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Contact: Nina Woldin • JNF Educational Content Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 268 •

November 1, 2006 -- New York, NY -- Attention young artists: want to make your mark on a Jewish National Fund (JNF) tree certificate? JNF is searching for the designer of its next Tu B’Shevat tree certificate, and it just might be you!

The winner of JNF’s “Color Israel Green!” contest -- open to students in grades three through eight -- will join the ranks of acclaimed artists whose work has been featured on JNF tree certificates through the years.  The first place design will be reproduced on JNF’s “Tu B’Shevat in the Schools” tree certificates, received by thousands of students across the country who plant trees in Israel in honor of the Jewish new year for the trees.  The top five entrees will be showcased online at

The theme of the contest is Operation Northern Renewal, JNF’s campaign to restore northern Israel after this summer’s war with Hezbollah. Students are invited to submit designs that illustrate what renewing northern Israel means to them. 

“‘Tu B’Shevat in the Schools’ has always been about connecting students to the land of Israel and teaching them about the importance of respecting and preserving nature,” said Nina Woldin, JNF Educational Content Manager. “Now, more than ever, that connection is important, and this contest is a wonderful way to engage students in the effort to restore what was lost this summer.”

Throughout the month-long war with Hezbollah, over 400 forest fires erupted as Katyusha rockets rained down on northern Israel, burning 20,000 acres of planted forests and nature reserves, destroying nearly 2 million trees, and severely degrading soil quality. Many farmers lost all of their crops to fires or from a month of neglect, and tourism in the Galilee ground to a halt.   

Operation Northern Renewal, a 10-year, $400 million worldwide campaign of partnership, will focus on the following areas: replanting forests; upgrading parks and recreation sites; developing tourism; preparing land for farming and providing agricultural research and development; purchasing emergency equipment, including fire trucks, fire retardant chemicals, and a firefighting airplane; installing hydrants in forests and building equipment storage facilities; developing a housing loan program to encourage families to move to the north; building top-of-the-line year-round camps for children; and funding Hugey Sayarut, Israel’s youth movement.

Contest entrees should fill an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper and include the artist’s name, age, address, telephone number and email address. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2006, and winners will be notified on December 15, 2006. Entrees should be sent to:

“Color Israel Green!”
Jewish National Fund
42 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

For more information, visit or contact Nina Woldin at or 212-879-9305 ext. 268. 

Caption: The 2006 "Tu B'Shevat in the Schools" tree certificate (available as a high-resolution jpeg upon request). 

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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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