Keren Hayesod, or “The Foundation Fund”, was established in 1920 at the World Zionist Conference in London.
The resolution adopted called on “the whole Jewish people”, Zionists and non-Zionists alike to do its duty through Keren Hayesod. Jewish communities throughout the world established local fundraising campaigns under the Keren Hayesod umbrella, often using local names, such as the UIA – United Israel Appeal, in Australia.
Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal facilitates immigration and absorption in Israel, advances education of Israeli young immigrants, provides opportunities and care for weaker segments of Israeli society and enhances Israeli culture often beset by grave security issues and economic uncertainty.
In recent years, KH has helped facilitate Jewish Agency rescue operations and aliyah from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, Yemen, Syria, Cuba and Iran. Jews have always been assisted and brought to Israel in the wake of economic collapse in Argentina and the escalation of anti-Semitism in Europe, particularly France.
Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, KH has:
– Supported the immigration of over 3,000,000 Jews to Israel
– Given new hope and opportunities to 350,000 youth-at-risk
– Reconstructed 90 disadvantaged neighborhoods and development towns