Holiday Cheer 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
In anticipation of Christmas, beautiful Arizona cypress trees were distributed to Israel's Christian community at KKL-JNF centers in central and northern Israel.
In accordance with what has now become an annual tradition, KKL-JNF is distributing Christmas trees to local churches, monasteries, convents, embassies, foreign journalists and the general public at its Givat Yeshayahu offices in Central Israel, and at Nazareth and Shefaram in the north. From 8 AM on Wednesday, December 17, people could be seen loading beautiful Arizona cypresses into their cars and trucks. The pungent scent of the freshly cut trees permeated the air, enhancing the festive holiday atmosphere.
Sister Martha, who is originally from Germany, and Brother Pierre from France, took two trees for the Orthodox School of the Resurrection, which is located in Bethany. The school, which is for both Christian and Muslim pupils, begins with kindergarten and continues through high school. "This is the first year we're getting trees from KKL-JNF," said Sister Martha. "We didn't know about this possibility and we used artificial trees until now. NTV, a Russian television station, did a program about our school, and they were the ones who told us about KKL-JNF's generosity. On Friday, December 19, we celebrate our traditional Saint Nicholas Children's Feast, which is a lot of fun for the children, and these beautiful trees will make our celebration even more special."
Tree distribution at the KKL-JNF offices in Givat Yishayahu took place on December 17-18, in accordance with lists provided by the Ministry of the Interior, the Jerusalem Municipality and other organizations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs assisted local diplomats and ordered over 200 trees for them.
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