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Southern New England Community Contributes Record-High Support for Jewish National Fund-USA

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND – Jewish National Fund-USA (JNF-USA), the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south has raised a record-high $11.4 million in its Southern New England region, representing a three-fold increase over total donations received in New England in 2020.

The funds raised by the region are a part of the $120 million 2021 JNF national campaign in support of the land and people of Israel. 

“Israel has always been extremely important to me and to my family, and we’ve supported many organizations with that in mind,” said David Peskin, president of the Southern New England Board of JNF-USA. “However, no single organization better represents my desire to help the land and people of Israel more than JNF-USA. Philanthropy with a vision that makes an immediate impact on so many lives throughout Israel — that’s today’s JNF-USA.”

“It is imperative that Jews always have a strong and vibrant homeland of their own and the absolute best way that I, as an American Jew, can help achieve that goal is by contributing to JNF-USA,” added JNF-USA’s Southern New England Board of Directors’ Campaign Chair and Co-Founder, Eric Berg. “They have an inspiring vision and strategy in promoting the development of the underpopulated Negev in the South and the Galilee in the North. Working with their numerous affiliates across the country, JNF USA is enriching the lives of so many Israelis by being at the forefront of agricultural innovation, water conservation, promoting job creation, making Israel a more inclusive society for people with special needs, the building of fortified playgrounds, medical and resilience centers and so much more.” 

The funds raised by JNF-USA in New England play a pivotal role in helping the organization close-in on it’s One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade Initiative, with more than $851 million raised to date. Through the initiative, 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.

“People support JNF-USA because their gift is used in a way that maximizes its philanthropic impact,” said JNF-USA New England and Capital District Executive Director Sara Hefez. “As an organization that has been around for 120 years, new donors are drawn to our historic accomplishments, yet, they are equally inspired by our bold plans for the future. Through our lay leaders and professional team, we are truly writing the next chapter in the story of the Jewish People.”

The Southern New England JNF-USA board was formed in 2020.

“The Jewish community in New England has always been there for Israel, and the fact that we recently established an official JNF-USA Board in this region is exciting. We have so many passionate, dedicate, and philanthropically minded partners (donors) throughout the region who continue to raise their hands and say, ‘Yes! I want to be part of this movement.’ And because of them, we are there for young people with disabilities; families looking to build new lives in the Negev and Galilee; American teens seeking to discover their connection to their ancestral soil; job seekers looking for employment through our Lauder Employment Center; and small businesses in the Negev and Galilee.” 

JNF-USA’s National Conference will take place in Boston Nov. 4-6, 2022. 

For more information about JNF-USA in Southern New England, contact JNF New England Israel Emissary, Dar Nadler, at dnadler@jnf.org or call (617) 423-0999, ext. 816. To make a donation, visit jnf.org/donate. 

Main Photo: From left to right, Sharon Cohen, Southern New England Campaign Chair Eric Berg, Eric Barker, Southern New England Board President,
David Peskin and Debbie Peskin.

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