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A staff delegation from JNF Canada arrived for a visit to Israel in order to observe at first hand projects that have been implemented with the support of the organization’s Friends in Canada and look into options for new initiatives.
“The idea is for staff members to see, hear, speak, touch and feel the tremendous importance of the various projects that influence the lives of so many people,” said Josh Cooper, Executive Director of JNF Canada. “We’ve seen a multitude of opportunities for future projects here, too, and that’s no less important as far as we’re concerned,” he added.
This is the second time that a staff delegation from JNF Canada has come to Israel, and the plan is to make this visit an annual event. During the eight days they spent here, the delegates toured Israel from north to south. They were particularly impressed by the Ecological Zionist Learning Center in Yokneam, which was established with the help of donations from the 2009 Negev Dinner dedicated to the Comper family of Toronto, and in Acco, they listened as municipal representatives spoke of their plans for the city’s botanic garden.
They also visited Tzfat’s Blue Valley Park and nearby Birya Forest, and at Lake Hula, one of the world’s most remarkable bird-watching sites, they observed the bird activity from a mobile “hide.”
“It’s very important to visit Israel,” said Rob Berkowits, Director of the Manitoba region. “We are all committed to what we do, but coming here for a visit strengthens our connection with Israel. Once you get to know something personally, you can present it with the sort of passion that’s impossible to simulate.”
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