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An environmental garden of healing under construction at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus will allow chronically ill patients to enjoy a quiet green corner amid natural surroundings that nourish both body and soul. The garden, the first of its kind in Israel, is being established with the help of a donation from KKL-JNF Australia, and the foundation stone of this groundbreaking project was laid at a ceremony on May 9th, with Australia’s ambassador to Israel and Jerusalem’s mayor in attendance.
“This new garden will enhance the hospital, and it is our way of improving the quality of life for all residents of the city,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new healing garden at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. “What we are doing here is much more than establishing a garden: we are part of the mosaic of Jerusalem’s development and the promotion of coexistence. This collaboration between the various organizations proves that sometimes one plus one really does equal three.”
The garden is being created with the support of KKL-JNF’s Friends in Australia, with the families of Jack and Robert Smorgon foremost among them. The project is a collaborative effort with Hadassah Australia, which has supported and advanced this project since its get-go, in 2007. Dr. Shmuel Harris, a doctor at Hadassah Hospital and himself a member of the Smorgon family, promised to keep a close personal eye on the project’s progress, and added, “The idea behind the garden combines many of the issues to which our family is committed: caring for children, promoting health services, protecting the environment and supporting KKL-JNF in Jerusalem and the State of Israel as a whole.”
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