Celebrating 50 Years of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations

Over 1,100 guests attended the Naturally for Israel convention, which featured a day of lectures on Israeli-German politics, culture, religion and environment in three different halls. In addition, over 40 exhibitors presented their Israel-German-related businesses and organisations at the venue. The exhibition displayed a colourful picture of Israeli and Jewish life in Germany. Singer and actor Moshe Becker charmed the visitors with his Israeli cabaret for which he had prepared a one-hour German-English show with wonderful words and uplifting music. He had also produced a heart-warming film on 50 years of JNF-KKL Germany support which had its debut at the conference.

doron-almog     vips2

KKL-JNF World President Efi Stenzler opened the event with the words: “Outside it is cold, but here inside it is very, very warm!” One visitor made a very apt comment about the event: “It is like visiting Israel for a day.”

Israel´s Consul General Dr. Dan Shaham arrived directly from the Security Conference in Munich to discuss successful economic relationships between Israel and Germany.

Well known historian Professor Michael Wolffsohn gave a critical political analysis of the past 50 years. In his opinion, the two countries both learned from the horrid past to say “Never again” – but for Israelis this means never again to be victims. For Germans, this means never again to apply violence. Thus many misunderstandings arise today.

Israeli Professor Alean Al-Krenawi, president of Achva College, reported on Bedouin society in Israel which today constitutes about 30% of the population in the Negev.

Major General (Res.) Doron Almog spoke about his impressive past as a high ranking member of the Israeli military, but he also gave very touching personal insights. For his handicapped son Eran he founded ADI Negev, a highly esteemed rehabilitative village which provides one of a kind medical and social services to the handicapped. JNF-KKL Germany has committed to build a special therapeutic garden for the premises. 

A raffle was also held to raise money for the ADI Negev therapeutic garden project, with two El Al flight tickets to Israel as a prize.

A concert by three cantors singing Shabbat songs set the impressive end to an exciting day which was all for Israel, for mutual understanding and for raising awareness of KKL-JNF´s various activities

Article appeared in The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) on Feb. 25, 2015


Helfen Sie uns dabei, ADIs Kindern mehr Grund zum Lachen zu geben

Wir verändern die Leben von schwerbehinderten Kindern in Israel zum Guten - und Sie können das auch tun! Unterstützen Sie eines unserer Projekte, und Sie werden es unseren Kindern ermöglichen, trotz der Schwere ihrer Behinderungen, ein qualitatives und bedeutungsvolles Leben zu führen.