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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 moved into the Dix Hills community 18 years ago and has been affiliated with the Dix Hills Jewish Center for over 13 years. Michael has been an industrial engineer at Karp Associates, a NYC manufacturing firm, for the past 19 years.

Michael a CPA by training is employed by Levine Builders and Affiliated Entities (LBAE), a NYC real estate development firm, where he serves as Executive Vice President in charge of Financial Operations. He is also an active member of Dix Hills Jewish Center where he currently serves as 3rd Vice President as well as Men’s Club Vice President and member of various other committees. He previously served as treasurer.  When not at LBAE or signing checks at the temple he is a member of the Long Island’s Jewish National Fund Board where he served as mission chair of the 60th Anniversary trip to celebrate Israel’s Independence and recently was named to its Makor speaker’s bureau. He also serves as a Vice President of the Queens Bronx Builders Association, member of Associate Board of Parker Jewish Institute serving as immediate past co-Chairman of the board. Michael also served on the Corporate Council of Long Island American Cancer Society’s Board, chaired Hadassah’s West Suffolk Achot’s Associate Board where he is a Keeper of the Gate. He also served as a board member of American Jewish Committee where he attended a young leaders national conference in Sedona, Arizona. He has served as dinner and luncheon chairs of many charities gala events including JCRC of New York, Boy Scouts of America, Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Dinner and ORT. Recently Michael along with his wife accepted UJA’s community leadership award at its 2011.

When not busy donating time and energy to various charitable causes, Michael and his wife Ronnit enjoy spending time and traveling with family as well as getting together with friends.  He is the proud father of Alana (15) who attends Half Hollow High School West and Koryn (12) who attends Candlewood Middle School. Most especially they enjoy quiet weekends in the mountains of Northern New Jersey at their vacation retreat.

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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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