(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Jusidman Forest surrounding the new residential development of Carmit in the northern Negev will expand over a thousand dunams. It is being planted thanks to a donation from the Jusidman Family of Mexico. The forest was dedicated on March 23rd at a ceremony in Carmit, which was attended by the Jusidman family and their friends from Israel and abroad, KKL-JNF representatives, members of the OR Movement, and new Carmit residents.
“This is the first event of our family’s four day visit in Israel,” said Daniel Jusidman at the ceremony, “and we will be visiting many projects that we support, but there is no doubt that as far as the children are concerned, planting trees
is the most meaningful event. We would like to return here in the future and see how the trees we planted have grown, which will reinforce our connection to Israel.”
Zeev Kedem, Director of the KKL-JNF Development Division, quoted the words of the famous writer Mark Twain, who visited Palestine a hundred and fifty years ago and was appalled by its desolation. “With the help of people like you, Israel has changed,” said Kedem to the Jusidman family.
Kobi Naveh, the representative of the new Carmit residents, said he had chosen to move to the Negev because he was looking for a place that combined Zionism, a high standard of living, good education for the children, and community life. Turning to the Jusidman family, Naveh said, “We are actually complementing one another - the Zionists moving to live in the Negev, and our friends in the world
that support us. Together we are building the land of Israel.”
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