Jewish National Fund-USA
Breakfast for Israel

Jewish National Fund-USA Breakfast for Israel

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

7:30 am • Registration

8:00 - 9:00 am • Program


Congregation Agudas Achim

7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731


Registration closes Friday, March 4, 2022

Virtual option also available.


Join Jewish National Fund-USA for our annual Breakfast for Israel to hear about our critical work, and how donors like YOU have made a difference. Hear from guest speaker, Marina Furman, a Russian Israeli American and former Soviet refusenik, who has spent her life defending freedom, Jewish identity, and Zionism. Marina will speak on why supporting a strong and secure Israel is essential as we face the rising tide of anti-Semitism, and how JNF-USA is playing an integral role in reframing the conversation on Zionism.



Marina Furman

Former Underground Soviet Activist & Refusenik


Marina Furman serves as Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Executive Director of National Major Donor advancement and has been with the organization since 2002. Born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Furman became a refusenik at the age of 19 and spent ten years fighting the Soviet dictatorship to allow freedom of immigration and religious expression.

Event Chair

Bruce Zimmerman

Table Captains

Mike Abkowitz ∙ Ginny Belofsky ∙ Gali Birk ∙ Sara Blatt ∙ Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Robin Davis ∙ Lori & Eric Dermer ∙ Julie & Ari Franklin ∙ Sandra Freed

Rabbi Alan Freedman ∙ Cheryl & Jeff Fulton ∙ Chayla Furlong

Candy & David Goldstein ∙ Jennifer & Brad Greenblum ∙ Lauren Halpern & Heilla Lain

Brooke Hersh-Thompson ∙ Yael Kuchinsky ∙ Arielle Levy & Michal Tannenbaum

Nathalie Miller ∙ Valerie & Jeff Newberg ∙ Mike O’Krent ∙ Elyse & Rick Rosenberg

Jay Rubin ∙ Samantha Schwab ∙ Rachel Stern ∙ Amanda & Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Lecia Sud ∙ Reagan Weil ∙ Bruce Zimmerman


Table Captains in formation


Thank You to Our Sponsors


Sarah & Jim Christiansen

Jessica & David Levy



Lori & Eric Dermer

Sandra Freed

Janis Lilie

Candy & Rob Mintz 

Rita & Kenneth Rochlen

Gayle Rosenthal

Toby Shor



Jennifer & Brad Greenblum

Cindy & Adrian Lufschanowski

Janet & JP Newman

Kim & Matt Schocket

Shari Stein

Raquel Schuster-Herr & Michael Stoff

Susan Zane



Chayla Furlong

Debra & Brett Hurt

Camille & Sandy Kress

Melanie Lewis

Mike O’Krent

Valerie & Jeff Newberg

Sarah & Reagan Weil

Nancy & Bruce Zimmerman

More Information

Chayla Furlong, Director, Central Texas

[email protected] • 512-410-1438 x948


JNF–USA events adhere to CDC guidelines, as well as State and Federal regulations. In addition, the Austin Board will require all attendees to provide either proof of vaccination OR a lab-administered negative COVID-19 test result dated within 48 hours of the event. Please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms Please visit our hosting venue website for their current COVID-19 safety requirements.