From the outset of her speech to the Women for Israel’s Atlanta chapter, Israeli author Donna Rosenthall emphasized how much the funds raise by that group had directly helped “the complex and diverse population of the country.”

Women for Israel is a group within the Jewish National Fund, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit whose mission is to “ensure a strong, secure and prosperous Israel for the Jewish people everywhere,” according to its website. More than 200 women attended the group’s fundraising luncheon May 9 at the Chastain Horse Park clubhouse in Buckhead.

Although the chapter’s executive director, Beth Gluck, could not release the exact amount of the funds raised by the luncheon, she said, “It was significantly more than has been raised in any of the last four years.”

The money raised will be used to support the Jewish National Fund. During the luncheon, Roni Wolk, co-chair of the Atlanta chapter, was honored for her fundraising work with the chapter.

In her keynote address, Rosenthall praised the Jewish National Fund and Women for Israel’s Atlanta chapter for its work. Wolk said the luncheon drew 114 women and is held annually as near as possible to Israel’s Independence Day, which is May 14, 1948.

“This luncheon went very well as we focused more on empowering our women to make a difference for the land and people of Israel,” she said. “… The ladies in our chapter can make a difference in promoting the programs of the Jewish National Fund, as well as bring their friends to hear about the programs supported by the fund and make donations to support it.”

Wolk was also pleased with Rosenthall’s address as it focused on the diversity of Israel’s people. She said the Atlanta chapter asked Rosenthall to speak to its group because she wrote a 2003 book, “The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land,” about the many “faces” of the Israeli population.

“She said Israel’s people are not all religious or employed in high-tech industries or are they all farmers,” Wolk said. “She talked about that, despite the diversity of Israeli’s people, we can support all of Israel.”

For more information on the Jewish National Fund or Women for Israel, visit www.jnf.org.

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