WEEKLY UPDATES 5.25.18 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:
We are at more than $512 million toward our $1 billion goal and need to raise an additional $20 million by September 30 to reach our 2018 goal.
Summer is almost here, and in addition to our $7million@70 campaign, plans are underway for the annual Summer Blitz where more than a dozen national lay leaders will travel the country working with our local boards to tell the JNF story and speak with prospects to support our annual campaign. Already assignments are being made and dates for visits are being finalized. Please work with your local fundraiser and help make good appointments for our lay leaders who will take the time from their personal and professional lives to do the important work of Jewish National Fund.
Here is a brief article from Chronicle of Philanthropy with great tips on asking for major gifts, 4 Ways to Ask Major Donor for Big Gifts. It is a valuable reminder that we should be “donor-centric.” When soliciting for big gifts listening to the prospect is equally important as the information we are sharing. Our pitch should focus on the impact JNF is making, and when it comes to significant major gift asks, it most likely will take time and more than one meeting.
CAMPAIGN PLANNING SUMMIT
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 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 market place
- 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
- 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 1, 2018.
Shabbat Shalom from Israel!
Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign
By Yossi Kahana
Last week, we spoke about a journey the Jewish people took from the mindset of slavery to becoming a free people ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G-d with the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
This week, at the beginning of the Torah reading of parashat Naso, the Torah describes the tasks of the Levites during the period of traveling in the desert. Before each journey the Sanctuary would be dismantled by the Levites and then they would transport its various sections: the curtains, beams of cedar wood, and so on, until they reached the next stopping place. Then they would again set up the Sanctuary, while the rest of the Jewish people pitched their camp around it.
It is interesting to think that for thousands of years we have been reading again and again the account of this journey in the wilderness. This helps us understand our own task in life.
The Sages tell us that the purpose of creation is that G‑d should be revealed and "dwell" in this physical world. But this idea contains a difficulty.
The idea that G‑d is revealed in a higher, spiritual world, in Heaven, is not difficult. A spiritual realm is by definition transparent to G‑dliness. It shines with G‑d's holy radiance. But the statement that G‑d should be revealed in the physical world in which we live is quite strange. For a start, our world seems to be opaque to G‑dliness. Many people live in the world and do not think about G‑d at all. Unfortunate or tragic things sometimes take place, and a person might wonder: why did G‑d let this happen? All this means that in our world, G‑d is usually hidden.
The purpose of Creation is that instead of being hidden, G‑d should be revealed: here in this physical world, a world not of angels but of human beings, cars, shops and computers.
Now, let us go a step further. In order for G‑d to be revealed in our world, something has to happen first. The world has to be changed in some subtle way, so that instead of hiding G‑d it will reveal Him.
Who has to achieve this change in existence? Yes, you have guessed right. We, the Jewish people, have to change the world. We have to prepare it so that it will be a "dwelling" for G‑d.
The Sages tell us that this is the inner story of the Torah, all the way through. The Torah describes how we get into very difficult situations and then, by living through those situations in a Jewish way, we actually have an effect on existence as a whole. This was the meaning in our slavery in Egypt; it is also the significance of the long journey through the desert.
Traveling through the empty desert, and setting up the Sanctuary at every place where we stopped, was a way of preparing the world as a whole to receive the ultimate Sanctuary, the Temple in Jerusalem. Now, thousands of years later, Jewish National Fund continues our journey through the world. During our long exile JNF has re-established our ancestral Jewish homeland in modern Israel and, together, with our partners we are making the world a better place so the whole world will be filled with the Glory of G‑d.
Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel
In addition to celebrating Shavuot off campus with family and friends of the school, Alexander Muss High School in Israel students planted trees in Israel this week! They went to Jewish National Fund’s tree planting center, Neot Kedumim, and contributed first-hand to our legacy of planting more than 250 million trees in the land of Israel.
Travel & Tours
Updates from Israel
Chef's Course Underway!
Jewish National Fund is thrilled to announce the official opening of partner Eretz Ir’s chef training program for young adults at risk in the Negev. Out of 200 applicants, 14 were chosen to participate in an intensive 300-hour training course together with personal mentoring and a paid, year-long job placement. Head chefs from top restaurants and hotels where the participants will work inspired everyone at the program opening
“Preservation by Hand”
Special in the IDF
Protecting the Land