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ADL National Chairman Abe Foxman Honored by JNF

April 20, 2015
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
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L-R: JNF President Jeffrey E. Levine, ADL National Director Abe Foxman and JNF CEO Russell F. Robinson.

New York, NY: April 20, 2015 – At its national board of trustees meeting today Jewish National Fund (JNF) honored Abe Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) who is retiring later this year.     

Foxman, the “larger-than-life” head of ADL and child survivor of the Holocaust is also a staunch supporter of Israel. He first became active at the ADL in 1965, and as its national director for the last 28 years, has worked to transform the organization into the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency. ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all.     

Ronald S. Lauder, JNF’s chairman of the board remarked, “Abe Foxman is the dean of the Jewish world. Beyond his role at ADL he’s been one of the great mentors to Jewish professionals and lay leaders throughout the world and advisor to senior executives of every organization.”      

Presented with the gift of an iconic JNF Blue Box, personally inscribed in Hebrew with the message, Chazak Ve’Aamatz, be strong and courageous, Foxman said “Growing up there was always a JNF pushke box in my home. Its purpose was to build a strong and secure future for the Jewish people and the land of Israel. I am proud to say that the first time I went to Israel was thanks to a Jewish National Fund scholarship. That journey forever cemented the relationship I have to this great organization.”     

JNF President Jeffrey E. Levine commented, “Jewish organizations across the globe, especially those with deep connections to our Jewish homeland, are better and stronger today because of Abe Foxman’s leadership at ADL. He has taught us to be ever vigilant, prepared and vocal when representing our people and the Jewish homeland.”     

In his remarks before the more than 100 people in attendance, Russell F. Robinson, chief executive officer at JNF, said, “I like to think we helped shape Abe’s connection to Israel and the Jewish world because it all started at Jewish National Fund when Abe went on a Zionist youth leadership trip, supported by a JNF scholarship. But seriously, one of the first acts when I started as CEO in 1998 was to call Abe Foxman for his advice. Abe told me, ‘Russell, stay true to your mission, your mission is everything.’ He kept repeating that and I’ve never forgotten his sage counsel. Abe Foxman has lived ADL’s mission and puts it front and center each and every day. All of us in Jewish philanthropy should accomplish half of what he has achieved.”  

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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.

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