Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Paul and Nina Freedman, aliyah pioneers and Israel ambassadors

Paul and Nina Freedman, greeting one of many Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah flights. 
It's hard to imagine a time before Nefesh B'Nefesh -- before chartered, celebratory flights brought scores of olim from around the world to live and work in Israel. But Paul Freedman made aliyah in the ‘90s, and remembers it well. Paul, who was the International Director of USY, met his wife Nina, a lifetime Bnei Akiva member, in 1957 in Israel. The pair married in England, and finally returned to Israel on July 4, 1991, this time for good.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sukkot in Israel! A comprehensive celebration guide

Photo: Ephraim Loeb/Jerusalens Photo Contest

If you'll be in Israel this Sukkot, we've put together a list of goings-on throughout the country. There are adventures for the whole family, so take a look and enjoy the holiday with the ones you love. Chag Sameach!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Young JNF leader has a message about Israel for his millennial peers

Josh, bottom center, on a recent trip to Israel with JNF.

By Josh Goodkin, JNFuture New Jersey chairperson

Passion. That fire that burns deep inside of you. That feeling that makes you do things you never thought imaginable. That desire to stand up for your convictions, no matter what. 

My passion can be summed up in one word: Israel. It's amazing what the power of passion can do. I think of visionary Theodore Herzl, who epitomized the word passion and paved the way for the Israel we know today. Following in Herzl's footsteps, I want to share how an assimilated Jewish millennial from a small town in Jersey became a leader and advocate for everything Israel.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Everyday Heroes: John and Dora Boruchin, lifelong Zionists

John Boruchin with his wife and cousin in Israel's Netanya.
When John Boruchin was 12, he attended a speech by Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Inspired, he said then, "If I ever make any money, it will go to Israel." 

Eighty years later, when he passed away at the age of 92, he bequeathed $72 million to Jewish National Fund and made good on his pronouncement as a lifelong Zionist. This estate gift helped JNF achieve a record-setting annual campaign year of $121 million, the largest campaign in our history.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Enthusiastic professors on Faculty Fellowship want an Israel repeat

The faculty fellows atop Masada.

Jewish National Fund, along with Media Watch International, sends a group of professors on the Faculty Fellowship program in Israel for 10 days of touring, learning, and sharing ideas with Israeli counterparts. Applications are being accepted for next year's program now

Enjoy this piece written by Charles S. (Chuck) Fax, the trip's chairperson, upon the recent culmination of the latest trip.

Professors plant trees in Israel.
The 2017 JNF Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel ended with our traditional farewell dinner in Tel Aviv. The 12-day trip went by in a flash, but we were so busy, and saw so much, that in retrospect, we all felt as if we were in Israel for a month. 

I was so exhausted, I could have taken a month to recover. But such sweet exhaustion it was, as this Institute was definitely the most successful ever. Twenty-seven U.S. college and university professors, none of whom had been to Israel before, got to see it from the inside. Our guide, Elchanan Brown, was brilliant; the staffers in charge – Rene Reinhard and Eileen Wedeen -- were professional and unflappable throughout; and the speakers (I lost count of the number), all expert in their fields, were uniformly outstanding, thorough and informative.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

What was your first time like? Reflections of an Israel newbie

By Lori Feldman

If someone would have asked me BEFORE my landing in Israel, "What is one word you would use to describe your first visit to Israel?" I most likely would have said "amazing," "inspirational," or maybe even "unexpected." Now that my trip is complete, the word I would use is "family."  

Everywhere we turned, people treated our group like family. We were welcomed to experience life from a perspective of being home. We were made to feel we have always been family and would continue to be no matter where we call home at the end of the trip.

In the JNF Kitchen: Strawberry spinach salad from Israel's Galilee

The Kalderons
For those who want to satisfy their sweet tooth while still eating healthy, we present the perfect combo in this salad from Kalderon MD founders Danny and Michal Kalderon. They are leading innovators of a uniquely artistic glassware collection whose workshop and factory is located in Israel's Western Galilee.

With over 20 years of experience, Kalderon MD has become well-known for its fresh design concepts and high-quality finishes. Today, hand-made glassware collections by Kalderon MD are acquired by top hotel companies and private customers around the world.  

The couple, who run Kalderon MD side by side (Danny is the artist and Michal runs the business side), shared a family recipe for a great, fresh salad, a it's great hit every time they serve it! They suggest you make it for Rosh Hashana, as it includes apples and honey.