JNF USA Leadership Mission Visits Northern Israel.
The JNF USA National Board of Directors Leadership Mission came to Israel for a week-long tour of the country, from Kiryat Shmona in the north all the way down to Eilat in the south. Together, some forty representatives from all over the USA visited some of the many projects supported by the organization and held meetings with their Israeli partners.
The itinerary for the visit included, among other things, a meeting with the KKL-JNF Board of Directors in Jerusalem; a visit to the Halutza communities and the ALEH Rehabilitation Village in the Negev; and visits to Sderot, Yeruham, Beersheba, Wadi Atir, the Arava’s Vidor Center, the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT), the Arava Center for Renewable Energy, and Timna Park.
“It’s very important for the members of the National Board of Directors to see what we’re really doing,” said Leadership Mission Chairman Alan Dabrow. “We can talk endlessly about our activities, but there’s no substitute for a visit to Israel. The moment we get here we feel connected, because the country sells itself. I’ve visited Israel more than twenty times over the years, and each time I’m amazed to see how it’s changed. Israel is strong, and it is vital to the continued existence of Diaspora Jewry.”
“We haven’t come here for a visit,” declared JNF USA CEO Russell Robinson. “This is a journey born out of our commitment to Israel. We’re not building projects; we’re promoting a vision and cooperation.”
In the Galilee in northern Israel, the JNF USA Leadership Mission participated in an unveiling ceremony for the medicinal food and technology incubator being built in Kiryat Shmona with the support of JNF USA and KKL-JNF, visited Tel Hai College, and checked out the earthworks underway at Montfort Lake in Maalot Tarshiha, where an ecological and tourism park is being built with their support. The delegation also traveled to Shlomi to visit Erez College, the technology labs of which were built with their support, and finally, to the Western Galilee Tourist Information Center in Acco's old city.
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