The 19th Maccabiah Games took place in Israel during the last two weeks of July. An estimated 9,000 athletes from 72 countries participated in the games, with 20,000 tourists watching the third-largest sporting event in the world.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has supporters of Israel to thank for much of the reforestation of Israel that donations have made possible. Since 1901, the JNF has planted over 240 million trees in Eretz Israel.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is to have a children's discovery trail! On July 1, 2013, a cornerstone was laid in the presence of donors and representatives of supporting organizations. A special scroll of their signatures was also embedded in the cornerstone as a memorial.