Ramat Hanadiv


5-25-10

“Smiles, hats, water and closed shoes!”

Welcome to the basics.  These are the 4 basic things needed from now on until the end of our trip, though I’ve found that I’m keeping the water and smiles with me as 2 fundamentals, regardless.  Ramat Hanadiv means “Generous Heights”, and we were well into our first day of the trip!

On the bus ride over [to Ramat Hanadiv], I sat next to my [1st Israeli roommate].  She’s in the army.  I taught her her 1st ever haiku.  She then made her 1st ever haiku…

Now you see why in this post, I used Haiku.  (Yes, it’s all intentional)

… So fun.  Then on our hike thru Ramat Hanadiv, we happened to meet at a point where there were musicians who just happened to be there! They were in a Forest Theatre for Children.  They travel the forests and put on musical plays for kids.   I can see myself doing that.  How synchronistic of them to be there on our journey.  Forest Theatre – what a great concept.  Now we are about to go on another 2 hour ride – this time to Tzfat.

11:05 am, 5-25-10

Sidenote:  Recently I was informed that there have been forest fires in Israel, and because I just saw I was journaling about the Forest, I thought it apropos to raise awareness.  You can go here to donate, and read below to see what I’m saying. Peace…

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Join in JNF’s Forest Fire Emergency Campaign to Raise $1 Million

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, forest fires raged across Israel, destroying over 300,000 trees and burning over 750 acres of forested and open areas. Arson is suspected in many cases, and conditions worsened due to Israel’s severe heat wave. A Jewish National Fund spokesperson said that it marked the single largest day of fires in Israel since the 2006 war with Hezbollah, and that it would take 50 years to restore the forests.

We are determined to do everything we can to help the reforestation efforts and have launched an emergency relief campaign that focuses on all aspects of the reforestation efforts – clean-up, upgrading equipment, and replanting trees that were destroyed in the fires.

JNF has planted more than 240 million trees since 1901 to protect the land, green the landscape and preserve vital ecosystems. As Israel’s national foresters, it is our direct responsibility to take action and lead the way toward the recovery from this terrible crisis.

Through the generosity of donors like you, JNF hopes to raise one million dollars to help reverse the damage done by this week’s forest fires and restore Israel’s forests not only to the way they were, but even larger and more beautiful than before.

We hope that you will join us in this effort and encourage your friends and family to do the same. There is only so much that we can do alone, but together, we can help speed up the reforestation process and get on our way toward replacing the 300,000 trees that were lost this week.

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