Jacqueline Yehudiel of Fort Lee is Jewish National Fund’s new Northern New Jersey director. She hopes to help connect Israelis living in the area to each other and to support unique projects that enhance the lives of Israelis. Before coming to JNF, Ms. Yehudiel was the New Jersey director for Teach NJS and the New Jersey associate director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
“I am so excited to join this wonderful organization,” Ms. Yehudiel said. “I am amazed at all the work JNF is doing in Israel — from building safe playgrounds in Sderot to making hiking trails accessible for people with disabilities to helping farmers in the Negev make the desert bloom — it’s all part of a bigger picture that I am thrilled to be a part of. It’s a privilege to join a team of professionals and lay leaders across the country that is committed so deeply to aiding and developing communities across Israel and helping the country thrive in revolutionary ways.”
Ms. Yehudiel’s Israel connection started when she was a Penn State undergraduate and saw the BDS movement in action. She was the president of the campus Israel Alliance and local Chabad chapter. Next, she earned a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Yehudiel joins Jewish National Fund and is engaged in its very ambitious One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade campaign, which already has raised $570 million. The plan for Israel’s future encompasses building new communities in the Negev and Galilee, expanding the scope of river rehabilitation and water research, exploring energy production, creating opportunities for people with special needs, working on heritage preservation, bringing thousands of people to Israel every year on missions and trips, and growing future leadership among young people through Zionist education and advocacy programs.
Ms. Yehudiel and her husband, Shalom, own Teaneck’s new kosher restaurant, the Humble Toast, and belong to the Sephardic Congregation of Fort Lee.
For more information, call Ms. Yehudiel (973) 593-0095, ext. 823, or email her at JYehudiel@jnf.org.