Participants in the Kilometers for Koby hike 370.
(photo credit: Dena Wimpfheimer)
More than 60 adults and children put on their hiking shoes for the fifth day of
Succot, walking along the Israel Trail and Burma Road to raise funds in memory
of terror victim Koby Mandell.
Participants in the Kilometers for Koby
hike, which began at Neveh Shalom and ended at Park Eshtaol, were raising the
money in support of Camp Koby and the Koby Mandell Foundation, which serve to
benefit families who have lost loved ones due to terror attacks and other tragic
After making aliya from America with his parents Seth and
Sherri in 1996, 13-yearold Koby and his friend Yosef Ish Ran were stoned to
death by terrorists in May 2001 while hiking in a canyon near the Mandells’
Following their son’s death, the Mandells created the Koby Mandell
Foundation to provide healing programs for families struck by terrorism, as well
as Camp Koby, specifically established to help children who have lost a family
Participants in the hike were required to raise $180 per person
or $360 per family in donations. In total, the campaign raised more than $5,000,
with more expected in the coming days due to pledges, the Mandells
In addition to the 60 hike participants, more than 100,000 people
traveled the trails and enjoyed the forests all around the country on
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael- Jewish National Fund (KKLJNF) reported
tens of thousands of visitors at the organization’s forests and parks across
Israel. Particularly popular among families were Britania Park in the Shfela,
Festival Tzeva Glili in Hatzor Haglilit, and the cycling trails in the
KKL-JNF also opened public succot in many of its
forests and parks.
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) also
reported huge numbers of visitors to national parks and nature reserves,
counting already about 90,000 people by midday Monday. Most popular for INPA
sites were Park Hayarkon, the ancient Nabatean market in Mamshit, Beit Guvrin
National Park and the 21st Mosaic Festival in the fortress of Yehiam National
Park, the authority said.