(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Some four hundred participants in the Maccabiah Games took part in the lively farewell Samba in the Forest event organized by KKL-JNF in Canada Park, near Latrun, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. “The young athletes have won the most important prize of all: the opportunity to strengthen their Jewish roots in Israel,” said KKL-JNF's Yirmi David.
The young athletes were given the opportunity to plant trees and try their hand at painting clay pots, two activities that enabled them to connect with the history of the Land of Israel and its landscapes. KKL-JNF will donate the painted pots to a variety of organizations that promote social causes.
“This is my first time in Israel and I’ve enjoyed my visit very much,” said French handball player Benjamin Levy. “Quite apart from the sporting events, getting to know Israel was fascinating.”
After the event was over, the youngsters continued on to Jerusalem for the closing ceremony of the Maccabiah. The thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen from all over the world have since returned home, with stronger ties to Israel and a better knowledge of the country, its landscapes and its people. Perhaps, thanks to their experiences at the Maccabiah, some of them will decide to immigrate to Israel in the future and make their home here.
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