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JNF Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Ceremony Will Be Held at JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial

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

September 7, 2011 – New York, NY – Jewish National Fund (JNF) will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 this Sunday with a special program held at 2 p.m. at JNF’s Living Memorial in Jerusalem Park in the Arazim Valley outside of Jerusalem.

“At this Living Memorial, we recall the tragic events ten years ago and vow never again should such a loss ever occur,” said JNF President Stanley Chesley, who will speak at the event. “Why here in Israel? Because nowhere is there a place that can understand the pain of loss and have the courage for peace. Together we can yearn for peace and for better days. That is what this memorial is all about.”

The Jerusalem monument is one of the first major international memorials to 9/11 and one of the only sites outside of New York to recognize the names of every victim of the attack. The Living Memorial, donated by Edward Blank and designed by award-winning Israeli artist Eliezer Weishoff, is a 30-foot high bronze sculpture of a waving American flag that morphs into a memorial flame. It rests on a gray granite base, which includes a metal beam from the original Twin Towers. Surrounding the memorial is a circular stone-tiled plaza, funded by the Bronka Stavsky Rabin Weintraub Trust. It offers visitors a place to reflect upon their thoughts and memories.

The ceremony, which will include a moment of silence and wreath laying ceremony, will be attended by KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler; Hon. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem; His Excellency Daniel B. Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to Israel; and Ms. Sigal Shefi-Asher, who will represent the Israeli families who lost loved ones in the attacks.

One Family Fund Choir will perform some songs, as well as the U.S. and Israeli national anthems.

For more information, please contact Ariel Vered at 212-879-9305 ext. 227 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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