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On 5th January 2010 Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund will celebrate its 108th year of ongoing action for the benefit of the Jewish People and the State of Israel. This date marks the anniversary of the founding of KKL-JNF according to the Hebrew date, the 16th of Tevet. KKL-JNF will hold a seminar marking the "First Furrow Day" " in commemoration of the first furrows that were plowed in the first moshava of Petach Tikva. The seminar is being organized by the Education & Youth Division of KKL-JNF with participants, KKL-JNF World Chairman, "Efi Stenzler, Dr. Benzi Bar-Lavi, " head of the Education Division, "Yosef Wasserman, " Director of the Teachers' Histadrut and "Dr. Anat Madmoni, " who will lecture on ancient trees in Israel.
On the 5th January, the anniversary of the founding of the KKL-JNF at the 5th Zionist Congress in 1901, KKL-JNF will hold an open day for the public in the hall of the Books of Honor in its central office in the National Institution Building in Jerusalem. Guests are invited to view the Golden Books, the Planting Books, and the exhibition of the traditional KKL-JNF Blue Boxes. The event is free and advance reservations can be made through the KKL-JNF Forest Hotline Kav LaYa'ar, 1-800-350-550.
As the largest Green organization in Israel KKL-JNF continues its extensive activities for man and the environment through both its traditional objectives and also current challenges. As always, " land, water and trees" serve as the basis for the activities of KKL-JNF. Today KKL-JNF revives the wilderness and transforms deserts into flowering lands. Travelers throughout the length and breadth of the Land of Israel can witness the accomplishments of KKL-JNF on every road and path; through the settlements spread across the land; the forests and parks; flowering fields and water reservoirs - all evidence of the challenges being met by KKL-JNF and its Friends throughout the world for the past 108 years.
With the support of its Friends worldwide KKL-JNF has accomplished wonders:
"Planted" over 240 million "trees" for Israel's people and environment;
"Maintains" 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of "natural woodland; "
"Redeemed 700,000 acres (280,000 hectares) of "land;
"Reclaimed 250,000 acres (100,000 hectares) of land for farming in 1000 rural communities;
Forged 7000 kilometers of "roads and "forest trails;
Prepared "infrastructure for thousands of new homes;
"Developed more than 600 "recreation areas, many of them accessible to the disabled;
"Built over 200 "water reservoirs for water conservation and recycling;
"Rehabilitates rivers, streams and "springs;
"Restores archaeological and historical sites;
Educates "hundreds of thousands of young people in Israel and abroad;
Supports and implements R&D "projects with global implications;
Promotes love of Israel and its environment, "creating an enduring bond between people and the land
KKL-JNF activities combine its actions in all its different fields - development goes hand in hand with preservation, forestry with research and water recycling with tourism. Our work never stops - we are leading the way to a better, healthier environment - with large open spaces, green forests and recreation areas and respect for our natural and cultural heritage. We educate today's children, who will become the environmentally conscious citizens of tomorrow, to create a better tomorrow for Israel.
For more information, please visit our website at www.kkl.org.il/eng or e-mail [email protected]