JNF is Making a Difference in the Lives of Countless Israelis
This year, since International Holocaust Remembrance Day coincides with Tu Bi’Shevat (January 27), we have named the campaign Restore & Remember.
You can bring some light to vulnerable Holocaust survivors or help restore the arson-dammaged Plugot forest with “bee puller” trees to attract more of these vital insects to the ecosystem.
This year, we are also offering a new opportunity to help Israel through monthly giving. Your monthly gift will allow JNF to lower its administrative costs so more funds are directed to Israel.
To commemorate Tu Bi’Shevat, all donors who increase their gift by a minimum of $54, or become monthly donors of $10 or more, will receive a Taste of Israel package* and access to an online Taste of Israel program. In addition, monthly donors will receive a package of 6 Tree cards for their use.
Please give generously and help us “Build Israel Together”.
*Only online donations received by January 29th are eligible to receive the Taste of Israel package.
Help Holocaust Survivors Cope During Their Golden Years
Many of the nearly 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today were children during WW2, children who suffered an unimaginable tragedy. After the war, they made every effort to rebuild their shattered lives, but not all succeeded. Many continue to struggle with their traumatic pasts. Over the past years, the number of survivors requesting support continues to grow. As the survivors age and face additional challenges their needs’ grow and their support network becomes more limited.
With your help, JNF will renovate Amcha’s Centre in Rehovot servicing Survivors with psychological and social support. This centre has become dilapidated and is unsuitable for many activities. This centre will provide a rich array of programs, that after a year of isolation due to the pandemic, have become more important than ever. Now is the time to help us honour these brave Jewish heroes and ensure their final chapters are filled with support and happiness.
Plant Trees to Attract the Bees in the Plugot Forest
This Tu Bishat, we invite you to participate in our most time-honoured tradition and help us renew the arson-balloon damaged Plugot Forest with new, “bee-puller” trees to increase the bee populations by attracting other bees to the area. Bees are central to the functioning of our entire ecosystem by fertilizing which produce 90% of the world’s food.
Located in the Northern Negev close to the city of Kiryat Gat, the Plugot Forest holds great significance in Israeli history as the site of one of the great battles during the War of Independence and includes many other heritage sites and is a wonderful recreational spot for families to spend quality time immersed in nature.
This year, plant some trees to attract the bees!
Taste of Israel Package
A Tast of Israel in Honour of Tu Bi’Shevat
In honour of Tu Bi’Shevat this January, we welcome you to join us in celebrating the Land of Israel with our Taste of Israel Package*, including almonds, dried apricots, dried pineapple and raisins.
Increasing your gift for our Annual Campaign by $54, or opting-in to our Monthly Giving Program, you will be eligible to receive this package.
Together we will celebrate the fruits of Israel, learn about the Tu Bi’Shevat seder, and celebrate during a Canada-wide Zoom program on February 7th at 2:00 p.m.
*Packages from Kosher Food Warehouse Kosher Food Warehouse
What is Tu Bi’Shevat?
Tu Bi’Shevat, also known as ‘Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot’, is the ‘New Year’ for the trees. The word Tu is literally the sound of the Hebrew letters that make up the date of the festival, which falls on the 15th of the month of Shevat.
This festival marks the beginning of the new season, or fruit-bearing cycle, for the earliest-blooming trees in Israel. Tu Bi’Shevat is traditionally celebrated with fruits from the land of Israel, and dedicated to the study, appreciation and remembering our connection to the environment.
Celebrations of Tu Bi’Shevat include donating money to plant trees in Israel, or locally, as well as continuing the tradition of the Tu Bi’Shevat seder.
A Tu Bi’Shevat seder is similar to the traditional Passover seder, with 4 cups of wine or grape juice and enjoyment of fruits from the trees, specifically native to Israel. The Taste of Israel Package includes some of the traditional fruits that one would consume during the seder.
JNF Montreal’s New Monthly Giving Program
In Jewish tradition, a new chodesh (hebrew for month) symbolizes a fresh start. The root of chodesh is chadash (hebrew for new), and each month brings new opportunities and hope for health and happiness.
JNF Monthly is excited to announce our new Monthly Giving Program!
Start 2021 off by donating monthly to JNF and help us carry out our core mission, supporting the land and the people of Israel, by joining our new Monthly Giving program.
You can make a greater impact on the lives of Israelis by contributing each month to JNF. For example, your donation can help the vulnerable like this year’s renovation of the AMCHA Centre, or restore the environment such as in the Plugot Forest.
You may also let JNF Decide the greatest are of need
For a minimum donation of $10 per month you will receive a package of 6 Tree cards and/or, for January, a Taste of Israel package* in celebration of Tu Bi’Shevat, as a token of our appreciation.
Make this year a new beginning and make a difference each and every month by becoming a JNF Monthly Donor.
Thank you for your support of JNF and helping us Build Israel Together!
Have any questions about our Annual Tu Bi’Shevat Campaign?
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