Jewish National Fund (JNF)

Fonds national juif
Keren Kayemet Leisrael (KKL)

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1901, Basel (Switzerland), at 5th Zionist Congress, following suggestion of Prof Zvi Hermann Schapira, 1897, at 1st Congress. Original headquarters in Jerusalem; additionally incorporated in the USA, 26 Jan 1926.


Build for Israel's future; respond in times of crisis and need; improve the quality of life for all who live in the Middle East. Originally set up to purchase land in Palestine with the aim of: founding a Jewish state; establishing modern Jewish cities; setting up collective communities - kibbutzim - and workers' communities; act as an environmental agency; pioneer higher education and Zionist education, helping to connect Jewish communities to the homeland; reach out to every Jewish community worldwide.

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Following setting up of State of Israel, May 1948, main focus on: settling new areas; absorbing immigrants and providing them with employment working the land; reclamation for agricultural purposes; afforestation and development projects; rehabilitating rivers and streams; developing tourism. Sets up and administers farms; organizes afforestation programmes; founds secondary schools; set up an experimental agricultural station as the the basis of most Israeli agriculture. International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) set up 1991 by JNF-US, in partnership with other bodies. Land maintained by JNF cannot be sold, but only leased for periods of 49 years. As of 2012 has purchased and helped to develop land by planting over 240 million trees, building more than 200 dams and reservoirs, developing over 250,000 acres of land and creating over 1,000 parks.

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Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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  • Society
    • Semitism
    • Communities
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Commerce
    • Funds
  • Theology
    • Judaism
  • Value Redistribution
    • Cooperative

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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