Sukkot Education and Entertainment in Aminadav Forest

"In this lime pit, a fire would burn for three to six days. When the domed cover turned red, it was time to put the fire out and, after the pit cooled, to scrape off the limestone powder, which was used as a sealant."

October 25, 2011 13:44
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"In this lime pit, a fire would burn for three to six days. When the domed cover turned red, it was time to put the fire out and, after the pit cooled, to scrape off the limestone powder, which was used as a sealant." Lior, a KKL-JNF National Service volunteer dressed like someone who lived in Israel 2,000 years ago, was explaining about how whitewash was produced in the past to one of many groups visiting Aminadav Forest during the recent Sukkot holiday.

KKL-JNF's Edna Feinstein explained about the activity: "Aminadav Forest is very close to Jerusalem, so it's the perfect spot for a Sukkot outing suitable for the entire family. KKL-JNF National Service volunteers and professional actors set up various stations along the one and a half kilometer trail, which is accessible for people in wheelchairs and also for baby strollers. There were so many people who were interested that we had a waiting list of over a thousand! In the end, we organized eight groups, each with about fifty children and their parents.

"We have a new group of National Service volunteers every year, and this is the KKLfirst activity being led by this year's group. Besides learning about how to make whitewash, the other activity stations include storytelling, stories about the king of the forest and a tree who learned not to want what it doesn't have, pantomime, puppet theatre, masks, ecology, sukka decorations and a Shabbat ceremony," Edna concluded.

Aminadav Forest is a favorite destination for people who want to spend time in nature without traveling too far from home, especially during holidays. With the help of its friends from Germany, KKL-JNF has developed a number of projects at the site, including the wheelchair accessible path where the Sukkot activities took place, the Rock (Sela) recreation area and scenic lookout, and most recently, a new bike trail.

Edna and Benny from Givat Shmuel, which is located near Tel Aviv, were in the forest with their three children, Dolev, Lotem and Livne: "We're members of KKL-JNF's e-yarok club and we received a list of Sukkot activities by email. We called KKL-JNF's Forest Hotline a few days before the holiday, and they told us that registration was already closed, but they put us on a waiting list, and luckily, another group was organized. We chose to come to Aminadav because of the paved path, which allows us to enjoy the forest with our little children who need baby carriages. The forest provides shade, it's beautiful, the activity stations fascinate the children, so what could be a better holiday outing?"

Viva and Vered were in the forest with Gaya, Nadav and Yahel: "The last thing we would want to do on a holiday is go to one of the noisy festivals that take place all over the country on Sukkot. This outing is not just about being in the forest. Thanks to the KKL-JNF activity stations, it's an educational and eKKLntertaining experience, so I would say that this is 'edu-tainment.'"

Yael and Roni are from Ramat Gan, and they were in the forest with their two children, Yael (1), and Roni (3): "This is the first time we're participating in a KKL-JNF activity together with our children. We found out about it through the KKL-JNF website. When we got here, we read a plaque that said the path was paved thanks to a contribution of people from Germany. There's something very heartwarming about people from abroad adopting projects like this and making it possible for people with families to spend time in nature."

For Articles, comments or use please contact
Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Publications
Phone: 972-2-6583354 Fax:972-2-6583493

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