The History of Keren Hayesod - UIA

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The more Jews did for Keren Hayesod, the more it did for them.  Keren Hayesod gave them both the challenge and the channel to participate in the writing of the greatest chapter in nineteen decades of Jewish history – the building of the State of Israel.


Dr. Israel Goldstein, KH-UIA Honorary Chairman and past World Chairman, 1979


Keren Hayesod focused on two tasks of major national importance during this decade. The first involved the massive wave of immigration to Israel following the Six-Day War. Between 1971 and 1974 alone, about 185,000 immigrants - about half of them from the Soviet Union - arrived.  The revival of large-scale aliyah created special needs, and Keren Hayesod provided support for this important national challenge.  After the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Keren Hayesod launched an Emergency Campaign that raised $300 million, surpassing the record sums raised in 1967. The second major national task was Project Renewal, a neighborhood rehabilitation program in which Keren Hayesod played a central role. Beginning in 1978, Keren Hayesod partnered communities around the world with towns and neighborhoods in Israel, creating unmediated, direct relationships -some of which still exist. Keren Hayesod underwent substantial organizational changes at this time, which included the establishment of the International Women’s Division and the Young Leadership Division.