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JNF Hosts Thank You Event for Community’s Wartime Support

Contact: Robert Swire • JNF Campaign Executive • 561-447-9733 •

pr camp croppedOctober 5, 2006-- Boca Raton,FL --  As a way to thank local donors for their support during the war this past summer, Jewish National Fund (JNF) is hosting a dessert reception on Monday, October 23, 7:30 Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton. All contributors to JNF’s Operation Security Blanket campaign are invited.

JNF has invited Carmi Gillon as the guest speaker. The mayor of Mevasseret Zion and a former head of Israel’s Secret Service, he will speak on “Israel: The Day After.”

“We wanted to reach out and just let the community know how much their help was and is appreciated,” said S. Palm Beach Regional Board co-Presidents Ned Siegel and Howard Weiss. “Israel needed them and they responded immediately.”

JNF launched Operation Security Blanket just hours after hostilities broke out in July. More than $5 million dollars was raised to send children cooped up in bomb shelters up north to summer camps in central Israel, giving them respite from the barrage of rocket attacks. The money also bought emergency firefighting equipment for the hundreds of volunteers who fought the fires up north ignited by Katyushas, purchased much-needed fire trucks and fire retardant, and is funding the construction of security roads on the Gaza border.

fire croppedWith the war over and the damage assessed, JNF has since launched a 10-year, $400 million dollar campaign to rebuild the north and make it home again. A comprehensive campaign, it will not just focus on forest restoration but on upgrading parks, preparing agricultural lands, helping with tourism, preparedness, buying the region’s only fire-fighting airplane, building state-of-the-art camps; and encouraging more families to move by funding a housing loan program. JNF is also moving ahead with Blueprint Negev, its 10-year, $600 million campaign to move an additional 500,000 people to the Negev Desert.

Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. Please RSVP to Robert Swire at or at 561-447-9733.

Captions: Top right: Nearly 10,000 children who live up north and on the Gaza border were sent to summer camps during the war thanks to JNF donors.

Bottom: Nearly 20,000 acres of forests and reserves were destroyed by Katyusha rocket fire this summer.

 Photos are available as high-res jpegs.

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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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