JNF is Making a Difference in the Lives of Countless Israelis
This year’s theme for the Annual Campaign (formerly known as the Tu Bi’Shevat Campaign) is Restore and Remember. The campaign launch coincides with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the holiday of Tu Bi’Shevat (New Year of the Trees).
By supporting the Annual Campaign, you will help Holocaust survivors cope during their golden years; aid in restoring the Plugot forest with “bee puller” trees to attract these vital insects to the ecosystem; and support the development of a therapeutic garden for the residents at the ALUT Irusim Village.
New! Monthly Giving
This year we are also offering a new opportunity to help Israel through monthly giving. Your monthly gift will allow JNF to lower our administrative costs so more funds are directed to Israel. In addition, monthly donors will receive a package of 6 Tree cards for their use.
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.
A special project in memory of Barry Baker z”l
Build a Therapeutic Garden at the ALUT Irusim Village
With your support, JNF will build a therapeutic garden for the autistic residents living at the ALUT Irusim Village in Be’er Sheva, creating frameworks in which to live, work, and spend their leisure time. The grounds around four Homes for Life will be developed, including the addition of swings; a pergola to provide shade and comfort; greenery; and fruit trees to make the space welcoming. The project will allow the village to be both practical and beautiful for people with autism, their families, and visitors.
As the 2015 Negev Honouree with his brother Allan, Barry z”l was a passionate supporter of ALUT. In honour of his memory, the Baker family will be matching all donations made toward the development of this therapeutic garden.
JNF Ottawa’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 Ottawa is excited to announce our new Monthly Giving Program!
Start 2021 by joining our new Monthly Giving program. By contributing each month to JNF, you have a direct impact on the land of Israel and lives of Israelis. Each year, your donation can be directed to one of three funds:
· Environmental projects, such as this year’s Plugot Forest planting
· Vulnerable projects, such as this year’s renovation of the AMCHA Centre
· Support projects, such as therapeutic gardens for those at ALUT
For a minimum donation of $10 per month you will receive a package of 6 Tree cards as a token of our appreciation.
Make a difference 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 Campaign?
Sharon Diamond, Executive Director
ILANA Albert-Novick, Manager, Campaigns & Operations