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.
Groups of Jews from Latin America plant trees in Israel, after visiting the sites where their people were murdered during the Holocaust in Poland. First they saw how the Nazis tried to destroy the life of the Jewish people, and then they flew to Israel to plant trees and celebrate Israel Independence Day with crowds of Israelis.