Natan Sharansky to Keynote JNF Conference in Phoenix
Contact: Jodi Bodner •JNF Director of Communications • 212-879-9305 ext. 221 • firstname.lastname@example.org
August 7, 2008 -- New York and Arizona — Internationally renowned human rights activist and political leader Natan Sharansky will rivet more than 250 of Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) leaders when he addresses them at the organization’s annual national conference September 14-15 at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, AZ.
Sharansky, who will be speaking at Sunday’s dinner at the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Arts, will be joined by other well-known presenters during the course of the conference. The list includes: Stephen Benson, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The
Participants will also hear from JNF's Chairman of the Board, Ronald S. Lauder, and JNF President, Stanley M. Chesley.
With an agenda designed to inform, scintillate, and energize, the participants -- who come from all across the country -- will leave brimming with ideas and goals for the coming year. This is the first time the conference is coming to
Israel’s past, present, and future will be addressed, as discussions and workshops detail the country’s birth, the current crises it faces -- both internal and external -- the environment, the bold vision for the future, what the upcoming U.S. presidential elections will mean, and more.
“The conference is a great event to educate all attendees on what JNF is all about and to learn about the projects that are being built in Israel,” said Marc Kelman, JNF Western Zone president and co-chair of the conference. “We are also thrilled that it’s in Phoenix as it gives us a great opportunity to showcase JNF to the community and reach out to others.”
“Having the conference in a city that has flourished in the desert as Phoenix has,” said Jeffrey Levine, JNF Greater New York Board President and conference co-chairman, “gives us a wonderful platform from which to talk about JNF’s work with water and the great strides we are making in revitalizing Israel’s Negev Desert.”
Registration for the entire conference, including all meals is $395. Please contact Elisa Iteld at email@example.com, or call 212-879-9305 ext. 295 to register.
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