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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 has been an active lay leader with Jewish National Fund and currently serves as a board member on the Central New Jersey Board and as a leader in the Makor Speakers Bureau Division. She is a passionate Zionist, with a powerful love for Israel—its land and its people.

Ms. Bortniker is an attorney in New Jersey and New York and an artist, who has had solo exhibitions in Jerusalem and Rehovot, Israel, as well as throughout the Northeastern United States.

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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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