From its humble beginnings in 1902, the Blue Box has long since become a Jewish cultural icon. The simple collection tin inspired Jews everywhere and united them around a shared dream – to establish a strong Jewish homeland in Eretz Yisrael.
Now it’s your turn to continue this incredible legacy and make it your own.
In 1902, mere months after the establishment of the Jewish National Fund at the 5th Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, Haim Kleinman, an inspired Jewish banker in Galicia, set up an “Eretz Yisrael” collection box in his office, and wrote to the Fund to inform them of his idea. The rest, as they say, is history. The Blue Box quickly became a common fixture in Jewish homes and institutions around the world.
It was those pennies, lovingly dropped in Blue Boxes by children and adults over the decades, that helped establish the foundation for a Jewish homeland – what would later become the State of Israel.
With those precious Blue Box pennies, KKL-JNF purchased degraded lands and transformed them into verdant green landscapes with thriving agricultural communities. It has built critical national infrastructure, developed sustainable water sources and united Jews in Israel and the diaspora around a Jewish- Zionist education and shared values.
At critical junctures in Israel’s development, the little Blue Box was there – providing the backbone for KKL-JNF to implement creative solutions to nation-wide challenges and provide immediate relief in times of crisis.
Though the Blue Box has since given way to online donations, its 120 year-old legacy lives on – in you and others like you, who love Israel and want to share in its destiny.
Be a link in a long, illustrious chain. Donate today!
250,000 acres of land for agriculture & development
Educational activities that benefit 50,000 children & youth each year
300,000 acres of planted forests & natural woodlands
400 parks and green spaces in cities and towns
230 reservoirs supplying 300 million m3 of recycled water each year
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Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael–Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) has been developing the land of Israel and strengthening the bond between the Jewish people and its homeland since 1901. KKL-JNF continues to meet the State of Israel’s changing needs and, together with friends like you, create a better Israel through projects in Forestry & Environment, Combating Desertification, Climate Change, Community Development, Water Management, Green Living, Agricultural Research & Development, Education and more.
KKL-JNF shares its knowledge and know-how with countries that face resource challenges like those of Israel, helping ensure a greener and healthier world.
Now, with your contribution, you can impact Israel’s future.