Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

Adopted by the 113th Annual Convention
of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Jerusalem, Israel
March, 2002

Background

During its first fifty years, the Jewish National Fund purchased land throughout Palestine. Jews from around the world collected spare change in "Blue Boxes" so that a return to the Jewish national homeland would be possible. By the time Israel was established in 1948, JNF owned 12.5% of all the Land of Israel. 80% of Israel's population now lives on this land.

During its second fifty years, Jewish National Fund focused on the development of the land for the people. It addressed issues of afforestation and providing Israel with healthy green space; building infrastructures for new communities for Israel's growing population; building access roads to help disperse the population; providing employment for new olim; and improving the quality of life for Israelis throughout the country.

Currently, Jewish National Fund is a major force in Israeli water resource development through projects that have increased Israel's water supply by 6%. JNF continues its activity in the areas of afforestation and ecology, education, research and development, tourism and recreation. Since 1901, JNF has planted over 210 million trees, built over 120 dams and reservoirs, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 400 parks and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment.

We recognize that the JNF has, within the last few years, taken a serious look at its own inner-workings and has taken important steps to maintain itself as a responsible and efficient fund-raising organization.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CCAR:

  1. Applauds Jewish National Fund on its centennial anniversary;
  2. Acknowledges all of the fine work JNF has done over the past hundred years and recognizes its impact in the development of Eretz Yisrael;
  3. Urges continued support for JNF and its projects, thereby enhancing the vitality of Israeli life.