BLOG: Jerusalem Hills under Threat
Thursday, June 25, 2015
On the slopes of the hills surrounding Jerusalem blooms a forest, the Jerusalem forest. Again and again, this unique habitat, the hills and the forest, are threatened.


Plant The Holy Land

Posted on 6/23/2013 by in jewish national fund Planting Trees Israeli Defense Forces

Did you know? Israel's forests are not indigenous. Most of the trees in the Holy Land have been planted by human hands. FACT: Going into the 21st century, Israel is one of only two countries that has increased its quota of trees.

Trees are beneficial in so many ways: they help in the fight against desertification by retaining topsoil. They combat the 'greenhouse effect'. They encourage increased rainfall. They filter pollution in the air. Trees also increase underground water flow. And of course trees provide shelter for Israel's abundance of birds, and very welcome shade for a hot country.

/>Trees grow old, and as such they link the past to the future - for many years now, planting a tree in Israel has been a favorite activity to commemorate every social occasion from birthdays to bar / bat mitzvahs, baptisms, weddings and memorials.

And now the IDF is planting trees along the Gaza border as a defense against rockets, reviving a practice first used in the country as the state was being established.

Your donation can help to complete the greening of Israel.

Partner with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and be part of the reforestation of the Promised Land. Tree planting is an essential part of the physical restoration of the Holy Land. Your participation numbers you forever as a pioneer of Israel.