Forest Day – “Spring Cleanup” for CAARI by Ron and Marcia Bercov

“On Tuesday morning the CAARI gang, dressed in work clothes, set off to work in Horshim Forest. This place holds special meaning for guide Neil, who served in the army as a soldier under the command of the son of our host, Yashke. His son, Hezi Sapir, died in reserve duty service of his country, on 11 Novemvber 1994. Yashke, Hezi’s father and Emalia Hezi’s mother(z”l) and sister Miri, dedicated one of the JNF forest’s in his memory. On this morning there were a few different tasks to perform, among them painting picnic tables, trimming tree branches, weeding, and for my group, working on a preliminary path through the forest by widening it and lining the sides with stones. Fortunately, other people handled the axe! I just found stones and some larger rocks for the border. When the job was finished, the path looked very inviting.” After the group completed all their tasks we hiked the lovely Cyclamen Trail to an overlook. Ah, the spring flowers are so lovely… pinks, whites and deep red anemones covering the forest ground. Neil explained what is known as the ‘green line’ where Israel is the narrowest from east to west, viewing east both the Israeli and Arab communities on the pre 1967 line and looking west to the sea and seeing Tel Aviv from this overlook.
“Unfortunately, or maybe not so, at that moment the winds started to blow fiercely. We hurried back to the bus, and set off in search of a sheltered place to eat our picnic lunch. Susan and Neil found a community centre nearby in Alfei Menashe, where the staff welcomed everyone, set up chairs and tables, and provided a comfortable space out of the wind and rain.”That evening we celebrated Tu B’shevat. To learn more, stay tuned…”
Sending best wishes from Israel,
Ron and Marcia

The Canadian American Active Retirees in Israel, CAARI, offers active seniors a unique opportunity to experience Israel. The program is designed to explore the biblical landscapes, follow the footsteps of the early pioneers, and envision the future of our Homeland. The CAARI Program includes community service, toursa speakers forum and the camaraderie of the CAARI Family. The Program is designed for to feel, touch, hear and see Israel from the mountains to the desert, from sea to sea, and from ancient to modern.

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