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A new panoramic lookout point in Park Rabin with a terrace and playground was recently dedicated in a festive and moving ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Sandra and Alan Posluns from Toronto, whose contribution enabled KKL-JNF to establish the site. Twenty members of the Posluns family also arrived from Canada for the occasion.
The guests were pleased to hear about the various activities that have taken place at the site since it was established. Visitors come to see the breathtaking view overlooking the forest-covered hills surrounding Jerusalem, children enjoy the playground facilities, and cyclists stop to rest at the lookout point. History lovers visit the many historical and archeological sites in the area. The convenient location of the lookout site on the road between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem has made it a popular attraction for many people.
Alan Posluns said: "It is very exciting to be here. We chose this point many years ago. We love the place and it's wonderful that our whole family is here. We hope that members of the younger generation who are here with us today will eventually see what we have done and will continue the path we began. It is important to us that our children also feel a connection with Israel."
Sandra Posluns added: "We love Israel and love our People. We want to make Israel into a better place. I am grateful to everyone, mainly to my family who are here."
Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF World Chairman, greeted the guests. "Each day that we dedicate a new project is a holiday, but this dedication is especially festive. First of all, this is the most suitable place for a lookout point - a place of historical significance from the days of the Bible until today, and it has now also become a site for vacationers and tourism. "Secondly, it is an opportunity to express our gratitude to Sandra and Alan Posluns who are the guests of honor at the Toronto Negev Dinner. There is no doubt that they are deserving of this honor, since both have served as heads of KKL-JNF Canada and have contributed generously to numerous projects. Tens of thousands of visitors will enjoy this unique site that has been established here, and it will serve as evidence of their wonderful contribution for years to come."
The "Negev Dinner" has been held in Canada for the past 60 years. The initiative began in 1948 at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel with the objective of honoring people who were active in the Jewish community, while at the same time mobilizing contributions for developing new projects in Israel.
Abe Posluns, Alan's father, was the honoree in 1984. The family has now come full circle with Alan and his wife Sandra receiving the same honor for their activities in the Jewish community and for Israel.
Dorothy Braun, Alan's sister said that she has visited Israel many times but this present visit is special and different. "This is the first time that all of us are here together and now we have a special family place. The visit was also held in honor of my grandson's Bar Mitzvah and the entire family came for ten days to travel in Israel."
Thirteen year old Asher celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel, and during the ceremony at Park Rabin, Stenzler presented him with a symbolic gift: a traditional KKL-JNF Blue Box. Asher said, "I'm really enjoying my visit to Israel very much and the most exciting thing for me was my Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall."
Madison, aged nine, explained: "It's a lot of fun to visit with the whole family and especially interesting to visit all kinds of different places in Israel and to hear about the history. It's also exciting that our family has a special place that we established here."
Park Yitzhak Rabin, in which the panoramic lookout site was established, extends westwards towards Jerusalem for 15,000 dunams. The park is part of a chain of forests and open land that create a green lung in the area surrounding the capital. The place is dedicated to the memory of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and is located in an area where he fought for the establishment of the State. In addition to sites that played an important part in the battles of the War of Independence, the park also contains historical and archeological sites, including the remnants of ancient agriculture - evidence of the continuous history of Jewish presence in the area since Biblical times. KKL-JNF has paved paths, lookout points, and campgrounds in the park and visitors also come to enjoy the wild flowers in the winter and spring.
The new panoramic lookout point in the park offers a scenic view in all directions. To the east are the Kedoshim Forest, Beit Meir and the Mountains of Jerusalem. To the west is the President's Forest, Kfar Uria and the coastal plain. Bet Shemesh, Zanoah, the Eshtaol and Tzora forests, and the US Independence Park are to the south. The rest of the Rabin forest is to the north and extends from Eshtaol to Neve Shalom.
KKL-JNF has also ensured that the site and campground are accessible for the handicapped. The entire area from the parking lot to the picnic table at the lookout point is completely wheelchair accessible.
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