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Jewish National Fund Ignites Passions, Douses Fires

JNF Director of Communications • 212-879-9305 ext. 221 • / contact: Diane Scar•JNF Mid-Atlantic Zone Director• 410-486-3317 •

Pr fireJanuary 18, 2006 Baltimore, MD -- When can rising temperatures signal doused fires? When the thermometer measures the monies raised to buy a fire truck that will put out forest fires in Israel.

With Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish festival for Trees and the rebirth of spring, falling on February 13, Jewish National Fund in Baltimore is seeking to complete its goal to raise $375,000 to purchase a fire truck that will be used to protect 30,000 acres of forests in the Carmel region near Haifa.

James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions, Morgan Creek International and the Morgan Creek Music Group, hosted the Maryland Region Installation Ceremony in November and presented the Mid-Atlantic zone with a challenge grant, pledging $125,000 if the zone could raise the remaining $250,000.

With four weeks before Tu B’Shevat and $75,000 to go, a fire truck stationed at 1514 Reisterstown Rd.across from Staples, with a nearby thermometer, captures the spirit of the campaign’s energy in this last lap.

“Israel has expressed a dire need, in confronting anticipated wildfires during its hot summer months, to add another fire truck to its fire fighting network,” said Steven Cohen, Maryland Regional President. “Jewish National Fund -- Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel’s answer in fighting these fires is the 4X4 Fire Truck, with its excellent ability to traverse all terrain, equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art fire-fighting equipment.”

One of JNF’s most important functions in nature is preventing and extinguishing wildfires which in Israel usually result from arson or negligence. While the most important action against forest fires is prevention achieved by constructing forest roads and fire breaks, removing cuttings, organizing educational campaigns and fire spotting, unfortunately fires do break out. When that happens, state-of-the-art fire-fighting equipment is an absolute necessity, otherwise fires, like the great one along the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway in 1995, can destroy thousands of acres of planted and natural woods that have taken generations to grow.

To contribute to this campaign or to find out more about JNF, please call the local JNF office at (410) 486-3317 or go to

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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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