Background


Since 1920, Keren Hayesod (The Foundation Fund), known in English as the United Israel Appeal (UIA), has been at the forefront of Israel’s growth and progress as one of the country’s leading national institutions. In 1956, the Knesset passed the “Keren Hayesod Law” which defines KH-UIA unique status as the official global fundraising organization of the State of Israel. Founded as the fundraising arm of the Zionist movement, its history has been inextricably intertwined with that of the State of Israel.

In its early years, with the help of donations raised throughout the Jewish world, UIA brought tens of thousands of Jews fleeing Europe to Eretz Yisrael. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, UIA became instrumental in absorbing Jewish refugees from North Africa and the Arab world as well. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, UIA focused its efforts in the miraculous mass rescue operations of one million Jews from the former Soviet Union, as well as the record Aliyah from Ethiopia.

Today, in partnership with the global Jewish community, and in close coordination with the Prime Minister of Israel’s Office and JAFI, Keren Hayesod-UIA, a non-profit corporation, continues to work to further the national humanitarian priorities of the State of Israel and World Jewry. We operate close to 60 campaigns in more than 40 countries around the world.

After more than ninety years, Keren Hayesod-UIA has turned vision into a flourishing reality. With the help of outstanding lay leaders, Keren Hayesod continues to act as a unique network that connects Jewish communities on five continents and serves as a bridge between them and their ancestral homeland.

 

Our Mission Statement:

Keren Hayesod- United Israel Appeal, through a partnership between Israel and Diaspora communities, mobilises support for Israel and the rescue of Jews in distress.

By encouraging and assisting in Aliyah and absorption, Keren Hayesod saves Jewish lives, strengthens Jewish identity, fortifies the fabric of Israeli society and reinforces solidarity within the Jewish people.