Israel to Cold Canada.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
"We do a lot of what our ancestors did to eat. That's what grows in our fields." Gidi Bashan, KKL-JNF Community and Forest Director, was speaking in Toronto, Canada about the work KKL-JNF does in recreating biblical era agriculture in Israel. Bashan was in Canada from February 1-16, visiting nine different cities, including Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax, London, Hamilton and Windsor.
In each city he visited Jewish schools, Jewish and non-Jewish communities, environmental studies university departments, architect offices, journalists, donors, and local urban forestry and bicycle trails officials.
The goal of the trip was to present KKL-JNF's achievements in the fields of reconstructing ancient agriculture, afforestation in Israel, bicycle paths and Bustan Hashalom garden
in Sataf – a project for both Jewish and Arab children.
Although much of Canada is covered by snow this time of year, Gidi's many and varied audiences could not help but be warmed by the descriptions of KKL-JNF's activities in Israel. According to Franklin Simkevitz, executive director of JNF Canada's Ontario region, the goal of the visit was part of JNF Canada's program "to familiarize Canadians with some of KKL-JN's work in Israel, and to demonstrate that the organization does more than just planting trees."
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