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Gary Jay Kushner

JNF Makor Member; President, Washington D.C. Area; Co-Chair, General Campaign, Washington D.C.; Past Chair, Lawyers for Israel; Board of Governors

Travels from Bethesda, Maryland

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Gary Kushner is a passionate Zionist who serves as President of Jewish National Fund’s Washington D.C. Board, Chair of the Aleh Negev Board of Governors, and Chair of JNF’s Task Force on Disabilities. He is a former Makor member. As president of the Washington, D.C., Board, he hosted a water summit where more than 200 people learned about how Israel is creating technology that can mitigate the coming global water crisis

Mr. Kushner is also a widely respected lawyer with more than 40 years of experience representing the food industry, where he analyzes federal regulations, and evaluates their impact on food manufacturing and distribution from farm to table. He has contributed to numerous trade publications, and authored or co-authored several books on food safety and labeling regulation.

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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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