German Politician André Kuper is presented with a framed planting certificate by KKL-JNF's Judith Perl-Strasser.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
On his first visit to Israel, André Kuper, president of the parliament for the North Rhine-Westphalia province and a member of the German Socialist Democratic Party (SPD), said that he was honored to be able to plant a tree at the KKL-JNF Yad Kennedy memorial.
“The members of my delegation and I are grateful for the opportunity to be here at the Kennedy Memorial today and to be given the honor to plant a tree,” said André Kuper.
Kuper and his delegation, who were in Israel on an official visit, arrived on September 5th at the Yad Kennedy Memorial in the Jerusalem hills, where they were greeted by KKL-JNF Chief of Protocol Andy Michelson and Judith Perl-Strasser of the KKL-JNF European Department.
Accompanying Kuper were Paul Jurecky, CFO of JNF Germany and Director of the JNF office in Dusseldorf; Norbert Römer, Director of North Rhine-Westphalia German-Israel group, and Abraham Lehrer, Vice-president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
“The planting of a tree is a symbol of life and hope for future generations,” Perl-Stasser told the delegation. “By planting a tree here in this soil, you will always be rooted here.”
Prior to the tree planting, Römer, head of the parliamentary German-Israel group, recited the planter’s prayer in German.
“May this tree grow and be strong like the friendship between our countries. May it bear fruit and bring peace”, said André Kuper as he planted the carob tree, accompanied by Judith Perl-Strasser and Paul Jurecky.
After he planted the young sapling, Perl-Strasser presented Kuper with a framed KKL-JNF Certificate of Appreciation.