The 19th Walk for Water: Touring the Desert, Loving Israel .
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
110 Friends of KKL France took part in the 19th Walk for Water, which was held this year in the Judean Desert and southern Dead Sea region.
Originally the water walkathons were intended to promote water-related projects, but with time they have evolved into events designed to advance a whole range of undertakings for the benefit of Israel’s people and environment.
“It’s not enough to think and talk about Israel – one has to visit it
, take action and get involved, because, after all, we’re all part of the Jewish People,” declared Corinne Champagner-Katz, Deputy President of KKL France
KKL France is indeed involved in a great many projects in Israel, and its delegates were introduced to one of them – planting an avenue of trees at an air-force base
in memory of the late Albert Czarnobroda, formerly President of KKL France – immediately upon their arrival in Israel. The delegation members visited Mashabim Air Defense base in the Negev and planted the memorial avenue there together with the soldiers who will benefit from this welcome patch of greenery and shade.
The following day all the delegation members set out on an energetic, enjoyable and memorable excursion to explore the magnificent local landscapes. They visited Nahal Peres, Ein Gedi, Nahal David, Masada, Nahal Dragot and the Qumran caves, and concluded the week with tours of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
“Touring the desert puts us in touch with the Land of Israel, its landscapes and its history
,” said Laurence Haddad-Azran from Paris, who was taking part in the excursion together with her parents and her aunt. “Israel is the link we all share as members of the Jewish People, but for me this trip is also an opportunity to strengthen family ties,” she added.
The slogan for this year’s Walk for Water, “With Bible in Hand,” is designed to indicate the connection between land and nation and emphasize the rich history of the Land of Israel.
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