Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Stamps Raise Funds for Israel

Roundup Reader and reporter Rachel Neiman sends along an interesting article she wrote that appears on the website.

It concerns the Jewish National Fund – Keren Kayemet (JNF-KKL) which, according to Rachel, "...raises funds using the trusty old Blue Box method of coin collection — in addition to Tree Planting Certificates and Soliciting Big Donations."

Rachel writes, "...few today remember that the JNF-KKL also issued and sold stamps which, for a brief period in May 1948, were actually used as postage stamps in the newborn State of Israel."

She points out the stamps hold a special place of honor in JNF-KKL history and an exhibition of stamps based on Dr. Arie Ben’s research into 108 years of the organization’s activity has been created.

Dr. Ben is the founder and director of the JNF House museum and educational center, where he and several other collecters last week revived the JNF-KKL Stamp Collectors Club which was first founded in 1937.

Shown above, one of the stamps created by the Jewish National Fund to help raise money to purchase land in Palestine and to develop the land once the State of Israel had been established.

Click here to learn more about these and other stamps from Israel.

To read Rachel's entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM