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JNF Presents Covenant B’nai B’rith Unit #2215 with Plaque for Recent Support

Contact: Hermine Mahmouzian • JNF Campaign Executive • 949-260-0400 •

Pr covenantAugust 31, 2006 --Garden Grove, CA-- Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Orange County/Long Beach and Palos Verdes paid tribute to Covenant B’nai B’rith Unit #2215, long-time supporters of JNF, by presenting them with a plaque for their generous contribution of $5,000 during the group’s August meeting.

George Abramson, JNF Orange County/Long Beach board member, presented the plaque to Covenant Israel Chairman Ted Lavoot and President Toby Zimmerman. Abramson also showed a slide show of photos documenting JNF’s May 2006 “People to People Mission” to Israel.In addition to major tourist attractions in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the vacationers visited several projects in the Negev supported by JNF.

“This is the third major JNF project Covenant has supported over the past five years,” said Lavoot, also mentioning Covenant’s participation in sending Israeli children cooped up in bomb shelters up north to recreation camps in the central Israel during the recent war with Hezbollah. As always, Covenant continues to support the tree planting program as well.  

The $5,000 donation went to support Kibbutz Yahel in the southern Negev ’s largest pomelo orchards are on Yahel’s grounds. Yahel is also the largest producer of chocolate milk and a major producer of dates.  Lavoot presented the funds to Ron Bernstein, Director of Kibbutz Yahel during his April 2006 visit to the West Coast.

For more information please call the Jewish National Fund Regional Office at 949-260-0400 or email

Caption: From Left to Right: George Abramson, JNF Board Member; Toby Zimmerman, President, Covenant B'nai B'rith Unit #2215; and Ted Lavoot, Covenant Israel Chairman, Covenant B'nai B'rith Unit #2215.

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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.

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