JNF Secretary ; Northeast Zone president; Makor Emeritus
Travels from New York, New York
Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.
Topics:JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel
Geri Shatz is the former chair of the Sapphire Society as well as a former president of Jewish National Fund’s Bucks County region. The daughter of Holocaust escapees who each fled Vienna as a teenager and made a new life in the United States, commitment to democracy and the mitzvot of tzedakah and tikkum olam continues to form the ethos of her home.
Geri was president of Congregation Kol Emet, a Reconstructionist synagogue, and now chairs its endowment. She has also served on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Bucks County Region for many years, as well as on the board of Israel Bonds.
A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in art history, Geri is the author of Concepts of the Bauhaus. Following a change in career accomplished with a degree in accounting and finance from the College of New Jersey, her accounting work specializes in the needs of the oldest old. She also serves in an advisory capacity to two lifecare communities in Bucks County.
Geri has three adult sons and lives in New York.
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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.