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JNF-KKL Germany delegation group photo at the German States Forest donor recognition center in the Negev.(Photo by: GALIT SHAFIR KKL-JNF)
German Mission to Israel for its 70th Birthday
The special theme of the JNF-KKL Germany 10-day mission to Israel is ‘From Pioneership to Vineyards’, in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday.
A delegation of 22 supporters and friends of Israel and the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Germany paid a special visit to Israel, in celebration of its 70th birthday. The delegation is visiting touristic sites, placing special emphasis on Israel's wineries and vineyards, and KKL-JNF's projects across the country. In the framework of the 10-day visit, the delegation participated at the inauguration of Roth Forest, which will form part of the German States Forest in Lahav in the Negev, thanks to Ingrid and Hans Dieter Roth's generous support.

The delegation marked Israel's 70th year with excursions across the country, under the theme "from Pioneership to Vineyards". This is an opportunity to become better acquainted with Israel's historic sites and to strengthen their connection to the country. The 10-day tour includes visits to touristic sites, change generating KKL-JNF projects, as well as six wineries across the country. On the eve of Independence Day, the delegation will visit the main institutions of Jewish settlement prior to the establishment of the State of Israel: In Tel Aviv, the Moetzet Ha'am (the Provisional State Council), which functioned as the first temporary Legislature, and Minhelet Ha'am (the Provisional Government), which served as the temporary Cabinet. The delegation will also visit the Golan, the Old City in Jerusalem, The Banyas River, Zikhron Ya'akov, Caesarea, the plant nursery at Golani Junction and Tzora Forest, where its members will participate in a special planting ceremony.

Among the delegation's members, we met with the Roths, retirees from Wiesbaden, and friends of JNF-KKL Germany. Thanks to their generous support, a number of projects have been initiated across Israel, among them: the water reservoir in Nahal Oz, which provides irrigation for Negev agriculture, a fire watchtower in Meitar, a picnic area in Jordan Park, the Dado Lookout on Mount Tsfiya west of Metula, which overlooks Mount Hermon, the Hula Valley and southern Lebanon, and last but not least, their new project: Roth Forest, established in the framework of the German States Forest in the Negev's Lahav.

Ingrid and Hans Dieter Roth first became acquainted with Israel through the twinning project between their home-town, Wiesbaden, and Kfar Saba, and also at a KKL-JNF lecture in their local church.

Hans Dieter Roth said: "In 27 visits to Israel, I was moved from personal encounters. I was particularly touched by the story of an elderly man we met around Tel Dan. A Holocaust survivor, he told us how a German officer had saved his life, smuggling him from the concentration camp in a suitcase to Romania, where he hid with a local family until the end of the War. As of 2004, we donate each year for the development of the State. I feel obligated to contribute to the State of Israel, which is home to me."

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