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.”
Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead. Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age. Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.
A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.
At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole
09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.
On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.
President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.
President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”
He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”
The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”
Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”
She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”
Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.
The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.
A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.
Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.
Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.
"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump
The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.
President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.
President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.