KKL-JNF Hosts Mega Tu BiShvat 758A.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The Tu Bishvat seder was conducted by KKL-JNF’s Yirmy David – Director of the Leadership Classrooms Project and Field and Forest Coordinator at Nes Harim – together with pupils from the Leadership Classroom at Modiin’s Hut HaShani primary school. The event was held in the Shvatim sports hall in Modiin.
Participants included local residents and public figures, new immigrants from France, tourists, IDF soldiers and representatives of KKL-JNF including Avi Dickstein, David Levi, Danny Daniel and Education and Youth Division staff members.
“Happy KKL-JNF holiday!” KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler wished the participants in greeting.
Most years, KKL-JNF traditionally leads Tu BiShvat celebrations
in Israel with the planting of thousands of new trees. However, as this is a sabbatical year (known in Hebrew as Shmita) in Israel, we are commanded to refrain from planting in order to let the land rest.
“This is only an apparent disadvantage,” declared Zohar Vloski, Director of KKL-JNF’s Education and Youth
Division. “KKL-JNF operates on three planes: the physical, the practical and the ideological, and Tu BiShvat offers us an opportunity to celebrate our ongoing activities. This year we’ve focused on holding hundreds of seders, great and small, all over Israel.”
At the entrance to the event, the excited Leadership Classroom students were waiting to conduct the guests into the hall, which was gaily decorated with KKL-JNF’s colors – green, blue and brown – and lead them to the tables laden with the finest produce Israel can offer.
The Green Leadership Classrooms Project
, which was initiated by KKL-JNF, started operating in 2012. Its slogan is “Growing the leadership of tomorrow’s generation,” and today there are already over 430 classrooms of this kind throughout Israel.
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