The Israel Navy Veterans association (I.N.V.A.) – a non profit organization, was established in 1988 by Israel’s Navy men and women Veterans,
One of the main objectives (goals) is to preserve the Navy’s history, legacy and tradition.
The beginning of Israel’s Navy as it is to-day began in the earliest days when small boats and dilapidated ships stood up against the British blockade which was preventing Jewish immigrants to enter Israel that at that time was occupied by Britain. The commanders who lead those illegal immigrants’ vessels, as well as the boats that came to the rescue were the real beginning of the Navy. Today the Navy proudly owns ‘state of the art’ submarines, missile ships, and patrol boats that continue its mission of protecting Israel’s shores and its maritime space.
As an indivisible commitment to this legacy and tradition, I.N.V.A. is maintaining a strong bond with the families who lost their loved ones during the marine missions to protect Israel.
They have been invited to annual ceremony onboard ‘their ships’ as well as being hosted on an annual day of remembrance assuring the families that their loss continues to be the loss of the entire country.
I.N.V.A. continues to assist and support combat soldiers from needy families, as well as the Lone Soldiers who are serving in the Israeli Navy, or soldiers who may have financial difficulties. Helping Navy bases achieve projects that are out of their annual budget but are required in order to give better services to the soldiers during their service, are also constant challenges.
The I.N.V.A initiated in 2008 many vital and essential projects and programs. A study program called “Marine Education” was established with the assistance of a Navy graduate officer, for needy seamen, whose families cannot afford the needed education to achieve a profession.
The I.N.V.A, is actively taking part in the ‘Friends of Israel Navy Organization’, a core group of business leaders who are helping to create a fertile ground and jobs opportunities for needy Navy Veterans.
The organization's priority project is to build a permanent facility which will be a center for all its activities, a social resource for navy veterans and for those on duty. This Israel Navy home will be built on the present grounds of the Naval Museum in Haifa.
Managing such a wide range of our activities would not be possible without the assistance of the many volunteers who tirelessly give their time, as well as all of our friends who make financial contributions, enabling the realizations and dreams of generations of founders of I.N.V.A.
The I.N.V.A does not employ outside companies or has fund-raising activities.
The I.N.V.A works in cooperation with the “PEF Israel Endowment Funds Inc". Each donation is provided with a tax free letter from PEF.
The PEF was established in 1922 by Justice Brandeis, Rabbi Stephen Wise, Robert Szold and a group of distinguished Americans to enable the direct distribution of funds to selected and approved charitable organizations in Israel. PEF invites gifts, bequests and contributions for specific purposes and institutions. As specifically requested by contributors, PEF grants (now totaling over $1 billion) have touched almost every facet of Israeli life.
Contact with PEF: (212) 599-1260 * fax (212) 599-5981 *
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * web: www.pefisrael.org *
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Thank you in advance
Adm. (Ret.) David Ben Baashat
Israel Navy veterans association Chairman