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JNF Commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

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

May 7, 2012 – More than 120 participants from around the U.S. will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem on Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Road to Jerusalem Mission, May 15-22, 2012.

A highlight of this unique journey through the history of the State of Israel will be exclusive VIP status for participants at Israel’s official Jerusalem Day ceremony at Ammunition Hill. They will gather with high-level dignitaries including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the site of the heroic battle that marked a significant turning point in the Six Day War.

“It is always a pleasure to bring people to Israel, but this time is a bit different,” said mission chair Kenneth Segel, JNF Assistant Vice President of Community Relations.  “This time we will travel down one of the most important roads in Israel’s storied history: the Road to Jerusalem.

“No one can show people Israel the way JNF can. On this mission JNF will bring alive the fear, bravery, and euphoria that was felt all at once during those six short days. I have every confidence that participants will end the trip ever more attached and ever more in love with the land and people of Israel.”

This once-in-a-lifetime experience will take mission participants to key sites throughout Israel where they will learn about the events that shaped the course of the Six Day War leading up to the reunification of Jerusalem.

Day trips will include a visit to an IDF base for an exclusive tour with soldiers to learn about daily life in the IDF, a tour of Gush Etzion to hear the stories of the brave men and women who fought in one of the deadliest battles during the War of Independence, a day in the Golan Heights, and a trip to the Negev to visit JNF projects including the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center and the Ayalon Institute. The mission will also visit the new Harvey Hertz JNF Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim, and Har Herzl. There will be optional walking tours of the Old City of Jerusalem and Masada and the Dead Sea.

For more information, please contact Joel Leibowitz at 888-JNF-0033 ext. 820 or or 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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