Israeli and Diaspora Youth Bond over Trees in Maale Michmash.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
A tree planting celebration at an army base near Jerusalem, involving Border Guard soldiers, American participants in the Masa program, and young leadership students from all over Israel, took place on Monday, February 1, 2016. The event included planting olive trees at the entrance to the army base, a presentation by Border Guard soldiers in the training area, and a festive Tu Bishvat reception.
The Border Guard army base in Maale Michmash welcomed hundreds of participants at an exciting festive event attended by IDF soldiers, students, new immigrants and personnel from the KKL-JNF Youth and Education Division
. The base was colorfully decorated with KKL-JNF flags, Border Guard flags and Israeli flags, and the numerous guests were received by the Border Guard trainees and soldiers with songs and refreshments.
In his greetings, KKL-JNF executive board member Atty. Eliahu Aharoni, who opened the event, said, “As a former Border Guard officer, and as a current member of the KKL-JNF executive board, I understand the great educational significance of the work being done by KKL-JNF in Israel and abroad. Educating the next generation is the most important thing that we, as KKL-JNF envoys, must pass onward. You, the students, new immigrants, police officers and commanders of Israel, are the ultimate proof that KKL-JNF is succeeding in its aim to make the land flourish -with deeds, such as tree planting, and with soul, by education. Planting trees in an undeveloped area used by soldiers, together with immigrants and young leaders, symbolizes the intergenerational and international connection in preserving the beauty and security of this country.”
The commander of the training base, Brig. Gen. Shimon Dadon thanked Yirmi David of the KKL-JNF Education Division for the firm and long-term cooperation in the vicinity of the base for the benefit of the Border Guard soldiers and combatants.
When the speeches were concluded, representatives of the Masa program participants, who are currently learning Hebrew, recited the Planter’s Prayer, after which the participants went to plant trees
around the base. Border Guard trainees also took part in the tree planting. The tree planting was an inspiring experience for the Masa participants, who were planting a tree in Israel for the first time and also planting their own roots in the land of Israel.
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