in the new communities of the Negev.” said Roy Molgan. Every tree. but also friends. who moved with his wife Nofar to Merhav Am. proper infrastructure. daycare center. 6. and problems are addressed as a community. playing outside with friends. to be a founding member and part of establishing a new yishuv (settlement) in Israel. “Now. just a few years later. I don’t think Givot Bar would exist. “It used to feel as if we were living space in our at a construction site. From making a big pot of soup for a sick family to celebrating the holidays together to the town as a whole addressing a bullying incident. A bed and breakfast establishment is under construction as well. and artist colony.” said Alesh. a feature I was missing previously in Mercaz Shapira. I mproved quality of life. large or small. has a huge influence in our lives. These communities springing up all over the Negev have come to flourish and thrive.” support of JNF and The Or Movement. It is truly a dream come true for us.

Also. profitability. providing them with innovative. Sometimes experiments have negative results. 60% of the fresh vegetables exported by Israel are produced not in the lush green fields of the Galilee but rather in this remote. the 2012 Negev Award for Environmental Quality.” he said. “We also work to find new varieties of crops and new technologies in order to improve farmers’ businesses. and other high-quality supermarkets. and I have found it very important to try new things. The cutting-edge technologies developed at these stations keep farmers at the forefront of their field. Wegmans. Every day. the development of the Capillary Barrier Root Zone System has really helped us growers in Moshav Paran. Central Arava Research & Development is one of a network of regional agricultural R&D stations in Israel sponsored by JNF where leading scientists and technicians work closely with local farmers. “Arava R&D carries out a lot of interesting experiments and I try to use the results to improve my yield production.org Farmer Uri Ganot and his family in Moshav Paran. online newsletters.” The research has helped increase the shelf life of peppers. We are aiming to get the yield to 13-15 tons per dunam. “It is an asset to have an R & D station in the area. “Ten years ago. “We want to sell a clean product. costefficient ways to grow produce under arid conditions and allowing them to compete in the global market. Now you can see Arava organic products in Whole Foods. around five hundred farming families accomplish incredible agricultural feats in an area that only gets about of one inch of rain a year. arid region between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. one of the region’s biggest exports. Yet amazingly.” said Gadiel. a negative answer is also good because we can tell growers not to do it. I collaborated with Arava R&D on a progressive version of this system. up until two incredible years ago. The first. and field visits. we must overcome all this in order to get farmers to get more yield per land units. and stability. food safety qualifications in an area that only for supermarkets have necessitated a change in gets about one inch practice. However. visit jnf. research institutes and universities to increase agricultural sustainability. of rain a year. get results in the end. growers won’t be able to sell produce to any supermarket in the world. was awarded by Sustainable Development for the Negev for Central Arava R&D’s and the Volcani Institute’s use of brine for marine aquaculture. when put together. Knowledge is transferred through meetings. Shimon Pivonia. but that’s not the whole story. His research has helped growers eliminate the use of pesticides and forensic chemicals in their crops. Central Arava R&D was recognized with two prestigious awards. For example. L ooking out at the desert expanse. information. it’s hard to imagine anything growing in the Central Arava. growers used to spray with pesticides to agricultural feats prevent mildew. the average yield per dunam of peppers was five tons for export. but for us. the 2012 Agritech Prize.” n To learn more. for agricultural research for integrated pest management in plant protection. Today I use all available knowledge. In 2007-2008. The second. such as bug protection and agro-technology. Drip irrigation has a lot to do with their success. the price of air transportation made Every day. “We always want to improve the yield and quality of existing crops and solve problems that occur during the season.” said Aylon Gadiel.” said Gadiel. “but all the small programs. head of the Central Arava plant protection department.org/research-development . so the Central Arava R&D began to research farming families how to enable peppers to be picked in Israel and accomplish stay fresh for more than 25 days. Uri Ganot is starting his fifth season as a grower in Moshav Paran.” RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT Recently. was awarded to Dr. “If we do not stand by supermarket food safety regulations.” “Not all projects are large scale. Since we are limited with the land that we have and experience water quality problems. lectures. Director of Arava R&D. around it unprofitable to send peppers to the United five hundred States. Today it’s about 10 tons.Helping Arava Farmers Grow JEWISH NATIONAL FUND 23 JNF. and research findings in order to improve my yields.

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For an exchange of money called a premium to a life insurance company. Wanting to do something important through JNF for Israel. cost-efficient way to create a permanent legacy to JNF. Marlene Maier.” said Arlene. Marlene Maier is a long-time donor. She met her husband Joseph. she retired from HUD as the Director of the Area Economic and Market Analysis Division for the Indiana region. New York. 42 East 69th St. Inc. Instead. Louis and moved to Tampa. Bruce Gould. a JNF donor and World Chairman’s Council member. “Her family was her connection to Israel. or by designating JNF as the ultimate beneficiary of an existing policy.C.org was a very philanthropic woman. Rosalie became friendly with Sandy in 1997 when Sandy’s brother. and JNF will. the recognition group Life insurance for JNF planned giving donors. “There were so many requests for donations to every kind of charity you can think of. who was from Poland. a Circle of Sapphire member. her cousins who were Holocaust survivors settled there after the end of World War II. It says a lot about her.” said Zelda’s niece Arlene Lehman Baldwin.” said her friend Sandy Best.org 25 JNF. Department of Labor. caring. JNF will receive the face value of the policy. and others for your long-term commitment to Israel and Jewish National Fund. Simply request a beneficiary form from your insurance company and complete the form with our legal name. Bold Scholarship Fund at Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis. Congregation Beth-El Zedeck of Indianapolis. “She was a good role model and very well-rounded: independent.” said Bruce. 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Professionals in JNF’s Planned Giving Department can put you in touch with knowledgeable insurance people who have our interests at heart. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Over the course of their friendship. who was my grandfather. “Zelda and her husband were major supporters of Israel and so was her father Kalman. which recognizes the partnership between the United States and Israel. Bruce received a generous donor’s intent to tax deduction based on the cash value that had built up create a lasting in his policy and provided legacy with JNF. and Defense Department. JNF Chief Planned Giving Officer THERE ARE WORSE things in life than death.” Philanthropy was very important to Zelda.” Purchasing a new policy for charitable purposes is another easy. for a lasting endowment that will carry on long after he is gone. life insurance is a vital part of estate and financial planning. Life insurance can also play an important role in fulfilling a donor’s intent to create a lasting legacy with JNF. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? –Woody Allen That sentiment aside. Bruce donated the policy to JNF and created the Gould Legacy Society. There are many circumstances in which JNF supporters donate life insurance policies they no longer need. giving to Israel. As an economist. Our award-winning Planned Giving Department can help you with this and many other gifting ideas that can not only provide legacy gifts to JNF. As part of a financial plan. When his business was sold he no longer needed the coverage. Sandy hopes to use some of the money her friend left her to go on a JNF mission. and the Northern California Board President. a President’s Society member. who acted as executive trustee of her estate. As a part of an estate plan. This is a smart. a lifetime Sapphire. was that “we are part of a chain of committed Jews who consider it our obligation to ensure Israel’s viability for our children and grandchildren. after living a very full life. We were glad to have had her in our lives. Thank you to Bruce Gould. you can see that Rosalie was a very sensitive and caring person. where she met her husband and worked . To fund the policy the donor will write a check to JNF in the amount of the annual premium each year. This will allow the donor to receive an annual tax deduction. I had all her mail sent to me. And that’s where she felt her funds needed to go. “If people knew how easy it was to do. Department of State. among the other charities that Zelda supported through her trust are her synagogue. but merely cancelling it would have created an expensive tax bill on the policy’s cash surrender value. The couple had no children. 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and Michael Blank (Century Council) at the annual New England Golf Tournament. and Helen Strait of Faith Bible Chapel at the annual JNF Breakfast in Denver. (L-R) National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman. and JNF Parsons Water Fund board member Steven Crystal (Century Council. Negev Society. Arizona Regional Board President Ann Zinman and her husband Ted (President’s Society. Dr. Circle of Sapphire). where they dedicated a plaque in honor of Nancie’s late father. Larry Chafetz. where Kahn was honored. Century Council). Marlene Maier (Century Council. and Branwen Cale at a board meeting in San Francisco. (L-R) Eric Elkins. Mort Gerber. JNF. and National Campaign Director Sharon Freedman at a Sapphire Society event where Sternlicht and Pechet Quinan were pinned. (L-R) Joel Moskowitz (President’s Society). Circle of Sapphire). guest speaker Tareq Abu Hamed. John Rothmann. Garet Gordon (Herzl Society) and wife Bernice Friedman (Sapphire Society) with his new Herzl plaque in Las Vegas. Outgoing Palm Springs and Desert Region Board President Allan Nyman passed the gavel to incoming President Sheri Borax (Sapphire Society). and New England Consul General Shai Bazak at the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration in Newton. Frances Lee Kaufman (World Chairman’s Council. Mountain States Regional Director Stan Kamlet. Michael Blank (Century Council).OUT & ABOUT WITH JNF’S MAJOR DONORS   NEW ENGLAND ZONE JNF’S MAJOR DONORS 26   WESTERN ZONE (L-R) Amy Parsons (Century Council. (L-R) Dee Berkley and Rabbi Yocheved Mintz became JNF’s newest Sapphire Society members in Las Vegas. Rose Barlow. Helen Loewenstein. and JNF Regional Director Aaron Parker at a parlor meeting in Northern California. Circle of Sapphire) at the annual New England Golf Tournament. MA. Deborah Pechet Quinan (Sapphire Society). . Sapphire Society) at Ammunition Hill. Ann Moskowitz. Leon Steinberg (Herzl Society) of Las Vegas received his new Herzl plaque. President’s Society. (L-R) Sapphire Society members Sharry Solomon and Joan Davis at the 10th annual Las Vegas Breakfast. Nevada. Negev Society. Dr.org Ken and Nancie Segel (Century Council. Managing Director of Friends of The Arava Institute. Negev Society) represented JNF Northern California at an event in Reno. Century Council) dedicated the entrance lobby of the second vocational training center at Aleh Negev in honor of their fathers. Pastor Cheryl Morrison of Faith Bible Chapel. Cheryl and Robert Fey (Negev Society) were honored at the 2012 Palm Springs and Desert Region Love of Israel Dinner. Circle of Sapphire). and Yadira Patkin (World Chairman’s Council. Julie Kahn. Todd Patkin (World Chairman’s Council). (L-R) Anna Bazak. Dr. Rachel Chafetz (Sapphire Society). (L-R) Sapphire Society members Rabbi Yocheved Mintz and Shelley Dubin at the Quiche & Tell Sapphire luncheon in Las Vegas. (L-R) Jeff Gingold. Anne Sternlicht (Sapphire Society). Tareq Abu Hamed. Director of the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation at the Arava Institute. Branwen Cale. (L-R) Jeffrey Davis (Century Council. President’s Society). Gene Kay (Century Council). Ronald Lubin. Herman Friedberg. Howard Blitt and Samuel Zinman. (L-R) Barbara Sommer (Negev Society. and JNF Regional Director Adele Bilewitz at the Orange County Israel Fair. Alex Zive. (L-R) Mary Anne Levitt (Sapphire Society).

Florida Executive Director. (L-R) JNF National Spokesman Hal Linden and Dr. and Betsy Marcadis (President’s Society. Pam Korn. Tree of Life™ award recipient Ida Raye Chernin (Century Council. Stein (President’s Society). Sapphire Society) and Diane Goldfeder (Herzl Society) surprised Lou Goldfeder (Herzl Society) by presenting him with the Guardian of Israel award at the Tampa Bay Tree of Life™ dinner. Glen Schwartz. (L-R) Tampa Bay Co-President Mark Miller (President’s Society). Negev Society) and Tampa Bay Co-President Betsy Marcadis (President’s Society. Northern Florida Campaign Executive. CEO of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI). co-founder of the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center. at the Jacksonville Tree of Life™ award dinner. (L-R) Ellen Reisel. Tree of Life™ honorees Mord and Michal Wiesler (President’s Society) with JNF National Spokesman Hal Linden (right). Lawyers for Israel Tampa Bay Chair Mary Ellen Hogan (Sapphire Society).org (L-R. Negev Society). visited Brenda Johnston (Sapphire Society) and Eunice Cohen at the Johnston home on Siesta Key. and Uri Smajovits. who was the featured speaker at the Naples Tree of Life™ dinner. (L-R) Aaron Muller and his father Dr. . and their son Nathan at the Love of Israel Brunch in San Diego. Sapphire Society). (L-R) Beth Morris. (L-R) Tampa Bay Board Co-Presidents Mark Miller (President’s Society). previous Tree of Life™ award recipient Richard Sisisky. and Harvey (Herzl Society) at American Independence Park in Israel celebrating Grayson’s bar mitzvah. Florida Executive Director Glen Schwartz. (L-R) Harvey Hertz (World Chairman’s Council) and Dr. Jeffrey Muller (Herzl Society) with table captain Karen Fisher (Herzl Society) and her daughter Leah Levine at the San Diego Love of Israel Brunch. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David A. Sandy (Sapphire Society). Todd. back row) Bruce Horovitz. and previous Tree of Life™ award recipient Michael Korn at the Jacksonville Tree of Life™ award dinner. Sapphire Society. (L-R) The Belfer Family of Phoenix. JNF national and local Board Negev Society Chair Kim and Bill Miller (Century Council. keynote speaker Steve Emerson. JNF’S MAJOR DONORS Phoenix residents Marc and Ellen Kelman (President’s Society. and Dr. Robert Norman (Century Council). Bart and Joan Levenson (Negev Society) of Sarasota posed with the JNF recognition banner at American Independence Park on the 2012 Sunshine Mission. AZ—Julie.  WESTERN ZONE (L-R) Linda Church (Sapphire Society) pinned San Diego’s newest Sapphire Society member Cheryl Rattner Price at the Love of Israel Brunch. front row) Dr. President’s Society) to discuss the opening of the new AMHSI campus in the Negev. (L-R) Jack Selevan (World Chairman’s Council). Bernie Lubin at the Naples Tree of Life™ dinner held at the Twin Eagles Golf & Country Club. Bond. at the Tampa Bay Tree of Life™ award dinner. San Diego Board President Myra Fleischer and Charlie Fleischer (Century Council. past award recipients. Sapphire Society) at Tampa Bay’s Tree of Life™ dinner. Grayson. Sapphire Society). Linda Stein. Craig Deligdish (Herzl Society). (L-R) Ron Kriss (Herzl Society) and Givatiim Fire Chief Boaz Rakia at a MiamiDade cocktail reception. JNF Chief Development Officer Rick Krosnick. (L-R) Gideon Shavit. where both of their fathers have been honored. (L-R) JNF San Diego Campaign Executive Ezra Erle. Tree of Life™ award recipients Hank and Nancy Greenberg (President’s Society) and Honorable Norman Krivosha (center) at the Naples Tree of Life™ award dinner. visited Alisa and Ernie Kretzmer of Sarasota (Century Council. Northern Florida Director.   FLORIDA ZONE 27 JNF. Sol Brotman. (L-R. Century Council) at Ammunition Hill in Israel. Tree of Life™ award recipient Marshall Chernin (Century Council. and Russell Selevan (World Chairman’s Council) performed hamotzi at the Jacksonville Tree of Life™ award dinner.

President’s Society) at the Westchester Guardian of Israel reception. Mark (Negev Society) and Lily—at a lunch hosted by Mark and Caryn in Orlando for the JNF National Conference. (L-R) JNF Orlando President Jim Riola (Century Council. Mark Pinchevsky. Sapphire Society). guest speaker Ellen Reisel of the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center. standing) JNF Florida Executive Director Glen Schwartz and Chief Planned Giving Officer Matt Bernstein at a gift annuity thank you brunch at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Marty Kaplan. (L-R) Hank and Ruth Margules (Herzl Society) with JNF National Spokesman Hal Linden during a “standing room only” parlor meeting in their Wellington home. Sapphire Society) at a Moms for Israel meeting hosted by Jan in Boca Raton. seated) Irving Zeller (Century Council. Florence Soble (Century Council. and Doctors for Israel Chair Dr. co-founder and supervising psychologist at the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center in Israel. Negev Society). Shari Yudenfreund-Sujka at the Tree of Life™ award dinner in Orlando. President’s Society) and Lila Lutz. (L-R) Monica Kramer. Addison Shuster (Herzl Society) at the Bayonne Golf Invitational. 28 JNF. Yudenfreund-Sujka in Orlando. Ellen Reisel.  FLORIDA ZONE JNF’S MAJOR DONORS (L-R) JNF CEO Russell Robinson with three generations of the Israel Family—Brandon. (L-R) Ruth Raisfeld (Herzl Society). and Michael Wechsler (Century Council. Eve Pinchevsky. Herzl Society) at a gift annuity thank you brunch at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. (L-R) JNF CEO Russell Robinson with Rita and Charles Salfeld (Century Council. Ada Pinchevsky. President’s Society). (L-R) Dr. . and Josepha Kaplan during Eve’s bat mitzvah trip to Israel. and Israel Advocacy & Education Chair Cantor Elaine Shapiro (President’s Society. (L-R. (L-R) Guardian of Israel honoree Bob Friedland (Century Council. Shirley and Martin Amdur (President’s Society) with JNF CEO Russell Robinson (center) at the Westchester Guardian of Israel reception. (L-R) Zevi Kahanov. Judith Edelman ( Sapphire Society) and JNF Broward/Palm Beach Regional Director Laura Sherry at a major donor thank you event at Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach. Herzl Society) and his wife Sheila Friedland with JNF CEO Russell Robinson at the Westchester Guardian of Israel reception. Deborah Riegel (President’s Society). (L-R) Laura Sherry. Jeremy Halpern (Century Council. Caryn (Negev Society). JNF Director of the Broward/Palm Beach Region. (L-R) Jill Riola (Circle of Sapphire) pinned the newest member of the Sapphire Society. Sapphire Society). Sapphire Society) and Stephen Soble (Century Council. Shari Yudenfreund-Sujka at a Doctors For Israel event hosted by Dr. JNF National Spokesman Hal Linden. and Ari Wise (Herzl Society) at the Bayonne Golf Invitational. Negev Society). Campaign Consultant Lois Tannenbaum. Herzl Society. Sy (Century Council. President’s Society) at a special breakfast event at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton.org   GREATER NEW YORK ZONE (L-R) Ira Steinberg (Herzl Society). Carolyn Pinchevsky (President’s Society. President’s Society) at a JNF breakfast event held at the Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton. Melissa Lieberman. Matt Lieberman. Todd Pinchevsky. (L-R. and Bunny Aronson (Sapphire Society) at an event at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Negev Society). (L-R) Jan Silverman (Sapphire Society). National Director of the JNF Parsons Water Fund. Debra (Century Council. and Irving Wiseman (Century Council. and Arthur Adler (President’s Society) at the inaugural Lawyers for Israel event in New York City. Dr. Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center Jeff Gewirtz. (L-R) Lee Aronson (Century Council.

National Board member and National Community Campaign Chairman. Lawyers for Israel Atlanta chair. Stuart Berkley (Century Council. (L-R.  LOS ANGELES ZONE (L-R) Alan Weissman. Doug and Felice Williams (Herzl Society).   MID-ATLANTIC ZONE Tree of Life™ award recipient Dr. 29 JNF. Perry Brickman. JNFuture Co-Chair Danielle Traub. Circle of Sapphire). Joe Hess (Century Council).C. (Herzl Society). Larry Abramson. Sapphire Society). President’s Society) engaged new members at a JNFuture event in Washington. with his wife Rosanne and son Aaron. (L-R) Ruth Pomeranz. (L-R) JNFuture board member Evan Hoffman. (L-R) Sam and Cheryn Delug (World Chairman’s Council. Melinda Wolf enjoyed JNF’s Sunshine Mission to Israel. Kim Miller (Century Council. Negev Society.C. Sapphire Society). former Israel Emissary Talia Tzour. and Ronnie Porat. President’s Society). at the 9th annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast in Atlanta. Ken Stein and Gladys Hirsch (Century Council) at the 9th annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast in Atlanta. (L-R) Alan E. seated) Carole Bolotin (Century Council. Allen and Marilyn Golden (Century Council. Negev Society) and Adam Belfer at JNFuture’s fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. recipients of the Cantor Isaac and Betty Goodfriend Community Service award. President’s Society. Donna Rosenthal. President’s Society. Robin Muer. Mechal Perl Antebi (Herzl Society). and JNF CEO Russell Robinson at the Westchester Guardian of Israel reception. Michael Miller (Century Council). (L-R. Roy Stillman. President’s Society). Ken Stein. Doryne Davis. Alyse Golden Berkley (Century Council. JNF CEO Russell Robinson. Bill Miller (Century Council. Morry Waksberg (Herzl Society) attended a Los Angeles major donor reception hosted by Sam and Cheryn Delug. Guardian of Israel honoree Bob Friedland (Century Council. Lubel. Shirley and Dr. D. Dr. Circle of Sapphire. Debbie Muer. (L-R. Mitch Berliner. MD. Herzl Society). MD. D.org (L-R) Alan Abramson (Century Council. Natalie Berkley. Participants on JNF’s Road to Jerusalem Mission at a post-trip get together in Los Angeles. Bill Travis. Michelle Bolotin (Sapphire Society). Sapphire Society) visited Aleh Negev and surveyed the landscaping supported by the Sapphire Society. and David Birnbrey (Herzl Society) at the 9th annual Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast in Atlanta. and Myrtle Sitowitz (Sapphire Society). and Neil Freedman enjoyed a day of golf at the 22nd annual Golf and Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament in Los Angeles. Larry Frankel (President’s Society). author of the award-winning book The Israelis. Jill Janowski (Herzl Society). and Dr. Ken Krupsky (President’s Society).   SOUTHERN ZONE JNF’S MAJOR DONORS Matthew Herman (Herzl Society) and Jing Wang (President’s Society) at JNFuture’s fifth annual Shabbat in the Park. David Frank (Century Council. Negev Society). (L-R) Evelyn Berkowitz of Houston (Sapphire Society) and Dr. Orly Sitowitz. Israel Emissary to the Southeast.C. Matt Schenker. (L-R) Mechal Perl Antebi (Herzl Society). . Herb Bennett (Century Council) celebrated his birthday with a Blue Box presentation at the JCC in Dallas with JNF Campaign Executive Julie Malin. Steve Winston. Gladys Hirsch (Century Council). Washington D. (L-R) Bruce Gould (World Chairman’s Council. Gary Lieber of Rockville. Northern New Jersey Regional Director Jocelyn Inglis. Deborah Riegel of New York City (President’s Society. back row) Pam and Mitch Kreitenberg. proudly displayed the fire truck recently donated by the Mid-Atlantic region. and Baruch Fellner (Century Council. Sapphire Society Co-Chair Gail Kushner (Sapphire Society). and Sapphire Society Co-chair Debra Moser (Sapphire Society) in Potomac. President’s Society). center row) Debbie Minas. and Chef Galit Aboodi at the Northern New Jersey “Healthy Shavuot” cooking demonstration and dinner. Consul General of Israel to the Southeast Opher Aviran. Negev Society). Negev Society) Karen Berko-Gibson (Sapphire Society).

Barb. Sapphire Society) and Dr. guest speaker Yishai Fleisher. (L-R) Rabbi Lewis Kamrass. Dabrow (Century Council). Century Council). Delaware. President’s Society) at the Cincinnati annual breakfast. Melinda Wolf (Century Council) proudly pinned newly inducted Sapphire Society member Joan Goodman. Marc Felgoise (Century Council). is a Sapphire) at the annual JNF breakfast. following a JNF Lawyers for Israel event. President’s Society) at a recruitment event for the upcoming Culinary and Wine Mission to Israel. Nina Paul (Century Council. (L-R) Circle of Sapphire Society member Dr. Suzie Levene. and National Vice President Alan E. Robinson. (L-R) Peter Seckel (Negev Society). Kate Shelter (Sapphire Society) visited JNF’s Pipes Bridge in Be’er Sheva on a private tour with friends. and Wisconsin Regional Director Sidney Rivkin at the “Summer Happening” event to inaugurate the Wisconsin region’s annual campaign. Century Council). featured speaker Mary Relles (Sapphire Society). Sonia Diamond. and National Vice President Alan E. World Chairman’s Council. Andrew Solomon (President’s Society). Irving Taylor (World Chairman’s Council. Nancy Seff. JNF CEO Russell F. Morton Mower and National Circle of Sapphire Chair Dr. with Southern Ohio Regional President Ron Solomon (wife. President’s Society) (right) joined new Sapphire Society member Eileen Kushner from Long Grove. Yael Septee Kane (Sapphire Society). Graham at the Cincinnati annual breakfast. Louise Dabrow (Sapphire Society. President’s Society) and Dr. Negev Society). (L-R): Moms for Israel reception co-chair Marisa Mandrea (Sapphire Society). Louis breakfast. Andy Rubenstein (Century Council. Toby Mower (Sapphire Society. (L-R) Larry Kane. Larry Amsterdam (Herzl Society. Negev Society. (L-R) Herzl Society members Ron and Orly Shalem and Brett and Suzie Tiplitz at a donor appreciation event. and reception co-chair Lori Abrams at an event following the Chicago annual breakfast. and Joseph Wolfson (President’s Society) enjoyed a Tree of Life™ dinner in Philadelphia. The Chicago Annual Breakfast was followed by a reception for the Moms for Israel. Phillip Brodie (President’s Society). Herzl Society). Mid-Atlantic Zone Major Gifts Chair Ellen Rosenberg (Sapphire Society). (L-R) Yoni Raab. (L-R) Delaware President Joel Friedlander (President’s Society). Jeffrey Schwartz (President’s Society). (L-R) JNF National President Stanley Chesley (World Chairman’s Council. guest speaker Yishai Fleisher. Negev Society) at a fundraiser for the Central Arava Medical Center. Dabrow (Century Council). Negev Society) at a Baltimore breakfast event. and Dr. Major Gifts Chair Ellen Rosenberg (President’s Society. Middle East columnist and commentator Micah Halpern. Kate Shelter. Erika Schon. JNF CEO Russell F. guest speaker David Chudnow (World Chairman’s Council. JNF Director of Fundraising Technology Isaac Heger. Lisa Ring (President’s Society).   NORTHEAST ZONE (L-R) Mark Rattner (Century Council. The Event of the Year.   MIDWEST ZONE 30 JNF. (L-R) Gary Kushner (Herzl Society. (L-R) Doran Young (Herzl Society).org JNF Chief Development Officer Rick Krosnick (left) and Susan Sachs (Sapphire Society. (L-R) Eva Schlanger (Sapphire Society. at a Tree of Life™ dinner in Philadelphia. and Evelyn Spritz (Sapphire Society) at a Moms for Israel event in Southern New Jersey. President’s Society) and Andrew Solomon (President’s Society) at the annual Central New Jersey Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament. (L-R) Rick Marcus. JNF Parsons Water Fund Chair Dr. President’s Society). (L-R) Guest speaker Yishai Fleisher and event co-chair Joe Sameh (Herzl Society) at the annual Chicago breakfast held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Former Tree of Life™ Award recipients Dick Weiland (Herzl Society) and John Barrett (Century Council. and Northeast Executive Director Joel Leibowitz at the annual Central New Jersey Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament. . Anchor. Greg Storch (President’s Society) at the St. (L-R) Dr. Sapphire Society) and Father Michael J. Selma Zeiger (Sapphire Society). Robinson. and National Campaign Director Diane Scar at a Women for Israel meeting. Board Co-President Rusti Moffic (Sapphire Society). Board Co-President Enid Bootzin Berkovits. Leon Begleiter proudly displayed his most recent JNF plaques in his apartment in Wilmington. and Steve Squires (Herzl Society) at the annual Central New Jersey Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament. and Delaware board member Russell Silberglied. at a Tree of Life™ dinner in Philadelphia.  MID-ATLANTIC ZONE JNF’S MAJOR DONORS Baltimore Sapphire Society members Shelly Malis. (L-R) Gene Epstein (Century Council). Illinois as she was pinned during a family trip to Israel.

it’s obvious that we continue to SESSION December 2012 January 2013 April 2013 Summer 1 2013 Summer 2 2013 DEPART November 27 January 22 April 9 June 18 June 26 RETURN January 22. JNF CEO. Only available for certain communities in North America. 2012. as enrollment continues to increase for next semester’s session! Hanassi Youth Village gathered to celebrate AMHSI’s 40th anniversary and the opening of our new Negev campus at Eshel Hanassi. gain valuable skills and independence that will prepare you for college. Europe. In January. builds. board members and students from Eshel UPCOMING SESSIONS ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL AMHSI promotes.org/programs#motl 31 JNF. dignitaries.5980 or visit amhsi. . the “birthplace” of AMHSI. mock army training. academic. the new four-month program develops a deeper exposure to. Israel. spoke about the importance of AMHSI’s unique mission. we can ensure the next 40 years of AMHSI and Jewish continuity! n More than double the length of the traditional AMHSI session. Dershowitz of Harvard University Law School spoke about the importance of AMHSI. alumni. It is only fitting that the 40th anniversary kickoff event took place in Miami. the full semester session builds upon the core AMHSI curriculum.org FIRST FULL-SEMESTER PROGRAM UNDERWAY The inaugural session of the full semester program at AMHSI is underway and already a success. Israeli Ambassador to the U.org/semester PARTNER PROGRAM WITH MARCH OF THE LIVING AMHSI has partnered with March of the Living to launch a new combined program. The program. org/artvoucher. call 800. and Virginia are invited to “brunch and conversation” with Sally Oren. karaoke. and Australia. Alumni shared their AMHSI experiences. alumnus and local advisory board chair.December 27 For more information. It was a memorable evening. Call 800. Maryland.org its 40th anniversary this year! For nearly half a century. Since its founding in 1972.000 students. They will then travel to Israel where their understanding of the history of Jews and Israel will be enhanced through AMHSI’s renowned curriculum and educational experiences. While celebrating the past 40 years. Experience history.327. and strengthens lifelong bonds between youth and Israel through the study of the history and culture of the people of Israel. available at amhsi. All funds raised in honor of the 40th anniversary help provide scholarships and enable more students to benefit from the renowned AMHSI experience. and connection with. a joint JNF/AMHSI initiative at Eshel Hanassi Youth Village. visit amhsi. and a four-day hike across the country from “sea to sea. AMHSI is an international organization educating students from all over North America. AMHSI staff. To learn more. and Mark Ziffer.5980 or visit amhsi. the dedication to ensure the next 40 years of this transformative study abroad program is apparent through the support and enthusiasm of all AMHSI alumni and supporters. How many other gifts can last a lifetime?” Together. will cost considerably less than doing both programs separately. the State of Israel. wife of Michael Oren. Israel.org or call 800. Co-chairs of the 40th anniversary Joel Reinstein and Hannan Lis said: “After you hear the excitement and passion directly from alumni and the impact that High School in Israel has had. In October.5980. food. a connection to. and also includes additional features such as Hebrew classes. face painting.000 alumni later. the Miami-Dade community sent the first session of students. Forty years ago.” This summer. On July 5th. and philanthropists traveled from across the country and around the world to celebrate. and love for. Owners of the Blue Gallery have generously offered to donate a portion of all future purchases to AMHSI with a voucher. achieve our goal – providing a path to Jewish identity. visit amhsi. Chairman of the Board Stephen Muss said: “We are giving education. the students. In May. with music. dancing. 2013 March 19 June 4 July 30 August 7 Eight-week and six-week sessions available.327. where Russell Robinson. and the connection between the two.S. all while having an incredible and fun time! Sign up today for an upcoming semester abroad. 2013. where students will learn about the Holocaust and the history of Jews in Poland. and tours of the campus. board members. AMHSI alumni and friends were invited to a fundraising event at Blue Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.ALEXANDER MUSS HIGH SCHOOL IN ISRAEL Celebrating 40 Years and Ensuring the Next 40 AMHSI IS PROUD TO BE CELEBRATING from a 17-year-old who had just attended last summer to a rabbi who. Keynote speaker Professor Alan M. enabling high school juniors and seniors to participate in both programs in one eight-week session. alumni and friends in the Greater Washington area of DC. continuing with the AMHSI educational methodology of learning on-site where history took place. For more information.” from the Galilee to the Mediterranean. a record-breaking 200-plus students attended AMHSI programs. registration deadline November 30. Renowned Israeli artist David Schluss’ amazing artwork was showcased and guests had the opportunity to meet the artist himself. building identity – things that shape a person’s life and stay with them forever. AMHSI is a premier academic experience in Israel that prepares students for college and beyond. The semester also includes a week in Poland to study about the Holocaust. AMHSI has educated teenagers—connecting them to Israel and helping them explore their heritage and discover their identity. taking place April 3 – May 27.327. Spring 2013—January 27 . more than 20. AMHSI has successfully impacted over 20. still credits many of her personal. and professional accomplishments to her AMHSI experience. Based at the new campus in the Negev.May 31 Fall 2013—August 25 . The journey begins in Poland. 23 years after attending.

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