JNF Canada National October Mission to Israel

VIP Visits
"To Know Israel is to Love it"
Over 40 Friends, donors and members of staff from JNF Canada took part in a mission to Israel during which they deepened their connection with the country and acquired first-hand knowledge of KKL-JNF projects throughout the country. Lake Hula, the Northern Research and Development Station, the IDF training bases in the Negev, “secure roads” in the south, Beersheba River Park, Jerusalem’s Teddy Park, an Air Force base in central Israel, Ayalon-Canada Park, the planting center in Nachshon Forest – these are just a few of the sites visited by members of the delegation.">For Allan Goldenberg of Montreal, one of the veteran members of the Canadian delegation, this was the sixth time he had visited Israel on a mission like this one. “These missions provide a new and different way to experience Israel every time, and it is thanks to them that we have the opportunity to visit places we’d never see as regular tourists,” he said in explanation of their success. “Israel is a significant part of my life, and it’s very important to me to be involved in what goes on here,” he added. ">

In the course of their tour of Israel, the participants also got the chance to inaugurate a new project – a gate at the entrance to Teddy Park in Jerusalem, which was donated by sistersHelen Zenith and Giezelle Pash of Calgary in memory of their parents Etel and Benjamin Wolf. “A gate like this, which links the eastern and western parts of the city and which will be used by adherents of all religions, is a site that possesses profound symbolic significance,” said Helen Zenith with emotion at the ceremonial unveiling.">

Inauguration of new entrance gate to Teddy Park, donated by Helen Zenith and Giezelle Pash. Photo: Yoav Devir

In honor of Etel and Benjamin Wolf Z"L. Photo: Yoav Devir">">Inside the park itself the delegation members met architect Roi Singer, who was responsible for planning the project, and Jerusalem Foundation representative Nomi Yeshua, both of whom talked to the Canadian guests about the history and development of the site. The park extends over an area of some seven dunam (approx 1.75 acres) and includes a visitors’ center that portrays the building of modern Jerusalem. Stone signs situated along the paths recount milestones in the life of the late Teddy Kollek, the former Jerusalem mayor who gave the park its name. Archeological remains, historic buildings, well tended landscaping, environmental sculptures, an unusual sundial, a wishing well and a marvelous fountain display – all these combine to make the site a real attraction. ">
“Teddy Park is an excellent example of the type of work KKL-JNF does, because it links past, present and future,” said Avi Dickstein, Executive Director of KKL-JNF’s Resources, Development and Public Relations Division. “In the past this site was neglected and abandoned, and now it’s beautiful and well cared for. This is precisely the task that KKL-JNF has taken upon itself – building the nation together.”

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