IsraelCast Episode 136

Episode 136 Russell Robinson


Over the last two years, Jewish National Fund-USA has had incredible success pivoting away from traditional fundraising methods and focusing on their partners’ (donors) needs, making thousands of wellness calls to check up on people and launching virtual tours of Israel for people who wanted to see their ancestral homeland from the comfort of their own home. Now, under CEO Russell F. Robinson’s leadership, JNF-USA is stronger than ever, with a vast array of programs and initiatives for the land and people of Israel. Host Steven Shalowitz sits down with Robinson to discuss the importance of teen travel to Israel, his excitement about bringing JNF-USA’s upcoming $350 million World Zionist Village to fruition, and the importance of JNF-USA’s Conversations on Zionism and why we need to keep the discussion going.


Russell F. Robinson became the youngest CEO in Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) history in 1998. He works tirelessly, traveling around the US and Israel to meet with

JNF-USA’s partners and affiliates to ensure JNF-USA’s vision and philanthropic investment is more relevant and meaningful today than ever before. Robinson has made JNF-USA one of the top-rated charities in the United States, and the leading organization for the land and people of Israel. He has been ranked on The Jerusalem Post’s list of the World’s 50 Most Influential Jews and oversees the organization’s groundbreaking One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade. Robinson has been featured in best-selling management books and regularly appears on TV, radio, and in print media.

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