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Robert Benedon

JNF Major Gifts Chair and Makor Chair

Travels from New Jersey

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Robert Benedon is the Southern New Jersey Major Gifts Chair of the Jewish National Fund and recently completed his tenure as Chair of Makor.  He serves on the JNF Board of Directors and the Budget and Finance Committee.  He has a private practice in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and is a Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  Although he has practiced, taught and enjoyed dentistry for the past thirty years, his true love and involvements have been in the Jewish Community.

He began his involvement early on as a teen in USY and credits his experience on USY Israel Pilgrimage as the life-altering event which led to his lifelong involvement in the Jewish Community and Israel.  In college, he was active at Rutgers Hillel and was a USY Advisor.

After completing his professional training he became active in his Synagogue in the Young Associates group and on the Board of Directors. 

As his children entered Kellman Academy, the Solomon Schechter School, he began his involvement there. Joining the Board in 1989 he became its Treasurer and 4 years later School Board Chairman.  He has since chaired various committees and continues his involvement even though his last child was graduated in 2004.  Bob has also been involved on the national level, having served on the Solomon Schechter Day School Association Board and has twice co-chaired their Biennial Conference. 

Bob’s involvement in the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey began as a Board member on the Young Leadership Council over 25 years ago.  He has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and numerous other committees.  He chaired the Men’s Campaign for four years and was the Co-Chair of the Major Gifts Division.  He has Co-Chaired three B’Nai Mitzvah Missions to Israel and a leadership development mission to Romania.  He was awarded the Shellie Greenspun Young Leadership Award in 2002 for his efforts.

Bob is passionate about his involvement in Jewish National Fund and continues his work on his local board as well as his national involvement.  He has been to Israel with JNF thirteen times (chairing seven missions) in the past 8 years and marvels at the breadth of JNF/KKL’s work over the past 113 years.  He hopes to bring many people to Israel to experience this firsthand

Bob, Pam and their three sons Mitch, Evan and Matt have traveled to Israel many times on B’Nai Mitzvah missions and vacations.  All three of their sons attended Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel.    

Download a prepared introduction for Robert Benedon robert-benedon.doc


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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