Mar 24, 2020
JNF On Demand: Live challah bake with JNF first lady Lauren Lizerbram
We were welcomed into the Lizerbram kitchen for a challah bake.
By Jewish National Fund
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus, from a Jewish perspective: When it comes to good deeds, just do it
At JNF, our inspirational leaders and donors have once again proven their "willingness to act."
By Yossi Kahana
Feb 21, 2020
Singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman: Jewish unity should come from love, not fear
Successfully passing Jewish values on to the next generation requires our children receive a message that soars well beyond mere victimhood.
By Peter Himmelman
Nov 4, 2019 By Russell Robinson Category: Blueprint Negev,
Brave, resilient Israelis in embattled Gaza Envelope give us strength
|JNF CEO Russell Robinson with a Sderot resident whose car is riddled with holes.|
Yet today, those are not the sounds of hope and prayer the people living in the Gaza Envelope got to hear. They heard "Red Alert! Red Alert! Red Alert!" as they ran to bomb shelters trying to save their lives.
We stand by you
While our families in the US will never go through the devastation these brave families living in the Gaza Envelope are going through, I came to Sderot to give them strength, to convey the good wishes of hundreds of thousands of Jewish National Fund-USA supporters and to tell them we will continue to support them. I came to Sderot to tell our Israeli brethren that while we have always stood by them, we have received much more from them than they ever will receive from us.
|Photo: Alicia Yaffe|
A child plays at the Sderot bomb-proof indoor playground. Residents of
the town have learned to move forward despite the challenges they face.
When I visited Sderot's state-of-the-art bomb-proof children’s playground and music room built by Jewish National Fund-USA and named in honor of the late C. Hugh Friedman, a man came and put his arm around me and said, "For us, this is the biggest blue box in the world."
He told me about the hundreds of children and families who come to the music room to learn the basics of music and how they have so much fun, despite the stresses of living in Sderot. Given the success of our music room, the town is now planning to create a music consortium. I know the budget is coming together for this project, however, I looked into the gentleman's eyes and I told him Jewish National Fund-USA will raise the money needed to build this important project for the children of Sderot. We're also going to continue to raise money to support the indoor playground, to support the local trauma centers, and we are going to be doing all of this because the people of Sderot give us strength.
Breaking new ground
During my visit, we broke ground on a special Eshkol children's kindergarten indoor science center that will include a music school. The facility will also have an after-school program and a senior program that will offer multi-use after-school programming right next to the school we just created. We also held a small special dedication ceremony for Betsy Fischer, the chairperson of our Gaza Envelope task force. She didn't know that just a month earlier, her husband, Peter, called me and said he wanted to give a special gift to his wife, who is so dedicated to the residents of the Gaza Envelope and the people of Israel. He wanted to have the kindergarten playground named after her.
Through Peter's generosity, we stood there looking over Gaza and unveiled a plaque dedicating the new playground to her. This playground is also dedicated to the thousands of Jewish National Fund-USA supporters who stand with the residents of the Eshkol region.