The solemn ceremony on Carmel | Print |
Thursday, 04 August 2011 20:11

Recently on Mount Carmel, near the village of Ein Hod, took place the solemn ceremony of planting trees in honour of the Russian Renaissance of Traditions Fund "The Jewish National Fund." The ceremony was organized by the Israeli Foundation Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and the Russian Foundation, responsible for the celebration.

The background is next: The first day of the catastrophic fire that occurred in early December 2010, the collection of funds for the restoration of destroyed forest was launched in Moscow and other Russian cities on the initiative of the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation Vladimir Sternfeld. Soon the communities of Ukraine and Belarus have joined this beneficence. The collected money were transferred to Israel, where a mass planting of trees was organized. In order to organize one of these shares, the Fund Director Dr Raphael Feinberg went to Haifa. Then, with the participation of the parishioners of the community Shirat Hayam of Haifa, there were mass planting in the Upper Galilee, in the woods Massad, near the Golani junction.

The work on the collection of funds for the tree planting reached its peak for the holiday of Tu B'Shvat and right after it, i.e. in January-February of this year. The sum collected promptly forwarded to Israel, which facilitated work on the restoration of the green cover of the Country.

In the spring, taking into account the enthusiasm of the Jews of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, their systematic contribution to the ecology of the Land of Israel and overcoming the consequences of a fire, the management of the Israeli fund of KKL has decided to land a garden of 100 trees in the area of Mount Carmel in honour of the Russian Renaissance of Traditions Fund "The Jewish National Fund". That was issued by the colourful Certificate. (Previously, a similar garden was planted in the Judean hills near Jerusalem and in the Upper Galilee). In commemoration of this the solemn ceremony was held. It was timed to the anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The ceremony was attended by veterans of the war, the Israelis: the long-term Chairman of the veteran organization of Herzliya Semen Nikelshpour, Chairman of the veteran organization in the city of Bat-Galim Dmitry Bystrov, members of the religious community Kiryat ha-Carmel of Haifa, employees of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the students of the schools of Haifa, the Director of the Renaissance of Traditions Fund "The Jewish National Fund" Dr Raphael Feinberg and others.

On the site, where was held a festive ceremony, the flags of the State of Israel, the Russian Federation and Fund of KKL were set. Giving ceremony the official status symbolized friendship between Israel and Russia, the inextricable link between the Diaspora and the Country, gave the event a special solemnity, significance and memorability. With great attention were heard performances of veterans. Heroes-winners found in Israel their happiness and prosperity, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are growing here.

Dr Feinberg stopped on the mass nature of the participation of Jews of Russia in the collection of funds for afforestation in Israel, their empathy to the tragedy and the prospects of work in Russia. According to him, the deployment of work is promoted by the photo exhibition entitled "We are with you, Carmel!", launched in April this year.

Ala Famavi, chief engineer of the northern branch of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, noted that the assistance and support of the Russians is very important, not only for the KKL Fund, but for all Israelis. The fire caused extensive damage. Only by joint efforts it is possible to revive the beautiful forests of the Carmel, to the delight of Israelis, tourists and all guests of the Country.

The ceremony and the subsequent planting of trees on Carmel are especially significant not only for the numerous activists of the Russian Fund but in general for the Jews of Russia, who willingly responded to the December call of the Fund and sent the Fund earmarked amounts of money for the restoration of destroyed trees. "People who sent their donations for the planting of trees in Israel from different parts of Russia, due to age-related or financial reasons cannot come to Israel and do it their own hands. Seedlings, which we now put on the Carmel, planted in their name, and on the money they donated. We just complied with their order" - stressed the Chairman of the Board of the Russian Fund Vladimir Sternfeld.


A participant of the Great Patriotic war Semen Nikelshpour speaks

A participant of the Great Patriotic war Semen Nikelshpour speaks


Tree planted! The first watering

Tree planted! The first watering