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JNF Wins World Water Monitoring Day Award

Contact: Ariel Vered • Communications Manager • 212-879-9305 ext. 227 •

April 8, 2010 – New York, NY – Jewish National Fund (JNF) earned a Water Champions award in the first annual World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) Awards bestowed in honor of World Water Day 2010 on March 22.

New in 2009-2010, the WWMD Awards program is coordinated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-forprofit technical and educational organization, and the International Water Association (IWA), a global network of water professionals. Awards are given to a group and an individual from each continent, honoring outstanding achievements in boosting awareness of water quality issues. The Water Champion awards recognize superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support and innovation in the promotion of water quality through the WWMD program.

JNF was recognized in the North American category.

"We are incredibly honored by this recognition of the efforts of our staff to raise awareness about water," said Joseph Hess, JNF Vice President of Governmental Relations. "JNF has been at the forefront in educating our children about the importance and value of potable water for humanity."

Since 2004, JNF has provided WWMD kits to 300 schools annually in the US and Israel through a generous grant from the U.S. Forest Service, reaching approximately 19,510 students. JNF’s program takes place from September 18 to October 18 of every school year, and participates annually in the National WWMD Kick-Off event hosted in Washington, DC with participating Jewish schools from the area. The WWMD kits are equipped with the materials necessary for children to test their local water for four important environmental indicators. JNF has developed a variety of education materials connecting the use of the kits in studying of water in local communities to the water issues in Israel. Since the holiday of Sukkot falls during the program, the materials also deal with the holiday's themes of water and harvest. JNF’s involvement in World Water Monitoring Day has been crucial in creating a connection between private Jewish schools and WWMD resources.

"Each year we continue to reach more and more students, both in the United States and in Israel," said Michelle Wachtel, Director of Education Programs and Resource Development. "In recent years we have further developed our program by creating educational content that engages students in learning about the critical water issues facing Israel, and how they can make a global impact by caring and monitoring their local water sources. We look forward to continuing our active participation in WWMD."

JNF has plans to expand its program and is developing new partnerships with sister organizations in Canada, Australia and the UK to educate students about the importance of water.
WWMD is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. The annual program connects citizens with their local water bodies through a series of simple, hands-on monitoring tests. Officially observed each year on September 18, a total of 122,599 people in six continents participated in last year's program.

The Water Champion award consists of a commemorative plaque and a choice of WWMD materials up to a value of US $1,000 for groups. Items selected may include any combination of water monitoring equipment, relevant resources, or promotional materials. More information about World Water Monitoring Day can be found on the website at

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Ariel Vered at 212-879-9305 ext. 227,

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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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