KKL-JNF Launches Tu Bishvat -1.
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KKL-JNF Launches Tu Bishvat Planting in Northern Israel
On Thursday, January 10, over 1600 people participated in planting, singing and celebrating nature in Limonim Forest, a previously unplanted area that will become part of a green belt around the city of Tzfat. According to Etti Azulai, KKL-JNF Northern Region Projects and Events Coordinator, this was the first Tu Bishvat tree planting day this year for residents of the north, including schoolchildren, soldiers, families, new immigrants and anyone who wanted to plant a tree.
The entire area of Tzfat had been covered in snow during the recent storm, and KKL-JNF forester Danny Fadida noted that the fire engines on the site had helped bring provisions to people who were trapped in their homes and open up roads that no one else had been able to.
It was especially moving to see a group of prisoners from the Carmel Detention Center planting trees in the forest. "Connecting to the earth is a way of reconnecting with society," Etti said. "KKL-JNF is known for its tricolor of brown, blue and green, but I say that work like this is our fourth color – white. It's about working with people's hearts to make them better members of society. Planting trees gives the prisoners hope and we tell them that when they get released, they can come visit the tree they planted here."
Morad Bushkar, one of the people from the Carmel Prison, said that the first time he planted trees was on Tu Bishvat last year. "We planted trees by Beit Oron in the Carmel Forest, as part of the Carmel rehabilitation project after the huge forest fire. Being out in nature is a very special experience, it really does something for me."
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