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The Israel Heritage Experience


Israel's ancient history is widely known, with destinations like the Kotel and Masada featuring prominently on nearly every itinerary. But sites that tell of Israel's rich modern history are less renowned. 

The Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS) was established to protect the irreplaceable historical buildings and heritage sites associated with Israel’s re-birth. JNF is raising funds for the over 150 sites in need of restoration, and was instrumental in the renovation of Atlit Detention Camp, which included restoring an original ship that transported Jews during the illegal immigration of the British mandate.

Another project is the Ayalon Institute, a secret Haganah bullet factory in operation from 1946-48 that is an exciting tourist and educational destination.

To help JNF preserve and develop sits associated with Israel's struggle for independence, donate here.

Ben Gurion's Israel Independence Speech, May 14, 1948

     "On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable...
      This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.
      Thus members and representatives of the Jews of Palestine and of the Zionist movement upon the end of the British Mandate, by virtue of 'natural and historic right' and based on the United Nations resolution…
      Hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in the land of Israel to be known as the State of Israel."

Our Work

Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem

Atlit "Illegal" Immigration Detention Camp

Ayalon Institute, Rehovot

Bat Shlomo Historic Street, Bat Shlomo

Beit Eshel, Be'er Sheva

Binyamina's Founders' House, Carmel

Etzel Museum, Shuni Fortress

Gush Etzion Visitor Center

Independence Hall, Tel Aviv

KKL-JNF Educational Center and Museum, Tel Aviv

Museum of Water and Security in the Negev, Kibbutz Nir Am

Open Museum, Kibbutz Negba

Tel Hai Museum

Women of Valor Center, Nitzanim

Yad Mordechai Museum, Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

Yellin House

For more information about supporting these projects, call your local JNF office at 888-JNF-0099. To book your next trip to Israel with JNF, go to or contact JNF Travel & Tours at (877) JNF-TOUR.

Get involved and Donate to The Israel Heritage Experience. For naming opportunities call your local office at 888-JNF-0099.


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