Top Row: Rami Hazan (KKL-JNF Israeli Emissary), Matan Zamir (Deputy Consul General of Israel to New England), Jeffrey Woolf (Boston President), Michael Blank (Boston President Emeritus), Judith Sydney (Breakfast Co-Chair), Isaac Edry (Breakfast Co-chair), featured speaker Seth M. Siegel, Steven London (Breakfast Co-chair)
Bottom tow: Judi Elovitz Greenberg (Breakfast Co-chair), Sara Hefez (New England Director), Todd Patkin (Breakfast Advisor), Talia Tzour (KKL-JNF Chief Israel Emissary)  

Jewish National Fund held a week full of water summit events! Between our JNF breakfast, campus events and other important visits in between, more than 550 people heard noted author Seth M. Siegel and learned about Israel’s innovative water technology that mitigates global water scarcity and drought.

In a month when we have all been reminded that the world needs peace, we also realize that the world also needs water. New England was only the second JNF Water Summit and for the coming year there will be similar Summits around the country.

JNF has been at the forefront of water management and conservation in Israel for three decades, increasing the country’s total water supply by 12% and helping Israel become a leader in water reuse. JNF’s network of 250 recycled water reservoirs provide almost half of the water used for agriculture in Israel, saving enough freshwater to meet the needs of 4.4 million people a year. With JNF’s assistance, more than 85% of sewage water in Israel is recycled and reused, the highest rate in the world. To put that into context, Spain comes in at a distant second, reusing 17% of its wastewater, and the U.S. at 5%.

To learn more about JNF’s Water Summits, please visit