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WHAT:  Jewish National Fund's (JNF) National Conference brings together hundreds of Jewish leaders from across the country to learn about the critical issues that affect the U.S. and Israel, as well as JNF's ongoing vital work for the land and people of Israel. This is a unique opportunity to meet, listen to and interact with experts on the important issues of our time. Learn about Israel’s water governance, infrastructure, and technology from author Seth M. Siegel; hear Jon Medved, Founder and CEO of OurCrowd, discuss Israel’s next generation of innovators; listen as renowned polling expert Frank I. Luntz shares new data; engage with JNF’s partners to learn about how the organization is making a difference in cultivating the land and enriching the lives for all the people of Israel.

The conference will honor Ambassador Michael B. Oren with JNF’s Shalom Peace Award for his dedication to peace, humanity, and American-Israeli friendship.  

With a global water crisis upon us, this year’s National Conference will conclude with a special Water Summit component, featuring water experts from Israel and the U.S.  

WHO: Featured Speakers Include:
Ambassador Michael B. Oren, Member of Knesset, Israel
Tzipi Livni, Member of Knesset, Israel
Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest
Hon. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago
Hon. Mike Quigley, U.S. Rep. for Illinois's 5th Congressional District
Ronald S. Lauder, Chairman of the Board, Jewish National Fund
Jeffrey E. Levine, President, Jewish National Fund
Russell F. Robinson, CEO, Jewish National Fund
Jon Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd
Dr. Frank I. Luntz, President, Luntz Global LLC
Seth M. Siegel, Author, Let There Be Water
Dr. Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Former Deputy
   National Security Advisor in Israel

For a full list of speakers, please visit

WHEN: October 23 – 26, 2015  
National Conference begins on October 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM and concludes on October 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM.
For a full conference schedule, please visit

WHERE: Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park  
200 N Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60601
RSVP: To receive media credentials or request interviews with speakers,
contact Adam Brill at or 212.879.9305 x222

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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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