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Lori Rubin Dekalo

JNF Makor Member; Chair, Women for Israel; National Co-Chair for Chai Society, Women for Israel; Co-Chair of Communications, Go North Task Force; Chair, Tree of Life, 2015

Travels from Chicago, Illinois

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Free Makor Speakers, Positively Israel


She is also Chair of the 2015 Tree of Life Gala for National Conference in Chicago. In addition, she serves on the National Conference Planning and Recruitment committee, Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Directors, social media, and has co-chaired the last 3 out of 4 Community breakfasts.  Lori has hosted numerous parlor meetings and events over the last number of years including those for Major Gifts and WFI, and has had the honor of hosting Ido Aharoni, Russell Robinson Noa Geffen, Ezra Ravins and many others in her home. 

Over the last number of years, in addition to the work for JNF, she has also done committee work for Northwestern, AIPAC, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and is also involved with FIDF, Simon Wiesenthal, Tel Aviv University, and Israel Cancer Research Fund amongst others.

After selling the family direct marketing business in 2006, and her delivery business in 2009, she pursued her Masters Degree at Northwestern and graduated in 2011. Professionally she is in the throes of starting a new business.

Lori’s late husband Eytan was Israeli, (having served in the IDF), and being able to travel to Israel every year to visit family and friends really surged her love, passion and admiration of what makes Israel so amazing. Her pride and joy are her 2 fantastic kids, David and Shelly, both of whom are very strong Israel Advocates with a fierce pride of their heritage.

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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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