KKL-JNF World Leadership Conference participants..
(photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF 2018)
Every two years, KKL-JNF leaders from all over the world meet for a conference that includes professional discussions, project site visits and brainstorming together about the organization’s policy and direction. This year, the KKL-JNF World Leadership Conference is taking place in Jerusalem, with the participation of about 150 representatives from 25 countries, who have arrived for three days of discussions, lectures, panels and tours.
The conference was opened by KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar, who said that “strengthening Jewish identity and the connection to the Land of Israel are our two main goals. Each one of you is active all year long in your respective countries, and we all work together as part of the amazing organization named KKL-JNF.”
He went on to present the conference’s goals: “The past two years have seen significant change in the organization, particularly because of the change in its legal status and KKL-JNF having become a public-benefit corporation. Our finest experts will address this matter during the conference and will answer your questions.”
Another central topic at the conference, according to Atar, is adapting the KKL-JNF vision to modern times: “When KKL-JNF was established 117 years ago, it had one goal: redemption of land for Jewish settlement. Since then, endless activities have been added. We want to make it possible for every Jew, wherever they may be, to influence KKL-JNF’s vision. This is why we need you as partners in this discussion, especially after you return home. We will open the door to KKL-JNF’s 14 million stakeholders so that they can all share what they think we should be doing. Everyone who participates in this process will take part of determining KKL-JNF’s goals.”
An important question that Mr. Atar brought up is whether KKL-JNF should intensify its activities abroad, and not only focus on its work in Israel. “We are all partners to the decision- making process and to signposting the way,” he concluded. “The goal is that we should leave here with a clearer idea of what we intend to do over the coming years.”
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