(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
In a spontaneous moment of joy and thanksgiving, a 150-strong delegation of Argentinean Jews broke out into song with the Shehechiyanu prayer as they prepared to plant trees in the KKL-JNF Nachshon Tree Planting Center near Jerusalem on Israel’s Memorial Day.
The delegation, made up of several groups from the Buenos Aires Jewish community including the March of the Living and the Israel B’Kef group from the Hebraica Community Center, the Lamroth Hakol religious and cultural community center, the Masaroti Or Israel community, Maccabi and the Bami Marc Chagall Community. Members of the Jewish communities of Venezuela and Cuba also joined the group.
The March of the Living delegation had first traveled to Poland on Holocaust Memorial day to see the Auschwitz concentration camp and participate in the yearly march which brings together thousands of Jews from around the world.
The groups had then come directly to Israel. Each group joined together on Memorial Day to hold their own commemoration ceremony, and after the sounding of the siren marking 2 minutes of silence nation-wide, they came to the planting center.
“There has been a lot of sadness this week,” said Adrianna Barimboin, who participated in the March of the Living. “And now we have come here and I appreciate the fact that we are planting a tree in Israel. It is the symbol of life and continuity.”
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