The Land Policy and Land Use Research Institute

The Land Policy and Land Use Research Institute of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund enjoys full academic freedom, and is active in seven chief fields of endeavor:

1. Research

Academic and public research on national land policy, planning and local policy, at both the macro and micro levels. We invite researchers from academic and professional bodies to submit proposals on land policy and land use. Proposals must conform with Institute disciplines, interests, goals and policy.

The Institute does not undertake to approve any particular proposal, though every submission receives careful attention and substantive assessment. To submit a proposal, please contact the institute - Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

2. Research Grants

The Institute assists researchers at Israeli universities and colleges, and is the acknowledged body for the study of land policy and land use. The Institute coordinates the academic and public discourse on local and national land issues, and promotes MA and doctoral dissertations in these fields.

For more details and to apply for MA and PhD grants in relevant fields, please contact the Institute at Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

3. The Israel Land – Policy Forum

The Institute maintains Israel's foremost forum on all questions of national land policy and varied aspects of land use. The Forum numbers some 500 people and convenes periodically in Jerusalem. It consists of prominent figures involved in the formulation and implementation of national land policy and local land use: Ministers, MKs, mayors, academics, members of the liberal profession, planners, executives and so on.

Every Forum session is devoted to a key land-policy issue, and concludes with specific recommendations. The discussions and recommendations are published in separate pamphlets and distributed to national and local decision-makers. For information on upcoming sessions and/or to register for one, please contact the institute - Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

4. The Karka Journal

The Institute publishes Karka (Hebrew for earth), which appears every few months (three to four times a year) and is today the main communicative organ for land policy and land use. Its contributors are top public and academic figures. The journal is regarded by academic institutions as a valuable reference.

To order a sample issue and/or subscribe to the journal, please apply to 43 King George St., POB 7283, Jerusalem 91072, Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

5. Publications

The Institute also publishes special works related to its fields of interest: summary pamphlets on the Israel Land-Policy Forum sessions; studies commissioned or sponsored by the Institute; and books on land policy.

Karka, a KKL-JNF journal, is used by academic institutions as a basic reader on land policy. To order Institute publications, please please contact the institute - Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

6. Jerusalem Conference on National Land Policy

The Conference is held once a year at the Jerusalem Theater. The first time it convened, in June 2001, it drew an audience of some 600. The topics discussed at the yearly conference appear in the Karka publication, which is available from the Institute.

For further details on the Jerusalem Conference on National Land Policy and to register, please contact the Institute - Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

7. Annual Seminar on Institute Studies

At this day-long seminar, the Institute showcases its studies on national land policy and alternative land uses. The seminar first took place in February 2001, and was attended by people from academic, the professional and public sectors.

For details on the Seminar on Institute Studies, and to register, please contact the institute - Tel: 03-7290500 Fax: 03-7290503, e-mail:

Selected studies and surveys conducted for the Institute and/or with its assistance or participation:

  • The Economic Value of Israel's Open Spaces / Dr. Aliza Fleischer, Prof. Yacov Tsur, Tal Bar Orion

  • Is Public Ownership of Land Still Desirable? / Dr. Eliyahu Boruchov, Prof. Eliya Werczberger

  • Non-Agricultural Land Uses in the Rural Sector / Daniel Morgenstern, Dr. Michael Sofer; Consultant: Prof. Yehuda Gradus, Dr. Mina Tzemah

  • The Rise, Fall and Revival of Tourism in Israel's Resort Towns / Prof. Arie Shachar, Prof. Yossi Katz, Dr. Noam Shoval, Dr. Kobi Cohen-Hattab

  • Placement Aspects of Undesirable Public Facilities / Prof. Avinoam Meir, Prof. Yehuda Gradus, Hagit Yahel

  • Israel's Beduin – A Society in Transition / Dr. Joseph Ben David

  • Formulating Land Policy for Israel's Agricultural Sector since Early Statehood and the Initial Functioning of the Israel Lands Administration / Dr. Michal Oren-Nordheim

  • Managing and Planning Tourism Policy in KKL-JNF Forests / Prof. Nurit Kliot, Avital Korman

  • Establishing Commercial Centers in Israel's Rural Space / Gil-Ad Arama

  • Israel Lands Administration Tenders and their Effect on Land Values and Allocations / Prof. Yacov Tsur, Dr. Israel Finkelstein, Taniv Rofeh

  • National Land Policy in Israel and around the World – A Comparative Study / Prof. Gideon Biger, Dr. Amnon Kartin

  • Public Attitudes towards Compensating Kibbutzim for Rezoning Lands that they had Used for Agriculture / Dr. Mina Tzemah

  • Process of planning legislation and building in the context of planning and various programs / Dr. Anat Bar-Cohen

  • Structural changes in the Carmel Beach area: land use and employment / Esther Cohen

  • Land ownership and urban development / Prof. Yuval Portugali, Dr. Talia Margalit

  • Stages in development of land policy of the Jewish National Fund

  • The impact of changes in the cooperative system of the kibbutz and the moshav according to the nature of land use / Prof. David Grossman, Prof. Michael Sofer

  • Expectant enterprise as a turning point for planning discourse in Israel / Naama Katz -Ben Shushan