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  • Support Jewish organizational life as part of Giving Tuesday

    By Ryan Torok

    December 1, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Nonprofit organizations everywhere are ramping up their fundraising efforts today as part of Giving Tuesday and those interested in supporting Jewish organizational life to mark the annual day of giving back, which is observed every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, have a...

  • Special in Uniform: Israeli model of inclusion

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 8, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    One of the lesser-known facts about former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir is that she had a granddaughter born with Down syndrome in 1950. She never publicly acknowledged the child, and, in fact, encouraged her children to place the granddaughter in a state institution, which...

  • JNF reveals finances for first time, holds $2 billion in land

    July 8, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    The Jewish National Fund, releasing its finances for the first time, revealed that it owned $2 billion of land as of last year.

    The JNF report comes amid recent criticism of the group’s quasigovernmental status that allows it to avoid state comptroller audits and official...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF Gala, Texas Hold’em Poker Classic, Our House and more

    By Ryan Torok

    November 13, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Hollywood A-listers Barbra Streisand, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Pamela Anderson were among those who attended the eighth annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Nov. 6; the event raised an unprecedented $33 million to fund the...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 17, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    By Jared Sichel

    August 18, 2014 | 3:47 am

    When the tzeva adom, red alert, screams its siren as Yasmine Parda eats out in Ashkelon at her favorite restaurant, she waits and hopes for the best—no rocket shelters are reachable by foot within the siren’s reported 15-second warning interval.

    “We sit in the restaurant and...

  • Bedouins in Negev Face Demolition of Communities, Forced Urbanization

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 25, 2014 | 6:15 am

    The story of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib is one of tragedy and loss. Since 2010, the government has demolished the village more than 70 times to displace the Bedouin families living there, who are not recognized by the State, and to plant the Ambassadors Forest on the land. On...

  • Stop Prawer-Begin plan for Bedouin resettlement

    December 14, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The Negev Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran is where I first learned about what it means to be rooted, to be devoted to something with steadfastness. It is here that I learned the true impact of Jewish National Fund (JNF) afforestation on the Bedouin, which is far from JNF’s...

  • Israeli UN ambassador sees opportunities

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2013 | 11:09 am

    For Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, the Iranian nuclear threat is real, the hostility coming from the United Nations is enduring, and Palestinian calls for two states are disingenuous.

    Yet, he said at a Dec. 11 breakfast hosted by the Jewish National Fund...

  • Hunting for the perfect (JNF) Christmas tree—in Israel

    December 17, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Winding up and down the rows of Arizona brush trees, Jason Heeney sees slim pickings for Christmas.

    “This tree would be hard to put the star on," Heeney says. "It’s totally flat, like a smushed nose.”

    The Michigan native and his friend, native Parisian Emie Genty, have driven...

  • Super mogul Kathy Ireland the new super model for Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 22, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    In the ever-unwinnable image war, maybe what Israel needs is a Cover Girl.

    I’m thinking someone tall, curvy and striking, who boasts a record number of appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (say, 13, with three covers), a role-model type who has created a...

  • In ’84, sans IOC, L.A. remembered Israeli athletes slain at Munich Olympics

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2012 | 9:34 pm

    Though they may not seem like much at first glance, the copse of trees that stands at the top of a hill in Pan Pacific Park is actually a legacy of the summer Olympic games held in Los Angeles in 1984.

    More specifically, the scruffy trees were one of the ways the city of Los...

  • JNF should plant trees, not uproot families

    March 1, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    As a child, I proudly brought my spare change to Hebrew school to drop in the little blue boxes. With this money, my teachers told me, the Jewish National Fund would plant trees in Israel. I never imagined that these nickels and dimes would also help to evict Palestinians from their...

  • Rabbis thank countries that helped with forest fires

    October 25, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Conservative movement rabbis thanked envoys from countries that helped Israel douse forest fires, including some that now have difficult relations with the Jewish state.

    Washington-area rabbis Stuart Weinblatt, who directs Israel policy for the Rabbinical Assembly, the rabbinical...

  • Israel gifts pope with olive tree

    October 24, 2011 | 10:50 am

    An olive tree more than 200 years old grown near Nazareth was sent as a gift from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Pope Benedict XVI.

    The tree will be planted Wednesday during a ceremony at Viale Degli Ulivi, or Olive Tree Boulevard, in the Vatican Gardens.

    According to...

  • Bedouin villagers clash with foresters in Negev

    February 10, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Residents of a Bedouin village razed more than a dozen times clashed with workers from the Jewish National Fund who came to plant trees in the area.

    Six people were injured in Thursday’s clashes in the unrecognized village of Al-Arakib in the Negev and three were arrested for...

  • Deadly Israeli wildfire draws U.S., Los Angeles support

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 2, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel...

  • Briefs: Olmert tells OU Jerusalem not negotiable; Temple Mount digging may cause problems

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert to OU: Jerusalem Not On Table

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised Orthodox Jewish leaders that Jerusalem is not up for discussion in forthcoming negotiations with the Palestinians.

    In response to a letter from the Orthodox Union (OU) insisting that Olmert not cede portions of...

  • Briefs: U.S. House approves Iran divestment; Olmert real estate deals probed; Barghouti seen leading

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    House Votes to Sanction Iran

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to toughen sanctions against Iran. The Iran Counter-Proliferation Act bans American firms from using foreign subsidiaries to bypass current sanctions against Iran's energy sector; bans...

  • Israeli Arabs prove to be part of the problem, not part of the solution

    By Amotz Asa-El

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like the rest of my circle of Israelis, who have seen war as kids and soldiers and then, as undergraduates, attended peace rallies before establishing families and joining the middle class, I also assumed that Israel's Arabs were part of the solution.

    We met them on campus, in...

  • ‘Jews Only’ JNF land plan counters Israel’s values

    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine the following scenario: Italy's Parliament passes a law that restricts the sale of public lands to Christians. Government officials rush to justify the measure, citing historic ties between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church. Nonetheless, the consequences of the legislation...
  • Israel Feeling Strains of Democracy

    By Leonard Fein

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East." When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the Jewish state" or "the state of the Jewish people." And now and then, we describe Israel as "a Jewish democratic state."

    But that last does not quite roll so...

  • Community Briefs

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They All Hallelued

    When the creators of Hallelu picked Oct. 20 as the date for the concert celebrating the Jewish spirit, they might not have realized that the day fell on the eighth anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

    Yet, when Carlebach's daughter, Neshama,...

  • JNF Honors Eight

    By Journal Staff

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a tribute to eight of its members, among them Holocaust survivors, a rabbi and two doctors, the Jewish National Fund will hold a 100th anniversary dinner Sept. 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. The honorees include:

    Miles and Esther Sterling of Aliso Viejo. She is a...

  • Car Alarm

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You've read the newspaper ads or heard the pitches on the radio:Donate your old car to our worthy charity, which aidsorphans/immigrants/homeless/the halt and the lame, and enjoy agenerous tax write-off.

    The American Red Cross is doing it, as is the National KidneyFoundation, Jewish...