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June 23, 2015
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
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Grant to Help Build a Regional Medical Center for the
Growing Halutza Community in Israel’s Northwest Negev

New York, NY: June 23, 2015Jewish National Fund (JNF) today announced that it has received a $1.9 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in order to support healthcare in Israel.      

The grant, one of three awarded on June 18, comes on the heels of more than $20 million granted by the Helmsley Charitable Trust to Israeli institutions in the autumn of 2014, and is part of a continuing effort to strategically invest in Israel’s leading charitable institutions and critical initiatives toward the goal of improving the health and safety of the people of Israel. Since the Trust began awarding grants to Israel-related projects in 2009, it has committed $150 million to a wide range of charitable organizations.     

The $1.9 million grant to JNF will help build a regional medical center for the growing Halutza community in Israel’s northwest Negev region. The 24-hour medical center, which will be located a mile from the Egyptian and Gaza borders, will offer a range of services from general and family medicine to emergency care. When complete, the center will be owned by the Halutza Regional Council (the local municipality), and operations will be overseen by Maccabi Health Services, the second largest HMO in Israel.      

“These grants focus mainly on Israel’s southern communities, which have borne the brunt of ongoing war,” said Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel. “The grant to Jewish National Fund for a medical center in the Negev’s growing Halutza community will strengthen medical, health, and psychological care services throughout the region. In addition, this new institution will create and foster relationships between various regional bodies. Like so many of our grants, these reinforce the Trust’s commitment to helping all Israeli residents living in Israel’s periphery and in the center lead healthy lives in very challenging circumstances.”   

“All of us at Jewish National Fund are very grateful for the generosity and vision that the Helmsley Charitable Trust has displayed in awarding this much-needed grant,” remarked JNF President Jeffrey E. Levine. “The people on Israel’s frontier, whether it is in the southern or northern part of the country, have learned to do much more with less, but basic services like access to good and urgent healthcare is one thing that none of us can do without. This new medical center will go a long way for this growing community.” 

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1 billion to a wide range of charitable organizations. The Trust’s grantmaking program in Israel supports leading institutions and initiatives that seek to strengthen the nation’s leadership in scientific, technological and medical research, its healthcare preparedness and its standing in the world. For more information, please visit

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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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