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Larry Frankel

JNF Westchester Board Member and Makor Emeritus

Travels from New York, New York

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Positively Israel, JNF's Work in Israel


Larry is actively involved in the Jewish Community. He serves as President of Jewish National Fund’s Westchester/Fairfield /Rockland County Board, and has been a Makor member for eight years. Larry also sits on the Executive Committee of the Westchester Jewish Council, serving as its Treasurer; is a Trustee and founding member of Congregation Sulam Yaakov in Larchmont, N.Y, and is an active member of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City.

A long-time resident of Westchester, Larry comes from a conservative and traditional Jewish background. His family was very active in Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle. He feels he was strongly influenced by this synagogue, its leadership and his grandparents.

Larry’s first trip to Israel was 27 years ago. Eleven years ago he returned there with three of his five children. He first became involved with JNF by participating in a water reservoir project through JNF’s Essence of Life Campaign. He now returns to Israel at least once a year with a JNF mission to view the many projects JNF is involved in.

Larry is married to Elisa Schindler Frankel, who serves as National Director of JNF’s Women’s Campaign for Israel. The couple lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition to the passion they share for JNF, Israel and Tikkun Olam, they enjoy spending time with their respective families including Larry’s five children, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren as well as with Lisa’s mother, four siblings, their respective spouses and her twelve nieces and nephews.

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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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