Jewish National Fund International Weekend, a Success
Contact:Jerry Weisberg • JNF Associate Zone Director • 561-447-9733 • firstname.lastname@example.org
April 4, 2006 --Boca Raton, FL -- Golf, glitz and good deeds were the highlights of Jewish National Fund’s International Weekend held in South Florida from March 17- 20. More than $200,000 was raised by Tree of Life dinner honorees, 220 dinner guests and 72 Golf Tournament participants.
Proceeds from the weekend will go towards buying caravillas for evacuees from Gaza and helping them resettle in the Negev.Last year, JNF hosted the first USA/Canada Golf Tournament, a successful event that brought together leadership and golfers from both countries.
To expand the program and create a greater sense of family, JNF developed the JNF International Weekend in South Florida with chairs from around the globe.The weekend included a JNF Shabbat Service, the South Palm Beach Tree of Life Dinner and culminated with a very successful golf tournament.
On Friday night, Temple Beth El in Boca Raton hosted a warm Shabbat service after which Art Silber, national treasurer of JNF, spoke about JNF’s work inIsrael in general and the Negev in particular.
On Sunday March 19th the South Palm Beach Tree of Life Dinner was held at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Distinguished honorees for this event were Fred Rothman, president of Paramount Residential; Laurie Silvers, president of Hollywood Media Corporation and co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel and Congressman Robert Wexler. All in attendance were enthralled by the remarks of guest speaker Yossi Olmert. Olmert spoke about the events now taking place in Israel and how Israel is currentl viewed by other countries.
To round out this great weekend of fun, festivities and fundraising, the 2nd annual golf tournament was held at Deer Creek Country Club in Deerfield Beach. This magnificent day (with idyllic weather) was chaired by Seth Fellman, JNF Broward Board Member, who did a magnificent job in pulling all the pieces together. The day began with lunch, followed by a 1p.m. shotgun start and culminated with a cocktail reception/buffet supper which included a silent auction, live auction and raffle prizes.
“It was a great weekend,” said Fellman. “In addition to just having fun, with JNF, everything you do goes to help build the State of Israel.”
Captions: Top: (L to R) Tree of Life honorees Congressman Robert Wexler, Lauries Silvers and Fred Rothman.
Second: JNF Board Member Scott Silver takes a swing.
Third: (L to R) Howard Weiss, South Palm Beach Board co-president; JNF Herzl Society member Marty Teitelbaum; Harold Cohen, JNF's Chief Operating Officer; Glen Schwartz, director, Southern and Florida zones; and Ned Siegel, South Palm Beach Board co-president.
Bottom: Seth Fellman (standing) helps the cigar roller.
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