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26 American Seniors Head to Israel to Volunteer for up to Eight Weeks

January 12, 2015
Adam H. Brill
Director of Communications
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Participants All Agree that Community Service Better Connects them to Israel

New York, NY: January 12, 2015— In the spirit of ‘giving back’ and keeping active, 26 American seniors are heading to Israel on the Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel (CAARI) adventure trip with Jewish National Fund (JNF).

    Once in Israel, the travelers - taking part in community service programs and tours ranging from two to eight weeks - will meet up with a similar group of active seniors from Canada and contribute to Israeli society while developing an appreciation and knowledge of the country, its people, history and the work of JNF.

    “I think the CAARI program is the best way to be in Israel,” said Rosalie Whitehill of Auburndale, Massachusetts. “I have visited Israel with CAARI for 10 years and it’s the highlight of my year. The great variety of activities from doing community service in schools and hospitals to working in a JNF forest or botanical garden provides immeasurable satisfaction.”

     Paul Silberman of Somers, New York is taking part in his seventh CAARI trip with his wife Marion: “The fact that this is our seventh experience with CAARI reflects the quality of the program. We value our participation in community service and feel that it is a great opportunity to give back to Israel.”

    Burton Figler, of Winthrop, Massachusetts, remarked, “The tours to notable spots and places off the beaten path offer access to varied historical and cultural sites throughout the Land of Israel and have helped me to become familiar with the country and its people. Working with young Israeli elementary school students on their English skills has been a joy and I look forward each year to returning to the school where I have been helping out.”

     For the past 32 years, over 3000 active retirees from Canada and the USA have participated in this unique program designed for the active 55 plus population. Participants work in the community and JNF forests, tour the Land of Israel, visit historical sites, meet Israelis socially and learn about Israel’s issues and challenges. CAARI has been run by Susan Horwitz for 15 years along with one of Israel’s leading guides, Neil (Nahum) Eisenstadt.

     JNF trips are known to inspire and connect participants with the land and her people. For more information or to register for a JNF trip visit

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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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