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The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 was a profound event in world and Jewish history. Since then, Israelis have made enormous strides in building a vibrant, strong and just society. The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program is committed to contributing to the continued development of Israel and the safety and security of its people, both for the country's benefit and for humanity in general, by helping to catalyze Israel’s leading contributions in scientific, technological and medical research, supporting Israel’s provision of world-class healthcare services in secure healthcare facilities, and promoting global understanding and appreciation of Israel. Since the Israel Program began in 2010, Helmsley has committed over $240 million to projects and organizations in Israel.

COVID-19 Update: June 8, 2020

When COVID-19 began spreading across the globe in March, our strong relationships with top health officials in Israel allowed us to respond rapidly. Our decade-long commitment to investing in medical facilities and supporting Israeli people during times of crisis led to several rapid-response grants across the country. We provided $11.75 million to major medical centers and rural periphery hospitals to help ensure Israel’s ability to manage its caseload of COVID-19 patients. This preparation paid off. The country was able to properly accommodate all who needed care and treatment for COVID-19, and remains prepared should there be a second wave. All equipment purchased for pandemic preparedness will remain as part of hospitals’ stock for the future. 


Helmsley’s strategic funding areas for the Israel Program are:

Strengthening Israel’s Leadership in Scientific, Technological, and Medical Research

  • Supporting scientific research programs that use charitable dollars to help scientists make significant gains in medicine, biology, energy, technology, and agriculture.
  • Strengthening support for career paths for Israeli scientists, to support the next generation of scientific programs, including research in the sciences and hospital-based research in medicine.
  • Supporting enhanced educational programs.

Strengthening Healthcare Services and Preparedness

  • Supporting construction and development of secure healthcare facilities, including in underserved areas of Israel.
  • Enhancing medical trauma and disaster relief services.
  • Using e-health strategies to bring advanced health services to communities in Israel’s periphery communities.

Strengthening Global Understanding and Appreciation of Israel

  • Increasing Israel’s ability to communicate its position and the realities of the Middle East to key audiences. 
  • Facilitating firsthand experience of Israeli life and culture by key audiences.

Rapid Response and Opportunities Fund

  • Meet unique needs and emergency situations.

How We Work

Helmsley is interested in opportunities that meet these strategic goals, and generally initiates the application process by invitation. Proposals are commissioned and developed with the help of Israel Program staff. Recommended grants are typically a mix of single- and multi-year commitments, as appropriate to the project under consideration. Read more about how we grant.