WEEKLY UPDATES 3.16.18 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:
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.
PLEASE SAVE THE DATES FOR TWO IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN MEETINGS.
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
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.
Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign
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.
JNF’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel
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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
Good Deeds Day in Israel
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