The History of Keren Hayesod - UIA

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The massive immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union immutably changed the course of Israeli - and Keren Hayesod - history.

 



The decade began with the First Lebanon War; no one could have imagined that it would end with the collapse of the Soviet empire. The deep economic crisis that hit Israel in 1983 and 1984 created major hardships, and programs to alleviate social distress became Keren Hayesod's major priority.  KH-supported Operation Moses brought 5,000 new immigrants from Ethiopia to Israel in a dramatic airlift in 1984, and the organization immediately mobilized to raise funds to address the new immigrants’ special needs.

Israel was still in the throes of the First Intifada (1987-1993) when the Soviet Union imploded, opening the gates to over a million Jews who had been fighting for years for the right to immigrate to their ancestral homeland. Their massive immigration immutably changed the course of Israeli - and Keren Hayesod - history.