Bestowing the greatest honor upon of donors was the idea of Yona Kremenetzky, who was the first chairman of KKL-JNF between 1902 and 1907. Since then, almost 200 volumes of the books of honor were created, with the most important volumes known as The Golden Books.
Among the names inscribed in the Golden Book are Baron Edmund de Rothschild, poet Shaul Tchernichovsky, minister Moses Montefiore and Zionist leader Menachem Ussishkin, who led KKL-JNF between 1923 and 1942.
To read the KKL-JNF Golden Books is to take a voyage through the history of the Jewish people. They contain what is probably the biggest collection of names in Zionist history. They preserve the memory of ruined communities and the names of Israeli and diaspora leaders, of Jewish Zionist families, of those who fought for Israeli freedom and of people who just wanted to take part in the building of the Jewish state.
On September 2022, KKL-JNF opened the grand Hall of Books of Honor at the National Institutions House in Jerusalem. Visitors can see the Golden Books, turn their pages through a virtual system, and learn of their history through advanced interactive tools. The books themselves are not available for physical browsing, and are preserved in glass cases that display their ornamented bindings, with each display equipped with a monitor that allows virtual browsing.
KKL-JNF invites you to become a part of the voyage! Inscribe yourself or your loved ones in the KKL-JNF books of honor, a memorable gift that will contribute to the future of Israel and the Jewish people. In addition to inscription in the Golden Book, to commemorate important milestones throughout your life, KKL-JNF also offers inscription in the Children's Book, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Book of Marriages.
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