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Jewish National Fund Announces First-Ever LGBT Mission to Israel

Contact: Neta Yoffe • JNF Director of Communications • 212.879.9305 x222 •

January 16, 2014New York, NY – For the first time ever, Jewish National Fund (JNF) is hosting a very unique mission to Israel for the LGBT community. Taking place from June 5-12, 2014, the Pride of Israel LGBT Mission will embrace the world-famous Tel Aviv Gay Pride Festival while showing participants the colorful side of Israel.

“What most people in the LGBT community don’t realize is that within this community there is still a need for support in both the Jewish community and Israel,” said Howard Bragman, Pride of Israel LGBT Mission Chair. “Participants will come away with an additional sense of pride, not only from the LGBT community, but from learning what Israel has to offer.”

Like on any other JNF mission to Israel participants will delve into the rich history of the land of Israel, celebrate the spirit of Jerusalem, experience the magical Negev and visit major historic and cultural sites throughout the country such as Caesaria, Old Jaffa and the Ayalon Institute Museum. Participants will enjoy luxury five-star hotels and spas throughout Israel and relish in Israel’s diverse shopping, sightseeing, wineries, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. This one-of-a-kind mission ends in vibrant cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, Israel’s most dynamic city on the Mediterranean coast, just in time to celebrate Gay Pride. 

“In addition to visiting the sites of Israel, the mission will explore many of JNF’s projects throughout the country,” said Bragman. “That is the reason why I’m pairing with JNF – because of the amazing work they do for the land and people of Israel. Jewish National Fund offers special access to parts of Israel that most groups don’t, so if anyone wants to experience this type of mission, it has to be with JNF.”

Tel Aviv has become one of the most popular gay destinations in the world, and the Gay Pride Parade has placed the city firmly on the map. The annual summer event sees over 100,000 revelers take to the streets to celebrate. Tel Aviv plays host to several events throughout the year that target the gay and lesbian market, including film, art and culture festivals. The city has fast become a popular holiday destination for the LGBT community, with an array of nightclubs, beautiful beaches and terrific weather year-round.

“This mission is open to anyone -- men, women, young or old,” said Bragman. “It will be an eclectic group made up of participants coming from different cultures, which will make this unique trip even more an opportunity of a lifetime.”

For more information please contact Lou Rosenberg at or 323.964.1400 x963 or register online at

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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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