International Dental 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The tour was an opportunity for Alpha Omega Dental Convention participants to see how KKL-JNF helps make life in the desert thrive in spite of the harsh climate and the constant threat of missiles from the Gaza Strip.
"It's not just about the trampolines or basketball courts, what's it's really about is the smiles on the children's faces." Yedidya, a KKL-JNF guide, was speaking to a group of dentists from all over the world at KKL-JNF's protected indoor playground in Sderot.
The 40-strong group was participating in the Alpha Omega convention in Tel Aviv, devoting a day to visiting KKL-JNF projects in the Negev. The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is the oldest international dental organization in the world, and also the oldest international Jewish medical organization. Its mission is to enhance the lives of dental professionals worldwide by promoting and supporting ideals of global oral health and education. In addition, Alpha Omega was instrumental in the founding of Israel's two dental schools in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The day began with a visit to the Nir Am reservoir
on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, which was constructed by KKL-JNF with the support from its friends in Canada. KKL-JNF guides told the guests that the reservoir, which has a volume of 4 million cubic meters, stores wastewater treated from the effluents of Tel Aviv and central Israel, which is then channeled for agricultural use.
Dr. James Feldman
of Detroit, Michigan, is a member of the Alpha Omega board. "We chose Israel as the site for our convention so that our members would have an opportunity to learn more about the country. Personally, I'm very connected to Israel, I've visited many times and have family here. During the summer, the first thing I did every day was to listen to the news about the war in Gaza. Seeing the border from the Nir Am reservoir makes my understanding of the war
and the threat on Israel much more tangible."
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