Where the money goes

​Your Investment in Israel and the Jewish People in 2013


During the course of 2013, you developed programs, projects and infrastructure that brought about change and opportunity for Israeli society and the Jewish people. You initiated and sustained projects that changed lives and developed entire communities.

US$13.9 M - Aliya, Absorption and Rescue

Infusing the state of Israel with new energies and potential

  • over 19,000 new immigrants arrived in Israel during 2013.
  • 1,351 new olim arrived in Israel from Ethiopia, as part of Operation Dove's Wings.  
  • 7,617 new olim arrived from the former Soviet Union.
  • 4,592 new olim arrived from Western Europe.
  • 1,070 new olim arrived from Latin American countries.
  • 254 jews were rescued from areas throughout the world where Jews are in peril.



  • Absorption centers provided housing, Hebrew language ulpan, and services for 11,438 new immigrants.
  • 930 college graduates op to the age of 35 studied at Ulpan Etzion programs in Jerusalem, Haifa, Ra'anana, Beer Sheva and Ramle, modelled on Israel's first Hebrew-language ulpan in Jerusalem. 
  • 705 olim took part in the Ulpan Kibbutz program. 
  • ​​​​​6,200 young olim received absorption services while living in cities and towns.
  • ​​2,000 Ethiopian children took part in Yesodot after-school enrichment programs at absorption centers. 
    The WINGS program provided support and services to 700 lone soldiers. 

US$91.1 M - Strengthening Israeli society


Bridging the opportunity gap in the social and geographic periphery

Your contribution touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals during 2013, bringing opportunity and dignity to Israel’s weakest communities and allowing even the most disadvantaged citizens to fulfill their potential and contribute to mainstream Israeli society. Advancing Israel’s weakest sectors is crucial to ensuring the wellbeing of Israeli society.  



  • 11,000 acutely disadvantaged and marginalized children who participated in the Youth Futures program, began to succeed in school and develop normatively.
  • Tens of disadvantaged border towns and disadvantaged neighborhoods were
    empowered by Young Communities, a program where young social activists
    empower and advance low-income neighborhoods. Young Communities reach tens of thousands of children-at-risk, single parents and unemployed residents, through nurturing educational programs.
    20,000 residents of the Negev and the Galilee benefited from social, cultural, educational and physical projects conducted bu student volunteers from the Ayalim​ movement.
  • 7,500 elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union live lives of dignity and
    independence in Amigour sheltered housing.
  • 1,000 acutely disadvantaged youth were nurtured and educated in KH-UIA supported Youth Villages.
  • 1,000 high school students from disadvantaged communities took part in
    Net@, an intensive hi-tech and technician course that trains students of all scholastic levels for careers in hi-tech. Net@ graduates are accepted into the IDF’s elite corps and leave high school with career opportunities
    they could never have dreamed of.

US$17.5 M - Jewish Peoplehood

Connecting young Jews to Israel and the Jewish people


Strengthening Jewish identity in the next generation, along with a commitment to Israel and a sense of solidarity with world Jewry, is crucial for our survival as a people. Various Keren Hayesod programs helped to engage young adults with their Jewish heritage while nurturing a connection to the State of Israel and cultivating a sense of kinship with the Jewish people.


  • 25,000 youth and adults deepened their Jewish identity and connections to Israel at Hebrew language ulpan, Jewish summer camps and cultural activities in former Soviet Union countries.
  • 30,000 young Jews from 64 countries around the world visited Israel for the first time through a short Taglit trip
  • 10,000 young Jews came to Israel on a MASA long-term program. 1,456 were from the FSU.
  • 1,800 new immigrant soldiers strengthened their connection to the State of Israel and Judaism through the Nativ​ Jewish education program. 

Special projects

Enabling populations in need 

Various groups in Israel face immediate, real challenges.
Keren Hayesod supports a variety of projects that respond to immediate needs and provide opportunity for specific populations.

Providing quality of life for challenged children Aleh
, Israel's largest and most advanced network of residential facilities, provides medical and rehabilitative care
for children with the most severe physical and cognitive disabilities, along with an enhanced quality of life.


Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel project gives underprivileged boys and girls the chance to mark their coming of age with a ceremony at the Kotel, followed by a
festive celebration.

Music for social change

An innovative educational program, Sulamot, run in cooperation with the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra, brings music into the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children,
encouraging their creativity, enhancing their self-esteem and giving them the chance to improve their lives.

Giving a head start to soldiers who made aliyah on their own

The Lone Soldiers program provides a basket of services and assistance to help newly discharged soldiers who made aliyah without their families adapt to civilian life and prepare for their futures.

Creating equal opportunity for Ethiopian children

The Ethiopian National Project (ENP) is a comprehensive holistic program run in partnership with the Ethiopian community that gives Ethiopian youngsters the chance to
overcome disadvantage by providing scholastic and social intervention.
Distribution of Keren Hayesod - UIA income