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JNF Campaign Executive

'Field of Dreams' Mission to Israel
JNF To Run a Baseball Tour

April 13, 2007 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Professional baseball is coming to Israel and now you can be a part of it.

Join Jewish National Fund and baseball fans from all over the country on the first JNF “Field of Dreams” Mission, from June 21-27, 2007. Watch the historic opening day ceremonies in premier seats with sports stars and VIPs. Learn about the critical work that JNF is doing to help the Jewish homeland in its continued growth and survival, including the new JNF Project Baseball.

The Israel Baseball League is Israel’s professional baseball league.  Created by Boston businessman Larry Baras, the IBL has already established itself as a league-of-choice for baseball players from the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Australia, Europe and Israel. 

In March of 2006, the IBL announced a joint venture with Jewish National Fund called “Project Baseball,” a campaign aimed at dotting the landscape of Israel with community baseball fields.  In July of that year, the IBL revealed its plans for the new professional league and announced the date for Opening Day June 24, 2007, the 8th of Tammuz, 5767!

Former major leaguers Ken Holtzman, Art Shamsky and Ron Blomberg will manage three of the six teams in this first season.  The League’s commissioner is Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and then Israel. Dan Duquette, former General Manager of the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, serves as the Director of Baseball Operations and Larry Baras is the Founder and Managing Director of the IBL.

Whether you have been to Israel too many times to count or would like to plan your first visit, there is nothing like a trip with JNF Travel & Tours. This will be an exciting as well as historic mission: eating kosher hot dogs, hearing the crack of the bat, and the words “play ball” in Hebrew.   

The itinerary will take you from the ancient city of Jaffa to the modern metropolis of Tel Aviv. You will float in the Dead Sea, take a cable car ride to the top of Masada and hear from prominent Israeli leaders. And of course, you can get autographs.

For more information, contact Joyce Sachartoff at 818.704.5454 or email at or call JNF Travel and Tours at 877-JNF-TOUR. 


Jewish National Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1901 to serve as caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners—Jewish people everywhere. Over the past century, JNF has planted over 240 million trees, built over 180 reservoirs and dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 1,000 parks, provided the infrastructure for 1,000 communities and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment. Today, JNF is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents, and is putting its century of experience to work with Blueprint Negev, supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers in developing the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.  For more information on JNF or to plant trees in Israel, call 800-542-TREE (8733) or visit  To contact your local office, please call 888-JNF-0099 or visit





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