JNF’s Project: Baseball is a campaign to foster the growth of baseball in Israel, where the number of fans and players is on the rise but adequate fields are in short supply. It involves building state-of-the-art baseball fields throughout the country as well as teaching the fundamentals of the game to Israeli youth through little leagues, summer camps, and clinics.
JNF and the IAB
Team Israel and the World Baseball Classic
This fall, Israel will have its first opportunity to qualify for the World Baseball Classic (WBC), an international tournament held every four years by Major League Baseball. According to WBC rules, any player eligible for citizenship in Israel may play for Team Israel, making current and former Jewish MLB players available for participation.
Field of Dreams in Ra’anana
A minor league-style baseball complex in Ra’anana is in the planning stages, which will become the central hub for baseball in Israel, hosting daily games, European competitions, WBC tournaments, and a professional baseball league in the future.
Baseball in Israel
Though Israel may be better known for its avid soccer fans, it is quickly becoming a baseball-loving country. Over the past few years, baseball’s popularity has grown considerably among players and spectators alike. It was not until 1979 that the first real baseball field in Israel was built. Today, Israel’s baseball federations, the Israel Association of Baseball and the Israel Softball Association, compete against teams from Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East. There are scores of leagues throughout Israel, accommodating players of all ages, genders, and denominations.
Why baseball, you ask?
To the uninitiated, that is a true statement. But for those who have come to play it, study it and fantasize about it, it is far more.
Get involved and Donate to Project: Baseball. For naming opportunities call your local office at 888-JNF-0099.