JNFuture Celebrates the Festival of Lights While Supporting Firefighters in Israel


San Diego, Calif., December 14, 2021 —Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) JNFuture members in San Diego celebrated Chanukah and provided light to the world on December 5, 2021, while supporting JNF-USA’s Fire and Rescue efforts in Israel.



Young philanthropists in San Diego celebrate Chanukah with JNFuture


Nearly 50 young professionals came together at a private residence where they networked with other local Zionists and learned how JNF-USA partners (donors) play a direct role in keeping the land and people of Israel safe by aiding its heroic first responders.  


“Over the years, JNF-USA has been a primary partner to the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority — outfitting Israel’s firefighters with state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment such as oxygen tanks and fire-retardant suits, firefighting vehicles, and fire station facilities,” said Event Chair Jordan Rosenberg. “We have also invested in enhancing and rebuilding Israel’s Volunteer Firefighter Program, which trains and provides safety equipment and gear to volunteers who serve as the first line of defense in the remote communities of Northern and Southern Israel that are difficult for authorities to reach in a timely fashion.”



Monica Suissa, Josh Flam, Shana Weisman, Kayla Globerson, Edden Dembsky, Jordan Rosenberg


Attendees also heard from guest speaker, Yedidya Harush, JNF-USA’s Halutza Liaison for Negev Community Development who discussed JNF-USA’s crucial work building communities and strengthening firefighting capabilities in Israel’s Negev region.


The young philanthropists raised enough money at the event to sponsor a uniform for Israel’s Fire and Rescue team, which will help them stay protected while they continue to save lives.



Elwin Warsh, Zach Stern, Shira Yomtoubian, Erica Willens


For more information about JNF-USA’s Fire and Rescue initiatives or how you can get involved with the local chapter of JNFuture, JNF-USA’s community of young philanthropists ages 22-40, contact Edden Dembsky at edembsky@jnf.org.


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Natalie Buchbinder, Michelline Wachter, Kayla Globerson



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About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.