Every Jewish home has a mezuzah, Every Zionist home has a Blue Box.
The JNF Blue Box is the world’s oldest charity box, introduced at the Fifth Zionist Congress in 1901. The first JNF Blue Box was the brainchild of Haim Kleinman, a bank clerk from Nadvorna, Galicia, who placed a box in his office with the words ‘national fund’ stuck on it, telling himself: ‘Every day I’ll drop in a coin and at the end of the year I’ll have 365’. From here the Blue Box was born.
For over a century, money raised in Blue Boxes has assisted Zionist pioneers in their efforts to build the infrastructure of a modern, thriving state. The Blue Box is both a powerful symbol of Jewish unity, and a reminder to its owners of the part every Jew can play in the Zionist effort to restore a Jewish homeland in Eretz Israel.
Today, money collected in JNF UK Blue Boxes funds our vital work in the Negev, where, together with our partners, we are working to build Israel’s future.
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