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Seeing Israel in a New Light

Jewish National Fund Travel & Tours Offers Unique Missions to Israel

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

June 20, 2006 -- New York, NY -- Vacationers setting their sights on a trip to Israel need look no further than the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Travel & Tours Department.  With over 100 years of experience as caretaker of the land of Israel, JNF has played an integral role in Israel’s past and invites travelers to take part in her future on a JNF mission. 

Nearly 2 million tourists visited Israel in 2005, a 26% increase from 2004 and a 79% increase from 2003.  To accommodate this upswing, JNF Travel & Tours offers an expansive selection of missions and trips to suit all travelers — from singles visiting Israel for the first time to families celebrating a bar mitzvah to seniors interested in volunteering. 

“JNF missions allow you to see a side of Israel that other trips don't, going above and beyond the classic tourist experience,” said Sharon Freedman, JNF New England Zone Director.  “In addition to touring the entire country, our travelers meet with high-level Israeli officials and learn about JNF's work for the land and people of Israel by visiting reservoirs, security roads, emerging communities in the Negev, and other JNF projects.”

JNF offers all-inclusive 12-day tours departing monthly, special weekly 9-day tours, customized bar and bat mitzvah tours, and day trips.  A sampling of special missions and trips can be found below and at  

November 7-15, 2006 -- Heart & Soul Mission
Travel the country from north to south, stopping at all of Israel’s best historic and cultural sites.  For more information call Marina Furman at 215-832-0690 or email

November 18-28, 2006 -- Chudnow L'Dor V'Dor Mission  
Join the Chudnow family for the dedication of Phase III of Timna Park, and learn about the importance of supporting Israel from generation to generation. 

January 17- March 8, 2007 -- CAARI (Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel)
Experience Israeli culture and history for 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks as you tour the country, volunteer in schools, community agencies, and hospitals, work in JNF forests, and meet Israelis of all ages.  For more information call JNF Travel & Tours at 877-JNF-TOUR (563-8687) or email

April 18-25, 2007 -- Executive Mission
Ideal for professionals, this Wednesday to Wednesday trip allows you to experience Israel in its entirety and learn about JNF's critical work without spending too much time away from home.  For more information call Lynn Norton Robins at 215-832-0690 or email

May 12-23, 2007 -- Future of Israel Mission
Learn about JNF’s role in Israel's history and its ongoing work in developing, preserving, and greening the land on this ten-day mission.  For more information call Stan Kamlet at 303-573-7095 or email  

To find out more about these and other upcoming JNF missions to Israel, please contact the individuals listed above, visit or call 877-JNF-TOUR (563-8687).

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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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