Canadian Delegation in Israel: “It’s a privilege to be here”.
A delegation of donors and Friends from JNF Winnipeg (a small communities’ mission) arrived in Israel for a visit designed to strengthen their connection with the country and view a variety of JNF Canada-supported projects.
Among the projects supported by JNF Canada that the delegates visited were the large stone hall and viewing balcony in the Western Wall Tunnels, Hula Lake Park in northern Israel, Megiddo High School and the John Baird Park in Sderot.
“Every time you visit Israel you can see the changes, and you can feel them even more,” said Rabbi Moshe Jeremy Parnes from Regina in Saskatchewan. “It was very important to me to come here with friends from my community and show them the country. Touring the Golan was especially exciting, as the last time I visited it was straight after the Six-Day War.”
The delegates, Jews and non-Jews, had come from all over Canada – from Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and elsewhere. Some had visited Israel many times before, while for others this was their first visit.
Planting a tree at the KKL-JNF planting center in Tzora Forest (also known as the President’s Forest) was one of the most symbolic and exciting moments of their trip.
“This is an opportunity to take part in an unforgettable event unique to JNF – planting a tree in Israel,” declared KKL-JNF’s Canada Desk Director Osnat Dvorkin.
“Planting a tree is an inseparable part of Jewish tradition,” explained Eran Zabadi, who is in charge of the KKL-JNF planting center. “Trees symbolize life itself and represent hope, growth and prosperity. Unlike trees in Canada, most of those in Israel have been planted by human hands. Today you are going to become part of this heritage.”
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