Ecology and Community Development in the Negev and Galilee

During a two-day long tour conducted immediately following the in Jerusalem, the JNF delegation from Australia, including CEO of Dan Springer and President of the JNF Victoria Ronit Fraid, visited various projects in the south and north of the country.

In Kibbutz Nahal Oz near the Gaza border, they followed the renovation of the kibbutz’ water reservoir and the ecological landscaping in the kibbutz. In Tlalim, located in the Ramat Negev (Negev Highland) region, they laid the cornerstone for a new park.  In Kadesh Barnea, the delegation members learned about life on the border with Egypt, and in Sheizaf they met people who were establishing a new and unique community. Finally, in Kiryat Gat, delegation members were introduced to the Kadima Center for youth at risk.

The itinerary continued in the north, where the delegation visited the first KKL-JNF House for excellence, which opened recently in Nazareth Illit, and inaugurated a multi-sensory scientific garden at the Jordan River Village – overnight camp and holiday retreat for children coping with chronic, genetic or life-threatening illnesses, as well as children with disabilities and special needs.

"The places we visited over the past two days and the people we met reminded me of the first time I fell in love with Israel," said Dan Springer, CEO of JNF Australia. "You cannot help but be moved by the pioneering spirit of the residents, and the optimism and the energy they bring to their everyday lives."