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KKL-JNF, one of Israel's founding national institutions, was established in 1901 at the Fifth Zionist Congress in Basle and spearheaded the efforts to restore the Jewish People to its ancient homeland.
Since the first land purchase in Eretz Israel
in the early 1900s for and on behalf of the Jewish People, KKL-JNF has served as
the Jewish People's trustee of the land, initiating and charting development
work to enable Jewish settlement from the border in the north to the edge of the
desert and Arava in the south.
work in its early decades sketched and determined the boundaries of the State of
Israel that rose in 1948. Its
extensive afforestation endeavor, begun soon after its inception and pursued to
the present, has no parallel. It greened a rocky, dry, desolate land, planting
more than 200 million trees; patches of green, forests and parks that were
developed with the help of the far-flung Jewish People and have become leisure
and recreation sites benefiting Israel's residents, green lungs boosting
than a thousand communities all over the country bear the KKL-JNF imprint –
whether by virtue of land purchase or land development and reclamation.
The various water projects, dams and reservoirs it established or
sponsored contribute significantly to the country's water economy.
its highly-important Zionist education work, in the past as in the present,
bonds Diaspora Jewry to the homeland of Israel.
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