History of Keren Hayesod

a long and rich history 

Jewish families making their way to Israel

Since 1920, Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal (the Foundation Fund) has been at the forefront of Israel's growth and progress. Its history has been inextricably intertwined with that of the State of Israel and the Zionist movement.

In its early years, with the help of donations raised throughout the Jewish world, KH brought tens of thousands of Jews fleeing Europe to Eretz Yisrael, helped absorb them, established over 900 urban and rural settlements while providing the newcomers with homes and jobs, and developed the economic, industrial, educational, and cultural framework for the state-on-the-way.

After the establishment of the State, Keren Hayesod – UIA became one of the country’s “National Institutions”. The 1956 "Keren Hayesod Law" recognized the organization’s unique status.

Today, in partnership with the global Jewish community, and in close coordination with the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and the Jewish Agency, Keren Hayesod, a non-profit corporation, continues to work to further the national priorities of the State of Israel and world Jewry.

Keren Hayesod has continued to grow and expand; today,  as the linchpin of a global, Israel-centered partnership, it operates over 60 campaigns in more than 45 countries around the world. Many of these campaigns enjoy active Women's Divisions and Young Leadership campaigns. In addition to fundraising through annual donations, donors also have the option of planned giving through Legacy donations and endowment fund gifts.

After more than ninety years, Keren Hayesod has turned vision into a flourishing reality. With the help of outstanding lay leaders, Keren Hayesod continues to be a unique network that connects Jewish communities on five continents, serving as a bridge between them and their ancestral homeland.

The Head Office in Jerusalem, under the leadership of the World Chairman, the Director General and other officers, is responsible for the overall management of the organization, including worldwide campaigns that engage in the entire spectrum of fundraising activities.

The refugees and immigrants who UIA has supported and trained throughout decades of active work have left their mark in all spheres of Israeli society and some highlights of our achievements include the:

  • The creation of the transportation system and banking system
  • Settling of over 3 million immigrants to Israel since 1948
  • Establishment of more than 800 rural settlements in Israel
  • Transformation of 90 disadvantaged Israeli neighbourhoods and development towns
  • Provision of care for and education of over 350,000 children and youth
  • Bringing of more than 190,000 young Jews from abroad to participate and to enforce their Zionism in “Israel Experience” programs
  • Helping advance Jewish and Zionist education for tens of thousands of children in the Diaspora

By supporting UIA, you are essentially supporting Israel’s most valuable asset – OUR PEOPLE!

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