WEEKLY UPDATES 7.13.18 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
Dear JNF Campaign Leaders:
All the pledges have been counted and our annual spring campaign, with this year’s theme, $7Million@70, is now complete.
Congratulations! We raised over $9.5 million from around the country during the eight weeks of this spring campaign! We beat our $7 million goal by over 35%! A job well-done to our entire team of lay leaders and professional fundraisers! Click here to see the list of teams.
- Ohio Valley closed the highest percentage of pledge cards
- Congratulations to Team Captains, Elece Kovel and Carol Neuman, and JNF Professionals, Eric Goldstein and Molly Goldberg.
- Barbara Israel Bortniker, representing the Central New Jersey team, closed the most gifts with 18 gifts closed.
- Marcy Needle, of the Zionist Education team, led the geographic region closing the most total gifts. The Zionist Education team included Central New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Greater New York (now Tri-State), MidAtlantic, New England and Southern New Jersey.
I want to also thank Jim Riola and Marcy Needle, our National Community Campaign Co-Chairs, and their professional partners, Shmuli Zima and Benny Berlin. It was a great team effort and the results prove once again, when we work as one JNF team, we can accomplish all our goals. Thank you to everyone who made phone calls and had in-person meetings to close pledge cards over the last two months.
CAMPAIGN PLANNING SUMMIT
100 people are now registered for the annual Campaign Planning Summit with representation from 24 local boards. Campaign leaders are joining us from:
Arizona * Arkansas (Southwest) * Broward County, FL (Southern Florida) * Central New Jersey * Cincinnati (Ohio Valley) * Cleveland (Northern Ohio) * Eastern Pennsylvania * Los Angeles * Illinois * Michigan * Mountain States * Nevada * New England (Boston and Capital District, Albany NY) * Orlando (Northern Florida) * Orange County, CA * Palm Springs * San Diego * South Palm Beach (Southern Florida) * Tri-State Area (Brooklyn, Long Island, New York City, Northern New Jersey) * Washington D.C. (MidAtlantic)
Campaign Planning Summit August 12 & 13 at the Ronald S. Lauder JNF House, 42 East 69th Street, New York
If you have not yet registered, click on the link below. On Sunday, August 12, we will provide light lunch and time to mingle at 11:00 am, and the meeting will begin promptly at 12:00 pm. Sunday evening, we will enjoy a special cocktail reception with entertainment by the Israel Scouts Caravan and remarks by the esteemed Ambassador Danny Dayan, Israel’s Counsel General. Monday morning, 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.
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). 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.
Bruce K. Gould
President Elect and Vice President, Campaign
By Yossi Kahana
This week, Parshat Matot-Massei covers the years that the nation of Israel lived and traveled in the desert. In it, we hear details about the 40-year journey among the sand dunes and arid landscapes.
On a superficial level, the Torah’s delineation of the 42 encampments of the Jews during the forty-year journey in the desert also looks like a sentimental retrospective. They reached the end of their journey and were taking a look back at the experiences along the way to record them for posterity. However, Maimonides, the great 12th century scholar, points out that the Torah is conveying a deeper message about the special relationship between G-d and His Chosen Nation, of how He painstakingly took care of them during this time.
The Jews were a nation of nearly three million people who were miraculously fed and taken care of in the midst of the barren desert that surrounded them throughout the 40-year trek. Those who experienced it would surely remember the details, but memories of the wonders in the desert might fade over time, leading to rationalization of the miracles that occurred. Later generations might say that they survived in the desert because they planned the trip very carefully; that they only camped near cities that had adequate resources to sustain them and made sure each place had enough food, water, and shelter from the harsh desert climate.
The Torah, by pointing out exactly where they camped, shows us that this wasn’t the case. They camped in the middle of the desert, far away from any trace of civilization. Yet they survived. G-d provided them with manna, heavenly bread and water that came from a rock for sustenance. He enveloped them with special protective clouds that kept away dangerous desert animals and the rough weather. Their clothing didn’t fade or tear from overuse or overexposure. G-d showed the Jews that He cared for them and would sustain them.
By listing the encampments, the Torah tells us that no matter how bleak our situation may seem, G-d is there to help us. It is almost inconceivable that three million people could live in a desert for 40 years, yet the Jewish People prospered there with the help of G-d.
In essence, the story of the Jews’ journey in the desert and their survival is the story of our long history to this day. As a nation, we have experienced our share of pogroms, blood libels, holocausts, and any other type of prejudice known to humankind. The wandering Jew has ended up in all corners of the world, trying valiantly to find a secure home. Yet those who have tormented us and expelled us from their lands have all come and gone, while the Jewish Nation has survived.
We are no longer wandering the desert. With the help of Jewish National Fund, Israel is putting down roots in the remote and arid regions of the Negev and Arava. We are turning sand dunes into communities. We are taking dry earth and planting vast fields and orchids of produce. Ben Gurion’s dream was to see Southern Israel thrive, and each and every day JNF is working to make that dream a reality.
Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel
Alexander Muss High School in Israel brought 20 educators from Jewish and secular institutions across the country on our third Summer Educators & Administrator’s Seminar. The group has explored the geography and history of Israel and visited our Hod HaSharon campus to learn more about the AMHSI experience and discover how we can further partner with them and their communities.
Travel & Tours
Join us for a tour on the trail of Israel’s water solutions. From reservoirs to desalination plants, see how Israel has become a world water leader on this unique water-focused tour of Israel. Learn more at jnf.org/watertour18.
Updates from Israel
Guided Tours at Ammunition Hill
This summer, Ammunition Hill will offer regular guided tours in English in the new museum. Tours will take place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone visiting Israel to plan their tours at Ammunition Hill in advance. Tours must be booked by calling +972.2.582.9393. We encourage anyone traveling to Israel to take advantage of this wonderful museum!
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Movie Screening: Operation Entebbe at the HUB
JNF Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship Program
National Service at the Heritage Sites
Role Models in the IDF
Protecting the Land