Jewish National Fund Presents Positively Israel: Celebrating the Wonders of Israel | Congregation Beth Am

Jewish National Fund Presents Positively Israel: Celebrating the Wonders of Israel

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Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am

Jewish National Fund - USA (JNF) has emerged over the past 115 years as a global leader in ecological and sustainable development, building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.  With generous support from donors throughout the Bay Area and across the United States, JNF has planted 260 million trees, constructed 250 reservoirs and water recycling centers and built over 1,000 parks to green 250,000 acres in the formerly barren desert of the Jewish state.

Today, JNF is creating new communities north and south of the country’s highly congested and very expensive central core, enabling Israel’s 21st century pioneers to relocate to the Galilee and Negev Desert regions and secure a higher quality of life and sustainable future for their families.

In just the past five years, JNF supporters have contributed $470 million to boost innovative achievements in arid-agriculture, generate amazing advances in the fields of science and technology that benefit people worldwide, preserve Israel’s precious historical sites and provide cutting-edge rehabilitative services for people with special needs.

JNF works collaboratively with an outstanding array of diverse partners on the ground in Israel, including:

  • Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which brings Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian students together to tackle significant ecological and sustainable development challenges confronting Israel and her neighbors.
  • Aleh Negev, the world-renowned rehabilitation village, which provides unparalleled medical care for Israelis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds with severe disabilities.
     
  • JNF’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), where 26,000 American teens have participated in a semester of study to gain a unique, immersive education in Israeli and Jewish history and returned to their home communities and campuses to become the rising generation of Jewish leaders.
     
  • Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT), which provides sophisticated agricultural training and entrepreneurial skills to over 1,000 students each year from twelve developing countries in Africa and Asia.  AICAT is a splendid example of how Israel serves as a “Light unto the Nations,” and AICAT alumni become global good-will ambassadors for the Jewish state.

In partnership with the Israeli Consulate, Jewish Federations, JCC’s and three dozen Bay Area Jewish agencies and synagogues, JNF is proud to mark the 70th anniversary of Israel by presenting community forums. These premiere events showcase the remarkable JNF partner organizations cited above and the inspiring people leading groundbreaking humanitarian, environmental, educational and tikkun olam initiatives throughout Israel.

These are not fundraising events and there is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required for security purposes:

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