JNF Canada National October Mission to Israel.
(photo credit: KKL)
JNF Canada National October Mission to Israel
Over 40 Friends, donors and members of staff from JNF Canada took part in a mission to Israel during which they deepened their connection with the country. On this mission, which was called 'To Know Israel is to Love It', the visitors acquired first-hand knowledge of KKL-JNF projects throughout the country. Lake Hula, the Northern Research and Development Station, the IDF training bases in the Negev, “secure roads” in the south, Beersheba River Park, Jerusalem’s Teddy Park, an Air Force base in central Israel, Ayalon-Canada Park, the planting center in Nachshon Forest – these are just a few of the sites visited by members of the delegation.
For Allan Goldenberg of Montreal, one of the veteran members of the Canadian delegation, this was the sixth time he had visited Israel on a mission like this one. “These missions provide a new and different way to experience Israel every time, and it is thanks to them that we have the opportunity to visit places we’d never see as regular tourists,” he said in explanation of their success. “Israel is a significant part of my life, and it’s very important to me to be involved in what goes on here,” he added.
In the course of their tour of Israel, the participants also got the chance to inaugurate a new project – a gate at the entrance to Teddy Park in Jerusalem, which was donated by sisters Helen Zenith and Giezelle Pash of Calgary in memory of their parents Etel and Benjamin Wolf. “A gate like this, which links the eastern and western parts of the city and which will be used by adherents of all religions, is a site that possesses profound symbolic significance,” said Helen Zenith with emotion at the ceremonial unveiling.
An observer on the sidelines would have found it hard to believe that most of the members of the delegation had not known one another at all until they met just a short time ago on the trip to Israel: they now had the appearance of a united and well integrated group. “We came here as strangers, but we’re departing as close friends,” said Allan Goldenberg. Josh Cooper added: “It’s not just the sites we’ve visited that have made this trip so special – more than anything else, it’s the people in the group who have done so.”