Jewish National Fund–USA (JNF-USA) celebrated Women’s Month this May with meaningful opportunities to gather at events from coast to coast. One hundred female philanthropists from Boston and other areas of New England gathered at Hebrew College for the organization’s first in-person event in the region in over two years. The Women for Israel cocktail reception, “From Combat to Café – A Hero in Our Midst,” was attended by female philanthropists who are passionate about the land and people of Israel.

100 Philanthropists Attend “From Combat to Café”
From left: Lynda Gordon, Marissa Wainwright, Mindy Golod, Lauren Mamon, Laurie Gershkowitz, Susan Rosenbaum and Pam Fisher (Courtesy photo)

“It was wonderful to look out into a sea of such dynamic and powerful philanthropists at our annual Women for Israel event,” shared Rhonda Forman, JNF-USA Women for Israel chair. “Knowing that those who joined us had the opportunity to have their donation matched up to $1 million was a way for participants to double their impact. We owe our thanks to the generosity of T. Lungwitz for that wonderful opportunity.”

100 Philanthropists Attend “From Combat to Café”
JNF-USA Women for Israel event in Boston (Courtesy photo)

The event’s featured keynote speaker, Nir Caspi, captivated the audience by detailing his personal journey from serving as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces elite Navy SEALs unit to becoming the owner, co-founder and CEO of Cafe Landwer, a chain that began in Israel and later expanded to Boston, Los Angeles and Canada. Attendees also learned about JNF-USA’s life-changing work that spans across Israel’s verdant north to the expansive Negev Desert in the south, and how the organization’s strategic vision is ensuring a strong, secure and prosperous future for the Jewish homeland and its residents for generations to come.

100 Philanthropists Attend “From Combat to Café”
Nir Caspi and Dar Nadler (Courtesy photo)

The event’s host committee members, led by Rhonda Forman, included Risa Aronson, Ros Barron, Pat Blank, Andrea Cymbalista, Joyce Grippen, Lauren Iselin, Cheryl Learner, Harriet Merkowitz, Debbie Peskin, Maria Ponsillo, Bari Popkin and Marti Stone.

With the return of in-person events, Jewish National Fund-USA’s 2022 National Conference will take place in Boston from Nov. 4-6, 2022, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport. New Englanders will join JNF-USA’s leaders, philanthropists, high school and college students and an incredible lineup of keynote speakers and entertainers from across the U.S. and Israel for a riveting weekend that will showcase the organization’s visionary work for the land and people of Israel, while also exploring key issues and addressing important Jewish topics through engaging panels and dynamic discussions.

For additional information and to register, click here.

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