(New York, N.Y.: March 1, 2018)—Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) is celebrating Women’s Month in March and highlighting the remarkable women who have taken on leadership roles within the organization. JNF Women’s Month coincides with National Women’s History Month, as well as International Women’s Day which has been observed since the early 1900s.
Throughout the month of March, JNF is hosting over 30 events across the country to bring women together to share their personal stories and highlight the important work that Jewish National Fund accomplishes thanks to the women who give their time and financial support to the nonprofit. Thanks to the generous donations of Theresa Lungwitz of Scottsdale, AZ and Polly Levine of Paradise Valley, AZ, donations to JNF’s Women for Israel campaign from March 8th to March 31, 2018 will be matched up to a total of $1,000,000.
“Women raise money with their heart,” said JNFuture National Chair Stephanie Kelman of Portland, OR. “I’m not saying men don’t, but women are able to reach other women on a more emotional level and relate to some of the issues that we’re working toward a bit more personally. Jewish National Fund is going to be a ‘women-run’ organization in the next 20 years, for sure.”
This year alone, the number of women on JNF’s National Board doubled and more women are stepping up to fill roles on local boards and committees. Almost half of the leadership positions at Jewish National Fund across the U.S. are held by women—including 22 National Board Members and 19 Local Board Presidents and 150 task force members.
“In 2013, women contributed a little more than $11 million to our annual campaign,” says JNF’s National Vice President of Women for Israel and San Diego Board President Myra Chack Fleischer. “In just four short years, that number has ballooned to more than $22 million—an incredible 100% increase.”
In 1999, Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel was founded with the creation of the Sapphire Society under the leadership of Terry L. Katz, of Philadelphia, PA. In less than two decades, JNF’s Women for Israel has become a powerhouse within the organization with over 50,000 donors across the country contributing more than 25% of the dollars raised each year to improve the quality of life in Israel for all who call it home. In fact, one of JNF’s largest and most successful initiatives started out as an idea that was developed through Women for Israel.
“The town of Zukim in the Arava [located in the Negev Desert] was a brainchild of JNF women,” says JNF’s National President of Women for Israel Nina Paul of Cincinnati, OH. “Where there were once only sand dunes a new community has developed that is both entrepreneurial and a great tourist destination. That vision helped to inspire JNF’s Blueprint Negev campaign to develop the Negev and bring to life Ben Gurion’s dream.”
Jewish National Fund Women for Israel is a dynamic group of female philanthropists who share a passion for building a prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. Through this society, women connect with each other on many levels—professional, emotional and ideological—with the common goal of changing lives in Israel and supporting the ongoing development of the Jewish homeland.
Throughout March, JNF’s website, blog, and social media channels will call attention to the incredible women involved with the organization. Follow along using the hashtag #JNFWomen. To learn more about Jewish National Fund’s Women for Israel, please visit jnf.org/women.
JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF-USA) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. Today, JNF continues to give all generations a unique voice in building and ensuring the prosperity of the land of Israel through their generosity and partnership with the people of Israel. JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. JNF expanded its education operations to include Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF). Since 1972, AMHSI-JNF has provided a unique, accredited, semester study abroad program for high school students where the land of Israel becomes a living classroom, demonstrating 4,000+ years of Jewish and Israeli history. Our semester, mini-mester, and summer programs help teens from the US and around the globe develop skills and tools that boost their college applications and prepare them for college and beyond. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information on JNF, call 800.JNF.0099 or visit jnf.org. Find Jewish National Fund on Facebook, Twitter, andInstagram.