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Ira Bartfield

JNF National Board Assistant Vice President; Community Campaign Chair, Washington D.C. JNF Board

Travels from Washington D.C.

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


 Ira Bartfield serves on the national board of JNF as assistant vice-president for community and congregational relations. He formerly served as national chairman of the Community Campaign, and chaired the ‘Breakfast with JNF’ program. Ira serves on the Executive Committee of theWashington,DCregional JNF board, and has been active in JNF fundraising projects and programs for several years.

Ira has extensive experience in the Jewish communal world. Currently he serves on the executive committee of the Board of Governors of B’nai B’rith International, and the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington.  Previously, Ira has served as his synagogue’s president, and on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where he served as chair of the Northern Virginian campaign. A long-time board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, he served as chair of its Soviet Jewry committee and Northern Virginia Commission.

Since 1971, Ira recently retired after more than 40 years on the staff of the National Gallery of Art inWashingtonDC, one of the world’s finest art museums. Ira held supervisory positions in the Education and Visual Services departments.

Ira is pleased to be a member of Makor, and is happy to speak to groups and individuals about the many ways we can support JNF’s work and projects inIsrael.

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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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