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Mark Rattner

JNF Central NJ President , LFI and Major Gifts Chair and JNF Makor Member

Travels from Morristown, New Jersey

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Positively Israel, JNF's Work in Israel


Mark lives in Morristown, New Jersey with his wife Lenore.  He is an attorney and has practiced with Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP since 1981, focusing on representing lenders in all types of commercial finance transactions.  He is a graduate of Northeastern University and Syracuse University College of Law.

While Mark has long been active in his local Jewish community as treasurer of his synagogue and a supporter of UJA/MetroWest, he has been involved with JNF since 2007.  The connection was sparked by an unlikely event – professional baseball in Israel.  Both of Mark’s sons, David and Eric, were participants in the inaugural (and only) season of the Israel Baseball League, a professional league comprised of six teams which played baseball in Israel during the summer of 2007.  David was in charge of league operations and Eric, at 18, was one of the league’s youngest players.  JNF, through its Project Baseball, partnered with the league in many ways including the development and improvement of the very few baseball fields in Israel.  That JNF would be involved in such an unusual activity impressed Mark greatly and, during his first trip to Israel during the summer of 2007, Mark visited several JNF sponsored projects.

While the baseball league did not survive, Mark’s connection to JNF did.  He has been a member of the Central New Jersey JNF Board since 2008 and became a member of Makor in 2009.  Since his first Israel trip in 2007, Mark has visited Israel several more times.  He was on the JNF’s President’s Council Mission in 2008, the Makor Mission in 2010 and served as JNF’s emissary at the dedication of the JNF financed baseball field in Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv during the Maccabiah Games in July, 2009.  Each visit allowed Mark to more fully appreciate and understand the scope of JNF’s tremendous work in Israel.

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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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