Plant a Tree Via Zoom! KKL-JNF Brings the Israel Tree-Planting Experience to Your Living Room

"Let no one ever cease from planting. Fields filled with trees greeted us at birth, and we should add to their number even in old age."
The Midrash on Genesis 2:8

Plant today the seed of tomorrow

Plant Today the seeds of tomorrow
Plant Via ZOOM 

During his visit to Israel in 1898, Theodor Herzl planted a cypress tree to symbolize his dream for a Jewish homeland in Eretz Yisrael.
Since its establishment in 1901, KKL-JNF has been mission-driven to create a greener Israel. Thanks to a massive tree-planting campaign begun by the organization in the 1960s, KKL-JNF today manages some 300,000 acres of planted and natural forest and woodland around Israel. Trees clean our air, filter the water we drink, and provide a habitat to countless wildlife species. Crucially, KKL-JNF forests capture some 1.2 million tons of CO2 each year, making them Israel's most efficient carbon sink in the face of the escalating climate crisis.
Photograph: Shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock

Trees have always held great import and reverence in Jewish tradition, and thanks to KKL-JNF, who popularized the concept of planting a tree in Eretz Yisrael, it is today a Zionist tradition as well. Marking a special occasion with tree-planting in Israel has become a widespread practice for families, synagogues, and other communal frameworks in the Diaspora. KKL-JNF operates a special planting center dedicated exclusively to visitors in Israel, so that they too can experience with their own hands the planting of a tree in the holy soil.
Photograph: Shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic put a sudden stop to all that, but KKL-JNF came up with a meaningful and creative solution: Tree-planting ceremonies over Zoom! KKL-JNF foresters plant the donated tree in Tzora Forest on live-cam, while the donor/s and their loved ones watch and participate in the ceremony in a virtual meeting space. Family members and friends from around the world can all join the Zoom event, allowing for a larger, more diverse audience than would be possible at physical tree plantings.
At the conclusion of the online ceremony, a certificate attesting to the planting is sent to the person who ordered the tree, together with a video of the recorded event.

Now that life is gradually returning to normal, KKL-JNF has reopened its planting center for tourists, but the Zoom option is here to stay! To plant a tree online, register at, and choose a date and a time that work for you. You will receive a link to the ceremony, where you can watch the tree planting. You can also interact with the person planting on your behalf as s/he conducts the planting ceremony, just like an in-person participant would.

Planting trees in Israel is significant and creates a profound connection between a person and the land. We believe that everyone should be able to partake of this experience, no matter where they are in the world.
KKL-JNF is proud to help make it happen.