JNF’s New Generation Of Pushke Pushers

09/21/2016 - 15:31
Editorial Intern

The grandchildren of the generation of Jews who helped build Israel by dropping pennies into the Jewish National Fund’s blue-and-white tin pushkes gathered in Manhattan last week to aid the Jewish state in a more contemporary way – political advocacy with a positive bent.

A pair of JNF's up and coming ham it up at the organization's four day conference in NYC last week. Courtesy of JNF

Accessibility: Freedom To Be In Nature

Nearly two years have passed since I completed my national service as a guide with LOTEM in Jerusalem but every time that I return to guide a group, that amazing feeling of being part of something big comes back to me.  LOTEM’s outings to nature impact so many people with special needs and essentially give them the ability to experience a sense of normalcy--what they deserve as human beings who live in this beautiful world that surrounds us. 

Lotem participants. Courtesy of Lotem

Arab-Israeli Lawmaker In US Refuses To Enter Offices Shared With Jewish Agency

12/10/2015 - 19:00

Arab-Israeli lawmaker and political leader Ayman Odeh refused to meet with the umbrella foreign policy body for American Jews because it shares office space with the Jewish Agency, an abrupt and dissonant end to a trip that was aimed at promoting greater Arab-Jewish cooperation.

Ayman Odeh, carrying one of his three children, casting his vote in Nazareth on Israel’s Election Day, March 17, 2015. JTA

Emerging BDS Fight Is Inside Community

Turf wars, questions over tactics surface as up to $150 million pours into campus effort.

06/16/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The BDS movement might be a war on some college campuses, but how to respond to the widespread effort to delegitimize Israel through boycotts, divestment and sanctions is quickly becoming a battle within the Jewish community.

Sheldon Adelson’s recent Las Vegas summit has politicized the fight against BDS, observers say. Getty Images

Ruth Popkin, Former Hadassah, JNF President

01/06/2015 - 19:00

Ruth Popkin, who served as national president of Hadassah and the Jewish National Fund, has died.

Popkin died Friday at the age of 101.

Silent Lessons: Hiking With Israel's Association Of The Deaf

In LOTEM, we guide groups of people with special needs in nature and after a year, I can say wholeheartedly that I have gained experience working with a wide range of populations. 

Tali Nahir

Opening Acts That Are Funny -- Not In A Good Way

Did a show the other night in Cherry Hill, N.J., for Jewish National Fund. No solicitation of funds before or after the performance. Just a heavy reminder that if people don’t contribute, the State of Israel will cease to exist. This is what’s known in the Jewish world as a “soft sell.”

Joel Chasnoff

In $60 Million, JNF Receives Its Largest Gift

10/23/2013 - 20:00
Web Editor

The Jewish National Fund received its largest donation ever this year, which it will use to establish a Center for Zionist Education and Advocacy, the organization said Thursday in a press release.

People and Places


Based on Israel’s United Hatzalah Model, Volunteers to Begin First Training Session on July 30.

Cameron Steps Down From JNF in Britain

05/29/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A pro-Palestinian group is claiming responsibility for British Prime Minister David Cameron's stepping down as a patron of the Jewish National Fund.

Cameron's name was removed from the JNF's list of honorary patrons in recent days; earlier this month the pro-Palestinian Stop the JNF campaign sent a letter to Cameron calling on him to end his association with the charity.

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