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Boston Guardian of Israel Award Brunch

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September 21, 2014 10:00 am

Horticultural Center at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Jewish National Fund
Friends of the Arava Institute 
Invite you to the 
Boston Guardian of Israel Award Brunch

Honoring David Eisenberg
David Eisenberg is a member of JNF’s New England Executive Board of Directors, a proud Herzl Society member and Vice Chair of the Arava Institute & Hazon Israel Ride. Professionally, David oversees investment consulting services to US wealth management providers as a partner at Mercer Investments. David and his wife, Fran Caplan, have been active members at Temple Aliyah of Needham since 1984, where he currently serves on the Board. Their children Adam, Benji, Sara, and Josh, all proud graduates of Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School and Prozdor, each became a B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Aliyah, and in 2007, David also celebrated his Bar Mitzvah there. 

David was introduced to JNF in 1983, when his stepfather, Rabbi Morris Gordon z”l, was honored at a JNF dinner in Washington, DC. The Rabbi Morris and Lori Gordon JNF Forest, planted in their honor, is located in Bar Giora, Israel. David first joined Team JNF on the Arava Institute & Hazon Israel Ride in 2005 and will participate for the ninth time this November. David is also a 12-time Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) rider and is Captain of PMC Team ASPS (Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma).

David is beloved for his dedication to Israel, his inspiring journey back to health and his professional accomplishments. He is a proud member of JNF’s Executive Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Israel Ride, Team JNF Captain and Friends of the Arava Institute Trustee.


The Guardian of Israel Award is a humanitarian honor given in recognition of outstanding community involvement and dedication to the preservation of the environment.

Through your generosity, proceeds from our event will enable the construction of an outdoor classroom in memory of David’s nephew, Guy Bar-Yosef, at The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a Jewish National Fund partner.

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a world-class teaching and research center that offers a unique approach to studying the environmental challenges of the Middle East. Working with leading professionals, academics, and researchers, students explore a range of environmental issues from a trans-boundary and interdisciplinary perspective while learning peace-building and leadership skills. The Arava Institute offers academic programs, research, and international cooperation initiatives on a range of environmental concerns and challenges, and prepares the students to make real improvements in their home communities in disciplines including policy, law, ethics, and economics.

Located on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel’s Arava Valley, the idea that nature knows no political borders is more than a belief. It is a fact, a curriculum, and a way of life. With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and people from countries throughout the world, the Arava Institute provides students with the rare opportunity to live and learn together - allowing them to build networks and develop trust, understanding, and friendships that will enable future cooperative work and activism in the Middle East and beyond.

Jewish National Fund’s partnership with the Arava Institute provides student scholarships and supports the creation of new dormitories, classrooms, and other facilities on the state-of-the-art campus. In addition, a group of JNF cyclists participate in the Israel Ride, an annual bike ride to raise money for the Arava Institute.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact New England Director Sara Hefez at or 617.423.0999 x811.

Brunch Chairs
Howie Rodenstein • Paula Reckess
Brunch Committee
Michael Blank • Lester Blumberg • Larry Cohen • Barry & Judith Freedman Caplan • Fran Caplan • Frank Chudnow • Robert Cohan • Jeffrey Davis • Steven Drysdale • Judi Elovitz Greenberg • Amy Goldman • Lori Gordon • Ed Hershfield • Michael Marcus • Bruce Stanger • Judith Sydney
Founding Platinum Sponsor
Lori Heyman Gordon
Gold Sponsors
The Caplan & Eisenberg Family, Fran & David, Adam & Michelle, Benji - Sara - Josh • Frank Chudnow
Silver Sponsors
Matt Brown • Aaron and Julia Frank • Howard Metzenberg • Miriam Newman & Michael Pinnolis • Paula & Azzy Reckess • Howie & Susie Rodenstein
Bronze Sponsors
Daniel Caine • Shira, Katie & Harvey Cohen • Lisa Hicks & Jonathan Eisenberg • Glenn & Alisa Levine
Corporate Sponsors
Steve, Bunny & Lee Aronson, Aronson Insurance • Lawrence Cohen, Nixon Peabody LLP • Jeffrey Davis & Jonathan Freedman, Mage LLC • Claudia Fine, SeniorBridge • Scott Levy, Grant Thorton LLP • Yadira & Todd Patkin • Frederick Young, BNY Mellon Wealth Management


Contact the New England Region:

Serving: The New England Region

77 Franklin Street, Suite 514, Boston, MA
[p] (617) 423-0999

Sara Hefez, Director, New England & The Capital District
Rami Hazan, JNF-KKL Emissary to New England
Josh Tolub, Senior Campaign Executive


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