Pikesville native Nanci Seff recently took office as president of the Jewish National Fund-USA’s Maryland board.

She succeeds Pikesville resident Orly Shalem, who was the first Israeli-American to be elected president of the regional board.

Seff assumed her new role at the beginning of the organization’s 2020 fiscal year, on Oct. 1, 2019.

A Beth El congregant, Seff has been involved in the Maryland JNF-USA community for the past decade. Through the late Frank and Zelda Silverman, she first became involved with the organization in the development of the Negev community of Merchav Am.

As co-chair of the Baltimore Sapphire Society, the JNF’s major donor society for female philanthropists who share a passion for the land and people of Israel, Seff helped grow the local women’s chapter to one of JNF-USA’s leading philanthropic giving societies for women in the nation.

“I am proud to prioritize Jewish National Fund because it embodies both heart and action. Our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit,” said Seff. “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 our voice in Israel, and it is our time and money that makes these visions come to life.”

Seff is particularly supportive of the organization’s work with special needs and disabilities, and creating a more inclusive society for all.

During her three-year term, Shalem, a Beersheva native, was instrumental in raising awareness of JNF-USA in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area and around Maryland.

“I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of Jewish National Fund’s Maryland Board of Directors,” she said. “It was a pleasure working with everyone to improve the quality of the land of Israel and provide its people with a better future. I am so grateful for the memories and relationships I built along the way.”

For information about the JNF in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Region, contact Stuart Diamant-Cohen at sdcohen@jnf.org or 414-486-3317, ext. 841.

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