Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:


Last weekend was another fantastic major donor weekend in Phoenix, which included more than one thousand attendees at the JNF Breakfast for Israel, hundreds more at the JNFuture Shabbat in the Desert, and many great learning sessions. Thank you and Yashir Koach to all the lay leaders and professional staff that worked hard to make it a fun and successful weekend.

As a reminder, March is JNF Women’s Month. Every women’s gift closed this month will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to two generous donors in Arizona, who combined will contribute a total of $1 million.

In addition, we received a challenge from a New York foundation toward the Alexander Muss High School in Israel that will provide a 2-for-1 match for any gift of $10,000 or more to support AMHSI through the month of June.  Women can “double dip” and receive both matches in March. A women’s gift of $10,000 designated to support AMHSI would receive a $5,000 match from the NY foundation and a $10,000 match from the Phoenix donors turning a $10,000 gift into $25,000.

2018 Campaign Planning Summit
August 12 & 13
New York, NY
Ronald S. Lauder JNF House
This is your opportunity to help plan our 2019 fundraising campaign and bring home new ideas to strengthen your local fundraising.  The annual campaign planning meeting will begin Sunday afternoon and conclude Monday afternoon. All participants are then invited to stay for the National Board of Directors meeting on Monday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
National Conference Community Leadership Meeting
Thursday, October 25
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Phoenix, AZ
Biltmore Hotel
In conjunction with the National Conference, join together with other community leaders for a training session focused on enhancing our leadership skills. Time will also be given for sharing best practices to help you enhance your local JNF fundraising campaign.

Shabbat Shalom,



Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign

D’Var Torah

By Yossi Kahana

Have you ever thought that even pennies could be used for charitable giving? Well, they can — through JNF’s Blue Box, every penny helps.

JNF offers a deeper connection to the land and people of Israel, whether it's through your voice, time, dollars, or volunteering. Some days it’s natural for us to do good things; the more we do, the higher we climb on an upward ascent to even more positivity. Other times we get stuck on a downward spiral of circumstances that rob us of opportunity, and before we know it we’re in a rut, depleted of energy and initiative.

This week’s Torah portion begins with G‑d calling Moses:

G‑d called to Moses; and G‑d spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting, saying:

Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: A man who shall bring of you an offering to G‑d . . .

The book of Leviticus teaches the laws of sacrifices. Interestingly, the last letter of the first word in this book—Vayikra, G‑d’s call to Moses—is written with an unusually small aleph. A scribal abnormality: what does it tell us?

There are all kinds of “offerings” we can give to G‑d: our energy and talents, our dispositions and thoughts, our words and deeds. These all create a kinder home for G‑d in this world.

When the world is smiling at us, when we are feeling “big” and productive, it can be easier to feel connected to G‑d. But what about during the drudgery or smallness of life, when we are feeling unfulfilled and uninspired?

Maintaining our connection—finding our “offering”—in times of dullness and restlessness remains our greatest challenge.

And perhaps that’s when we most need to remember: Vayikra, G‑d is calling to us, even in these moments of smallness and loneliness, inviting us to bring our offering and to come close.

Shabbat Shalom,


Water Update

You are cordially invited to participate in our series of bi-monthly video calls to hear firsthand from Israeli water experts about the water situation in Israel, new initiatives, technologies, and more. The next video call takes place on Monday, March 19, at 11am EST. Register here.

JNF’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel

AMHSI students participated in a Zionism seminar this week. Small groups were each assigned a prominent Zionist figure, such as Theodor Herzl, Ahad Ha'am, A.D. Gordon, Abraham, or Isaac Kook, to research and create presentations about. There were plays, songs and art projects that told these important stories. Everyone learned a great deal and had fun at the same time!

Travel & Tours News

Join us for the Queen of Sheba: Women for Israel tour, November 8-14. This women-only trip is an unforgettable experience of Israel through women’s eyes. Learn more and register here.

Updates from Israel

Innovative Employment Solutions

Did you know that there are more than 30 employment agencies working for various populations – religious, secular, Bedouin, small towns, and more - in the Negev? Established in 2016, the Forum for Employment Organizations, which was created by Jewish National Fund partner Eretz Ir, brings these agencies together to create regional solutions to employment problems. Last week's meeting focused on building partnerships between employment agencies in different sectors.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Jewish National Fund’s Task Force on Disabilities visited the Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center in Grofit to discuss strategy and needs.

Good Deeds Day in Israel

This week, as part of the nationwide Good Deeds Day, Jewish National Fund partner HaShomer HaChadash hosted over 1,200 volunteers in over 13 sites across the country. High school students in the Negev collected Jojoba seeds; members of the hi-tech company Elbit near Haifa worked in forest preservation and fire prevention; and so much more. The main theme of the day was giving back to our communities, and the importance of caring for and protecting the land.

Special in the IDF

The 166 Squadron of the Israeli Air Force, also known as the UAV Squadron, is located in Palmachim Air Force Base. The squadron has accepted its first Special in Uniform volunteers on the autism spectrum. Welcome and Mazal Tov.

“Adopt a Heritage Site”: Working Together

The “Adopt a Heritage Site” program, led by Jewish National Fund partner Society for Presevation of Israel Heritage Sites, uses hands on techniques and activities to teach students about the importance of preservation and conservation. In 2017, more than 5,000 students from 160 different classes and 50 different schools across Israel participated in the “Adopt a Heritage Site” program. One of the most unique projects from 2017 was SPIHS’s work with the Albironi school. This school, whose students come from Nazareth and the surrounding area, is one of the first Arab schools to participate in the program. Through continued collaboration with the Albironi school, SPIHS is working to make the “Adopt a Heritage Site” program accessible for Israeli and Arab students alike.