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Moms to Arm Children With Knowledge

Contact: Jodi Bodner • JNF Director of Communications • 212-879-9305 ext. 221 • jbodner@jnf.org


May 6, 2010 – New York, NY – For the past two years the crisis in Sderot, Israel and the well-being of that community’s children has dominated Jewish NationalFund’s (JNF) Moms for Israel initiative. These springtime campaigns raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to send children to summer camp and help build the largest secure indoor recreation center in Sderot.

This year, their efforts are focused on a crisis of a different sort.

To better prepare high school juniors and seniors to face the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses across the U.S., Moms for Israel 2010 funds will
go towards JNF’s Caravan for Democracy High School Edition (CFDHSE), an initiative of JNF and American Friends of Likud that brings speakers from Israel to discuss the issues affecting Israel and promote Israel advocacy and education to high school juniors and seniors throughout the U.S. as they prepare to transition to their future college campuses.

“A mom’s job is to help educate and prepare her children for life,” said Terry Katz, national chair of JNF’s Women’s Campaign for Israel. “What better way to do that than by educating and preparing them to answer threats thrown at them because of who they are?”

CFDHSE students take part in open dialogue about their connection to Israel, their role as Jewish teens and the challenges they face as Israel advocates. Students learn about Israel through a variety of educational modules which provide them with the needed knowledge, skills, and strategies to advocate for Israel. Since January 2004, CFDHSE has sponsored over 250 programs in 26 cities around the U.S. reaching more than 15,000 students in synagogues, youth movement programs, public schools, JCC’s, and Jewish day schools.

“I did not know anti-Semitism to this degree occurred in colleges because I personally have never seen or been affected by it,” said one CFDHSE student. “But this program really opened my eyes to how Israel is viewed by the rest of the world and gave me the information I needed to build up my confidence if I were to face such a situation.”

Moms for Israel is a grassroots campaign that has brought together thousands of women – mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends -- across the country and the world. In 2008, its inaugural year, they sent more than 500 Israeli kids to summer camp in central Israel, far away from Hamas-launched missiles. This year, they hope to make an impact closer to home and raise money to educate their high school-aged children and grandchildren about anti-Israel sentiment they may face.

Many Jewish students learn to be effective Israel advocates during their first two years of college. However, this means that about half of a student’s college career is over before these tools can be utilized. CFDHSE prepares them in high school for what lies ahead in college. These students come into college having learned the skills necessary to be effective leaders for Israel, so they can begin advocating for Israel immediately and build on their skills throughout their college career.

CFD HSE includes three training and activist components in order to reach students on all levels: a prominent speaker; interaction with current Israel activists on college campuses; and Israel advocacy-training sessions where students learn different techniques to promote Israel’s commitment to peace and battle anti-Israel sentiments on their future campuses.

Said one CFDHSE participant: “This program gave me the foundation to become a campus leader and activist on behalf of Israel and taught me that a few students can really make a big difference.”

A CFDHSE program costs $5,000. And moms, not only will your child or grandchild have the opportunity to participate, but the same speaker will be brought in for a session with adults to speak about this very important issue.

To donate or for more information, please contact us at 888-JNF-0099 or visit www.jnf.org/momsforisrael.

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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 www.jnf.org.

 

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