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June 24, 2015

Jewish Charity Putting Big Estate Gift Into Israel Advocacy

The Jewish National Fund has announced plans to create a $100 million center for Israel-related advocacy and education, using a major 2013 donation from the estate of a California home builder and Holocaust survivor, reports the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center grew out of a $72 million bequest from John Boruchin, who died in 2012 at the age of 93.

The center aims to strengthen Americans' ties to the land and people of Israel, said the fund, which was founded in 1901 to acquire land in Palestine for the future Jewish state. Mr. Boruchin made a fortune in real estate after he and his wife, Dora, emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe following World War II. "The Boruchins wanted JNF to undertake bold initiatives connecting Jewish youth to Zionism and advocating for the Jewish state," said Mike Lederman, the center's chairman.