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April 10, 1981 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-04-10

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JNF Will Boost Its Work in 1982


The annual budget of the
Jewish National Fund will
increase by 15 percent in
the next fiscal year, JNF
board chairman Moshe Riv-
lin reported. The board ap-
proved a budget of $100 mil-
lion, subject to approval by
the Zionist General Council
budget committee.
Rivlin justified the
greater spending at a time
of overall cuts, saying that
the more the JNF puts into
cultivating the land, the
more income the state de-
rives from it.
The JNF will spend some
144 million Shekels (about
$16 million) next year on af-
forestation alone. Pre-
sently, there are some
250,000 acres of forests in
Israel, about 150,000 of
them planted forests. The
rest is natural forest, but
they, too, need the support
and the maintenance work
of the JNF.
At the time of the estab-
lishment of the state
there were some five mil-
lion trees in the country.
Since, then the JNF
planted 150 million trees.
In recent years the JNF
has planted three million
trees annually.
One of our main objects
presently is the introduc-
tion of the forest and the
park to the desert," said
Rivlin. He pointed to sev-
eral places which have al-
ready changed from barren
desert land into islands of
greenery. On a line south of
Kibutz Beit Kama near
Beersheba, the JNF planted
20 million trees, "There will
be no quality of life in the
Negev. without trees," Riv-
lin said.
In the Eshkol Park in the
Bessor region there are
some 1,000 acres of green-
ery planned. More than 150
acres have been planted. On
Independence Day, the JNF
will inaugurate a new park
and recreation camping site
near Dimona. A similar
park is planned near the de-
velopment town of Yeroham
further south.
Last year, some 20,000
youth spent vacations in the
forests, 9,000 of them from
overseas. At the present

there are about 110 JNF
parks and camping sites
throughout the country.
Another 290 are planned.
The other main sphere
of JNF activity is land re-
clamation. The task is
carried out at the request
of settlement bodies,
such as the Jewish Agen-
cy's Settlement Depart-
ment and the Ministerial
Settlement Committee.
Last year, the JNF re-
claimed land to build 30
lookout posts in the Galilee
and 10 in the southern Be-
ssor region.
The JNF reclaimed land
for 100 kilometers (62
miles) of new roads in the
Galilee and removed some
18 million cubic feet of earth
for development projects in

the south. Presently it is
working on another 10
lookout posts in the Galilee
and in the Samaria district
of the West Bank.
It will reclaim next year
11,000 acres of agricultural
land and will prepare the
terrain for another 30
kilometers of new roads.
Some 100,000 children
planted trees Iasi Tu
b'Shvat, another 200,000
Jewish children did so
abroad. The JNF operates
in 1,000 schools in Israel
and in hundreds of schools
overseas. "We bring to them
a close link between the
child and the land. We see to
it that the link is not only
historical, but also has a
practical meaning," said

Friday, Apiil 10, 1981,'•11



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Sexology Meeting
Is Set for Israel

HAIFA — The world's
leading sex experts will
gather in Jerusalem June
21-26 for the fifth World
gress of Sexology.
.iubjects to be covered
range from current concepts
of sexual counseling and
therapy, and sex education
in the 1980s, to issues such
as sexology and law, sexual
variation and deviancy,
child abuse, homosexuality,
morals and religion, family
planning and others.


New Editor

S. Silver has been named
editor of The National
Jewish Monthly, a Bnai
Brith publication.

Sin the mother and
shame the daughter.

You're standing on a massive MOLI11-
of stone, some 1300 feet above the
Holy Land. It's an awesome sight. With a breathtaking
view of the Dead Sea and the sweeping sands of the
Judean desert. You feel a sense of power standing high
among the remains of King,Herod's palace.
Are there ancient spirits here? Or is the wind play-
ing a game with your imagination?
Perhaps it's the fearless Eleazar ben Yair shouting
commands to his courageous band of Jewish patriots. It
was on Masada that 960 men, women and children
fought off the mighty Roman Tenth Legion.
It was on this very spot 1900 years ago that these
freedom fighters took their own lives—choosing a death
of glory to a life of slavery.


All is quiet now Your contact with
ts Q
:'L the past has passed. But tomorrow is
another story. You might meet with Peter at the Sea
of Galilee. Pray With prophets at Jerusalem's great
Western Wall. Or spend an afternoon with King Solomon
at his mines.
In Israel, the past is always present. Every rock, every
street, every city holds a secret centuries old. You only
have to travel a few hours to go back thousands of years.
You only have to move a few miles to be moved.

Call El Al Israel Airlines or your travel agent for information on Masada tours.
And send for your free full color Masada brochure to:
Israel Government Tourist Office: 350 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10118.


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