'Field of Dreams' Mission to Israel JNF To Run a Baseball Tour
Contact: Joyce Sachartoff • JNF Campaign Executive • 818-704-5454 • firstname.lastname@example.org
April 13, 2007 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Professional baseball is coming to Israel and now you can be a part of it.
Join Jewish National Fund and baseball fans from all over the country on the first JNF “Field of Dreams” Mission, from June 21-27, 2007. Watch the historic opening day ceremonies in premier seats with sports stars and VIPs. Learn about the critical work that JNF is doing to help the Jewish homeland in its continued growth and survival, including the new JNF Project Baseball.
The Israel Baseball League is >Israel’s professional baseball league. Created by Boston businessman Larry Baras, the IBL has already established itself as a league-of-choice for baseball players from the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Europe and Israel.
In March of 2006, the IBL announced a joint venture with Jewish National Fund called “Project Baseball,” a campaign aimed at dotting the landscape of >Israel with community baseball fields. In July of that year, the IBL revealed its plans for the new professional league and announced the date for Opening Day June 24, 2007, the 8th of Tammuz, 5767!
Former major leaguers Ken Holtzman, Art Shamsky and Ron Blomberg will manage three of the six teams in this first season. The League’s commissioner is Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to >Egypt and then Israel. Dan Duquette, former General Manager of the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, serves as the Director of Baseball Operations and Larry Baras is the Founder and Managing Director of the IBL.
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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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