1,000 Trees Honor-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
1,000 Trees Honor the Piedra Libre Magazine in Yatir Forest
Piedra Libre Forest is inaugurated in KKL-JNF’s Yatir Forest in the south of the country on Feb. 25, in celebration of the magazine's 10th anniversary.
“When we were looking into a way to celebrate the tenth year of the magazine, immediately the idea of KKL-JNF came up. This was a dream, we wanted to have our own forest,” said Luli Szerman, co-editor of the Piedra Libre magazine for Spanish speakers in Israel. “We wanted to create roots, something that would remain in Israel. A party is nice but when it is over, it is over, but this forest remains for all time for everybody to enjoy. We achieved our dream thanks to our readers.”
They presented the idea of a forest to their readers one and a half years ago, allowing readers to become active members in the creation of the forest by donating for individual trees. Piedra Libre co-editor Paul Chaham noted that some 300 readers responded and each month more donations came in until they reached the goal of 1000 trees.
“It was very much a community project,” he added. “We specifically liked the idea of helping plant a forest in the Yatir Forest because it is indeed helping transform the desert into green. This our small symbol of support. We have all come here to help, to put down roots in this country and now we have a terrestrial space in this country. This forest will serve us all in years to come.”
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