Monday, April 6, 2009

Jewish National Fund and Sun Devils for Israel


Recently, I attended a breakfast for the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in Scottsdale. They had a packed ballroom full of supporters. Our speaker was Dr. Jonathan Adelman, Senior Felow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Washington, D.C. He was also the dissertation manager for Dr. Condoleezza Rice and a professor at the Graduate School of International Studies in Denver. JNF was fundraising for a world class facility for mentally challenged adults in Israel.

I was seated at a table with a new group from Arizona State University called Sun Devils for Israel. Andrew Gibbs and Shauna Tasa, two students, decided to form this group earlier this year after attending an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference in DC for college students. Andrew went with AIPAC on an 8 day Israel political activism trip and on the plane ride home, he created Sun Devils for Israel. They already have 155 members on Facebook. Their goal is to achieve a non-partisan pro-Israel community at Arizona State University through the outlets of activism, advocacy, and education. For more information, join the Sun Devils for Israel Group on Facebook.

I was really impressed with their dedication. Andrew has also accepted a summer internship with AIPAC. Good luck to Andrew and Shauna with their efforts. As for JNF, a Phoenix representative, Cathy and I had been talking about initiating JNFuture in Phoenix. There are some other cities who have built successful chapters and we are watching their efforts to gage what will work here.

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