Printer Friendly

JNF Plants Thousands of Trees in Gilad Shalit's Honor

Contact: Ariel Vered • JNF Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 227 •

October 27, 2011 – New York, NY – Jewish National Fund (JNF) received an overwhelming response to its campaign to plant a free tree to celebrate Gilad Shalit’s long-awaited homecoming. Over 20,000 trees were ordered in honor of Gilad Shalit’s release.

“The overwhelming response we received from across the United States is a tribute to the value that we as a Jewish people place on the sanctity of life,” said JNF President Stanley Chesley. “At this time when our thoughts and prayers are with those whose sons and daughters can never be returned, JNF is proud to plant these trees in honor of an important moment for a soldier and fellow Jew, and for Israel."

The Shalit family will receive a plaque commemorating this important occasion. It will read "These trees have been lovingly dedicated by people across the U.S. in celebration of your homecoming. We hope your future is filled with mazal, good health and much happiness." They will also receive a copy of the personalized messages that JNF received, well wishes of good health, a life of freedom for Gilad, and the hope that peace will come to Israel.

 # # #

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


Log In

Please log in to change your profile or settings.

Find us on:



Water Challenges

In Israel the most precious commodity is water and it is at risk. Find out how you can help.


YouTube   Delicous   Facebook   Digg