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Joel L. Leibowitz

JNF Major Gifts Director, Greater New York

Travels from New Jersey

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Joel L. Leibowitz has more than three decades of Jewish philanthropy experience and currently serves as Major Gifts Director, Greater New York, for JNF. An attorney, Joel has a strong background in solicitation and a long history in Jewish communal affairs, both as a lay leader and as a professional. Joel has conducted solicitor training seminars in more than 120 communities in the United States, as well as in Australia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Israel. He has developed training seminars and videos, conducted solicitation training seminars for the professional staffs of Jewish Federations, JNF, The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the World Zionist Organization, and the National Ramah Commission. Joel was appointed by the Governor to the New Jersey-Israel Commission and has served as a member of U.J.A. National Young Leadership Cabinet. Joel is especially talented at incorporating campaign concepts into special events, doing face-to-face solicitation and motivating staff and volunteers, and has lead more than 50 missions to Israel.

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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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