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JNF-KKL Board Member Alon Tal Receives $100,000 Humanitarian Award

Recognized for his work as an Israeli Environmentalist

Contact: Jodi Bodner • JNF Director of Communications • 212-879-9305 ext. 221 •

Pr talJanuary 10, 2006, New York, NY -- The $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize, a prestigious humanitarian award, was bestowed on Dr. Alon Tal in Jerusalem, Israel on January 10, 2006. 

Tal, 45, is the founder of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and the Israel Union for Environmental Defense. He is a board member of Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, where he serves as chairman of the Sub-Committee for Sustainable Development which has drafted the new environmental policies of the JNF.

“We congratulate Alon on receiving this most distinguished award,” said Ronald S. Lauder, president of JNF of America. “It could not have gone to a more deserving person. Ever since we partnered with the Arava Insititute for Environmental Studies which Alon founded in 1996, we have witnessed first-hand his extreme dedication and passion for >Israel and her environment. He is the author of our Sustainable Development policy and as such has helped us put into place a program that will protect the country’s natural resources and ensure the quality of life for the entire people, today and tomorrow.”

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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.

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