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Michael Kessler

JNF Makor Member; JNF President, Long Island; Committee Member, JNF GO NORTH

Travels from New York

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Michael Kessler is Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Operations at Levine Builders and Affiliated Entities (LBAE), a New York City real estate development firm. Currently JNF Long Island Board President, he has served on the board for eight years, and been involved with JNF for over 14. Kessler was the mission chair of JNF’s 60th Anniversary trip and is part of its Makor speaker’s bureau. Currently Vice President of Dix Hills Jewish Center, he was previously Treasurer. He served on the Corporate Council of Long Island American Cancer Society’s Board and chaired Hadassah’s West Suffolk Achot’s Associate Board, where he is a Keeper of the Gate. He has chaired dinners, luncheons, and galas for many charities, including JNF, JCRC of New York, Boy Scouts of America, and ORT.

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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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