The Jewish National Fund was founded in 1901. Revival of the Sacred Land, help to repatriates, creation of a national center in Erets Israel were its main tasks in those years.
The Jews of the Russian Empire took most active part in its work. Several hundred thousands of enthusiasts supported the JNF financially, contributed their efforts and heat of hearts to transform the Land of Israel, to develop national life.
Soon after the revolution of 1917, the JNF in Russia was crushed. Some of its activists managed to leave the USSR to the Palestine of that time. Others were shot in the Cheka, or died of hunger in the civil war, or disappeared in Gulag camps.
After a long-term break, the JNF renewed its work in Russia. Initially, as a division of the Israeli Fund, and since recent time, as an independent Russian organization. Its history is going on…