Eric Michaelson joins Jewish National Fund as Chief Israel Officer


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New York, NY: – Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced that Eric Michaelson, former executive vice president of Nefesh B’Nefesh, will serve as JNF’s new Chief Israel Officer reporting directly to CEO Russell F. Robinson and manage logistics, operations and develop partner relationships for the 114-year old organization.

In his role as a member of the executive management team, Michaelson will be based in Israel and oversee all of JNF’s Israeli operations to ensure greater coordination and fluidity between partners and staff. This includes the Jerusalem office directed by Alon Badihi, the more than 30-partner organizations in Israel that focus on JNF’s program areas in Community Building; Forestry & Green innovations; Water Renewal;  Research & Development; Zionist Education and Advocacy; Heritage Sites; Disability and Special Needs; and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

“I am excited to work with the passionate and dedicated team at Jewish National Fund and increase efforts to expand upon their great vision,” said Michaelson. “People often think that JNF is just about trees but the organization is in fact so much more. In this position I will forge ahead with new and stronger partnerships, impact the positive growth and advancement of Israel, and help create a global address for the Jewish people everywhere.”

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Eric to the JNF family,” remarked Robinson. “Eric brings a depth of experience and hands-on achievement from the military, Nefesh B’Nefesh and financial sector. To meet our goal to be more streamlined and visible, we are confident that Eric will strengthen our operational presence while also creating efficiencies by reducing costs.”

During his seven years in senior management at Nefesh B’Nefesh, Michaelson helped deliver on its core mission to bring thousands of new Israeli’s (olim) to settle successfully into Israel. There he supervised staff and the budgets of Nefesh B’Nefesh, oversaw its many relationships with governmental and private partners, and designed and implemented the organizational structure while defining the vision for its growth and efficient running.

A major (Res.) in the General Command Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, Michaelson holds degrees in accounting and law from Hebrew University, and has also taught both subjects on the college level. He is married with two children and resides in Jerusalem.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit

July 21, 2015

Contact: Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications

212-879-9305 x222

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