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."

KKL_251011_I (photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL_251011_I
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
"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.