Where the money goes

​Your Investment in Israel and the Jewish People in 2012


During the course of 2012, 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$24.2 M - Aliya, Absorption and Rescue

Bringing new energy, resources and human capital to the State of Israel

  • 18,691 new immigrants arrived in Israel during 2012.
  • 2,666 new olim arrived in Israel from Ethiopia, having been supported while awaiting to make aliyah at the Jewish Agency compound in Gondar. At the Compound, children attend school and parents and children alike are
    provided with basic everyday necessities, including medical care, while being prepared for life in Israel and the modern world.
  • 7, 667 new olim arrived from the former Soviet Union.
  • 3,060 new olim arrived from Western Europe.
  • 1,100 new olim arrived from Latin American countries.
  • Hundreds of Jews were brought to Israel discreetly from areas where Jewish life is in danger.



  • Absorption centers provided housing, Hebrew language ulpan, and services for 9,630 new immigrants.
  • 480 new immigrant were successfully absorbed throuh the First home in the Homeland framework. 
  • 920 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 780 lone soldiers. 

US$79.4 M - Strengthening Israeli society


Reinforcing the periphery and empowering disadvantaged populations

Your contribution touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals during 2012, 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.  



  • 10,000 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$25.4 M - Jewish Peoplehood

Engaging young Jews with Israel and their Jewish heritage 


Bonding the next generation of world Jewry to Israel and Jewish life is critical to our future as a people.
And there is nothing like an encounter with Israel to do this! your help in 2012 enabled Keren Hayesod to connect young Jews from the Diaspora to Israel and to enhance Jewish commitment.


  • 90,000 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 60 countries around the world visited Israel for the first time through a short Taglit trip
  • 11,000 young Jews came to Israel on a MASA long-term program. 1,063 were from the FSU.
  • 1,000 new immigrant soldiers strengthened their connection to the State of Israel and Judaism through the Nativ​ Jewish education program. 

New National Strategic Projects – In Cooperation with the Israeli Government and the Prime Minister’s Office

Two major projects were undertaken by Keren Hayesod – UIA donors to answer major strategic challenges now facing Israel and the Jewish People.


Project to Develop Sustainable Alternative Energy To Replace Oil

Young scientists develop an oil substitute from plant sources.


This momentous national project has been developed to counter the powerful influence of oil-producing countries on the free world. These countries encourage isolationist policies towards Israel, while oil revenues are used to support terror. 

Under the auspices of Israel’s top scientific institutions and promising start-up companies, this project harnesses the best scientific minds of Israel and the Jewish world, towards the goal of developing sustainable technologies capable of replacing oil. The project actively encourages aliyah of young scientists.
KH-UIA donations have supported research grants for outstanding young scientists.
TAMAR – Restoration of Heritage Sites in Israel
Castel: In 1948, this famous hill was captured by the Palmach under the command of Yitzhak Rabin, in order to keep the road to Jerusalem open and allow conveys to reach besieged Jerusalem residents. Jewish settlement in Castel dates back to ancient times.
With the goal of showcasing Israel’s ancient and modern heritage sites, as confirmation of the State of Israel’s inherent legitimacy as the Jewish homeland, this project aims educate the general public through the restoration of neglected
heritage sites throughout the country.
Thanks to kh-uia donations, the important historical site of Castel will undergo major development in order to attract and educate visitors.
In 2012 your investment in KH-UIA catalyzed growth and wellbeing for Israel and the Jewish people.
Distribution of Keren Hayesod - UIA income