New England Sapphire President Emeritus
Karen Ferber serves as New England Sapphire Society President Emeritus, the women’s major gifts division of Jewish National Fund and is a proud Century Club Member.
Karen was raised as an active and committed Zionist. Her parents lived in Netanya for 20 years and Karen traveled there frequently. Since her involvement with JNF, she has participated in numerous missions over the years traveling the country, learning & educating others about the projects she is so committed to.
The Sapphire Society is dedicated to strengthening Israel through social responsibility toward the land, its inhabitants and communities, and to enriching the quality of life for Israeli families.
When The Sapphire Society was founded, members embraced David Ben-Gurion’s vision of greening the desert, and chose the development of
the Arava desert community of Zuqim as its first project. Karen, together with the other founding Society Members has been instrumental in all phases of this new community from providing the infrastructure for the first 50 homes; Beautification Project; Reservoir; Playground, Roundabout; and Basketball Court. Together, these incredible women have raised millions of dollars towards Zukim and many other chosen projects.
Karen is actively involved in the Jewish community. She leads Israel advocacy programs with her two temples and has helped launch such initiatives in numerous congregations around the state.
Karen also lived in Japan teaching ESL and most recently worked as a Certified Trainer for the American Red Cross.
Sharon Freedman, New England Zone Director, shared, “Not only is Karen our President Emeritus, she is also our founder, and for that we are so grateful. She continues to work tirelessly helping develop awareness and recognition of Sapphire projects. Karen is also an integral and important member of the New England Board of Directors. Her love for Israel is apparent in everything she does for JNF.”