Throughout its history, JNF has been instrumental in developing communities in Israel and it continues to play a central role in creating and supporting communities in Northern and Southern Israel.
Ninety percent of Israel’s population is concentrated in less than 40% of the country, leaving the Negev and Galilee largely uninhabited. The population density in the center of the country, and the accompanying strain it places on all sectors of public services as well as on the environment, is rapidly approaching critical levels. The government of Israel has declared the development of Northern and Southern Israel to be one of its highest priorities, and JNF plays a central role in this endeavor.
JNF’s work in community building goes above and beyond basic structure needs. Through its Blueprint Negev and Go North initiatives, JNF is enhancing the quality of life in Northern and Southern Israel by creating parks, playgrounds, and youth centers; partnering with like-minded organizations and local municipalities to provide employment and education opportunities, promote tourism, and improve transportation; building reservoirs and agricultural infrastructure to bring economic viability to newly developed areas; and generally enhancing the self-image of a town, allowing residents to take pride in their community.