Embrace Relief & the Turkish Cultural Center of New York made a generous donation to Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Operation Carmel Renewal campaign to rehabilitate the Carmel Forest following the tragic December fire, Nezvat Yilmaz, President of Embrace Relief, Mehmet Kilic, Executive Director and Vice President of Turkish Cultural Center NY, presented JNF CEO Russell Robinson a check for $10,000 to go towards rehabilitation efforts.

Russell Robinson said, “On behalf of the Jewish National Fund family, I want to thank you for your outstanding commitment to JNF in response to the Carmel Forest Fires. Your gift will help bring the black from the fires to green again.”

“There are strong, centuries-old ties of friendship between Turks and Israelis. Embrace Relief, in collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Center New York, had a fundraising for the victims of the brushfires,” said Kilic.

“We are very happy that Turkey was able to contribute to the relief efforts and send two firefighting aircrafts to help control the huge brushfire in northern Israel in December. Turkey’s aircraft were among the first to arrive and we believe that the assistance from Turkish aircraft was an opening door to better ties between the two countries.”

The ceremony was attended by New York State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Nezvat Yilmaz, President of Embrace Relief, and Israel Deputy Consul General in New York Shlomi Kofman.

A plaque will be dedicated in recognition of Embrace Relief & Turkish Cultural Center of New York’s contribution in Israel.