Memorial Plaque for Ethan Naschitz Unveiled at Honorary Consuls Grove

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:10 PM

On Friday, March 30, a memorial plaque for Ethan Naschitz, Honorary Consul of Iceland, was unveiled at a ceremony that took place at the Honorary Consul Forest in Aminadav Forest.

On Friday, March 30, a memorial plaque for Ethan Naschitz, Honorary Consul of Iceland, was unveiled at a ceremony that took place at the Honorary Consul Forest in Aminadav Forest in the presence of family and friends. Ethan Naschitz, who worked with his father Gad, a founding partner of the Naschitz Brandes Law Firm, passed away in France in 2010 at age 48.
Family of Ethan Naschitz
Family of Ethan Naschitz OB"M with the newly unveiled memorial monument in his honor.
Photo: Tania Susskind
Gad Naschitz greeted the guests who had arrived for the ceremony: "We are very moved to see so many of our friends here today. We chose this time of year because yesterday would have been Ethan's fiftieth birthday. I would like to express my gratitude to KKL-JNF for their support and for this meaningful way of remembering Ethan. I would also like to thank Yitzhak Eldan and Talia Lador from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
KKL-JNF's Avinoam Binder, who emceed the brief but emotional ceremony, said that KKL-JNF was very proud that Gad Naschitz chose to commemorate Ethan in KKL-JNF's Honorary Consul Grove. "This forest grove is one of a number of KKL-JNF projects whose goal is to create positive ties between Israel and other nations of the world. It is one of three similar projects initiated by former Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol Yitzhak Eldan, along with the Grove of the Nations and the Ambassadors Forest near Beersheba. KKL-JNF is celebrating its 110th birthday this year. Its activities affect all areas of life, including creating and caring for beautiful forests, water reservoirs, land preparation and playgrounds for children, among others."

Planted saplings in Aminadav Honorary Consul Grove. Photo: Tania Susskind

Mr. Zvi Vershbiak, a member of the KKL-JNF Board of Directors, spoke on behalf of KKL-JNF: "It is hard to imagine a more fitting way of commemorating Ethan than a forest grove, which connects us to future generations. Forests improve our quality of life, they help lower the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, and they are a means of maintaining a hold on land in areas where it is threatened. On behalf of KKL-JNF, I would like to thank the Naschitz family for their support."
Ms. Talia Lador, the current Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol, spoke about the importance of honorary consuls. "Honorary consuls are citizens who fulfill a function that is very personal but also has formal aspects. They help foster what we call people-to-people connections between countries. This forest grove was the brainstorm of the person who held my position before me, Yitzhak Eldan, who also initiated KKL-JNF's Forest Grove of the Nations, which is located near Yad Vashem. That is where heads of states plant trees, one of the highlights of their visit to Israel, an act that creates a very basic and direct connection between them and our country.

Mr. Gad Naschitz. Photo: Tania Susskind

Mr. Zvi Vershbiak. Photo: Tania Susskind


"I was not privileged to know Ethan, but I have gotten to know the Naschitz family quite well. Our connection with the family comes directly from the heart. As part of my job, I attend many ceremonies, but I will never forget the ceremony at which Orly Nacshitz was appointed honorary consul of Iceland, the position her brother had held and had inherited from his father and grandfather. It is uplifting to be here at this breathtaking site, where unfortunately, memory and bereavement are part of our experience."

After the ceremony, the beautifully designed memorial plaque was unveiled by Ethan Naschitz's parents as friends and family looked on. The guests then walked to the Aminadav Scenic Lookout, a gift of friends of KKL-JNF in Germany, where they had a meal in nature while enjoying the magnificent view.


Picnic grounds of the Rock. Photo: Tania Susskind

Ms. Talia Lador. Photo: Tania Susskind
Former Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol Mr. Yitzhak Eldan said that he believes that a connection with the land is the nicest way of creating ties between foreign countries and Israel. "As Avinoam mentioned," Mr. Eldan continued, "the Honorary Consul Grove is one of three projects related to foreign countries that I initiated and carried out together with KKL-JNF. I would like to note that KKL-JNF has always been enthusiastic about these ideas and has supported them wholeheartedly. It was always a pleasure for me to work with KKL-JNF."