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Midwest Zone

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Did you know that only 10% of the Jewish population in the U.S. lives in the Midwest but that they generally lead the country in philanthropic giving per capita?

Did you know that the Midwest zone for JNF represents 15%-20% of total giving and that many of JNF’s national leaders hail from the area?

The Midwest’s history with JNF goes back to the very beginning and many of the forests that blanket the land of Israel were planted through funds raised by Midwesterners. Today, our population is no less committed.

Over the past few years, this zone:

  • Took a leadership role in Blueprint Negev by funding projects in two new communities – Givot Bar and Be’er Milka – making them feel like home to the next generation of Israel’s residents.
  • Contributed to the creation of the Be’er Sheva River Park which is revitalizing the capitol of the Negev with the construction of a 1,700 acre riverfront park, an extensive environmental and economic development project.
  • Funded major tourism projects to include Hula Valley in the north and Timna Park in the south as well as other environmental and water projects.
  • Conceived of and spearheaded the Inclusive Parks project which is making all of JNF parks in Israel inclusive so that they offer the same experience to visitors of all ability levels.
  • Was the first to hold a Caravan for Democracy college campus program at Washington University in St Louis.
  • Has terrific participation on missions to Israel
  • Started a JNFuture group for the next generation of leaders

The Midwest zone has regional offices in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Click here to find out more about how you can make a difference in Israel by getting involved with JNF where you live.


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