$100 Million JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center Opens
Largest Estate Donation in JNF’s History Comes at Crucial Time As Anti-Semitism & Anti-Israel Sentiment Grow Stronger; Partnerships to be Created to Promote Israel and Zionist Programs
June 12, 2015
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
$100 MILLION JNF BORUCHIN ISRAEL EDUCATION ADVOCACY CENTER OPENS
Largest Estate Donation in JNF’s History Comes at Crucial Time
As Anti-Semitism & Anti-Israel Sentiment Grow Stronger;
Partnerships to be Created to Promote Israel and Zionist Programs
New York, NY: June 12, 2015 – Jewish National Fund (JNF) today announced that it has created the new $100 million JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center to focus on Israel and Zionist educational programming, designed to be one of the most powerful new initiatives in the Jewish world.
The JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center will concentrate its resources on advocating for Israel, Israel education in the Diaspora, and countering the BDS movement, all with the goal of strengthening the connection of all Americans, now and in the future, to the land and people of Israel. The center, administered within JNF, was created as a result of an estate gift of the late John and Dora Boruchin of California. No previous bequest has ever funded such a bold initiative to promote and develop Zionist education on this magnitude.
“John and Dora Boruchin saw that their lifelong commitment to Israel and the Jewish people would continue through their bequest to JNF,” said Mike Lederman, chairman of the JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center. “The Boruchins wanted JNF to undertake bold initiatives connecting Jewish youth to Zionism and advocating for the Jewish state. The Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center is their living legacy and their gift comes at a critical period in history as Israel and world Jewry face serious challenges with rising anti-Israel sentiment and anti-Semitism. This center is needed now more than ever.”
The JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center, managed by a committee appointed by JNF President Jeffrey E. Levine and approved by JNF’s Board of Directors, will function within the JNF structure. It will fund new innovative projects in partnership with individuals, foundations, and other non-profit and non-governmental organizations based on their commitments to match funds on a multi-year basis.
Initial funding comes from a $100 million distribution from the Boruchin Family Estate and additional fundraising for the JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center will be coordinated by JNF.
The JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center will have the flexibility to evaluate and fund appropriate non-JNF programs, as well as enhance the current dynamic JNF Zionist Advocacy and Education programs:
Young Adult Programs
Israel Education & Advocacy
John Boruchin was born in Poland and met his wife Dora in Russia after World War II. While most of John’s family perished in the Holocaust, Dora’s immediate family survived, and now live mainly in Canada and the United States, and remain active supporters of Israel and Jewish National Fund. John and Dora came to the States and he slowly made his fortune in real estate, eventually becoming one of the largest tract home builders in California. Both are survived by their son, Isak. The Boruchin’s love and passion for Israel and Zionism has led their goal to connect young people to Israel and their Jewish roots through JNF.
For further information about the JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center and to request a partnership opportunity, please contact JNF at email@example.com.
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