Hollywood Resident Named Board President of JNF Broward County
Contact: Debbie Regent • JNF Broward/Palm Beach Campaign Executive • 561-447-9733 • firstname.lastname@example.org
October 16, 2006 -- Boca Raton, FL -- Attorney Rebecca Fischer of Hollywood, Florida has been named president of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Broward County Board of Directors.
A partner at the law firm of Lehr, Fischer & Feldman, Fischer is a veteran of Jewish communal service, coming to her new position with years of involvement in JNF as both a board member and a member of Makor -- an elite leadership, solicitation and training group of JNF volunteers who travel across the country to speak about JNF’s work for the land and people of Israel.
“The mission of JNF is exclusively about caring for our land and ensuring its viability for generations to come,” said Fischer. “JNF gives me an opportunity to raise money for Israel, but more, gives me a sense of actually touching the land and the people whose needs are met by JNF’s work.”
In addition to her leadership at JNF, Fischer is immediate past chair of AIPAC Broward County and a member of the AIPAC national executive committee. She also serves on the board of the Kesher School, a Jewish day school for children with special needs. Fischer has chaired committees at Jewish Federation of Broward County, including serving as co-president of the Women’s Division Board and vice president of the Federation Board. She is a former member of the UJC National Young Leadership Cabinet, past programming chair for the International Lion of Judah Conference and a past chair of the Planning for Delivery of Human Services Committee of the UJC Domestic Pillar. She is a former board member of the Hillel Community Day School, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute Women in Science, Israel Bonds, and is a past president of the Leukemia Society of America South Florida.
As JNF board president, Fischer looks forward to building a strong board of directors and educating the Broward community about the magnitude of JNF’s work, which she refers to as a “well-kept secret.”
“Many people associate JNF with the Blue Box, with planting trees, with building reservoirs,” she said. “But the work we do is much more widespread than that and it truly touches the lives of the people living in Israel.
“As a member of Makor, I have had the pleasure of traveling to Israel twice in the last three years. We spent time seeing the results of JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign and we drove the security roads in the Galilee built by JNF that allow kibbutz children to travel safely to school. We spent time at Aleh Negev where children and adults with special needs and their families are provided for in a way that our country does not even begin to touch, and we visited with families in communities where little infrastructure or social services exist but because of JNF,their needs are being met and will be met in the future.”
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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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