No one knows Israel like Jewish National Fund (JNF), so whether it is your first time in Israel, or you have been there before, JNF offers unique and meaningful experiences for all. With a slate of exclusive and inspiring missions to choose from, no matter your interest, now is the time to plan to go home to Israel.
Some event highlights coming up include:
The Road to Jerusalem: 45 Years After the Reunification
The Road to Jerusalem: 45 Years After the Reunification, taking place May 15-22, 2012, commemorates the important anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, which marked a turning point in the Six Day War and to a larger extent, the history of the State of Israel. Exclusive to JNF will be VIP status at the State of Israel’s official Jerusalem Day ceremony at Ammunition Hill. Participants will gather with high-level dignitaries including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to commemorate the unforgettable and inspiring experience at the site of the pivotal heroic battle. The week-long mission will also visit an IDF base for an exclusive tour with soldiers, tour key battle sites in Jerusalem that shaped the course of the Six Day War, and hear the stories of the brave men and women of Gush Etzion, who found one of the deadliest battles during the War of Independence.
The Sunshine Mission
The Sunshine Mission, taking place June 3-12, 2012, offers active adults, age 55+, the opportunity to travel through Israel’s history with Emmy award-winning actor and JNF National Spokesperson Hal Linden of Barney Miller fame. The ten-day trip will follow the trail of history and leadership, from the War of Independence through today’s modern Israel. Hear Israelis recount their personal stories of war, heroism, leadership, and everyday lives. If you have ever wanted to experience the profound emotion and exhilaration of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, we will help you achieve this milestone. Everywhere in Israel, JNF’s work is immediately visible and tangible. Come see it for yourself. For more information, please contact Matt Bernstein at JNF.
The Sounds of Israel Mission
On the Sounds of Israel Mission, taking place April 21-28, 2012, experience the sights and sounds of Israel as you attend the famous opening ceremony at Mr. Herzl that marks the start of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Travel through history on a tour through Jerusalem’s Old City and visit the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv. Visit new communities in the Negev and learn about JNF’s important work rehabilitating Israel’s water sources, the Carmel Forest, and more. For more information, please contact Rick Kruger at JNF
One-Day Bus Tours
JNF also offers tours of the Northern Negev every Wednesday leaving from Jerusalem. Site visits include the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center, the Be’er Sheva River Park, the new Negev community of Givot Bar and the Ayalon Institute, a secret underground bullet factory.
Other upcoming missions include a Culinary, Wine and Arts Mission and much, much more.
For more information about JNF’s missions and tours, visit JNF’s website.
Jewish National Fund (JNF) began in 1901 collecting coins in blue boxes to purchase land and return the Jewish people to their homeland. In over 109 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader and become the central address for partnering with the land and people of Israel. JNF has planted 250 million trees; built over 1,000 parks and recreational areas; constructed security roads; educated students around the world about Israel; created new communities so that Jews from around the world would have a place to call home; discovered new means of growing plants under arid conditions, bringing green to the desert; and built over 205 reservoirs and water recycling centers, increasing Israel’s water supply by 12%. Today, JNF is supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers by bringing life to the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.
A United Nations NGO, JNF sponsors international conferences on desertification, shares afforestation techniques, and funds research on arid land management. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information please call or visite JNF’s website.