The Closest You Can Get to Israel Without Being There 


Thousands Expected at Global Conference for Israel in Denver 


DENVER, Colo., June 1, 2023 — Places are filling up fast for one of the largest-ever international gatherings for Israel supporters. The Global Conference for Israel will unite thousands of philanthropists, high school and college students, and the Israelis who manage and benefit from Jewish National Fund-USA’s philanthropic investments, for a weekend of unparalleled conversations, enrichment, and entertainment.


JNFuture participants attend Jewish National Fund-USA's National Conference


The Global Conference for Israel will take place November 30 through December 3, 2023, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO, with highlights set to include high-level briefings from His Excellency Isaac Herzog - President of the State of Israel (invited), Ambassador Gilad Erdan - Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Michael Oren - Israel’s Former Ambassador to the United States, and Jared Polis – Governor of Colorado. 


“We share a deep connection to the land and people of Israel and a genuine admiration for everything that Israel has achieved over the past 75 years,” Governor Polis said while highlighting the conference in an online video alongside Jewish National Fund-USA’s President and Global Conference for Israel Co-Chair, Dr. Sol Lizerbram. 


Governor Polis discusses the Global Conference for Israel with Dr. Sol Lizerbram

Governor Polis discusses the Global Conference for Israel with Dr. Sol Lizerbram


The conference will feature an incredible lineup of presenters highlighting why it is more important than ever to stand up for the only democracy in the Middle East. Attendees can expect to hear insights from key thought leaders; explore an interactive expo featuring Jewish National Fund-USA’s unparalleled affiliates from Israel; take part in one of the largest Shabbat dinners in the world, and be transformed by riveting sessions including “Israel, A Nation of Start-up People,” “You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Stand Up for Israel,” “Aliyah Through the Ages,” “Let There Be Water, Energy and Food,” “Countering Anti-Zionism Campaigns on Campus,” and “Winning the Global Media War,” among others.  


“Those who hold our Jewish homeland deep in their hearts and who are looking to nourish their souls while surrounded by thousands of peers who envision a bright and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel should not miss this conference,” said Jewish National Fund-USA Chair and Global Conference for Israel Co-Chair, Jeffrey E. Levine. 


The Special in Uniform Band performs at Jewish National Fund-USA's National Conference


The conference’s entertainment will be headlined by stand-up comic star, Alex Edelman, fresh from his summer run on Broadway. In addition, participants will witness a jaw-dropping musical performance by Jewish National Fund-USA’s Special in Uniform Band. The band’s talented singers and instrumentalists are members of the life-changing initiative, Special in Uniform, which empowers young people with disabilities to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and enjoy the same “rite of passage” as their peers. 


The Global Conference for Israel will also feature exclusive events for young professionals ages 22-40, as well as special programming for college and high school students.  


Various discounted pricing and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register, visit or contact

1,500 Philanthropists Unite at Jewish National Fund-USA “Winter Connection” Receptions


BOCA RATON, Fla., February 22, 2023 — More than 1,500 philanthropists from South Florida and across the U.S. strengthened their connection to the land and people of Israel with Jewish National Fund-USA during a ten-day-long celebration in February, culminating in the organization’s annual Winter Connection Brunch at Boca West Country Club.


Jay Berman, Bernie Platt, Achim Rudoler, and Barbara Berman

Jay Berman, Bernie Platt, Achim Rudoler, and Barbara Berman


Jewish National Fund-USA’s President, Dr. Sol Lizerbram, surprised attendees by announcing the organization had reached its ambitious $1 billion fundraising goal for its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade initiative 10 months ahead of schedule, sparking a roar of excitement from the crowd. Charitable dollars raised thus far have supported the development of new communities in Israel’s Negev and Galilee regions, created employment and housing opportunities, provided water solutions, healthcare initiatives, fire and rescue services, preserved historical heritage sites, empowered people with disabilities, and more.


Dr. Lizerbram also honored Jewish National Fund-USA World Chairman’s Council and Century Council members as well as Boca Raton resident and longtime partner (donor) Gloria Kaylie and the memory of her husband Harvey for their impactful philanthropic investments that are changing lives. The Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Rehabilitation Medical Center at ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran, the first-ever rehabilitation hospital in Israel’s Negev region, opened its doors to rehabilitation patients in June 2022.


Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson and Honoree Gloria Kaylie

Jewish National Fund-USA CEO Russell F. Robinson and Honoree Gloria Kaylie


In just a few short months, the medical center has increased the number of Israel’s rehabilitative hospital beds dramatically and is meeting a critical need for inpatient care in southern Israel. In the months and years ahead, this state-of-the-art rehabilitation, research, and social center will create more housing and jobs, establish a model of community-based inclusive health services, and disseminate rehabilitative best practices via Israel’s first translational research lab, marking the beginning of a new era of medical and economic strength for the State of Israel.


Chaired by Loren & Eric Stein, Co-Presidents of the organization’s South Palm Beach Board of Directors, Winter Connection attendees also heard from the Consulate General of Israel in Miami, Maor Elbaz-Starinsky, and Jewish National Fund-USA’s CEO Russell F. Robinson, who celebrated Israel’s incredible accomplishments in just 75 short years, while highlighting some of the organization’s new bold and visionary initiatives impacting the future of Zionism. 


Marty Betagole, Shelly Gerson, Cynthia Goodman, Cheryl Abramson

Marty Betagole, Shelly Gerson, Cynthia Goodman, Cheryl Abramson


The event’s featured speaker was Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s former Minister of Interior and Justice, who also co-founded the “My Israel” movement, one of Israel’s largest grassroots campaigns. Shaked is regarded as one of Israel’s most consequential legislators of the past decade and is the only secular woman to have ever led an orthodox party.


“Ayelet is a key Israeli thought leader whom Forbes Israel named as ‘Israel’s most influential woman’ in 2017 and 2018,” said Palm Beach Gardens resident Marvin Schlanger, a Jewish National Fund-USA National Board Member who interviewed Shaked at the event. “Her perspectives gave the audience insights not usually accessible to Americans. It was particularly rewarding for Jewish National Fund-USA’s supporters to hear her hearty ‘thank you!’ to the organization for its incredible work in Israel. She revealed that when she was Minister of Interior, she would get phone calls from mayors in Israel asking her to ‘bring Jewish National Fund-USA’ to their towns to help build infrastructure.”


Ayalet Shaked, Marvin Schlanger

Ayalet Shaked, Marvin Schlanger


During the event, nearly 50 student ambassadors from the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy and Katz Yeshiva High School attended the brunch to learn about fundraising, philanthropy, and opportunities for young adults their age to participate in Jewish National Fund-USA’s plethora of Zionist education programs like its Alexander Muss High School in Israel, a unique study abroad experience for high school students where the land of Israel becomes a living classroom.


In the days leading up to the grand brunch, national leaders from across the country engaged new partners while the organization hosted a series of business networking events and intimate receptions throughout South Florida — several of which featured Jewish National Fund-USA’s affiliates from Israel, including Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia of Special in Uniform.


Shelly and Jerry Abramson

Shelly and Jerry Abramson


In recognition of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, which is recognized annually in February, Attia spoke about this incredible program that integrates young adults with mostly cognitive disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and, later, into Israeli society, and the impact it has had on more than 800 young adults.


The organization also hosted elegant VIP receptions for members of its major donor societies at the Colony Hotel Palm Beach and The Addison.


For more information or to learn about future events in South Florida, contact Lee Lebovich, Executive Director, South Florida at

Jewish Communal Fund Releases 50th Anniversary Giving Report

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Jewish Communal Fund, the largest Jewish donor advised fund in the country, released its annual Giving Report. In FY' 2022, JCF Fundholders recommended a record-breaking 80,500 grants totaling nearly $600 million to nonprofit organizations in every sector. As a collective, JCF distributed 24% of charitable assets under management.

"JCF is proud to celebrate five decades of helping Fundholders be more intentional and strategic with their charitable giving," said Rachel Schnoll, CEO of the Jewish Communal Fund. "We especially salute the numerous families who have had funds with JCF since our inaugural year in 1972. The founders of these funds believed in the Jewish value of tzedakah and transmitted these values to their families. Many of these funds are now in the hands of the second or third generations, carrying out the charitable legacy passed onto them by their parents and grandparents."

In the 50 years that Jewish Communal Fund has been facilitating charitable giving, over $2 billion has been contributed to thousands of worthy causes in communities around the world. This special Giving Report celebrates JCF's first half-century of impact and sets the stage for all that JCF will accomplish in the next 50 years. The report also provides insight into the demographics and charitable trends taking place among its generous funder network of more than 9,000 people.

JCF - Jewish Philanthropy Report 2023

For the last five decades, JCF has played a critical role in facilitating charitable giving for a wide spectrum of Jewish philanthropists of varying means, ages, interests and religious affiliations.

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • JCF Fundholders make an average of 18 grants per fund per year, with a median grant amount of $601.
  • JCF Fundholders distributed 24% of charitable assets, as a collective, in FY 22.
  • More than one-third of funds distributed 50% or more of the balance in their funds to charities in FY 22.
  • The sectors that received the largest number of dollars from JCF Fundholders in FY 22 were education, community organizations/human services, and international/Israel (these same categories topped the chart in previous years, too).
  • JCF Fundholders distributed $264 million to secular organizations in FY 2022.
  • JCF Fundholders granted $36 million to UJA-Federation of NY in FY 22, in addition to JCF's $2 million annual gift to UJA.
  • JCF as an institution provided $1.12 million in Special Gifts Fund grants in FY 22 to Jewish charities in our community, including an emergency grant to UJA-Federation of New York's Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, supporting the JCC of Staten Island's digital food pantry, providing legal resources to survivors of domestic violence at UJA's Brooklyn Hub, and funding mental health services for Jewish day campers.
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