More than 200 major Jewish National Fund donors gathered on October 30 at LifeTown in Livingston to reflect on the situation in Israel. JNF CEO Russell Robinson was scheduled to be there in person; however, due to a personal situation, his address was a videotaped presentation of a recent talk he had given in Charlotte. The talk focused on JNF’s efforts to help relocate hundreds of thousands of Israelis from the war zone near the Gaza Strip and in Northern Israel near the Lebanese border and providing shelter, food, and other essential services.
The in-person speakers included Benjamin Leeds of Livingston, who was a student at Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon, northeast of Tel Aviv, when Hamas attacked Israel on October 7. He spent time in the school’s bomb shelter and eventually was evacuated back to New Jersey.
Tamar Shapiro of West Orange discussed how she raised more than $10,000 to support Israel, and Barbara Israel Bortniker of West Orange described the attack
JNF is raising money to support people impacted by the attack and the war. For information, go to JNF.org/supportIsrael.