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JNF Hosts Successful Tree of Life™ Award Dinner in Orlando


Over 400 Jewish National Fund (JNF) supporters attended the 2013 JNF Tree of Life™ Award dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on November 6th to honor Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer with the Tree of Life™ Award, presented by JNF Orlando Board of Directors member, Jim Pugh, in honor of his outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life. JNF Orlando Board of Directors member Aaron Gorovitz, presented two generations of the Israel family, Sy and Debra Israel and Mark and Caryn Israel with the Guardian of Israel Award, while two generations of the Weiner family, Dick and Louise Weiner and Ben and Maura Weiner, were presented with this award by relative, Alan Weiner.  Lois Tannenbaum accepted the Guardian of Israel Award from her grandson, Alex Hyman. The evening ended with a comedic performance by stand-up comedian and writer, Joel Chasnoff. 

"I was delighted to attend this year's Orlando Tree of Life™ Dinner. We honored two wonderful community leaders and two generations of great families, all who are dedicated supporters of JNF and Israel,” said Bruce K. Gould, JNF Florida Chairman.  “All of the honorees exemplify the Jewish Tenent of Tikkun Olam- the biblical teaching that we are all obligated to heal the world.  They are all outstanding individuals in their own right and make our community, Israel and the world a better place." For more information, please contact Laura Abramson at 800.211.1502 or

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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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