JNF-USA Desert States Connects Women to Israel Through Intimate Gatherings

PHOENIX, January 25, 2022 — Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Women for Israel (WFI) creatively connected women in the desert states together through a series of intimate gatherings at various private residences throughout the area, marking the first in-person events for WFI Desert States in over two years.


On December 16, 2021, over 125 local women attended the events, which were hosted by Women for Israel members throughout the community, with the goal of connecting with other female Zionists and supporting the land and people of Israel. Each host was able to design their own curriculum. They decided on what food would be served, how many people they were comfortable inviting, and which Jewish National Fund-USA initiatives they wanted to highlight. In addition, JNF-USA provided hosts with a “JNF-USA Meeting in a Box” that also featured a uniquely curated spice blend from Spice + Leaf as a take-home gift.


“It has been over two years since the Women for Israel Committee has been able to hold a large event in-person. Co-hosting the Celebrate Women for Israel Reception event at my home felt like a return to normalcy, and it was an absolute joy to share our love for Israel, said Event Chair and Women for Israel Committee Head, Judy Bassett. “I feel so proud to be part of this amazing group of women and am looking forward to seeing everyone again at our Annual Women for Israel Luncheon on April 27.”


To learn more about Women for Israel, JNF-USA’s premier philanthropic community of women, contact Leila Mikal at lmikal@jnf.org or 480.447.8100 x 987.




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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.