Rabbi Metzger, JNF Chairman Stenzler plant trees.
(photo credit: Ancho Gosh)
In honor of Tu Bishvat, as well as Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National
Fund’s 110th anniversary, the organization is launching the world’s first-ever
The social forest will allow Internet users to plant
virtual trees on KKLJNF’s website, and then foresters will plant live trees in
honor of their online avatars throughout the country’s wooded
“For the 110 years that KKL-JNF is celebrating this year,
KKL-JNF is targeting the younger generation with the purpose of providing it
access to forests and nature,” KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler said.
initiative of the world’s first social forest is innovative, young and suitable
for both youth and adult web surfers; it enables Internet users to plant trees,
influence quality of life and the environment, and contribute to greening the
State of Israel.”
On Sunday, Stenzler and Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger opened
a week of Tu Bishvat events by planting a carob tree with children from a
kindergarten in Kiryat Ono, according to a KKL-JNF spokeswoman.
Torah, Tu Bishvat is defined as the new year for trees, creating a day where
people go out into the field and plant a tree, thus emphasizing the connection
between man and land,” Metzger said, according to a KKL-JNF statement. “This
action is an important contribution to Israel’s prosperity.”
Also for the
week of Tu Bishvat, KKL-JNF truckloads of over 1.1 million trees are making
their way to nurseries in 1,200 communities throughout the country, the
organization said. For the third year in a row, the group is planning on
planting a “tree for every resident” of Israel this month.