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Local JNF chapter celebrates Israel; notes efforts of the late Jane Golub at Zoom breakfast

Karen Hausler, board member, remembers Jane Golub and her at the recent Capital District chapter live streamed JNF breakfast.

The philanthropic legacy of the late community leader Jane Golub, was noted at Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) recent local 6th annual Breakfast for Israel. Unlike previous years, this year’s breakfast was a virtual affair as 150 local community members gathered on the Zoom conferencing platform to celebrate their connections to Israel. Israel’s Consul General to New York Ambassador Dani Dayan spoke to the group.

Lauren Iselin and Alan Lobel, the event’s co-chairwomen, said that they felt humbled by the community’s support for JNF-USA, “The Capital Region Jewish community is one of the most active and philanthropic communities in the U.S.,” said Iselin, and Lobel added, “We were blessed to have someone like Jane Golub, whose passion and generosity inspired others to support the land and people of Israel.”

During the virtual breakfast, JNF-USA Capital Region Board Member, Karen Hausler, remembered Golub: “It’s very difficult to lose a friend. A friend always has a special place in your heart and you always learn something new,” said Hausler. “Jane was just that kind of a person. When Ken Segel asked me to join the JNF-USA Capital Region Board, three-quarters of my decision was driven by the fact that I’d be serving with Jane— as she was someone that I was keen to learn from. Jane was a great leader and she would do things that other people wouldn’t. Not only was she a dynamo and leveraged her connections to help JNF-USA, her community, and Israel— she also worked. I remember at one of our first ‘walks for water,’ not only did she get the hot dogs and food donated, she also helped to cook and prepare everything while overseeing the whole process to ensure we had the most efficient way of doing things. This is just one of many examples that demonstrates how she talked the talk and more importantly walked the walk.”

JNF-USA Capital Region Board President, Mara Ginsberg commented that she was glad the breakfast could go ahead, albeit online: “I know these are challenging times and I’m proud to say that throughout this [pandemic], JNF-USA remains vibrant. We were there for Israel yesterday, we are here for Israel today, and we’ll be there tomorrow thanks to the generosity of JNF-USA’s supporters in the Capital Region.”

Information on JNF-USA in the Capital Region may be obtained from Campaign Executive, Rina Wagman, at rwagman@jnf.org or 617-423-0999, ext. 812.

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