Walk for Water participants dress up in Biblical garb at Kfar Kedem in Hoshaya.
(photo credit: YOAV DEVIR KKL-JNF)
This year around sixty people from all over France took part in the Walk for Water. Some have participated in it many times before, while others are newcomers. A number of immigrants from France who have settled in Israel also joined the group for the event.
The trekkers visited the remnants of Jewish villages from the Second Temple and Talmudic periods in the Galilee, and also visited heritage sites in the Galilee that tell the story of the Jewish pioneers in the region, leading to the establishment of the State of Israel.
Parisian journalist Anne Marie immigrated to Israel about two years ago, and today she lives in Jerusalem. “Over the years I’ve taken part in the Walk for Water more than ten times, but it feels a bit different now that I live here,” she said. “On each walk we discover new things and get to know different aspects of Israel.”
“Friends who had participated in the Walk for Water in previous years told me how amazing this walk was, so I decided to join”, said Alain Barthes, from Lausanne, Switzerland. “Until today, I had visited Israel only privately, and being part of a group provides a unique and different experience. The tours are exciting, and I am enjoying both the nature and the culture we encounter here.”
The fascinating and exciting journey, which began on Mount Barkan, the tallest peak in the Gilboa ranges, came to an end in Zippori, and the excitement of our friends after our week together was palpable. They had walked approximately 50 kilometers in four days, where they experienced Israeli nature, connected with the landscape, learnt the local history where the events took place and went back home full of experiences to share.
“I feel like we discovered the real Israel during this entire week”, summarized Line Binhas-Krief, from Paris. “It was wonderful to know closely new aspects of Israel”.Follow the KKL France Walk for Water in the Galilee