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I have been in Israel for almost two months on the program OTZMA, sponsored through the Jewish Federation of Delaware and the Jewish Agency. This experience is proving to be an incredible time of personal growth and exploration. OTZMA is a ten month program in Israel for young adults, 20-26, volunteering throughout Israel, learning Hebrew, and having an internship opportunity at the end of the program.more
May 14, the 5th day of Iyar: Jewish representatives from all over Palestine meet in the Tel Aviv Museum, where David Ben-Gurion declares Israel’s independence. Israel Defense Forces are founded with the state. In the first four months of independence, some 50,000 newcomers, mainly Holocaust survivors, reach Israel's shores thanks to funds raised by UJA Federation campaigns.
David Ben-Gurion meets UJA Star of Hope Mission leaders on the first study mission to Europe and Israel.
Through the JDC-run Operation Magic Carpet, the UJA Federation Campaign helps rescue more than 50,000 Yemenite Jews. Campaign funds also bring 125,000 Iraqi Jews to Israel on Operation Ezra.
Chaim Weizmann becomes Israel's first president and calls on UJA to give new hope to those who are coming to Israel.
Israel becomes a member of the United Nations.
Israel works with federation partner agencies JDC and the Jewish Agency to found MALBEN, a network which would go on to play a significant role in aiding the handicapped, elderly and chronically ill.
Settlement responsibility is allocated to the Jewish Agency by an act of Knesset, formalizing a role the agency had played since its establishment in 1929.
Towards the end of the country's first decade, the output of its
industry doubles, as does the number of employed persons; industrial exports
increasing four-fold. The vast expansion of agriculture brings about
self-sufficiency in the supply of all basic food products except meat and
Israel’s school population quadruples. The need to integrate children from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom had been denied formal schooling in their countries of birth, presents an enormous challenge to the educational system.
SECOND DECADE: Building a Nation
Israel shifts its emphasis to its relations with the rest of the world. Exports double and the GNP increases some 10% annually. Extensive programs of cooperation, involving hundreds of Israeli physicians, engineers, teachers, agronomists, irrigation experts and youth organizers, share know-how and experience with developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In a tribute to UJA, David Ben-Gurion said, "I know of no greater purpose for which voluntary funds have been collected than the United Jewish Appeal."
Israel Education Fund (IEF) is created as a supplementary UJA major gifts program to fund capital projects, social programs and scholarships in Israel. Since its founding, IEF has built more than 1,000 high schools, day care centers, senior citizens centers, libraries, sports facilities and regional colleges.
A permanent home for the Knesset is built, and facilities for Hadassah Medical Center and Hebrew University are constructed. The Israel Museum is established to collect, conserve, study and exhibit the cultural and artistic treasures of the Jewish people.
Novelist S.Y. Agnon wins the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Six-Day War marks a turning point for UJA, with American
Jews raising more than ever before.
THIRD DECADE: War and Peace
The Yom Kippur War lasts 17 days and claims 2,523 lives. In economic terms, the war costs Israel a year's GNP. By the second half of 1974, the economy returns to the level of growth and industrial expansion of 1968-73.
In Operation Jonathan, IDF commandos fly to Uganda and rescue over 100 hostages held on a hijacked plane in Entebbe.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin invites leaders of Jordan, Egypt and Syria to meet with him and end the state of war. Only President Anwar Sadat of Egypt accepts the challenge and visits Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Begin announces Project Renewal, a joint effort of the government and world Jewry toward social, economic and physical rehabilitation of disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Israel.
Prime Minister Begin and President Sadat join President Carter at Camp David and draft a peace agreement.
Tourism increases; by the end of the country's third decade the annual number of visitors passes the one million mark.
FOURTH DECADE: Meeting Challenges
A peace treaty based on the Camp David Agreement is signed by Israel and Egypt but boycotted by most Arab states and the Palestinians.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology mechanical engineers
develop a unique system for collecting solar energy at high
With Iraq's program to develop nuclear arms advancing, Israel launches a successful air attack, destroying the Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor.
The part of the Sinai occupied by Israel since 1967 is returned to Egypt.
In Operation Moses, UJA Federation Campaign helps rescue 7,000 Ethiopian Jews.
Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky arrives in Israel; UJA joins 250,000 in a Washington Freedom Rally to pressure the USSR to free other Soviet Jews.
A UIA Assembly resolution directs the Jewish Agency to support programs fostering religious pluralism in Israel.
FIFTH DECADE: Ingathering of Exiles
Israel presents a peace initiative calling for the termination of the state of war with the Arab states.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev opens the doors to emigration, leading to the biggest exodus of Jewish people in modern history. UJA initiates Passage to Freedom, raising $46 million.
Operation Exodus, which will become the largest emergency fund-raising event in Jewish history, is officially born. UJA funds help more than 185,200 reach freedom in the Jewish homeland.
Saddam Hussein launches 39 scud missile attacks on Israel during the Gulf War. UJA brings many solidarity missions to Israel to affirm their unity with the Israeli people.
The entire Jewish population of Albania, numbering some 300 families, is brought to Israel on Operation Flying Carpet. UJA National Chair calls it "a reminder of the importance of Israel to Jews everywhere."
In Operation Solomon the Israeli Air Force flies 14,200 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in only 36 hours.
Russia officially re-establishes diplomatic ties with Israel, 24 years after breaking them off.
A Middle East peace conference convenes in Madrid with delegations from Israel, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan-Palestine.
Almost 150,000 Jews immigrate from the FSU.
A first-time UJA Women's Campaign $5,000-minimum mission to Turkey and Israel celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Lion of Judah pin.
More than 65,000 Jews immigrate from the FSU.
Following the civil war in Yugoslavia, Israel sends a plane with 13 tons of medicine and food to residents of the war-torn region.
Yael Arad, 25, becomes the first Israeli to stand on the Olympic medal podium when she wins the silver medal in a Women's Judo competition in Barcelona.
Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization sign a declaration of principles on Palestinian self-rule.
After 11 months of secrecy, it is revealed that about 300 Jews from Yemen have been brought to Israel since August 1992, the first rescue of Yemenite Jews in more than 40 years.
Jewish Agency's Department of Rural & Urban Development becomes operational. By 1994, the department is a leading force in creating Partnership 2000.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat share the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein sign the "Washington Declaration” toward ending a 46-year state of war. More than 500 participants on UJA President's Mission, traveling to Amman, Jordan, as ambassadors for peace, are received by King Hussein.
JDC and the Sarajevo Jewish humanitarian organization rescue 2,300 people, including 1,000 members of the Jewish community; the Jewish Agency transports to Israel those wishing to make aliyah.
Emigration of all but approximately 300 of Syria's Jews is completed and the JDC/Jewish Agency operations that sustained and then brought 3,656 Jews out of Syria since 1992 are made public for the first time.
Partnership 2000 is launched to develop Israel's Negev, Galil and Jerusalem, create and enhance people-to-people relationships, and advance Jewish identity. Federations across North America form partnerships with towns and regions in Israel.
November 4: Prime Minister Rabin is assassinated by an Israeli opposed to his peace initiatives.
November 8: In the United States the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 becomes law, stating as U.S. policy that "Jerusalem should remain an undivided city... recognized as the capital of the State of Israel."
Immigration from the FSU in 1995 totals more than 65,000.
Thirty-one Chechen Jews arrive in Israel, bringing the number rescued to 330 and concluding a Jewish Agency rescue operation that began in 1994.
Five hundred women representing 35 countries gather in Jerusalem for the first International Lion of Judah Conference.
The inaugural King David Society Mission brings hundreds of leaders from Jewish federation communities to Israel.
Immigration from the FSU in 1996 exceeds 58,900, bringing the total since 1989 to more than 658,000. Jewish Agency Chairman says, "As long as there are Jews who see Israel as the center of their public and private lives, Zionism is not over."
Weizmann Institute mathematician Amir Pnueli wins the coveted Turing Prize for his work on verifying the accuracy and reliability of computer systems.
Four young Israelis develop the technology for AOL Instant Messenger.
United Jewish Communities (UJC) – the merger of the Council of Jewish Federations, United Israel Appeal, and United Jewish Appeal – is realized to represent and serve the North American federation system.
SIXTH DECADE: Into the Future
Taglit-birthright israel brings its first group of young Jewish
adults to Israel. Founded by Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, and a
partnership of the Government of Israel, private philanthropists and Jewish
communities around the world (UJC, the Jewish Agency, Keren Hayesod), Taglit
offers Jews ages 18-26 a free 10-day tour of the Jewish state. By summer 2007,
some 120,000 young people have received the gift of a birthright
The Ethiopian National Project (ENP), a partnership between UJC, the Jewish Agency, JDC, the government of Israel and the Ethiopian-Israeli community, is launched to facilitate the successful absorption of Ethiopian immigrants in all spheres of Israeli society.
In response to relentless terror, UJC and the Federations of North America launch the Israel Emergency Campaign, raising hundreds of millions of dollars for critical needs including security, life-saving medical equipment, and financial help and trauma relief for terror victims.
For the second time in history, the UJC General Assembly is held in Jerusalem. “I am very proud to be a part of this event that comes on the heels of three difficult years for the people of Israel,” says the GA’s Israel chair. “The influx of so many American Jews underscores as never before the deep partnership between Israel and North American Jewry.”
MASA is launched to encourage Jewish youth to spend a semester
or a year in Israel and help them build a life-long relationship with Israel and
a firm commitment to Jewish life. Partnering in this groundbreaking
project are the Government of Israel, the Jewish Agency for Israel, UJC / The
Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod around the
Israelis Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko of the Technion share the Nobel Prize in chemistry with Irwin Rose of the University of California.
UJC and the Federations of North America undertake Operation Promise, an ambitious effort to raise millions of dollars to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel, help mainstream the Ethiopian-Israeli community, feed poor, elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union and strengthen Jewish identity among young Jews there.
Robert Aumann of Hebrew University shares the Nobel Prize in Economics with Thomas Schelling of the University of Maryland.
In response to the war in Lebanon, UJC and the Federations of North America launch a second Israel Emergency Campaign, which provides trauma counseling, enrichment programs, and economic assistance to Israeli children and adults affected by the war. IEC continues to help vulnerable Israelis, including those on the front lines against Kassam rockets launched from Gaza.
UJC helps found Sheatufim: The Israel Center for Civil Society, which works to strengthen the social vitality of Israel by developing and advancing a civil society that is pluralistic, proactive, influential, professional and collaborative. Other founding partners are Zionism 2000, the Sacta-Rashi Foundation and the Gandyr Foundation.
With more than 1,500 rockets from Hamas-controlled Gaza striking the Sderot region in 2007, UJC increases Israel Emergency Campaign funding to enhance social services and other aid, largely via JDC and the Jewish Agency. IEC efforts are also transforming the community capacity of northern cities and towns impacted by the Second Lebanon War to better respond to emergencies.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway investment firm makes Israel's Iscar its first non-U.S. acquisition, recognizing the vitality of the Israeli economy.
IEC assistance to the Sderot region grows in response to an intensified barrage of rockets from Gaza.
Jews around the world join Israel's 6.5 million citizens in celebrating the 60th birthday of a nation once written off as Theodor Herzl's impossible Zionist dream.