JNF President's Society Chair; Boston Region President; JNF Makor Member
Travels from Framingham, Massachusetts
Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.
Topics:Positively Israel, JNF's Work in Israel
Michael Blank is currently serving as the President of the Boston Region, a member of Makor, and is passionate about the land and people of Israel. Michael and his wife, Sapphire Society member Patricia, are proud Century Club Members. They travel frequently to Israel to visit their son Aaron who lives in Tel Aviv. As a lone soldier in Israel, Aaron completed his IDF tour of duty in 2008 in a Nahal combat unit.
After graduating from George Washington University in 1972, Michael went into his family’s printing business which was then sold in 2007. He is a past president of the Printing Industries of New England, and past president of the Graphic Arts Credit Union. Today, he works in real estate management, overseeing his family’s commercial properties in the Boston area which total nearly 300,000 square feet. He is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, a trustee of Rivermoor Realty Trust and a principal of Braintree Street Realty LLC.
Michael is an active volunteer, helping out with his temple’s – Temple Beth Am -- Israel Action Committee and affiliated with the Boston-Haifa connection. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Miller Convertible Fund and a trustee for his hometown soccer league.
Michael continues to take Ulpan after five years to improve his Hebrew language skills, and last year he and his wife Patricia began a two year Meah program to enrich their knowledge of Judaism and Israel. He is a benefactor for the Chabad of Merrimack Valley located outside Boston, and supports the David Project by donating commercial space for their use.
Michael and Patricia live in Framingham, Massachusetts. They have two sons and one daughter. Aaron, who lives in Tel Aviv working toward a Global Entrepreneurial MBA at the IDC in Herzilya; Samuel, who is a junior at Saint Lawrence University currently doing a semester abroad at Tel Aviv University; and Julie, who is an advertising copywriter at RG/A, living and working in Manhattan.
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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.