JNF Makor Member; President, Northern New Jersey Board; Assistant Secretary, JNF Board of Directors
Travels from Northern New Jersey
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Topics:JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel
Ben Gutmann became active in JNF after participating in a JNF mission in 2003 and seeing firsthand all of the good work done by JNF. Always interested in and passionate about Israel as he has many relatives living there, as a child, he heard stories about his family living in Jerusalem and other places throughout the country.
Ben's involvement with JNF grew; he became a member of JNF's Northern New Jersey Board and in 2009 became Board President. In 2010 Ben was invited to be a member of Makor.
Ben is owner and CEO of BassTech International, a worldwide distributor of raw materials including chemicals, plastics and synthetic rubbers. He travels extensively because of the international nature of his business and visits his offices in China, India and Europe.
Ben is married to Susan and they have two married sons who reside in New York City.
Because of Ben's deep commitment to Israel, he and Susan recently donated a park through JNF dedicated to the children of Nofei Prat. The park was built in memory of Ben's grandparents who perished during the Holocaust in Auschwitz in 1943.
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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.