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Ariel Kotler

JNF Israel Operations Development Officer

Travels from Israel

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Ariel Kotler is the development officer for Jewish National Fund in Israel.

He was born and raised in Jerusalem, the son of parents from the tri-state area who made aliya in 1978. Ariel grew up like all Israeli children and joined the army when he turned 18, serving two tours of duty in Lebanon during Israel’s return to the international border.  He also studied to be a medic, completed the intensive officer’s training, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Intelligence Infantry, and later became the instructor for the officer’s course. 

Right before he was to conclude his army service, Ariel participated in a five-day educational mission to Poland along with 120 other IDF officers and a Holocaust survivor.  There he saw the ghettos, concentration camps and graveyards of a country once rich with Jewry, whereupon he realized that his time serving the Jewish homeland was not over.

As someone who unfortunately attended 10 funerals before the age of 20 and knows the anguish and pain of terror and war, Ariel is honored to be part of an organization that is doing such important work for Israel.

Ariel is married to Ranit and together they have four children, Chaim (7), Ayelet (5), Eitan (3) and Moria (1). After living in NJ for eight years, in the summer of 2009 Ariel and his family returned to live in Israel permanently.

Ariel is available to speak about the current situation in Israel, the work that Jewish National Fund has done over the past 110 years, and how together we are securing a better future for the people and the land of Israel.

Download a prepared introduction for Ariel Kotler


Makor (Hebrew for “source”) is a specially-trained cadre of highly-involved Jewish National Fund volunteers. Our primary role is to support the core functions of JNF by direct fundraising. Thus, we identify prospective donors, conduct direct solicitations in our own communities and around the United States and assist in educating the public about the JNF and its projects.

Makor also serves as a source for lay leadership. We are leaders in our own communities, and provide training and inspiration for other community leaders on solicitation techniques, board development and outreach and on the work of the JNF. Makor members also assume JNF leadership positions on a national level.

We are proud leaders who are committed to the mission of the JNF, the caretaker of the land of Israel forever. In addition, Makor is a source of innovation within the JNF. Our diverse backgrounds, coupled with our common commitment, foster a free-flow of ideas to keep JNF as relevant and productive as possible.

Makor members travel to Israel each year to study JNF projects and programs in depth, and bring their insights and experiences to you. Members speak at no charge.


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