The Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) professional team and lay leadership in the Capital Region have announced that the organization has achieved a record-high fund-raising result, with the greater New England community, that it is a part of, donating $11.4 million to the philanthropy’s equally record-breaking $120 million 2021 national campaign in support of the land and people of Israel. The fund-raising result represents an almost four-fold increase over total donations received in New England in 2020.

Children from the Arava region of Israel are pictured to promote donations to the Jewish National Fund, JNF, which may aid in the quality of their lives.

Newly appointed Capital Region Board President, Lauren Iselin, reports that she is determined to engage the broader community and continue the work undertaken by immediate-past president, Mara Ginsberg.

“When asked if I would serve as president of the board, it only took me a second to say yes,” said Iselin. I am committed to JNF-USA and everything it does in and for Israel. I am a proud Zionist, so I want to be able to support the land and people of Israel. In speaking with our board members, we all have the same goal. We want to educate more people in the Capital Region about JNF-USA’s impact, from our sustainable agriculture work in the Arava to the important support we give to individuals with disabilities.”

The organization also recently welcomed new Senior Campaign Executive Emily Pfeffer. Pfeffer said, “ I recently moved to Boston after living in Tel Aviv for over six years. While living in Israel, I was involved with many JNF-USA affiliates, starting with my making aliyah through Nefesh B’Nefesh. I experienced the organization’s incredible work first-hand, including volunteering with HaShomer Ha’Chadash, and taking day trips with JNF-USA to visit the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center as well as the Akko Visitor Center. I also had several opportunities to meet students and faculty at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Joining JNF-USA was a natural next step in my career after moving back to the United States, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful family. I can’t wait to meet the Capital Region’s philanthropists and I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning more about our work in Israel’s Negev and Galilee to reach out to me at epfeffer@jnf.org, 617-423.0999, ext. 812.”

Information about JNF-USA in the Capital Region may also be obtained from Capital Region Board President Iselin who has indicated that she will be happy to chat about JNF at laiselin05@gmail.com.

JNF-USA’s fund-raising momentum in New England is set to continue into the new year, with the organization’s National Conference scheduled for Boston on Nov. 4-6, 2022. Early bird registration rates are available through Dec. 31. Information may be obtained at  jnf.org/nc.