On a beautiful March morning, more than 270 people attended the 8th Annual Breakfast event, honoring Bobby and Helen Feldman, two of the community's valued patrons. Honored for their dedication and support for JNF, the Feldmans received a plaque and a bouquet of pink roses, and then thanked the board, JNF, and the donors who have contributed to the success of the Las Vegas region of JNF.
"We look forward to the continued interest in building Israel for today and tomorrow through planting trees, building dams and reservoirs," said honoree Bobby Feldman. "We are focused on getting our youth to put their feet on the ground in Israel to witness everything JNF does."
Keynoting the breakfast was Dr. Jonathan Adelman, a professor in the Graduate School of International Studies in Denver, who spoke on Israel's current relationship with China, India and Russia. His discussion of the evolution of Israel-Asia relations was enthusiastically received by the audience. Dr. Adelman is also a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy in Washington, D.C., and former dissertation manager of Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
The breakfast took place at the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus. The school's headmaster Paul Schiffman saw to it that everything ran smoothly. Event Chair and First Vice President Bob Dubin did a commendable job as Master of Ceremonies for the second year in a row.
"It was incredible to see the Jewish community together," said Dubin. "The event was a tremendous success: a spectacular day, a wonderful speaker in Jonathan Adelman and marvelous honorees in Bobby and Helen Feldman."
"For the past 10 years, the Las Vegas community has come together for an annual breakfast to benefit Jewish National Fund," said Las Vegas Region President Larry Monkarsh. "This year's honorees, Bobby and Helen Feldman, have helped take us to a new level. Their dedication and unrelenting support of Israel has demonstrated first hand the meaning of tikkun olam, one mitzvah at a time."
The event raised over $60,000 for JNF's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. ASB provides young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 with the opportunity to connect to the land and people of Israel through meaningful acts of tikkun olam. It is designed for people who have already toured Israel on past trips and are now prepared to involve themselves in community service and give back to Israel. Since 2006, over 1,000 participants have had an amazing time on ASB while experiencing what the early pioneers of Israel did: building the land of Israel.