WEEKLY UPDATES 5.11.18 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:
The annual Campaign Planning Summit is August 12 and 13 at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House, 42 East 69th Street, New York.
On Sunday, August 12, we will provide a light lunch and time to mingle at 11:00am and the meeting will begin promptly at 12 noon. On Monday, we will begin our day at 8:30am, and all participants are invited to attend the national Board of Directors meeting from 1:00 – 3:00pm. We are planning a special cocktail reception early Sunday evening with entertainment by the Israel Scouts Caravan and remarks by the esteemed Ambassador Danny Dayan, Israel’s Counsel General.
Our agenda for the two day Campaign Summit is under development, however, we plan to focus on many of these issues:
- Helping communities use data to evaluate and develop local campaign strategies
- Using Social Media to educate and inspire the market place
- JNF branded events to project the strength and prestige of JNF USA
- How to grow our donor base from 6,000 donors at $1,000 or more to 10,000
- Asking for money can be intimidating…. Ten ideas you can put into practice today to help JNF reach our $1 Billion goal
- In addition, you will be among the first to see our suite of 2019 marketing materials
We have procured a room block at the Loews Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue (at 61st street).
The Hotel information is:
Loews Regency Hotel
Reservations can be made by calling the Loews Reservation Center phone #: 1-800-233-2356 and referencing Jewish National Fund
OR by going to https://www.loewshotels.com/regency-hotel/jewish-national-fund until August 1st , 2018
From time to time we share a profile of couples or individuals who leave a legacy gift with Jewish National Fund. Enjoy this love story and love of Israel.
How Will Your Legacy and Service Be Honored?
Alice J. Tevelson and Marchel Charles Tevelson, of La Mesa, CA, shared a great love for each other and the life they created together. Married in 1957, Alice gave up her teaching career to become a Navy wife. Charlie, as he was known to his family, was a graduate of Temple University and a decorated commander in the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and Vietnam. Charlie served in the U.S. maritime and naval forces on active duty and as a civilian for a total of 54 years. In 1972, while on active duty and having completed several decorated combat tours, Charlie became Director of the Navy’s worldwide humanitarian mission, Project Handclasp. He held this position as both an active duty Commander and Civilian Director until 2006.
During his career, Charlie was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit Medal recognizing his warfare and humanitarian contributions, as well as the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal in recognition of his 34 years of service as Project Handclasp Director. He received letters of recognition and thanks from U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for his work. Ever at his side and through it all was his partner and bride, Alice.
Charlie’s parents, Theodore R. Tevelson and Edythe Florence Tevelson (nee Binder), were devout Jews who kept a kosher home and made Judaism a focal point in their lives. In his teenage years, Charlie was a counselor at Camp Sholom, located in Collegeville, PA, and had his Bar Mitzvah at the conservative Har Zion Temple in his hometown of Wynnefield, PA.
Alice and Charlie were very charitable, and in discussing their giving plans, made it known that after their passing a donation was to be made to honor Charlie’s parents at Jewish National Fund’s American Independence Park in Jerusalem—a living symbol of the enduring partnership between Israelis and American Jews. The Tevelsons also felt it was important to support Israel and the Jewish community, and to ensure the development of the land of Israel. Alice named Jewish National Fund as one of the beneficiaries of her IRA, in addition to the Shriner’s Hospital in memory of her parents.
Charlie passed away in 2015 at the age of 88. He will be honored with a plaque at the Wall of Honor at Ammunition Hill as a tribute to his military service and courage. Ammunition Hill was chosen as the location for the Wall of Honor because of a famous battle waged there by the Israel Defense Forces during the 1967 Six-Day War. The Israeli victory at the strategic hilltop led to the capture of the Old City and the reunification of a Jewish Jerusalem, making this site all the more appropriate to honor Charlie for his years of heroism, bravery, and service to his country and people.
Praying for the peace and security of the people of Israel and especially those living in the Galilee and Golan Heights.
Shabbat Shalom from Israel!
Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign
By Yossi Kahana
“I was raised with the ever-present Blue Box in my parents’ home—Jewish National Fund and Israel were a constant in our lives. Today, JNF is part of the lives of my entire family—my three children included—as Jewish National Fund is all Israel, all the time. There is no other agenda. Our work benefits the land and people of Israel on many levels, at all times, and our involvement gives us a great sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy.” National Board Past President, Jeffrey E. Levine
How do we retain the traditional Jewish characteristics of kindness, compassion, tzedakah and chesed, generosity of spirit, heart—and pocket?
Winston Churchill once said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent vice of communism is the equal sharing of miseries.” In Judaism, it is an an open market system, where the sharing of blessings was not left to chance or wishful thinking, but was made mandatory. Our Parshah gives us a classic example.
Shemittah (the Sabbatical year) was designed to allow the land to rest and regenerate. For six years the land would be worked, but in the seventh year it would rest and lie fallow. The agricultural cycle in the Holy Land imposed strict rules and regulations on the owner of the land. No planting, no pruning, no agricultural work whatsoever in the seventh year—and whatever grew by itself would be “ownerless” and there for the taking for all. The owner could take some, but so could his workers, friends and neighbors. The landowner, in his own land, would have no more right than the stranger. For six years, you own the property, but in the seventh you enjoy no special claims.
This is but one of many examples of Judaism’s “capitalism with a conscience.” There are many other legislated obligations to the poor—not optional extras, not even pious recommendations, but clear mandatory contributions to the less fortunate. The ten percent tithes, as well as the obligation to leave to the poor the unharvested corners of one’s field, the gleanings, and the forgotten sheaves are all part of the system of compassionate capitalism.
Judaism thus presents an economic system which boasts the best of both worlds—the advantages of an unfettered free market, allowing personal expression and success relative to hard work, without the drawbacks of corporate greed. If the land belongs to G‑d, then we have no exclusive ownership over it. G‑d bestows His blessings upon us, but clearly, the deal is that we must share. Without Torah law, capitalism fails. Unbridled ambition and the lust for money and power lead to monopolies and conglomerates that leave no room for the next guy and widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Sabbatical year is one of many checks and balances that keep our capitalism kosher and kind.
May you be successful and encourage G‑d to keep showering you with His blessings by sharing it generously with others.
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