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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 serves as President of Jewish National Fund in Long Island, is a member of the Makor Speakers Bureau, is involved in preserving Israel’s heritage sites, and is a member of Go North, the organization’s campaign to build the Galilee through strategic investments in education, youth programs, tourism, and business networks. Previously, he chaired a highly successful mission commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence.

Mr. Kessler is involved in a range of non-profit organizations, was President of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, and received the UJA’s community leadership award in 2011 together with his wife Ronnit.

Mr. Kessler is Executive Vice President of Financial Operations for Douglaston Development, a New York-based real estate development firm.

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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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