Water Challenges

In Israel the most precious commodity is water and it is at risk. Find out how you can help.

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Chet Stein

JNF DC Major Gifts Chair and JNF Makor Member

Travels from Washington, D.C.

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


After 35 years,Dr. Chet Stein recently retired from his Periodontal practice in Washington D.C.. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physiology from Cornell University and then went on to obtain his dental degree from Howard University. After graduation Dr. Stein served in the United States Public Health Service, completing an Internship in General Dentistry at the USPHS Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He then served in the United Stated Coast Guard as a dentist. After leaving the Public Health Service, he completed his post doctoral training in Periodontology at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Chet is an active member of multiple dental organizations. He has been President of the Maimonides Dental Society and the Metropolitan D.C. Society of Periodontics.

His honors include election as a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Dr. Stein has also been actively committed to his community. He has served on the Board of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Hillel of Greater Washington, Partner of Jewish Life and Learning and the Treatment and Learning Centers of Montgomery and Frederick Counties and  B'nai Israel Congregation. He also has served as the Dental Divison Chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

In addition to his current involvement as a member of the D.C. JNF Advisory Board, he also is a Board member of the Friends of the Arava Institute. He also serves on the Board of the Hebrew Free Burial Society.

Dr. Stein has been to Israel on many occasions. He has been able to combine his love of Israel, the environment and bird photography through JNF. He has been the Chairman of the JNF Bird Watching and Nature Photography Mission in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Chet is planning to chair a  JNF mission titled "Israel through a Photographic Lens" in early 2015.

He and his wife Rita have been married for 41 years. She shares his love of Israel and the environment. Rita is a member of the Sapphire Society.  Their son, Jonathan, is an environmental attorney. He had the opportunity to study at the Arava Institute, a JNF partner, during his college years.

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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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