National Month in Europe, North and South America, Africa and more:

Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Jerusalem Day.


Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund Brings Jewish Educational and Cultural Enrichment to Jewish Communities Around the World

Aiming to strengthen the connection between diaspora communities and Israel, professional education teams from Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund (KKL - JNF) concluded successful visits to 16 countries around the world, on the subject of National Month in Israel, leaving an indelible mark on participants of all ages – from kinder garden age to holocaust survivors.

Dovi Paritsky, KKL - JNF "Activities Ignited excitement and gratitude among participants, particularly among elderly Jewish residents, the activities sparked joy and left lasting memories".

Bringing the spirit of Israel and KKL - JNF to the Diaspora - A variety of educational and experiential activities conducted by teams from the department of Zionist Education in the Diaspora, which is part of the Education Division at KKL – JNF, were sent to Jewish communities around the world during National Month which includes Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Jerusalem Day. Activities took place among schools, Kinder gardens, youth movements, Sunday Schools, synagogues, Jewish organizations and more in the following countries and cities: South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Geneva, Paris, Switzerland, Vienna, Argentina, Estonia, Lithuania, Brazil and Hungary.

This year teams have started the activity in Germany. In Düsseldorf, the activity took place at the Yitzhak Rabin elementary school with team leasers Moria and Yaesh who tailored the activity to the pupils' needs, blending Jewish education with enjoyment. These interactive sessions were warmly received, fostering engagement and learning among the young learners.

Transitioning to Munich, the team continued its mission by hosting activities at the Jewish elementary school Sinai, in which a total of 8 classes consisting of 30 children each, From Aleph to Dalet, have participated in the activity. The teams mentioned that pupils enthusiastically participated, embracing the opportunity to connect with Jewish culture and tradition.

Additionally, meetings in Munich were held with Israeli families living in the city, who thanked the guides and expressed feeling at home, stating that their children had a lot of fun and felt like part of a family for a few hours.

In Mexico, high school students across Mexico City have come together to create an inspiring exhibition titled "Stories of Hope." Organized by KKL - JNF, this initiative aimed to foster a deep connection to Israel's national days while providing a platform for artistic expression and community support.

The "Stories of Hope" exhibition features an array of poignant artworks created by high school students. These young artists drew inspiration from testimonies of the Iron Swords War, which they viewed as part of their educational program. Following these impactful sessions, the students received specialized training in art and self-expression, allowing them to convey their emotions and messages through their creations.

In Switzerland, educational teams conducted activities at Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne and Suisse Romande. In Geneva and Lausanne approximately 460 members of the Jewish community have participated in the activities at GIRSA kinder garden & school, CIG community, Talmud Thora CIG and GIL community. In Zurich a number of approximately 150 community members have participated in the activities at the ICZ-kinder garden & NOAM school.

Following activities in Switzerland, educational teams conducted activities in Vienna Austria in which approximately 200 community members participated at the Maxi Club kinder garden & ZPC school.In total, over 800 children and youth aged 4 to 17 years old have participated in these special educational activities which exposed participants to an innovative activity and to Eretz Yisrael.

Dovi Paritsky, The Overseas Department in the education and Community Division at KKL-JNF: " KKL – JNF conducts through the year special educational events in the diaspora and National Month is the most popular activity Jewish Communities are asking for around the world.  The impact of these activities is profound, igniting excitement and gratitude among participants, particularly among elderly Jewish residents, the activities sparked joy and left lasting memories, underscoring the significance of KKL - JNF's outreach efforts.