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Celebrate the New Year of Trees with JNF, New Friends, and Renewed Commitments

Shahar Sadeh

Jewish National Fund (JNF) is hosting its 8th annual JNFuture Colorado Wine & Trees event in honor of Tu B’Shvat. Tu B’Shvat is a Jewish festival also known as the New Year of Trees. The holiday celebrates the renewal of nature, and encourages the appreciation and care of our environment. Join JNF on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Space Gallery (400 Santa Fe Drive) for a Glatt Kosher Tu B’Shvat dinner and drinks, and to learn about the great work JNF is doing for the people and land of Israel. This event will feature Shahar Sadeh, an environmental peacebuilding expert and adjunct professor at Columbia University, and will honor past JNFuture chair Simon Schwartz with the Theodor Herzl Young Leadership Award.

“During my last trip to Israel with JNFuture Volunteer Vacation, I witnessed firsthand the invaluable work JNF is doing in the wake of the most recent fires that struck Israel,” said Schwartz. “I’m excited to share that knowledge at our event, to see old friends, and to meet many new faces that have expressed interest in attending Colorado’s premier young professionals event related to Israel. This is a great opportunity for individuals in our community to hear and learn about the work JNF is doing every day for Israel.”

Simon Schwartz

Schwartz is being honored with the Herzl Young Leadership Award for his commitment and dedication to growing the JNFuture Colorado chapter and bringing awareness of JNF’s work to the local community. “It is an honor to be recognized by my community and by an organization that I truly view as part of my family,” Schwartz commented.

The central theme of the evening is the work JNF is doing to replant, rebuild, and restore Israel following the devastating fires that ravaged the country last November. As an adjunct professor at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University, Sadeh teaches about the environment, sustainability, and peace in Israel. She will also delve into the aftermath of the fires and the significance of JNF’s ecological and rehabilitative initiatives.

JNFuture is a global community of young professionals and supporters of Jewish National Fund, ages 22–40, who share a commitment and passion for Israel. JNFuture gives members a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. All members have access to a vast network of like-minded peers, a variety of events, exclusive speaker series, VIP receptions with senior Israeli officials, and specialized trips to Israel.

To attend this annual Tu B’Shvat celebration, please register by February 6 to Jaclyn Greenberg via 303.573.7095 x968, or email Jaclyn.greenberg@jnf.org. Tickets for JNFuture members are $36; non-members pay $54.

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