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New Yorker Wins JNF Trip To Israel

New Yorker Wins JNF Trip To Israel

New York, NY - March 6, 2017 – Jewish National Fund (JNF) is pleased to announce David Schoenkin of New York, NY as the winner of the “JNF Tu BiShvat Sweepstakes” in celebration of the Jewish New Year for Trees.

JNF partnered with EL AL Airlines and the Carlton Hotel Tel Aviv for an exciting online raffle to win a trip of a lifetime. Participants were given the opportunity to enter the sweepstakes by planting a tree through between February 1, 2017 and Feb. 11, 2017, with the grand prize being a free round-trip ticket to Israel, courtesy of EL AL Airlines, a free two-night stay with breakfasts at the Carlton Tel Aviv, and two VIP tickets to the national Jerusalem Day ceremony at Ammunition Hill on May 24, 2017.

"We are thrilled to be the recipients of the Jewish National Fund’s Tu Bishvat Sweepstakes Grand Prize,” remarked David and Naomi Scheonkin. “It has been our dream to stand in Israel with our four children and we cannot think of a more meaningful time to do so than on the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem! Thank you JNF for all of the incredible work you do to protect and support Israel and the Jewish people—we are so proud and honored to be part of the JNF community!"

While in Israel, the sweepstakes winner will have the opportunity to plant a tree with their own hands at the JNF-Harvey Hertz Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim, the world’s only biblical landscape reserve. A first prize winner also won a round trip ticket to Israel, courtesy of El Al Airlines, and ten runners-up received a free JNF E-Z Tree account of 10 trees each.

To plant a tree in Israel, 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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