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DIY project helps evacuees to rehabilitate

Last week JNF UK launched a DIY project to build garden furniture for dozens of families who were evacuated from Kibbutz Nirim to apartments in Be’er Sheva. The construction was carried out in cooperation with the community members and is one of a series of projects that we are leading to restore the lives of the Gaza envelope communities. Elan

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JNF UK hosts an exclusive evening with the Mayor of Sderot

JNF UK had the pleasure of hosting the Mayor of Sderot, Alon Davidi, at the home of JNF UK Chairman Samuel Hayek. The event brought together special guests for an insightful and personal discussion about the attack on Sderot, the challenges faced by the residents, and the plans to strengthen the city, in the aftermath of the events on October

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JNF UK wraps up its second Fellowship Programme

JNF UK’s second Fellowship Programme has just wrapped up its two-day conference for year 12 students, designed to nurture future community leaders and strengthen young advocates for Israel. Taking place this week, participants completed seminars where they gained leadership skills and received training on fighting antisemitism online. The fellowship cohort also visited the Houses of Parliament for an exclusive tour

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JNF UK supports evacuees from Kibbutz Kerem Shalom

Evacuees from Kibbutz Kerem Shalom have relocated from hotels to the community of Ashalim. JNF UK, having a long-standing relationship with Kerem Shalom, reached out to the community to identify their needs and offer our support. We have been working to make their new location more homely and comfortable to live in and organised a two-day DIY project with leadership

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Event celebrates success of Project Ir Miklat

Our JNF UK Team in Israel organised a celebratory event to showcase everything we have achieved so far through Project Ir Miklat, the renovation of unusable bomb shelters in Israel to ensure civilians could be protected from rocket fire. Through Project Ir Miklat, over 4,250 shelters have been renovated with the help of over 6,500 volunteers. As a result, we

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Derech Eretz programme supporting communities in Israel

  Derech Eretz is an Israeli leadership programme established in 2011 for underprivileged youth supported by JNF UK. Since October 7th, 200 Israeli youth in 5 cohorts of the programme in the Negev have markedly increased their volunteering work in response to the crisis to help the country. They have assisted farmers with picking and planting crops, provided support in

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JNF UK’s Green Sunday Campaign: A Poignant Tribute to October 7 victims

In a solemn response to the tragic events of October 7, JNF UK is proud to unveil the Green Sunday campaign, historically launched around Tu B’Shvat. This initiative seeks to create a profound and enduring tribute by establishing a memorial forest to commemorate those who were tragically murdered on that fateful day. Jewish Weekly Article 29th January 2024 Read the

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JNF UK visits Latet B’eilat

We were privileged to witness the impact of our partnership with Latet B’Eilat who are running a soup kitchen in Eilat for those in need. Together we are providing food for 200 evacuees daily and for residents from Eilat who have been affected by the crisis in Israel and cannot afford hot meals. Zili, the manager of the soup kitchen

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KKL, JNF UK’s Legacy Department, hosts Chanukah Lunch with the former Mayor of Sderot as guest speaker

Guests listened to David Bouskila, the former Mayor of Sderot in conversation with David Goodman, KKL Director of Community Relations. He recounted the tragic events of October 7th and the devastation that took place in Sderot and surrounding areas in the South. He spoke about “the plans to rebuild the shattered communities and to bring the residents back home”. He

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JNF UK spreads light to lives of Israeli children

JNF UK distributed its third children’s pack for Chanukah to over 3,400 schoolchildren across 20 UK Jewish schools. This included a postcard for them to write a personal message of support to Israeli children who have sadly been affected by the crisis. We received pictures from Alma Primary School of children enjoying their JNF UK Chanukah packs. Year 4 pupils

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Dan Shapira, Project Manager for JNF UK in Israel, visits Holocaust survivors.

Dan Shapira, Project Manager for JNF UK in Israel, visited some Holocaust survivors to show his support and distribute emergency packs, which include a torch, radio and first-aid kit. During the visit Dan learnt how challenging the current situation has been as the Survivors explained that they have been reliving the traumas they experienced in the Holocaust. Also, many live

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JNF Blue Boxes found in destroyed home

Blue Boxes were found among the ruins of a house destroyed by Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Be’eri. Hamas militants carried out a massacre at Be’eri, an Israeli kibbutz near the Gaza Strip, with at least 130 people killed in the attack. The money we’ve been collecting in Blue Boxes has gone towards developing the land of Israel for over 120

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NIS 4m Project launched to urgently renovate 4,000 shelters in the north

Jerusalem Post Article 23rd October 2023 An urgent project to map and renovate thousands of bomb shelters in disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Israel’s north has renovated about 1,000 shelters in its first week and a half, following the outbreak of the war with Hamas on October 7. The project, called Ir Miklat (the Biblical term for a ‘city of refuge’) was

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JNF UK fears for staff member taken hostage

Jewish Chronicle Article 20th October 2023 A staff member of the JNF UK Israel team is believed to be among the Israelis who were taken hostage by Hamas, it was revealed this week. Sagui Dekel-Chen, who is in his 30s, disappeared when Hamas terrorists attacked Kibbutz Nir Oz, close to the border. He is assumed “kidnapped into Gaza”, charity heads

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JNF UK stands by Israel and its people

Message from Samuel Hayek Chairman JNF UK Israel continues to defend its people in an unprecedented and unprovoked war initiated by Hamas resulting in hundreds of Israelis murdered and many more wounded. Thousands of rockets fired at Israeli towns and scores of Israelis are taken hostage in Gaza. The whole of the Jewish UK community and JNF UK stand firmly

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