WEEKLY UPDATES 9.28.18 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:
Our 2018 annual campaign goal was $80 million, and when the last pledges are entered into our system and the final checks are processed, we will close our campaign at $84 million. It is a great accomplishment and continues our organizational growth toward a $100 million annual campaign. Even more, our total toward our $1 Billion 10-year goal is now at $536 million.
I am so proud of all the lay leaders and professional staff members who worked hard to help us reach this achievement. I want to take a moment to specifically thank the members of the national Campaign Cabinet who give so much of their time, providing leadership and guidance to be sure our fundraising strategies are helping Jewish National Fund achieve its goals.
Chair, Major Gifts Ben Gutmann
President, Women for Israel Nina Paul
Vice President, Women for Israel Myra Chack Fleischer
Co-Vice President, Planned Giving David Frank
Co-Vice President, Planned Giving Bernice Friedman
Co-Chair, General Campaign Robert Cohan
Co-Chair, General Campaign Robert Weiss
Co-Chair, Community Campaign Jim Riola
Co-Chair, Community Campaign Marcy Needle
Vice President, Small Communities Dr. Melinda Wolf
Asst. Vice President, Small Communities Dr. Joel Spalter
Vice President, Communities and Regions Michael Blank
Vice President, Missions Scott Schreiber
Chair, JNFuture Stephanie Kelman
Vice President, Marketing Steve Crystal
Chair, Makor Michael Kessler
Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign
Travel & Tours Update
Alexander Muss High School in Israel
To celebrate Sukkot, and have a little reminder of home, our Semester students had an American bagel breakfast in the Sukkah. Students also climbed Masada and visited the Dead Sea this week, spending two days learning about the second temple period from 444 B.C.E. - 73 C.E.
Updates from Israel
Open House Tel Aviv/ Jaffa
By Yossi Kahana
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Sukkah of Gen. Doron Almog, chairman of JNF partner ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran. We spoke about the message of this holy day, The Four Species, the sukkah, the joy, the unity; each mitzvah has its uniqueness, its message, its character. No two are the same.
The four kinds of species we hold symbolize four types of Jews, with differing levels of Torah knowledge and observance. The commandment of the Four Species is to bind them as one unit to create a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. So, too, in our society, we agreed that it is not enough to accept the differences among people; we must include them as equal contributors in our communities.
But at a second – deeper – glance, all the angles can be traced back to one unifying core: Unity. At the core of this holiday is the quest for oneness.
We all sit in the sukkah, unsheltered by our fancy houses and imaginary elitism, everybody squeezing together on a cranky old bench, while leaves fall into the soup and the cold chills us to the bone. Unity.
We dance together at the Simchat Bet Hasho'evah, my sweaty hand locked in your sweaty hand, no one more important than the other, all joining in the collective joy of "one nation under one G‑d." Unity.
Now, more than ever, at the core of the almost seven billion human beings walking the beautiful earth is a quest for unity: unity and harmony within ourselves, unity with our fellows and the environment, and unity with our Creator. This quest can be covered with dust, concealed by hate and stigma, obscured by ego, but the quest never dies, and never will die until we bring peace and harmony to our world.
For seven days a year we dedicate ourselves to bringing unity to our world. On this holiday, united we sit.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,