JNF UK works to advance all aspects of life in Israel’s underdeveloped south. From improving education and welfare to boosting employment and healthcare, JNF UK aims to draw new life to the Negev and improve the lives of those who call the region home.

With help from our supporters, we have dramatically enhanced the lives of countless people in the region, and continue to work tirelessly to transform the lives of many more.

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Green Sunday 2019
Supporting vulnerable communities near the Gaza border

Imagine living under the constant threat of terror attack... This is life for people living near Gaza, not knowing when the next attack will be, or by which means - rockets  missiles, kites with incendiary devices or the unthinkable, a tunnel infiltration. This Green Sunday, JNF UK is raising money to help the vulnerable communities living there. With your support we can give residents the quality of life they richly deserve. Read More

DIY Volunteering Project

Volunteers have played an integral role in the building of Israel and are a key component in the success of JNF UK’s work and the future of the Jewish state. As a result, JNF UK is promoting a professional volunteering programme, across Israel. This innovative scheme enlists volunteers to work on JNF UK projects and often involves the project beneficiaries as volunteers themselves. The programme provides a means for young people to make Read More

Or Me’Ophir – Young Leadership Programme for Ethiopian Youth

Having faced civil war, famine and frequent anti-Semitism in their home country, a large proportion of Ethiopian Jews decided to immigrate to Israel during the 80s and 90s. Nowadays, more than 120,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel – more than 20 times the number that still remain in Ethiopia. As a visible minority, one which is very much wedded to traditional life and arrived in Israel fleeing a humanitarian crisis, it has been understandably difficult to provide Ethiopian communities with the relevant support and assistance they need to fully integrate. Moving an entire community from an impoverished agrarian society Read More

Al-Sayyid Bedouin High School

Al-Sayyid is a Bedouin village located in between Arad and Be'er Sheva. It is home to approximately 5,000 residents. The demographics in Al-Sayyid are notable for two main reasons, first because half of the village’s population are under the age of 18 and second because Al-Sayyid is known to have the highest rate of hearing-impaired and deaf citizens in the whole world... Read More

ROSH HASHANAH APPEAL 2018 – BUILDING HOPE FOR SOME OF ISRAEL’S MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE

During Rosh Hashanah, while we enjoy spending quality time with our loved ones, it becomes even more fitting that we should address the debilitating poverty hampering the lives of far too many Israeli families. Amongst the flourishing Israeli towns, there are still pockets of people experiencing extreme poverty. Unable to buy food, medicine and cover essential household expenses, daily life for some is an impossible burden. Read More

Renovation of Veteran Olim Social Clubs in Arad and Ashkelon

Over the past couple of decades, thousands of olim from former Soviet Union have chosen Arad and Ashkelon as their homes. Most of these olim are now elderly and many of them are Second World War veterans and holocaust survivors. They have a strong sense of community and depend mostly on each other for social connections. Unfortunately many of them suffer from loneliness... Read More

Urban Forests

JNF UK is delighted to offer you the opportunity to plant mature trees in cities and towns. Trees make urban environments healthier and more pleasant. They provide much needed shade and shelter, particularly in arid desert towns where the sun can be punishingly hot for citizens of all ages. Trees also help remove carbon dioxide, dust and other gaseous toxins from the air in built up areas. Read More

Mitzpe Ramon Music Studio

The Mitzpe Ramon music studio will create a space in the south of Israel that will develop local musical culture for adults and children alike. A vibrant Israeli music scene is emerging out of the development towns of the south, so this new facility located in Mitzpe Ramon will provide local musicians with professional equipment and resources to create, practice and upgrade their musical skills. The studio will enrich their creativity and facilitate their cultural development. Read More

Raphael House Soup Kitchen, Eilat

Eilat is known to many in the UK as a luxury holiday resort, but like many cities there is a lot of poverty that remains invisible to most foreign tourists. Every day, many children go to school hungry, while adults of all ages also struggle to eat. Even those in full time employment can find it hard to make ends meet by the end of the month and consequently struggle to afford basic food. Read More

Amit High School Renovation, Kiryat Malachi

Amit is one of the most run-down high-schools in Kiryat Malachi. The school caters for 405 students in grades 7 to 12, many of whom come from underprivileged backgrounds. Some of the buildings are extremely old and dilapidated without functioning air conditioning (an essential in desert towns). We have an ambitious project to create a pleasant and respectable learning environment by renewing the school’s buildings and facilities. This will have the additional benefit of showing the students that they are worthy of respect and investment, helping them break the cycle of poverty and expand their opportunities. Read More

Ofanim Mobile Classroom

Many children growing up in the Negev region do not have access to quality science education. Ofanim is an organisation which has developed a unique and clever response to this problem by creating mobile laboratories built into old buses. These vehicles are able to travel to remote communities accompanied by teachers of the highest abilities so that local children can enjoy high quality education and extra-curricular activities. Read More