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Keren HaYesod

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Today was an international children festival here in Markt Schwaben. There was a flag of the organization "Keren Hayesod - United Israel Appeal" by the Israelian. Keren Hayesod seem to help Jewish immigrants to Israel to settle down.
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Notice, that the logo was printed on the backside of the flag! To see it correctly you have to take the hoist on the right. Is this just a mistake or is it, because Hebrew is written from right to left ?
J. Patrick Fischer, 17 September 2005

Keren Hayesod (The Foundation Fund) was established during the Zionist Congress in London on July 26, 1920. Today, it is one of the three bodies that constitute the Jewish agency (together with the World Jewish Congress and USA's Jewish communities Union). Keren Hayesod is also known as the United Israel Appeal. Its head office is in Jerusalem.
The Keren Hayesod objective is to be the major organization for collecting donations for Israel and is operating around the world apart of the USA. Those donations are used mainly for welfare activities including (but not solely helping new immigrants). All its activities are according to the Keren HaYesod Act of 1956.
In the photo, tt is on the obverse side as usually in Israel. "Israeli hoist" is on the right side of the flag.
Dov Gutterman, 17 September 2005

The Jewish Agency (also known as the World Zionist Organization) distributes money collected by the KH/UIA. These organizations are connected to the Israeli government.
The portion of this money that comes from the United States is collected by the United Jewish Communities, which itself is a merger of three US (non-Israeli) organizations, one of which- the one actually responsible for sending money to the KH/UIA/JA/WZO- was also known as the UIA. (The other two were the Council of Jewish Federations, which operate at the local level, and the UJA, which collected money from the various local federations and distributed it not only to Israel but elsewhere overseas, through the Joint Distribution Committee. To make things more confusing, the local New York federation was and still is called UJA-Federation.)
The World Jewish Congress is a private organization, completely separate, which deals with Jewish culture around the world.
If I recall correctly, the JA building in Jerusalem says "Jewish Agency/World Zionist Organization" over the front door, "Keren HaYesod/United Israel Appeal" over one wing, and "Keren Kayemet LiYisrael/Jewish National Fund" over the other wing.
Nathan Lamm, 18 September 2005