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- The Jewish National Fund Jewish National Fund was established more than 100 years ago by a small group of leaders, including Theodor Herzl. By purchasing plots of land, they hoped to establish the groundwork for the birth of our nation of Israel. JNF continues to make a commitment to the land and people in the 21st century. While they still plant trees and create parks, their organization does so much more.
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Today, JNF performs groundbreaking work to develop the land of Israel through a variety of multifaceted initiatives as part of our vision of building a strong homeland for tomorrow. Their work in Israel is divided into these seven action areas; Forest and Ecology, Education, Water, Research and Development, Community Development, Tourism and Recreation, and Security.
One of the many projects that the Jewish National Fund has been invovled with is the Sderot Indoor Recreational Center. Over the past few years, the Israeli communities on the border with Gaza have endured continual Kassam rocket attacks. These attacks are untargeted, but some have hit residences and schools, killing 11 citizens and hurting hundreds more. The city of Sderot, located on the border with Gaza, has been hardest hit, its children growing up in the shadow of violence, fear, and uncertainty.
To directly impact the lives of the children of Sderot and provide them with the chance to simply be kids, Jewish National Fund has embarked on a massive project: building the largest indoor playground in Israel in Sderot. The all-inclusive Indoor Recreational Center opened on March 10, 2009 to provide Sderot's youth with a place to have fun, connect with friends, enjoy stimulating classes, and be children, beyond the conflict. A place to feel strong and free, away from their daily helplessness and anxiety. And parents can have peace of mind knowing that their children are playing and learning in an environment that is safe and secure.
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