Thursday, July 05, 2012
The first plenary session, which took place on the second day of the ELC, was opened by the President of KKL-JNF Belgium, Jacques Benzenou.
The first plenary session, which took place on the second day of the ELC
, was opened by the President of KKL-JNF Belgium, Jacques Benzenou
, who said he was pleased and honored by the privilege of opening the KKL-JNF ELC in Prague, a beautiful city with an impressive Jewish history.
L-R: Dr. Frederick Nordmann with Golden Book Certificate, Mr. Eli Aflalo, Mr. Jacques Benzennou
and Mr. Efi Stenzler. Photo: Martin Salajka
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler
and World Co-Chairman Eli Aflalo
presented a Golden Book
certificate to Dr. Frederic Nordmann
, in recognition of the conclusion of his service as President of KKL-JNF France and of his new position as Honorary President. The two officers thanked Dr. Nordmann for his many years of work for KKL-JNF and for the State of Israel. Dr. Nordmann declared, “I am a volunteer, I was a volunteer, and I will be a volunteer,” and he promised to continue working for KKL-JNF and for the State of Israel.
Arther Plotke, President of KKL-JNF Switzerland, spoke about the need to work for a better future—to develop communities, to preserve the forests and to support the water economy in Israel. Plotke emphasized the importance of utilizing new tools, such as social networks and effective websites, in order to maintain contact with the public. Plotke also spoke about the importance of strengthening the connection with the younger generation.
In his address, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler spoke about the importance of the Negev and the Galilee in the work of KKL-JNF. He mentioned the contribution of friends of KKL-JNF throughout the world in establishing the Nahal Beersheba Park and many green projects in the Negev.
Opening plenary session. Photo: Martin Salajka
Co-Chairman Eli Aflalo said that working at KKL-JNF gives him a sense of closure, since he was raised on contributing to the blue box, and today he knows where all those contributions go. Aflalo reinforced what Stenzler had said and spoke about the five year program to develop the Negev and the Galilee. He praised the young people of the OR Movement, who are doing the sacred work of settling the Negev and the Galilee.
Beni Bloch, President of KKL-JNF Germany closed the first part of the session and said that he is proud to be a member of the KKL-JNF family. Bloch noted that the Jewish community in Germany is the third largest in Europe, numbering 110,000, and he said that promoting youth and education is very important.
At the second part of the first plenary session, representatives from the different countries gave brief reports on the work they have been doing over the past year. These included reports from Lotte Meczes, Austria; Haim Cohen, Belgium; Michal Pacovsky, Czech Republic; Eva Boggild, Denmark; Gordon Hausman, England; Pavlos Ylinen, Finland; Reuven Naamat, France; Beni Bloch, Germany; Eli van Dam, Netherlands; Rafi Ovadia, Italy; Janna Lima, Norway; Sara Melia, Spain; Michael Lichtenstein, Sweden; and Jariv Sultan, Switzerland.