Who We Are?
Keren Hayesod - UIA (United Israel Appeal)
Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal has been at the forefront of Israel’s growth and progress for over nine decades! Founded in 1920 as the fundraising arm of the Zionist movement, Keren Hayesod played a decisive role in marshalling the resources needed to establish an independent, sovereign state and helped lay the foundation for the state-on-the-way.
With the help of donations from throughout the world, KH brought tens of thousands of Jews fleeing Europe to Eretz Israel, helped absorb them and started over 900 urban and rural settlements. It provided the newcomers with homes and jobs, and developed the economic, educational, and cultural framework of the Yishuv.
After Israel’s independence, Keren Hayesod-UIA became one of the country’s National Institutions; the 1956 “Keren Hayesod Law” recognised the organization’s unique status.
Today Keren Hayesod-UIA, in partnership with the global Jewish community and Friends of Israel in over 45 countries worldwide, helps further the national priorities of the State of Israel. Foremost is rescuing Jews from places where their lives are in peril, encouraging aliyah and absorbing new immigrants. In addition, scores of projects and initiatives are designed to strengthen weak populations in Israel, to provide opportunity for disadvantaged youth, and to connect young Diaspora Jews to Israel and to Jewish life.
With your help, Keren Hayesod-UIA continues to support programs and projects that meet the ever-changing challenges facing the State of Israel and world Jewry.