WELCOME TO THE JGF

The JGF promotes environmental, social, and economic sustainability in and around Jerusalem through the support of grassroots community initiatives, working with Jerusalem's diverse communities, and reaching out to lovers of Jerusalem around the world.

There are many ways to get involved and support our projects, working for a cleaner, greener and healthier Jerusalem.

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ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

The JGF promotes environmental, social, and economic sustainability in and around Jerusalem through the support of grassroots community initiatives, working with Jerusalem's diverse communities, and reaching out to lovers of Jerusalem around the world.

Read Naomi Tsur's welcome message.

 

 

JERUSALEM STAKEHOLDERS

Jerusalem Stakeholders, the core members of the JGF, constitute both the human and the financial capital of the organization. The Jerusalem Stakeholders foster public accountability through their financial commitment and civic engagement, both fundamental to the effort of transforming Jerusalem so that residents and visitors alike can take pride in the beauty and holiness of our city.

OUR GOALS

  1. Fund-raise for and support projects mainly in the Jerusalem region that advance social, environmental and economic sustainability; and those that promote awareness of the value of sustainable development.

  2. Advance environmental awareness and responsibility; conservation and integration of natural resources in sustainable development; and generate respect for the environment.

  3. Encourage and support businesses, organizations and institutions in the integration of policies that demonstrate environmental and social responsibility.

  4. Initiate and encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation in the work of the JGF throughout the Jerusalem region and in other communities, cities, and countries.

  5. Initiate and produce conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures to promote environmental, social and economic responsibility and accountability.

  6. Compile, publish, and disseminate written and multimedia materials that advance the goals and projects supported by the JGF.

  7. Pursue educational, civil, and legal avenues in support of the goals of the JGF.

  8. Establish contact and work with individuals and institutions worldwide in pursuit of the goals of the JGF.

BOARD AND STAFF

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NAOMI TSUR

Chairperson

Naomi Tsur is the initiating founder of the Jerusalem Green Fund. After 12 years as Director of the Society for the Protection of Nature and Coordinator of the Sustainable Jerusalem Coalition, she served for 5 years as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (2008-2013). Under Tsur’s leadership, the Gazelle Valley, originally a real-estate project, became Israel’s first Urban Nature Park and the abandoned eight kilometers of the Old Railway track between Malha and the First Station evolved into the much-loved Railway Park. Tsur opened up municipal committees to the public and also created new frameworks for civic engagement in urban planning and policy. Tsur currently chairs the Israel Urban Forum.

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RICHARD CORMAN

Board Member

Richard serves as the Vice-Chair for the Jerusalem Green Fund.   After retiring as the Development Director for StandWithUs in Israel for 7 years, Richard has become involved as the Vice-Chair for The Eckstein Fund and is a Tutor at Shalem College.  He is active in other community endeavors, including the support of lone soldiers.

 

Richard and his wife, Jean, made aliyah from New Jersey in 2011 to join their two sons' families who also live in Jerusalem.  Richard had an extensive career in Jewish communal service in the U.S., notably as the President of Rutgers University Hillel and the Director of the JCC of Central N.J. for 21 years.

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PROF. EHUD ZIV

Board Member

Prof. Ehud Ziv is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, after serving for many years as Director of the Lipid Research Lab and Diabetes Unit, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel.  Ziv served as Chair of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel from 1998-2012 and is active in the Israel Diabetic Society.

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Carol Goldberg

Board Member

Carol made aliyah in 2014 with her husband Mark and currently lives in the Arnona section of Jerusalem.  Carol was a project manager while living in New Jersey but now has retired.

With all this new free time as a retiree, Carol spends her days and nights with her grandchildren, her passion of singing in theater and choir, cooking meals for the Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levine, and of course being environmentally responsible while serving as a board member of the Jerusalem Green Fund. 

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REUVEN SHWARTZ

Board Member

Reuven M. Schwartz, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist for over 40 years in the US, made aliyah with his wife, Amy, in 2015 from Pittsburgh and both remain infatuated with life in Israel. He was inspired by the vice-chair of the JGF, Richard Corman, to get involved in making Jerusalem a cleaner city. In 2016 Reuven piloted a program in Talpiot and Arnona neighborhoods whereby businesses in congested areas would adopt an ad-hoc garbage frame holding a bag. Reuven has written for the Jerusalem Post on issues of cleanliness in the public domain and advocated for the city to install a garbage bin at every bus stop (recently committed to by the Mayor!). 

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KAREN STAHL-DON

Board Member

Karen Stahl-Don is a licensed attorney in Israel and the US. She received a BA and MA from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic and studied Arabic at the American University of Cairo and at the Bourguiba Institute in Tunisia. She received her law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her LLM from Cardozo School of Law. In New York she worked in commercial litigation and grassroots environmental litigation. She has lectured and published articles on various aspects of international law, specializing in the legality of the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. She currently lives in Jerusalem and serves on the board of the Jerusalem Green Fund and supports the Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby.

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SHOSHANA SHINAR

Board Member

Shoshana Shinar made aliyah in 2015 from New York, has been a stakeholder since 2016, and currently serves on the board of the JGF. She met Naomi Tsur at a Sustainable Nutrition Conference at TAU, when looking for someone from Jerusalem, who had a wide view of the environmental movement in Israel. The match was made. Shoshana believes that instead of wasting valuable time looking for volunteer opportunities, people should be able to join a local network of organizations and volunteers; therefore one of her initiatives with the JGF is creating such a dynamic database. As part of living her values, Shoshana has taught her own children by example and led them to live a sustainable lifestyle without calling it by name. So her real passion for being an environmentalist is “selfish”- that her children and grandchildren should merit to live in a happy and sustainable world.

TSVI GASSNER

In Memoriam   Board Member, Chair of Audit Committee

Tsvi Gassner received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering in San Diego at California State University. He went on to spend 45 years in the industry, spending 15 years specializing in Aircraft and Jet engines maintenance and 4 years in Medical  equipment development. He ran two private companies. Additionally, Tsvi studied marketing at the Technion Out Studies Division and has extensive experience in Product Development and International Marketing in a number of different companies, and holds patents for ten different products. Tsvi went on to teach Marketing at the Industrial Product Design at Bezalel Academy. Currently retired, Tsvi continues to assist, advise, and provide guidance to numerous companies and organizations, both young and old.

BATEL SPIVACK

Community Coordinator

Batel has completed her Master's degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on urban sustainability at Tel Aviv University's Porter School and has a BA in Political Science from Stern College Yeshiva University. She came to JGF from coordinating the Merkaz Kayamut of Gilo, Jerusalem, a program of Beit Israel and the Heschel Center for Sustainability, where she worked with residents and elementary schools on sustainable life-practice programs. Batel made aliyah in 2004 and lives in Tekoa with her husband and 3 children.

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TIMNA RAZ

Projects Manager

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FOUNDING MEMBERS

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Naomi Tsur

Naomi Tsur is the initiating founder of the Jerusalem Green Fund. After 12 years as Director of the Society for the Protection of Nature and Coordinator of the Sustainable Jerusalem Coalition, she served for 5 years as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (2008-2013). Under Tsur’s leadership, the Gazelle Valley, originally a real-estate project, became Israel’s first Urban Nature Park and the abandoned eight kilometers of the Old Railway track between Malha and the First Station evolved into the much-loved Railway Park. Tsur opened up municipal committees to the public and also created new frameworks for civic engagement in urban planning and policy. Tsur currently chairs the Israel Urban Forum.

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Richard Corman

Richard serves as the Vice-Chair for the Jerusalem Green Fund.   After retiring as the Development Director for StandWithUs in Israel for 7 years, Richard has become involved as the Vice-Chair for The Eckstein Fund and is a Tutor at Shalem College.  He is active in other community endeavors, including the support of lone soldiers.

 

Richard and his wife, Jean, made aliyah from New Jersey in 2011 to join their two sons' families who also live in Jerusalem.  Richard had an extensive career in Jewish communal service in the U.S., notably as the President of Rutgers University Hillel and the Director of the JCC of Central N.J. for 21 years.

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Prof. Ehud Ziv

Prof. Ehud Ziv is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, after serving for many years as Director of the Lipid Research Lab and Diabetes Unit, in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel.  Ziv served as Chair of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel from 1998-2012 and is active in the Israel Diabetic Society.

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Dr. Yoel Siegel

Yoel Segal works as a senior consultant to U.N. Habitat. In his capacity as an organizational advisor, Segal works with government ministries, local government and neighborhood councils. Segal is the consultant to the Jerusalem Bioregion Center, an important initiative now working within the Jerusalem Green Fund.

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Dr. Chariklia Segal Tziraki MD PhD

Prof. Chariklia Tziraki is an MD, PhD, and expert in Medical Technology Assessment. She is affiliated with the Hebrew University and serves on the medical board of the Association of Community Clubs for Elders and directs its Research Unit.  Before she made Aliyah, Chariklia served in senior positions, both public and academic, in the U.S. Her special interests include healthy aging and special needs populations.

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Count Phillipe Piccapietra

Count Philippe Piccapietra, Grand Chancellor of the Order of St. Lazarus in Jerusalem, has been instrumental in re-establishing the base of the Order in Jerusalem. He is committed to projects that improve life for all the communities in Jerusalem, and St. Lazare Holy Land has embraced and supported the Green Pilgrim Jerusalem initiative.

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Dr. Yaffa Schuster

Dr. Yaffa Schuster is the founder and head of the African Israeli Stage, an organization that aims to bring African theatre to Israel and African actors to perform in Israel. Her work has resulted in cross-cultural cooperation and important collaboration with Nigeria. Her company recently participated in the Akko Theatre Festival.

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Naor Yerushalmi

Mr. Naor Yerushalmi, until recently, served as Director of Life and Environment, the umbrella organization of the environmental movement in Israel. During his work there, Yerushalmi emphasized the need for greater democratization of local government and for better opportunities for civic engagement. Today he directs Green Jobs Israel, helping people find employment in the environmental sector throughout the country. Since December 2018, Naor is serving as Deputy Mayor or Nes Ziona.