Monthly News from JNF’s Advocacy & Education Department
We hope that everyone enjoyed a meaningful Passover despite our continued time of “social distancing”. At Jewish National Fund, we continue to create and bring you engaging and meaningful virtual experiences for you and your students. You can find more information about these opportunities below.
This week we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 72nd birthday. JNF is proud to partner with Jewish Federations of North America and The Israel Agency to virtually celebrate this amazing milestone together this afternoon. You may participate via clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/609280006321567
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Stay healthy and safe,
The JNF Education Team
Celebrate Israel for Kids and Teens!
Save the date! JNF is hosting a virtual Yom Ha’azmaut program for kids and teens in the U.S. and in Israel on May 14 at
Tu BiShvat in the Schools - THANK YOU!
A huge thank you to all the schools that participated in our Tu BiShvat in the Schools Tree Campaign and planted trees in Israel. You taught your students and communities the tradition of planting trees in Israel to celebrate Tu BiShvat! A special thank you to the following schools who qualified for cash prizes based on their volume of planting trees and donations:
Level 3- 200+ trees planted
Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School Skokie, IL
Level 2- 100+ trees planted
Yavneh Academy Paramus, NJ
Temple Tifereth Israel Religious School Beachwood, OH
Congregation Sha’are Shalom Religious School Leesburg, VA
Ann & Nate Levine Academy Dallas, TX
Strelitz International Academy Virginia Beach, VA
Kinneret Day School Bronx, NY
The Epstein School Atlanta, GA
Suzy Fischer Early Childhood Academy Miami, FL
Level 1- 50+ trees planted
Adath Jeshurun Congregation Gan Shelanu Preschool Hopkins, MN
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Chicago, IL
Congregation Agudas Achim Religious School San Antonio, TX
Scheck Hillel Community School Miami, FL
Temple Kol Ami Emanuel Religious School Plantation, FL
Ben Gamla Charter School Palm Beach Boynton Beach, FL
Solomon Schechter Day School Newton Centre, MA
Akiba Yavneh Academy Dallas, TX
Sababa- Harrisburg Hebrew High School Harrisburg, PA
Ann & Nate Levine Academy Early Childhood Center Dallas, TX
Solomon Schechter Religious School of Queens Fresh Meadows, NY
Ganon Gil Preschool of Temple Tifereth Israel Beachwood, OH
Temple Shaarei Shalom Religious School Boynton Beach, FL
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Livingston, NJ
Hebrew Academy Miami Beach, FL
In addition to the cash prizes, every school that sold at least one tree was entered into a raffle to win two tickets to Israel.
Congratulations to Congregation B’nai Yisrael Religious School in Armonk, NY for winning the raffle!!
Israel Education Online
Virtual lessons about Israel and Judaism live, every day Monday-Thursday at
Monday, May 4
The Land of Israel: A Good Place to Converge
With Elhanan Brown
Tuesday, May 5
Myth and Meaning in Torah
With Reuven Spiro
Wednesday, May 6
With Doni Kandel
Thursday, May 7
King David: Hero or Villain?
With Lisa Biton
Just click on the ZOOM link for every call to join us! We can’t wait to see you!
or by phone:
Dial +1(646)876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 769 961 741 # US (New York)
Dial +1(312)626-6799 and enter Meeting ID 769 961 741 # US (Chicago)
JNF On Demand
Live videos every weekday from prominent speakers. Check out our schedule and tune in here!
Educators Mission to Israel
In the spirit of supreme optimism, we’re still planning that we will be able to travel to Israel this summer! Applications are open for the JNF-USA Summer Educators Mission to Israel to attend the KKL World Education Conference July 13-19th. Connect with educators around the world while learning about Eco-Zionism and the connection between Judaism, Israel, and the environment.
Other trip highlights include:
· Touring JNF sites, heritage sites, and historical sites of the Jewish people
· Attending workshops, lectures, and discussions on the current challenges in Israel education
· Gaining exposure to JNF’s educational activities and materials
· Networking with 200+ educators from around the world
The mission is open to eligible educators from Jewish day schools, supplemental religious schools, Jewish camps, youth groups, and other Jewish school settings. Preference will be given to those educators who work with middle and high school students.
The cost is $200 per educator, with airfare not included. All other land costs are covered.
To learn more about the mission, click here.