Jewish National Fund

December 29, 1901: The Jewish National Fund (JNF) was founded. “The Jewish National Fund is the caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners – Jewish People everywhere.”  After several false starts, the delegates to the Fifth Zionist Congress passed a motion that a fund to be called Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael) should be established, and that “the fund shall be the property of the Jewish people as a whole”.  The purpose of the fund would be to be purchase land in the land of Palestine that would belong to the Jewish people.  The JNF’s first undertaking was the collection of £200,000.  One of the delegates immediately pledged £10 in memory of Zvi Hermann Schapira who had been one of the prime mover’s behind the creation of the JNF. Theodore Herzl made the second donation and his aide, the third. And with this, the dream of a national fund–and a Jewish Homeland–became a reality.  (Mitch Levin)

The Jewish National Fund printed many cinderella stamps which were not valid for postage, but nonetheless were often affixed to envelopes in combination with official postage stamps to show support for the Jewish State.

The example shown here was printed for celebration of the Jewish New Year in 5702 (Gregorian Date:  1941)



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