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FormationJuly 1939
"the UK’s leading humanitarian and environmental Israel charity"

JNF UK claims to be "the UK’s leading humanitarian and environmental Israel charity...[raising] funds for the building blocks of everyday life in Israel such as reservoirs, irrigation systems, desalination plants, forest planting, recycling schemes, roads, housing and healthcare centres." [1] It is the UK wing of the Jewish National Fund, which has been described by the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe as "a colonialist agency of ethnic cleansing".[2]

Executive Board

  • Chairman – Samuel Hayek
  • Honorary Treasurer – Roy Freedman
  • Company Secretary – David Berens
  • Chief Executive Officer – Yonatan Galon

Executive Board Members

  • Guy Avshalom
  • David Berens
  • Gideon Falter
  • Elan Gorji
  • Rabbi Alan Kimche
  • Murray Lee
  • Dr Alan Mendoza
  • Gary Mond
  • Benjamin Perl MBE
  • Mandi Waisman
  • Howard Wayne


  • Zak Gertler
  • Felix Posen
  • Simon Sterling
  • Sol Zakay

Honorary Patrons

  • Professor David Bellamy OBE
  • The Rt Hon Tony Blair
  • The Rt Hon Gordon Brown
  • The Rt Hon Lady Cosgrove CBE
  • General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE
  • The Rt Hon Lord Howard QC
  • The Prime Minister of Israel
  • The President of Israel
  • HE The Ambassador of Israel
  • Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy OBE
  • Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
  • The Marquess of Reading
  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
  • Rev Malcolm Weisman OBE[3]


  1. 'About JNF UK', JNF UK website, accessed 27 March, 2009.
  2. ILAN PAPPE and JUSTIN PODUR, ZNet, 20 February 2005 Mechanisms of denial, last accessed June 16, 2007.
  3. "JNF UK People"