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Jewish National Fund Partners with Local Las Vegas Water Experts for JNF’s Water Summit

Contact: Marina Brodetsky
702.434.6505 ext.954

Jewish National Fund Partners with Local Las Vegas Water Experts for 
JNF’s Water Summit

Israel has been at the forefront of water solutions for several decades, and Jewish National Fund (JNF) is a major force in water resource development in Israel. With a water crisis plaguing our country and region, it’s timely that JNF is tackling the issue head on by hosting a series of community-wide water summits with LA Times Best-Seller Seth M. Siegel, author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World. The series, which began in Chicago, will continue in 12 cities across the country, including Las Vegas.

According to Dr. Alan Gertler, vice president for research and chief science officer at the Desert Research Institute, “Understanding the distinct correlation between Israel and Nevada and how each manages its water issues is critical if we are to maintain sustained economic growth in our community.” To support this effort, JNF, in conjunction with the Desert Research Institute, is proud to introduce the latest water summit in Las Vegas. The Summit will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Stan Fulton Ballroom on February 3, 2016.

With the input and participation from water industry experts and dignitaries, including JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson, Shelley Berkley (Touro University), Pat Mulroy (Desert Research Institute and The Brookings Institution), Nathan Allen (Nevada’s Water Center of Excellence), Jason Wuliger (, David L. Johnson (Southern Nevada Water Authority), and  Dr. Alan Gertler (Desert Research Institute), JNF plans to present user-focused, highly relative, and applicable information that is sure to reignite the water conversation in Las Vegas. 

The JNF LV Water Summit will consist of a full-day of speakers and discussions with three sessions that will give attendees an opportunity to learn about global water issues and Israel’s successes in water technology; participate in an interactive panel on Israeli and Nevada technology, solutions, and results; understand the correlation between Nevada and Israel’s water crisis, technological solutions, and their innovators for potential joint relationships; as well as network with urban planners, environmentalists, water industry experts, professionals, technological development companies, and users. 

JNF has effectively contributed to the development of water management and conservation systems in Israel for three decades. It has increased the country's total water supply by 12% and helped Israel become a leader in water reuse. JNF's network of 250 recycled water reservoirs provide almost half of the water used for agriculture in Israel, saving enough freshwater to meet the needs of 4.4 million people a year. With JNF's assistance, more than 85% of sewage water in Israel is recycled and reused, the highest rate in the world. To put that into context, Spain comes in at a distant second, reusing 17% of its wastewater, and the U.S. at 5%.

There is already extensive cooperation between Israel and Nevada on water issues. For example, Nevada has engaged with Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, on a number of projects, focusing on water quality and security, waste water and recycled water, hydrology and joint research, and technological development. The JNF LV Water Summit will aim to build on this and other relationships to establish parallel cooperation among entities in Nevada.

JNF LV Water Summit is open to the public and starts at 9:00 AM and costs $45 to attend. Space is limited and a RSVP is required via For more information, please contact Shawn Willis or call 702-434-6505 ext. 985.


JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for the Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was realized. Today, JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel.

JNF’s bold vision, as set out in its $1 Billion Roadmap for the Next Decade -- a ground-breaking plan for Israel’s future -- encompasses building new communities in the Negev and Galilee, expanding the scope of river rehabilitation and water research, exploring energy production, creating opportunities for people with special needs, heritage preservation, bringing thousands of people to Israel every year on missions and trips, and growing future leadership in our youth community through Zionist education and advocacy programs.

A registered 501(c)(3) organization, JNF is recognized as a 4- star organization by Charity Navigator. For more information, call 800.JNF.0099 or visit


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