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Barbara Bortniker

JNF Makor Member; JNF Board of Central New Jersey; Chair, General Campaign

Travels from Central New Jersey

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Free Makor Speakers, Positively Israel


Barbara Israel Bortniker is an attorney, graduate of Columbia Law School, and a member of the Bar in NJ and NY.  She is also an artist, and she earned an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art.  Barbara is a passionate Zionist, with a love of Israel, its land and its people.  Last year she had two solo exhibits of her paintings in Israel, one hosted by the City of Jerusalem, followed by an exhibit at the Minkov Museum in Rehovot, hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites. Her recent paintings can be viewed at

Barbara has been an active lay leader with JNF, among other leadership positions in various other Jewish organizations.  She is currently a member of JNF's Makor Division, the JNF Speakers Bureau, Central NJ-JNF Board and local General Campaign Chairperson.

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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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