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Jewish National Fund Sponsors 55th Annual Israel Folk Dance Festival

Contact: Sarit Schonbrun • JNF Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 222 •

March 14, 2006—New York, NY— As part of its commitment to supporting Jewish and Zionist cultural activities, Jewish National Fund (JNF) is proud to sponsor the 55th Annual Israel Folk Dance Festival and Festival of the Arts. 

On Sunday, March 26, 2006, performers from across the United States will gather at the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School for a celebration of Israel’s diversity and the rich Jewish culture in New York City, part of Jewish Heritage NY 2006. 

The event will begin at 11:00 am with a fair featuring a live performance by the popular Israeli singing duo Amir & Ron, an Israeli fashion show with audience participation, Judaica crafts vendors showcasing Israeli products, activities for children and Israeli foods.

At 3:30 pm, over 250 performers from community dance troupes, national youth movements, day schools, and universities around the U.S. will take the stage to convey their vision of Israel in dance and song.  This year’s theme is Sdot Machol, or Fields of Dance.

Since its sponsorship of the festival’s inaugural year, JNF has partnered with the Israel Dance Institute to foster a connection to the land and people of Israel through the arts.  JNF has sponsored numerous summer camp caravans, teaching the story of the Jewish people to thousands of Jewish students through song, dance and theater.

Festival tickets are $15 per person ($12 for groups of 15 or more) and $10 for students and seniors.  Admission to the fair is free.  Checks should be made payable to the Israeli Dance Institute and mailed to IDI at JCRC-Suite 700, 70 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 before March 17th. 

The Israel Folk Dance Festival and Festival of the Arts is a project of the Israeli Dance Institute and is co-sponsored by Bnai Zion.

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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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