KKL France Mission Parts from Israel by Planting Trees.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The final day of the Israel Today and Tomorrow mission of KKL France (2.11.15) concluded a week of extensive touring all over Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev. The group met interesting people and visited fascinating places in their travels and got to know some of the unique aspects of Israel - its landscapes, ethnic cultures and technologies, and its water, agriculture and defense industries.
There could be no better way to conclude the KKL France Israel Today and Tomorrow mission to Israel than with a tree planting ceremony in Adulam France Park. The park covers an area of 12,355 acres in the Judean Lowland and features biblical landscapes, historical sites and many walking and cycling trails.
KKL France decided to adopt the park in 2009, and since then it has been developing continuously and attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the country. “This is one of the most beautiful parks in Israel,” said Reuven Naamat, the outgoing KKL-JNF Envoy in France.
Among the main archeological sites in Adulam France Park are the Etry Antiquities, which has the remains of an ancient town from the days of the Second Temple; the Byzantine town of Burgin, which has an exquisite mosaic floor, cisterns, a ritual bath, burial caves and a hidden tunnel; and Tel Adulam, the presumed site of the biblical town of Adulam.
The tree planting ceremony was held near the Friends of KKL-JNF in France Appreciation Center, which is located on the outskirts of Adulam France Park. On the way to the tree planting event, the members of the mission passed an exhibition of ancient agricultural implements and were impressed by the historical treasures that have been discovered in the area.
Pino Edry, the KKL-JNF Envoy in France, said that these were the first trees being planted here after the Shmita (fallow) year, during which the land had rested in accordance with Jewish tradition. As soon as he finished speaking, everyone got to work planting the trees.
“Planting a tree in Israel thrills me every time,” said Philip Darmon from Paris.
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“Planting a tree represents our love for Israel and our greet esteem for KKL-JNF,” said Patricia Deborah Allouche from Toulouse.
“This is the first time in my life that I’m planting a tree in Israel, and it’s giving me great satisfaction,” said Paul Coriat from Toulouse.
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