WEEKLY UPDATES 1.12.18 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:
With a significant boost to our campaign from End of Year donors, we are now at $483 million toward our $1 Billion goal. If our pace continues at this clip, I believe we will go over the $500 million mark by the end of our Chai at $1,000 spring campaign.
Speaking of the $1,000 General Campaign giving level, please be sure you and your professional staff are reviewing your Campaign Progress Report (CPR) on a regular basis to check your community performance against your annual goal, as well as your pace compared to the last two campaign years. While our overall dollars look strong, we are a little behind at the $1,000 giving level. You can review your CPR and see who gave last year, but has not yet made their annual gift. We are more than 1/4 through our 2018 fiscal campaign year, but because the first quarter is one of our strongest, your community campaign should actually be more than 30% toward your annual goal. Use that as a measure of your progress. Your JNF professional fundraiser can run a CPR at any time to review with your local leadership team.
Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign
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By Yossi Kahana
Indeed, Moses is the greatest of all Jewish leaders and arguably the greatest leader of all time. Moses was handpicked by G-d and perfectly executed His most important mission—redeeming His People from slavery in Egypt, the regional super power of the time, to freedom and Divine Revelation through earth-shattering and supernatural miracles. He guided three million people, from infants to the elderly, through the arid Sinai Peninsula and brought them to the brink of the Promised Land, reflecting a leadership career of greatness, humility and selflessness.
There are myriad leadership lessons to be learnt from Moses. Much ink has been spent and many books have been written to describe in detail these phenomenal leadership attributes. Torah also teaches us that Moses’s speech impediment did not disqualify him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When asked to lead the Israelites, Moses initially objects that he is “heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue”— a phrase that has led many rabbinic interpreters to assume that he spoke with a stutter or lisp. In response, G-d affirms Moses’s many capabilities and notes that his brother Aaron can offer any support that Moses needs to fulfill his responsibilities.
Our colleague, Itzik Becher, Director of Major Gifts, Desert States shared the following from Rabbi Pinchas Allouche about the greatest Jewish leader Moses who took us out of Egypt. Rabbi Allouche encourages each and every Jew “to find their own Moses within themselves, and deliver themselves out of their own Egypt. Be a leader!”
Each and every one of us has the opportunity to make the world a little bit better than what we inherited. Like the confidence G-d has in Moses, we should each have confidence in our own abilities and the impact that we can have as individuals on society as a whole.
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