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October 14, 2015
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
212-879-9305 x222
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to Make Nationwide Address to U.S. on Thursday;
Nefesh B’Nefesh Founder Rabbi Joshua Fass to Discuss Aliyah;
Americans Traveling to Stand With Israel During Time of Crisis;
Get Involved and Show Support for Israel 

New York, NY: October 14, 2015 -- Jewish National Fund (JNF) today announced that while world news may ignore the latest events in Israel over the past month, JNF is responding by encouraging Americans and its donors to stand in support of Israel.     
     A special national address with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Nefesh B’Nefesh Executive Director Rabbi Joshua Fass will take place with JNF on Thursday, October 15, at 2:30 p.m (EST). You may register at     
     Since recent terror incidents began in and around Israel on September 13 (Erev Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year), JNF is leading the way in solidarity and has seen registration pick up in recent days on its missions and tours to Israel. Aliyah – the term used for those people who emigrate to Israel – has also picked up and continues to serve as the best way to defeat terror by proving that fear will not deter those looking to make a new life by returning to their eternal homeland.      
     JNF President Jeffrey E. Levine stated, “Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families and to all who have been affected by these terrorist attacks. We call on supporters of Israel to raise their voices. Do not remain silent in the face of these threats. Israel needs us to stand by them now more than ever.”     
     JNF is also going ahead with sending hundreds of donors on numerous trips over the next month to show support and to stand in solidarity with Israelis.      
     Valerie and Jim Shapiro of Orlando, FL shared why they are going: “More than ever we feel the need to stand with Israel and support its people in these challenging times. We are both excited and looking forward to leading the Spirit of Israel Tour on November 1-8, where we will visit the north, the Negev, as well as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Most importantly, we will be sharing our love of Israel with a busload of people including seven from our home town, Orlando.”      
     Ben Gutmann, a resident of Norwood, NJ, who will lead one of the most popular missions to Israel from November 4-12 remarked, “I am proud that I will be chairing JNF’s President’s Society Mission and escorting over 40 people around that amazing country. We will be literally shoulder to shoulder with Israelis at this difficult time. Remember if you want to ‘Stand with Israel,’ it is important to stand in Israel. Now is the time to show that you care, so join JNF by supporting Israel and especially by making it your business to set foot there.”     
     Deborah Riegel, an attorney in New York and co-chair of the Law & Justice Tour, which is comprised of American lawyers and law enforcement personnel said, “At a time when the world seems to again be turning a blind eye to terrorism and violence against Israeli civilians and children, it is more important than ever for us to let world leaders, the media and, most importantly, the Israelis suffering these heinous attacks know that we stand with them. It is for that reason that I am honored to be leading a group of 37 participants on a mission to Israel in November to show our solidarity and determination to support her and her citizens against the cowardly acts of terror that are being perpetrated against them.”          
     Other choices of travel abound. From culinary, wine and music-based to photography-focused, JNF offers travelers of all ages and passions exciting trips. Young people take advantage of free excursions on Birthright and Alternative Break and the JNFuture Volunteer Vacation is an incredible opportunity to volunteer in Southern Israel and connect to the land and people of Israel in a meaningful way. To take part, young professionals between the ages of 25–39 raise $1,800 which is applied to projects they will work on in the Negev. Currently, 30 people have signed up and more are registering every day.       
     For more information on any of these tours or to register, visit or contact René Reinhard at or at 212.879.9305 ext. 235.     
     Israel needs support to stand by them now more than ever. A few ways individuals can get involved: 
Make a commitment to visit Israel on a JNF trip; 
Monitor and contact your local and media outlets and urge balanced coverage of the events in Israel; 
Write to local and state elected officials thanking them for their continued support of Israel in the face of terrorism;
Be active on social media by changing your profile picture to increase support and awareness of what is going on in Israel; 
Donate to one of JNF’s many programs that help keep Israelis safe.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for 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 a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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