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Marc Kelman

JNF VP, Campaign and JNF Makor Member

Travels from Phoenix, AZ

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Positively Israel, JNF's Work in Israel


Marc Kelman is an active member of the Jewish community of Phoenix, AZ. Past President of the Arizona region, he also served on the Board of Directors for Israel Bonds, on the Terros Behavioral Health Services Board of Directors, on the Greater Phoenix Jewish Federation Board of Directors, on the Jewish Federation Men’s National Young Leadership Cabinet, Greater Phoenix Jewish Community Center Board of Directors, on the Hillel Board of Directors and was a recipient of the Young Leadership Award from Jewish Federation in 1984.

In 1998 he sold the chain of full service car washes he started in 1975 and began investing in commercial real estate.

A graduate of the University of Tampa, Marc is married to Ellen, a psychologist in private practice. They have two children, Scott and Stephanie.

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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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