Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:


We did it again! For the 6th consecutive year, Jewish National Fund earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the highest rating achievable under the Charity Navigator rating system. They wrote: “Only 6% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Jewish National Fund, United States outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Jewish National Fund, United States apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”


We are at $491.3 million toward our $1 Billion goal. Less than $9 million to reach the half way mark and we will get there six months ahead of schedule. During the past week we saw excellent activity around the country closing gifts of $5,000 or more and have closed the gap significantly on the total number of Major Gifts compared to the same time last year. We have also done well closing General Campaign gifts at the $1,000 level as part of our Chai at $1,000 campaign. We do have quite a bit of work to reach our goal of closing 2,000 gifts of $1,000 or more by Passover. Thank you to all the lay leaders around the country who are taking pledge cards and making phone calls…your efforts are paying off.

As a reminder, yesterday was International Women’s Day and, for JNF, the month of March is Women’s Month. Thanks to two generous donors in Arizona, we have a matching gift of a total of $1,000,000 for any women’s gift closed this month. In addition, we just 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 June. So, a gift of $10,000 would receive a $5,000 match from the foundation. Here is the best news…during March we can double dip with the two matching gifts. A woman’s gift of $10,000 or more designated for AMHSI in the month of March can be matched by both challenge funds!

I was at the AIPAC Policy Conference earlier this week. It was great to see so many JNF lay leaders, donors and JNF partners from Israel who proudly represented Jewish National Fund and sought each other out. I look forward to seeing all of you at the next big gathering of pro-Israel supporters at the JNF National Conference, October 26 – 29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Please register here.

I came across this great article about leadership entitled How to Lead Authentically. The four key principles suggested that make for an authentic leader are:

1. Purpose driven – Authentic leaders are driven to discover who they really are, to identify and connect with their ‘why’. They use that sense of purpose to inform decision making and stay balanced and focused, regardless of external realities.

2. Listeners – An authentic leader is a good listener who seeks and integrates feedback.

3. Dialoguers – An authentic leader promotes safe, trustworthy dialogue. They master the art of conversation and share their leadership story or point of view – especially with those who are new to the organization.

4. Connectors – Authentic leaders lean into challenges and go the extra mile to work with, understand and develop the people they are privileged to lead.

You can read the full article here, which included a few tips to help us build our authenticity as leaders.

Shabbat Shalom,



Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign

D’Var Torah

By Yossi Kahana

In this week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, G-d commands the people of Israel to donate materials for the construction of the Mishkan. All kinds of material were required for the Mishkan's construction: metals (gold, silver and copper); fabrics and materials (wool, linen and skins); wood, oil, spices and precious stones.

As soon as Moses delivered the message, the people began collecting items to donate. They were so happy to contribute that they brought everything they had: jewelry and material and skins and fabrics. They brought so much that Moses had to tell them to stop.

Next, the Torah describes the workers who volunteered to build the Mishkan as "every man whose heart inspired him." These Israelites had absolutely no experience in this type of unique construction. What then made them qualified to carry it forth? The answer: Their "hearts inspired them." In other words, they had a desire. They were eager to do it. And by virtue of this desire and eagerness, they became qualified and rose to the occasion.

We’re taught that the most essential ingredient is not contemplation or analysis, but action. When we’re presented with an opportunity to do a mitzvah, to become more religiously observant or to get involved in a worthwhile endeavor, let us lighten up a bit on the philosophical introspection and self-examination and "Just do it!" 

This is what makes our leadership and donors so special. They are truly an inspiration and they move others to join them. Each stand up and don’t just talk about what they want to do, or how things can be done better, they take action and they make things happen even if it is something they have not done before. They join Task Forces, they become Makor members, they host parlor meetings, they travel to Israel to see JNF’s work and meet with our partners, and they do so much more.

Shabbat Shalom,


JNF’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel

Once again, Alexander Muss High School in Israel has obtained a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating possible. We are honored to have received this rating along Jewish National Fund.

Alexander Muss High School in Israel is owned and operated by Jewish National Fund that acts as the fiscal sponsor for AMSHI. Both Jewish National Fund and Alexander Muss High School in Israel are nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

Travel & Tours News

Jewish National Fund is hosting the next Young Professionals Tour for singles ages 30 to 45 from July 8 to July 15. Spread the word about this amazing opportunity to explore the country from north to south and experience all of Israel’s magic and wonder. Learn more here.

Updates from Israel

Helping Small Business Owners Succeed

NetGev hubs help residents across the Negev train for tech careers that enable them to actualize a higher quality of life. The hubs also help local business owners develop new skills that grow their businesses. Last week, Jewish National Fund partner Eretz Ir, which runs the hubs, held a workshop for small business owners in the Bedouin sector at NetGev Hura in how to best work with banks, in order to minimize costs and receive all available benefits. 

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Students gain confidence and strength using the new basketball hoops at Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center in Kibbutz Grofit.

Special in the IDF

Motivated soldiers of Jewish National Fund partner Special in Uniform meet with Jewish National Fund women, showing them one of the best protected IDF tanks in the world.

National Heritage Inventory for Israel

This week, JNF partner, the Society for Preservation of Israel’s Historic Sites, together with the Getty Conservation Institute from Los Angeles, and in collaboration with many Israeli organizations, like the Authority of Antiquities and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, held an important conference at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The conference, “Inventory: A National Heritage Inventory for Israel”, addressed the challenges of heritage management and the importance of collaboration in collecting, filtering, processing, and distributing information related to Israel’s history and heritage. Hundreds of heritage professionals, from Israel and abroad, participated in the two day conference.