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JNF Announces 2013 JNF Tu BiShvat Raffle Winner

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

February 11, 2013 – New York, NY – Congratulations to Alison Wendt of Chicago, IL for winning the JNF Tu BiShvat raffle!

Alison won two round-trip tickets to Israel courtesy of EL AL Israel Airlines and two nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv. Everyone who planted a tree with JNF between January 16 and January 27 was entered into the raffle. More than 5,000 trees were planted.

Alison has visited Israel twice before, the last time was a year ago for her friends’ wedding. Upon hearing that her friends are expecting their first child this summer, she planted a tree in their honor.

“I believe a tree is symbolic of a new birth, a new beginning," she said. "What a wonderful gift to give someone, to plant a tree in the honor of a new birth.”

She was surprised and delighted to learn that she had won the JNF Tu BiShvat raffle.

“Winning a trip to Israel is so exciting, as Israel has a special place in my heart,” said Alison. “I am particularly fond of Jerusalem, not only for its great historical significance, but also for the sacred holiness that surrounds you in the city.”

While in Israel, Alison will have the opportunity to plant a complimentary tree at the JNF-Harvey Hertz Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim.

Ten runners up received a prize of an E-Z Tree™ account, with 10 free trees.

To plant a tree, visit or call 800-542-TREE.

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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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