Published on : 06/16/2016
By : Arista Asmawati
On May 2016, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund held its annual Latin American Leadership Conference, beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Montevideo.
The conference took place from May 26th until May 30th, in the presence of KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar and senior staff of KKL-JNF in Israel, and was attended by KKL-JNF representatives of 16 Latin American countries and delegates of other Zionist organizations.
For the opening event, KKL Argentina organized a great dinner under the slogan: “Building Halutza
, Continuing Zionism”. KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar, on his first visit to the region, emphasized in his speech that without the presence of KKL-JNF, “the State of Israel would not be the same”, adding: “KKL-JNF is the most important green organization in Israel, and probably in the world
Because of the criticism heard, we decided to ask all the members of the Jewish People to determine which should be the main goals of KKL-JNF. We work in the Diaspora by fostering the Zionist and Jewish education
(formal and non-formal) and strengthening the ties between the members of Jewish Communities and the State of Israel."
In addition to the World Chairman, other honored guests included: KKL-JNF Vice-Chairmen Nisan Clalic and Hernan Feldman, KKL-JNF Executive Director of Resources, Development and PR Avi Dickstein, and KKL-JNF Latin American Department Director Ariel Goldgewicht; the Israeli Ambassador to Argentina, Dorit Shavit; the Cultural Attaché at Israel’s Embassy, Dovrat Zilberstein; the Governor of Tucumán, Juan Luis Manzur; the Argentinean Congressman, Waldo Wolff; the Joint Public Ombudsman for Buenos Aires City, Claudio Presman; the Assistant Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism for the city of Buenos Aires, Pamela Malewicz; Danny Lev, OSA Chairman; and Javier Vainberg, FACCMA Chairman.. Also present were the Chairman of KKL-JNF Argentina, Adolfo Filarent, and the Chairman of KKL-JNF Uruguay Alejandro Weisz, and Rabbis Salomon Nussbaum, Alejandro Avruj and Ariel Stofenmacher.
KKL-JNF Vice-Chairman and the man responsible for the Latin American region
, Hernan Felman, addressed the audience and invited them to look at the colors representing KKL-JNF, its important mission and the meaning it has for the Jews in the Diaspora: “The blue color is symbol of dawn, brown is the color of the land we bought in Eretz Yisrael thanks to the efforts of Jews from all over the world. Four percent of the lands were purchased with funds donated from Latin American countries. The green color is not only the symbol of the hundreds of millions of trees that were planted in Israel, but is also the green of ecology for the modern world, the need of this world to face the problems which could affect millions of people over the coming years”.
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