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JCC launches "Plant a Tree" fundraiser

Photo of a young girl smiling and holding a seedling tree to be planted.

If you’ve ever wanted to make our world a little greener—whether right here in New York or in a desert region such as Israel—the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse can help. And, you don’t have to travel far to make it happen.

The JCC of Syracuse recently kicked off a fundraiser to have trees planted here in the United States and at various locations around the world such as Israel, Africa and Asia. Those looking to support this initiative may purchase a “Plant a Tree” card from the JCC. Then simply go online according to the instructions on the card to have a tree planted at one of more than 35 reforestation sites around the world. Each card costs $18 or you can buy five and get one free.

“Plant a Tree” cards may be purchased over the phone or in person from the JCC’s main entrance receptionist, Jerome and Phyllis Charney Early Childhood Development Program or Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center. Donors may choose to have their tree planting donation benefit the JCC’s After School Program, Early Childhood Development Program, Sports & Fitness Center, PJ Library in CNY or Seniors Department. Tree donations also may be designated as a tribute in honor or memory of someone special.

“We’re really pleased to be rolling out this type of fundraiser,” said JCC of Syracuse Executive Director Marci Erlebacher. It’s a first for us and a great way for our supporters to help out their chosen JCC program while making a positive impact on the environment.”

As a dry desert region, Israel has limited trees and no natural forests. Thus all forests must be hand-planted, which Israel has done quite successfully. In less than 60 years Israel has become one of only two countries with a net gain in its number of trees.

For more information about the JCC’s “Plant a Tree” fundraiser, call 315-445-2360 or email