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Joel S. Spalter, M.D.

JNF Makor Member; JNF Co-President, Southwest Region; Member, Arava Task Force, Member, Housing Development Fund

Travels from Fayetteville, Arkansas

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.



Joel Spalter received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.D. from New york University. He practiced Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease in Hollywood, Florida for 23 years and has, for the last 13 years taught these subjects in Florida, and now in Arkansas, where he and Irene moved to be closer to two of their children and four of their grandchildren.

Joel and Irene were in Israel during operation Protective Edge, along with a son and daughter-in-law and a grandson who spent six weeks on the Ramah Summer Institute. Joel and Irene went to the Central Arava to show solidarity and to deliver lectures in medicine and the interpretation of medical data (Joel), and special education and parental involvement in special education (Irene).

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Popular Speeches:

JNF's vision expressed in the Central Arava and its relationship to Ebola mitigation

Israel's relationships with its neighbors and JNF's imperative for education


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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