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(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
This excursion was the second annual KKL-JNF day trip for holocaust survivors, and was funded thanks to a donation from Bindy and David Koadlow, friends of JNF Australia, who wished to give the participants a day of pleasant experiences, to bring them close to nature and the landscapes of Israel, and to show them KKL-JNF's extraordinary achievements in the Negev.
“I spent my childhood in the ghettos and the camps, so I did not really have a childhood, and now, today, I am having a chance to go on a trip with friends to have a good time in nature,” said Shmuel Vander from Rehovot. “This meeting with the beauty of Israel connects me to the land.”
Three hundred members of the Amcha organization participated in the event, from Jerusalem, Rehovot, Ashkelon, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv. On regular days, they meet at the Amcha centers in their cities, but this trip gave them an opportunity to vary the routine and enjoy the landscapes of Israel together.
“This is a very meaningful day, because we are getting a chance to take a trip with accommodations suitable for our age group and for our physical and emotional capacities,” said Tammy Kahanov-Feldman, Director of the Rehovot branch of Amcha. "On this trip they get to know Israel better and to become acquainted with its accomplishments, and this gives them hope for a good future for them and their families in the land of Israel.”
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