Our Leadership

KKL-JNF World Chairman's Welcome

Over 110 years ago, the Fifth Zionist Congress decided to establish Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Jewish National Fund. This heralded a new phase for the Jewish people; a phase of action, of implementing the vision cherished during 2000 long years of exile.

 

Our mission at KKL-JNF is to make the vision of the Jewish People come true, transforming it into Israel’s new reality. We have worked tirelessly for more than a hundred years, creating fields for cultivation, new communities, more reservoirs and many more forests. We rehabilitate rivers, fight desertification and develop recreation in nature. Supporting the Negev and the Galilee, forging bonds between Jewish youth in Israel and in the Diaspora, improving our environment – all these are only a few of KKL-JNF's many activities.

 

Our colors – blue, green and brown – represent our major action areas and color the length and breadth of Israel. Over the years, we have developed thousands of projects that have changed the face of the country. KKL-JNF forests are vital to Israel's landscape and environment. We have already planted over 240 million trees and are proud that Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with more trees than it had at the beginning of the 20th century. More than 220 water reservoirs store recycled water and floodwaters, providing the required irrigation for Israel's agriculture. Thanks to our work less than half of the water used for farming today is fresh water, and our achievements in this field are world-renowned. We rehabilitate wetlands, streams and rivers, heal damaged ecosystems and create gems of nature for everyone's enjoyment. We support communities in the Negev and the Galilee to develop Israel’s periphery, a high national priority.

 

KKL-JNF is creating a new reality in Israel. We have developed more than a thousand recreation areas and hundreds of kilometers of hiking and bicycle trails, which thousands of people enjoy on weekends and holidays. Most of our sites are accessible to people with disabilities, and all of them are open 24/7 and at no charge.

 

All this has transpired only thanks to the unswerving support of our friends throughout the world. Together, we have created an unbroken chain of generations who dreamed and pursued the dream's fulfillment. Together, we have created the KKL-JNF brown, green and blue footprint that has left its indelible mark on Israel. Join us – join the unbroken chain of generations who have worked towards fulfilling the dream. Come and leave your mark on the Land of Israel, the birthplace of the Jewish People.

 

 

 Efi Stenzler

KKL-JNF World Chairman

KKL-JNF Chairmen

Since its foundation in 1901, KKL-JNF has had twelve chairmen - from Yona Krementzky's term throughout the triumvirate that led it during the Second World War, our world chairmen have come from various backgrounds and had vast experience.

 

Read more about them.

KKL-JNF Board of Directors

Closely tied to the Jewish Diaspora and the national institutes heading it, the KKL-JNF is led by a board of directors representing professional and public organizations and personalities.

 

View a list of our board members.