JNF Asst VP of Community Relations and JNF Makor Member
Travels from New York
Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.
Topics:JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel
Ken's love and commitment to Israel began in 1970, as a student at the University of Tel Aviv, where he spent his junior year of college. Ken has visited Israel several times since that first experience and he has never returned without feeling the same love for the country and people.
Ken's Jewish community involvement began shortly after graduating from Law School, when he returned to Albany with his wife, Nancie. He became active in the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, holding several leadership positions, including President, General Campaign Chair, and most recently, Chairman of its Community Endowment Fund. During his earlier years of involvement with the Federation, Ken became a member of the United Jewish Appeal's Young Men's Cabinet.
He is currently Chairman of the Israel Bonds Cabinet for upstate New York and has attended several of its missions to Israel.
Recently Ken became involved with JNF in an effort to help revive its presence in Northeastern New York, after not having a presence in that region for over 14 years. Ken successfully chaired a dinner attended by almost 350 people which not only raised significant dollars, but also increased awareness about JNF. Since the event, the community is looking forward to more JNF programs and events. Today he serves as President, Capital District.
Being a strong supporter of Jewish education, Ken was also active in the Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy while his two daughters, Julie and Amie, attended the school. There he held several leadership positions, including becoming its President. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Daughter's of Sarah Nursing Foundation and his synagogue, Temple Israel of Albany. At Temple Israel, Ken chaired a successful capital campaign to increase its Endowment Fund.
On a local community level, Ken is a member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of Seton Health Care Services, a multifaceted health care organization operating St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, New York, along with 20 offsite locations in upstate New York's Capital District, and a nursing home.
Kenneth Segel is an attorney who, while practicing law, specialized in the areas of employee benefit planning, commercial and corporate law and taxation. Today he is a Principal of Schuyler Companies, a commercial real estate developer specializing in developing and owning retail shopping centers throughout New York State and New England.
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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.