Out@JNF provides an entry point for the LGBT community into Jewish National Fund. This committee energizes LGBT leaders through education, events and travel to Israel. Committee members embrace and promote JNF’s mission of environmentalism and community building through supporting meaningful projects under JNF’s umbrella.
This committee is unique in that it shows a strong commitment from a major mainstream Jewish organization to create targeted programming and initiatives that serve the LGBT community, both in New York and in Israel.
Out@JNF members are LGBT individuals who are committed to JNF and Israel. They represent multiple professions such as real estate, finance, law, media & marketing and more. They are diverse in their cultural connections to Israel. Above all they are engaged and philanthropic and active in making an impact in their communities and across the globe.
Out@JNF has created a scholarship fund for students to attend the Arava Institute. Each scholarship covers one year of tuition, room, and board for a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student.Out@JNF is proud to report that they successfully funded one scholarship in 2011.
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, one of JNF's partner organizations, is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges through unique undergraduate and graduate educational experiences. Its goal is to create an active, skilled workforce that meets the urgent environmental needs of the Mideast through peaceful cooperation via students from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, North America and other parts of the world all coming to work together.
Make a gift to JNF's LGBT Scholarship Fund today.
Friend – $15/month or $180
Executive Cabinet – $30/month or $360
Sponsor – $83/month or $1,000
For more information about joining Out@JNF or making a donation, contact Shira Berenson at email@example.com or 212-879-9305 ext. 501.
“Out@JNF enables me to express my Zionism and support Israel in a way that doesn't force me to declare my political views or alignments, all the while providing me with an opportunity to meet other like-minded LGBT Jews and supporters of Israel - an intersection that is difficult to find, yet I'm glad now has a place to exist, be nurtured, and hopefully grow.”