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Blue Box


In 1884 at a meeting of the 'Zion Association'  Professor Zvi Hermann Schapira presented a tin box (a pushke) to the delegates and requested of them to donate money, which would go towards the purchase of land in Eretz Yisrael. After centuries of Diaspora life, he had effectively initiated the idea of a Jewish National Fund.

Unfortunately he died prior to seeing his idea fully actualised and it was Theodor Herzl at the Fifth Zionist Congress in 18th December 1901 who passed his own hat around to delegates asking them to donate money, which would begin to fund the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Eretz Yisrael. 

A few weeks later the Blue Box was born. Small tins stamped with the words 'National Fund' were distributed to the Jewish communities across the globe and a new Jewish tradition was put in place which continues until today in some countries.

For many people the Blue Box has been an integral part of their childhood-memories, forging a tangible connection between Jews in the Diaspora, and the people living in Israel.  Blue Boxes were placed in every classroom in Jewish schools, and coins dropped in on each Friday.

Plant a Tree in Israel

Planting trees in Israel is a beautiful way to show you care. In fact, we’ve been planting trees in Israel for over a century. It connects us to the land, it celebrates our joys and it literally plants a stake of hope and optimism in the future of Israel.

Each tree ordered comes with a certificate of your choice, mailed to the recipient with your personal message. Buy trees now.


Celebrate Simchas

Celebrate/Commemorate every stage of a Jewish person's life by purchasing a certificate or having their name inscribed in one of the special commemorative books kept in Israel.

Choose a project that you are passionate about or decide wether you want it to be managed by JNF SA or JNF Israel

Thank you for helping us make a difference!

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