Odessa Grove Inaugurated in Southern Israel-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The dedication ceremony of the Odessa Grove in the Dorot Forest, took place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, not far from the Shikmim Farm, the estate of the late Ariel Sharon. The ceremony was attended by numerous media people from Israel and abroad. The special native accent of people from Odessa, Ukraine, could be heard all around.
Trees were planted in the new grove by the Ukraine Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Hennadii Nadolenko; the KKL-JNF Director of the FSU Desk, Mr. Igal Yasinov; and the Chairman of the International Club of Odessa, journalist Mr. Boris Sobolev. The first olive tree planted at the site was planted in honor of the famous Jewish writer Mikhail Zhvanetsky, the President Emeritus of the International Club of Odessa.
One thousand trees are to be planted in the Odessa Grove thanks to contributions from people all over the world who were born in Odessa. It is encouraging to know that in such times of trouble in Ukraine, many of the donations for the grove are coming from that country. As stated by Mr. Igal Yasinov, a native of Kharkov, in his greetings, “Planting the Odessa Grove in Israel symbolizes the connection of the city of Odessa to the Jewish people, to the people of Israel and to KKL-JNF. It is interesting and also significant that Johann (Yona) Kremenetzky
, the first Chairman of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund, was born in Odessa.”
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