Jewish National Fund

  • Issue: September 2001
  • Artist: Miri Sofer
  • Stamp Size: 25.7 mm x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 454 - no phosphor bar
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

Keren Kayemeth Leisrael (Jewish National Fund) was established on
December 29, 1901 at the 5th Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland. It was set up as a national fund - by the people for the people - for the redemption of the Land of Israel and to enable Jews to resettle in their homeland. Since its foundation and until today it has been the spearhead of the Zionist
movement in its activities in the Land of Israel.

The settlements that were established on KKL - JNF land, afforestation projects and development of the land which was purchased and redeemed over the years determined, to a great extent, the borders of the State of Israel that was established on May 14, 1948.

KKL-JNF is the trustee of the Jewish people for its land in Israel. In its first
100 years: 1000 settlements were set up on the fund's land and with its aid, 2.6 million dunams (dunam = 1000 sq.meters) were purchased on behalf of the Jewish people for the people; 1.5 million dunams were developed and reclaimed; 220 million trees were planted over 950,000 dunams (240,000 acres); 115 water reservoirs were built with a storage capacity of some 100 million cubic meters.

KKL-JNF played a major role in combating the desertification process and supporting research and development in agriculture and afforestation.

KKL-JNF blazed 7000 km of roads and set up rest-areas and parks all over Israel.

KKL-JNF helped strengthen the ties with the Jewish people in the Diaspora and foster Zionist education amongst Jewish youth.

The stamp expresses KKL-JNF current activities that are represented by three
colors: Brown, Green and Blue:

KKL-JNF has set out a number of goals for the first decade of the 21st Century:

All this whilst preserving the national land as a trustee of the Jewish people.

Keren Kayemeth Leisrael, Jewish National Fund

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