Canadian University Students Visit Israel with JNF Canada.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
They landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Friday, and by early Sunday morning, they were already on the trail.
The students began their tour at the tree-planting
site in the President's Forest in Tzora
, where they met KKL-JNF Forester and Site Coordinator Eran Zabadi. Zabadi told them about the important role KKL-JNF played in the development of this country over the past 115 years.
He then invited the participants to each take a Carob sapling and join the afforestation endeavor. “Carob trees grow to a height of 3-4 meters and help stabilize the soil of the forest. It takes about 50 years for a forest to take shape”.
Each student was presented with a KKL-JNF Tree Planting Certificate.
Accompanying the group was JNF Canada’s
Campus and Young Leadership coordinator, Anna Klos. “We created a new organization in Canada called JNFU, which serves as an interface for Jewish students who are committed and passionate about Israel, to meet and discover one another. Due to the large spread of Jewish students on campuses throughout the country, and the great distances involved, much of the activity is done over the internet. We hold regular ‘webinars’ on different subjects. Most of the people on this tour had never met one another in person before”.
The group then travelled to the town of Sderot in the Negev, which is currently enjoying 2 years of quiet and prosperity following the 2014 war with Gaza
. Sderot Youth Department Manager Daniel Berkeley welcomed the students at an elevated point on the edge of the town, overlooking Gaza City in the distance. He described life in Sderot under missile bombardment.
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