We have raised just under $512 million toward our $1 billion 10-year campaign goal.


The final numbers are in for our second quarter campaign, Chai at $1,000.  I am pleased to share with you that we closed a total of 1,916 gifts of $1,000 or more, which is a 4.1% increase over last year’s total of 1,840 gifts. Fifty percent of our communities surpassed their goal and I want to extend a special note of congratulations to the communities and professional fundraisers who excelled. A special thank you to Bob Cohan and Bob Weiss, our national General Campaign Chairs, and Beth Gluck and Jodi Marcus who were the professional managers of Chai at $1,000. Great job to all!

Percentage Growth in the Number of Gifts Closed $1000+
Winner – San Diego
Runners Up – Eastern PA and Northern CA

Face to Face Meetings
Winner - Deb Rochford, Executive VP for Desert States and Southwest
First Runner Up - Mindy Feigenbaum, Executive Director for Northern Ohio

Most Cultivations and Donor Contacts
Winner - Anna Richlin, Senior Campaign Executive for Central New Jersey
First Runner Up - Cynthia Hizami, Director of Planned Giving, Western United States                                                         

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 11:00 am, and the meeting will begin promptly at 12 noon. On Monday, we will begin our day at 8:30 am and all participants are invited to attend the national Board of Directors meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. 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 marketplace
  • 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 donors
  • 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

To register for the Campaign Planning Summit, click here: CampaignSummit

 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

Shabbat Shalom from Israel!





Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign

D’Var Torah

By Yossi Kahana

The Hebrew word Shavuot translates to "weeks" in English. It is a holiday marking the completion of the seven-week counting period between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. During these seven weeks, the Jewish people cleansed themselves of the scars of Egyptian slavery and became a holy nation, ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G-d with the giving of the Torah.

The evolution from the mindset of slavery to becoming a free people is a complicated process—one that does not happen at once. A slave’s mind and body are entirely under the domination of another. We, as a people, were freed at what is now Passover, but it took the passage of time for us to reach Mt. Sinai, both literally and figuratively. It took a journey—with setbacks and mistakes along the way—for our ancestors to change as individuals and as a people. Only after we began to incorporate our sense of self as a free people could we be given the Torah. The journey from slavery to freedom required an intense cultural change as well, and involved many challenges along the way.

Cultural change is never simple, and we understand that the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities will require us to inspire a cultural change just as profound.

I am proud of the way we have made this change at Jewish National Fund-USA. As part of our focus on improving the quality of life in Israel for all its citizens, JNF is ensuring that no member of Israeli society is left behind. The fact that nearly 13% of Israel’s citizens are considered to have physical or mental challenges is an opportunity for us to live our values. We believe passionately that the inclusion of people with disabilities and special needs should be woven tightly into the fabric of Jewish life.

This cultural change started on Shavuot when G-d gave the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai before the nation: It doesn’t matter if a person is young or old, male or female, abled or disabled. Sinai is for everyone, and if one member of the Jewish nation would not have been present at Sinai the Torah would not have been given.

Even though future generations of Jews were not yet alive, their souls were also present at the giving of the Torah. That includes us, our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents before them. The souls of all Jews, from all times, came together to hear the Ten Commandments from G-d Himself.

Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we hear the Ten Commandments and reaffirm the covenant with G-d and His Torah. Since we all stood at Mt. Sinai, we all should attend now regardless of our observance level, ability level, age, and understanding. Now, like then, let’s all be there and commit to being a welcoming and inclusive community for all by expanding the ways in which individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in Jewish life.

Parents of children with special needs often face challenges, and yet, many of them have found the inner strength to focus on the true blessing of raising a special soul. As a parent of a special needs child of my own, my son has given us a deeper understanding of life, and the ability to reach out to others in a way that others cannot. He has touched many lives while he has completely changed ours. As for me, I’m going with my son to the synagogue during the year and he loves it, so let’s encourage all parents of children with special needs—even those who are not attending synagogue during the year—to come with their child to services on Shavuot  and listen to the Ten Commandments being read aloud.

Shabbat Shalom,


Fulfilling the Dream of Aliyah



Everything we do at Jewish National Fund is for the land and people of Israel and the Jewish people everywhere, and as a key stakeholder your investment is realized in so many ways: from the moment a shovel breaks ground at a new community center in the Negev; as a woman in labor is rushed to our new medical center in the Central Arava; and when a visiting traveler walks into our Western Galilee Tourist Information Center looking to visit a nearby vineyard. And it all begins with our work with Nefesh B’ Nefesh that has brought more than 50,000 people to Israel to start new lives and become part of the Israeli fabric. With your help, this summer we can bring thousands of people to Israel to live their dream. I ask you to watch the above video and be a part of someone’s story by sponsoring a seat on their flight to Israel for $1,000, a Shabbat Dinner for $10,000, or an entire plane for $250,000. Click here to pilot a new story.

Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel

This week Alexander Muss High School in Israel hosted our “Get Back to Israel Fair” for 170 students from four different groups on our Hod HaSharon campus. We brought 15 diverse providers together, including Jewish National Fund’s college and young leadership arms, to come and present information about programs that will bring our students back to the Homeland. This event, which we host regularly, reflects our true Israel Continuum in action by encouraging teens to find the right way for them to return to Israel before they have even left! The excitement was palpable and it was a truly special day.

Travel & Tours

Join Jewish National Fund for the Israel H20 Tour, a unique, water focused tour of Israel with exclusive access to leading water technologies and experts.

Updates from Israel

Employment in the Negev

Did you know the Israeli work week was shortened last month? How does this work in practice? This question, like many others that arise for employers in Israel, was tackled by our Forum for Human Resource Managers last week atThe Lauder Employment Center -- a 'one stop shop' for everything employment in the Negev. It works with individual students, the largest tech companies, manufacturing sites, and everything in between, with the aim of creating diverse and quality jobs that draw young adults and families to the Negev. The Forum for Human Resources Managers professionalizes the field and ensures that companies know how to keep their employees happy, thus keeping them in the Negev. 

National Conference for Volunteers

On Tuesday, Jewish National Fund partner Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites was honored to host the annual “National Conference for Volunteers at the Heritage Sites.” This year, the conference was held at the Ayalon Institute in Rehovot. More than 250 volunteers from heritage sites across the country came to participate -- listening to special guest speakers, like Reuven Pinsky, Head of the National Heritage Department, Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and touring some of the different heritage sites in Rehovot, including: the Ayalon Institute- Bullet Factory, the Minkov Orchard Site, and Weizmann House. These volunteers are part of the more than 600 individuals who participate in SPIHS's "Seniors Volunteer Program". Through this program, led by the SPIHS education department, senior citizens and retires can dedicate their time as guides and docents at the different heritage sites around Israel.

Special in the IDF

This week, Air Force officers from around the country visited Palmachim Air Force Base’s Special in Uniform branch to learn about the integration of young people with special needs in the army bases.