KKL Finland 100th Birthday event honorees.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
From February 1-5, KKL Finland celebrated Tu Bishvat and the organization’s 100th anniversary. Special events included meetings between representatives from KKL Finland and KKL-JNF in Israel with Finnish members of parliament, the Finnish Jewish community, and Finnish environmental professionals, and a festive dinner at the Helsinki Jewish Community Center.
Over one hundred guests attended the festive dinner, including all the members of the KKL Finland Board of Directors, major donors, representatives from other Jewish Finnish organizations, KKL-JNF representatives from nearby Nordic countries, members of the Jewish community and Christian supporters. KKL-JNF International Cooperation Department Director Karine Bolton-Laor and Liri Eitan-Drai from KKL-JNF’s European Desk represented KKL-JNF Israel. KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar sent special greetings to the celebration.
KKL Finland President Ethel Salutskij noted that on December 6, Finland, too, celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence. “KKL Finland was founded very soon after the legislation guaranteeing civil rights for all went into effect. For the past hundred years, KKL Finland has been one of the most central organizations in the small Jewish community here. People often choose to plant trees to mark joyful occasions and to express condolences when someone passes away. Planting trees is a way for us to leave a green footprint in Israel that improves the air breathed throughout the world.
“To honor our 100th anniversary, we have published a book written by Mrs. Anna Luntimen that documents the history of KKL Finland. In March, a KKL Finland mission to Israel will inaugurate the Yiftah Accessible Picnic and Recreation Area in the beautiful Naftali Mountains Forest in Upper Galilee. This year’s Tu Bishvat activities emphasize promoting unity and coexistence between all the sectors of Israeli society, and we are honored to be a part of KKL-JNF’s vision for Israel and the Jewish people.”
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