Jewish National Fund-USA announces new rabbis for Israel Advisory Committee

The pluralistic advisory committee plans to deepen community engagement and further unite our people.

The Western Wall in Jerusalem. Credit: Samir Smier/Pixabay.
The Western Wall in Jerusalem. Credit: Samir Smier/Pixabay.

For years, the Jewish National Fund-USA’s group Rabbis for Israel has been crucial in engaging rabbinical leaders around the United States to support the land and people of Israel. Now, as the organization aids Israel’s resilience efforts and the rebuilding of communities in southern Israel, Rabbis for Israel has launched a pluralistic advisory committee to deepen community engagement and further unite our people.

Chaired by Erez Sherman, the senior rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, the Rabbis for Israel Advisory Committee features educators and thought leaders from every end of the religious spectrum. With members from Boston to Georgia to Los Angeles, the committee is primed to leverage its national reach and rally rabbis and faith leaders from around the country to increase pro-Israel activism in their congregations.

Rabbi Erez Sherman. Photo by Yonah Light.

“Jewish National Fund-USA has been a force of Zionism in the world that continues to impact young and old, in Israel and in the Diaspora,” said Sherman. “As chair of Rabbis for Israel, I am honored with the opportunity to give rabbis the resources to continue to bring positive Zionism to their congregations, schools and communities. From gathering at [Jewish National Fund-USA’s] Global Conference in Dallas in November (jnf.org/gc), to literally working the land and rebuilding our Jewish home in Israel, Rabbis for Israel will stretch its wings to ensure that leaders of the past, present, and future will be prepared to stand up for Israel, and to unequivocally say, ‘Am Yisrael Chai!’

A fast-growing affinity group, Rabbis for Israel has more than 200 members dispersed across 31 states. Since Oct. 7, another 50 religious leaders have joined, showing the clerical community’s support for Israel in the wake of such unimaginable loss.

“For millennia, rabbis have been the leaders of the Jewish people,” said Jewish National Fund-USA director of community engagement Dr. Marnie Nadolne. “As Israel and Jews worldwide face increasing antisemitism, it has never been more important for the stewards of our wisdom and institutions to be united in support of our ancestral homeland. Our organization’s diverse, yet united, advisory committee will continue the tradition of rabbis stepping up in times of crisis to spur Jews nationwide of every background to support the land and people of Israel.”

Rabbis for Israel is the Jewish National Fund-USA’s affinity group for rabbis who have demonstrated a commitment to Israel and the organization. To learn more, visit: jnf.org/rfi or email Dr. Marnie Nadolne, director of community engagement, at: mnadolne@jnf.org.

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