Green Israel News: January-March 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:14 AM


The Shamir drillings in the Upper Galilee are Israel’s new hope for dealing with the difficult water crisis.  These three drillings are being executed with the support of JNF USA's Parsons Water Foundation.  Two of them are already in operation, and the third is in the works.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:14 AM

Some eighty Friends of KKL France came to Israel for the traditional Walkathon – a week of hiking tours designed to express solidarity with the Israeli State and help raise money for the establishment of water reservoirs in the Negev.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 10:14 AM

In a program led by KKL-JNF, over five thousand people have already volunteered in the rehabilitation of the Carmel forest, helping to put in place measures designed to prevent future fires, and an additional five thousand volunteers are wait-listed for the coming months.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 10:14 AM


Among the many groups of volunteers from Israel and abroad that have been participating in Carmel Forest rehabilitation after the terrible December fire, we met a group of six Canadian students who came to Israel for a week of working and visiting KKL-JNF sites throughout the country.

Monday, February 28, 2011 10:14 AM

On Monday, February 21, a group of sixth-graders from the Solomon Shechter School of Montreal, Canada, visited the Carmel Forest. The children raised $10,000 for the Carmel rehabilitation campaign, and their visit to Israel was an opportunity for them to see the Carmel and to learn about KKL-JNF's restoration efforts.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:14 AM


Members of the Japanese-based Makuya movement from both Japan and the United States visited the Carmel Forest on Monday, February 21, where they planted a symbolic tree and paid their respects to the people who were killed in the Carmel fire. The Makuya, Christians who are staunch supporters of Israel and the Jewish people, gave a substantial contribution to KKL-JNF for the Carmel rehabilitation campaign.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:14 AM

The first flowers of the season can now be seen covering the slopes of Mount Carmel, reminding us once more of nature’s enduring capacity for renewal, even after a major forest fire. These first blooms from the scorched earth have emerged from bulbs and tubers buried deep in the ground, where they have remained secure and untouched by the flames. Cyclamen, narcissi and sea squills peep out from among the trees in both burned and undamaged areas, and in some parts of the woodland grassy plants are already struggling back to life.

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:14 AM

"These hands are covered with the mud of the land of Israel," said Marek Balicki, a member of the Polish parliament, on Friday, February 4, after planting a tree in the Carmel Forest. Mr. Balicki was visiting Israel as part of a delegation of the Second Policy Conference of EFI –European Friends of Israel, which took place on February 5-8 in Jerusalem. 

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:14 AM

Throughout the period of the terrible fire that raged on Mount Carmel in early December, ground and air teams dispatched from a variety of different countries could be observed lending Israel a helping hand. Switzerland sent a special team of the Swiss Air Force and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) comprising 37 people and three firefighting helicopters.

Monday, February 14, 2011 10:14 AM


On Wednesday, February 9, KKL-JNF's Aminadav tree planting center in the Judean Mountains hosted a group of seventeen sixth graders from the Maimonides Academy of Los Angeles, California, and 24 pupils from Tel Aviv's Meron elementary school. The two schools are part of a twinning program initiated by the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, and the American children are spending ten days touring Israel, staying at the homes of their Israeli friends.

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