Tree Grove Inaugurated by Finnish Friends of KKL-JNF and Israel

Planting trees in Israel is a way for both Jews and also non-Jews to express their support of Israel and the Jewish people.

November 2, 2014 14:48
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Tree Grove Inaugurated by Finnish 758x530. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 At a moving ceremony in the Lower Galilee, a tree grove on Mount Precipice was inaugurated by Martti and Mirja Ojares, the founders of Finland's TV7, on behalf of Finnish friends of KKL-JNF and Israel.

On Monday, October 20, a very moving ceremony inaugurating the Finnish Friends of TV7 Forest Grove took place at the KKL-JNF Donors Appreciation Center in Golani Tree Nursery, which is located in the Lower Galilee. The ceremony took place in the presence of Martti Ojares, the CEO and founder of TV7 and his wife Mirja, who were the initiators of the tree planting campaign in Finland.  It was filmed for TV7 and will be broadcast in the near future.

Martti explained about the origins and goals of TV7, a Finnish television station that promotes Christianity and the love of Israel and the Jewish people. "I retired from my work as a Helsinki business director 11 years ago, and felt inspired to establish TV7. It's really a miracle, because at the time, I had no money for it, but what God wants to open, no one can close. Our beginning was small, but now, we have over 200,000 regular viewers in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, along with a studio in Jerusalem. Our goal is to tell the truth about Israel and the Middle East, and in fact, our Israel news program has our highest rating. I feel that God put love in my heart for Israel and the Jewish people. Finland has proportionality more friends of Israel than other European countries, and in my opinion, it's no coincidence that the Finnish and Israeli flags both have the same colors, blue and white."
Speaking at the ceremony, Judith Perl-Strasser of the KKL-JNF European Department said that she met Mirja and Martti for the first time at a tree planting a couple years ago at KKL-JNF's tree planting site next to the Kennedy Memorial on the outskirts of Jerusalem. "That's when Mirja and Martti decided to promote tree planting by Finnish people on a permanent basis. Today we are inaugurating the first tree grove of friends of TV7, but I can tell you that we are already well on our way to the next grove. I have no doubt that at some point in the not-too-distant future we'll meet to dedicate a forest."

For further information, comments or permission please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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