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The Work We Do

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.

Our Work in Israel

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF enhances quality of life in Israel by building new communities and bolstering existing ones, especially in peripheral areas.

As an innovator in ecological development and a pioneer in forest creation, JNF has planted more than 240 million trees in Israel, providing luscious belts of green covering more than 250,000 acres.

JNF has been at the forefront of water management and conservation in Israel for two decades, increasing the country's total water supply by 12% and helping Israel become a world leader in water recycling..

For over 100 years, JNF has sponsored research initiatives in Israel as part of its efforts to cultivate the land. JNF is a world leader in both technological and environmental innovation.

JNF is the single largest provider of Zionist engagement programs in the U.S. and offers myriad ways to connect young American Jews to Israel, from trips to Israel to B'nai Mitzvah projects and advocacy programs on college campuses.

Heritage Sites
JNF is committed to the preservation of historical sites associated with Israel's rebirth and to ensuring that the stories behind them are properly documented and retold for generations to come.

JNF is dedicated to ensuring that no member of Israeli society is left behind. Through a variety of initiatives, JNF provides cutting-edge rehabilitative services, special education, and medical care for people with special needs.

Blueprint Negev

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.

Connecting American Jews to Israel

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 synagogues around 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.


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