Australian Educators’ Mission Comes to Israel

The delegation comprises 64 Jewish and non-Jewish teachers from schools in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

January 4, 2018 17:13
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Australian Educators' Mission group photo at the Lavi Forest Planting Center.

Australian Educators' Mission group photo at the Lavi Forest Planting Center.. (photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)


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A delegation of teachers from Australia has arrived in Israel for 10 days of educational excursions during which they will strengthen their connection to the country and build a relationship between the educational systems of Israel and Australia.

The educators will also view a variety of KKL-JNF projects and learn about the JNF Australia’s involvement in the development of the State of Israel. The delegation was jointly initiated and organized by KKL-JNF Education Division’s Overseas Department, its Resources and Development Division and JNF Australia.

“Our objective is to create a connection between educational activities in Australia and the values that KKL-JNF promotes here in Israel,” explained Hani Desa, Director of the Overseas Department of KKL-JNF’s Education Division. “We are working to strengthen Diaspora Jews’ relationship with Israel, and we believe that students who are inspired with a love for the country will grow up with a strong and meaningful identity.”

The visitors’ itinerary includes nature and heritage sites throughout Israel, from Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights in the north to the Arava in the south. En route they will meet up with Israeli teachers and students and take part in workshops on education, leadership, Zionism and ecology.

“Our task is to show you Israel through KKL-JNF’s activities,” the organization’s educational envoy to Australia Yigal Nisell told the delegates. “When discussing Judaism it is impossible to take Israel out of the equation, and it is important to us to present this combination during the trip.”

The delegation comprises sixty-four Jewish and non-Jewish teachers from schools in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. For some, this is their first time in Israel, while others have already visited the country many times and perhaps even have families who are involved in JNF Australia activities.

Read more, see photos of the Australian Educators’ Mission to Israel

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