#24 - Russell Robinson, CEO of JNF-USA


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Ranked by the Jerusalem Post as one of the world’s top 50 most influential Jews, Russell Robinson is the iconic CEO of JNF-USA, one of the Jewish world’s largest and leading philanthropic organizations. Under his leadership, the JNF has proven over and over its influence and impact in Zionist advocacy and education, Jewish community development, environmental work, developing the Negev and the Galilee, Israel travel, and so much more.

In this episode, Dan and Benny talk to Russell about everything from his growing up in the small Jewish community of El Paso, Texas to leading the JNF to become one of the most well-recognized non-profits anywhere, his positive thoughts about the current and future shape and identity of the Jewish Diaspora, JNF’s response to the Covid-19 economic crisis, the truly amazing initiatives and endeavors being developed by the JNF in Israel today, and the challenges of campaign development in the ever-changing reality of the 21st century.


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JNF’s ‘Go North’ strategic initiative to strengthen and grow the Galilee region, vital for the long-term prosperity of the Jewish homeland.

JNF’s ‘Blueprint Negev’ strategic initiative to revitalize Southern Israel, which calls for the population of the region to double in size and aims to improve quality of life for all its residents and encourage a population shift away from crowded, expensive central Israel.

AMHSI – The Alexander Muss High School in Israel

Visit Israel with JNF

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