JNF Canada's King David Circle Mission Comes to Jerusalem.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The “King David Circle” delegation, which includes honored guests of the JNF Canada Negev Dinner along with past presidents of the organization, arrived in Israel for a week of tours and meetings. During their visit, participants got to enjoy Israel’s unique scenery and sites, and to familiarize themselves with various KKL-JNF projects, some of which were carried out with the support of JNF Canada. They also met with dignitaries and various Israeli officials.
“Our main focus is on the question as to what we, as Canadians, can do for Israel,” said incoming JNF Canada President Wendy Eidinger Spatzner, who is from Montreal. “The projects that we promote in Israel connect us to the people of Israel.”
Also participating in the delegation was Lance Davis, the new CEO of JNF Canada, who began his tenure just a few weeks ago. The visit to Israel was one of the first things he did as CEO, and it was not by chance. “Our goal is to better the lives of the residents of Israel and to strengthen the bond between Canadian Jewry and Israel,” he said. “Israel is at the core of our Jewish identity. The country’s strength and vitality makes us very proud.” Davis added that he sees KKL-JNF affiliates as ambassadors for the state of Israel. “It is important for us to spread knowledge about Israel and about its contribution to the world, to humanity, to the environment and to sustainability.”
The delegations’ itinerary included visits to various sites in Jerusalem, a visit to the Gaza border and to the Border Police base in Michmash. During their visit, a series of meetings and joint events with leading Israeli government and military officials were planned for the delegation, including a ceremony at Ammunition Hill marking the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, with the participation of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a meeting with former IDF Chief of Staff and Defense Minister Moshe (“Bogie”) Ya’alon, an evening with the participation of former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, a conversation with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and an event hosted by the Canadian ambassador to Israel.
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