KKL-JNF Germany Water and Desert Mission to Israel.
(photo credit: KKL)
KKL-JNF Germany Water and Desert Mission to Israel
"The greening of the Negev is one of KKL-JNF's top priorities, and you are our partners in achieving this goal." Ms. Jana Marcus-Natanova, director of KKL-JNF's European Desk, was speaking on Tuesday, October 29 to a KKL-JNF Germany mission at a ceremony dedicating the Pforzheim-Enkreis forest grove, which was donated "in deep solidarity with Israel and its people," as is written on the dedicatory plaque. "The forest here is literally an oasis in the desert," Jana continued, "and it fills up with people on holidays and weekends. There are many other projects here that were carried out with the help of our friends in Germany, including a promenade, a cycling and jogging trail, recreation sites and more."
As Tal Kaizman, a KKL-JNF representative from Germany who accompanied the mission explained, the group numbered about 20 people, from age 30 to 83, some who had visited Israel many times before, some who were in the country for the first time. The theme of the visit was "Water and Desert", and the mission visited KKL-JNF projects and other related sites from Agamon Hula Lake in the north to the Arava desert in the south. Even visitors who had been in Israel many times before got to see places they had never seen previously. The visit also showed participants a different side of Israeli reality than that which is often presented in the European media. For instance, at Beersheba River Park, the group saw how untreated effluents that reach Israel from the Palestinian Authority are purified and used to irrigate this impressive urban park.