I am proud to say that my grandfather was a Zionist who supported JNF. He hoped to make Aliyah with his family. Unfortunately, they got visas to Auschwitz instead and only my mom survived. Imagine what he would say had he lived to see the amazing country Israel has become. It started when Jews like him contributed money for Jews to purchase land from Arab absentee landowners in Palestine.
Jewish National Fund was established more than 100 years ago by a small group of leaders, including Theodor Herzl. By purchasing plots of land, they hoped to establish the groundwork for the birth of our nation of Israel. JNF continues to make a commitment to the land and people in the 21st century. While we still plant trees and create parks, our organization does so much more. Read on to see how we’re making a difference for generations to come.
Today, JNF performs groundbreaking work to develop the land of Israel through a variety of multifaceted initiatives. Please take the time to learn about the many projects we are undertaking as part of our vision of building a strong homeland for tomorrow. Our work in Israel is divided into these seven action areas:
- Forestry & Ecology
- Community Development
- Research & Development
- Tourism & Recreation
Encompassing all of these action areas is Blueprint Negev, a 10-year, $600 million campaign to revitalize the Negev Desert and make it home for future generations. Currently, this region makes up 60% of Israel, but is home to only 8% of the population. New communities are being built and existing communities are being strengthened.
The development of this region will also create jobs to help narrow the current social and economic gaps that exist.
The negev will be the test
of the creative ability and pioneering valor of israel.
-- Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.
JNF is making his dream a reality. Learn more about this campaign today.
From our Tu B’Shevat In The Schools program to our Alternative Spring Break trip, our Israel Advocacy and Education department provides exciting and innovative programs and materials for students from elementary school through college. We also work closely with synagoguesaround the country and represent JNF in relations with the federal government and the United Nations. To learn more about our education programs in the U.S., click here.