Recent visitors from abroad to Neot Kedumim

Brazilian Evangelical group led by Pastor Apostolo Bene

A group of 200 evangelical Christians from Brazil under the leadership of Pastor Apostolo Bene visited Neot Kedumim on June 9 for a guided tour and a very exciting meeting with a Torah scribe. The group particularly appreciated being included in this very special experience, and Neot Kedumim was pleased to honor the group leader with the opportunity of carrying a Torah scroll. At the end of the visit, the group participants each planted a vine sapling as a symbol of the identification that they feel with the people of Israel.

 


Summer Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations

Over the course of the summer, Neot Kedumim was host to several private Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, which included festive celebratory meals and tours. The majority of these were families who came independently, although there were some who came to Neot Kedumim by way of a tour company. All of the families who celebrated with us truly enjoyed the unique authenticity of having a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in nature on the backdrop of traditional Jewish sources

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Mr. Adam Stewart, Director of Shorashim

On June 14, Neot Kedumim was honored to host the Director of Shorashim, Mr. Adam Stewart, and his family on a tour of the reserve. Shorashim (Hebrew for "Roots") is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing together Jews in Israel and around the world through educational programming and travel. Neot Kedumim hosts many Shorashim Birthright/Taglit groups for "Green Tours" of the reserve

 


 

Jerusalem University College

On July 6 and 7,  groups from the Jerusalem University College Institute of Holy Land Studies visited Neot Kedumim for a tour to supplement their studies of the New Testament. Jerusalem University College is an American university located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem and which hosts Christian students for one-year study programs

 



 

Belz and Gur Hassidim Birthright groups

Among the many Birthright/Taglit groups to visit Neot Kedumim this summer were two very special groups of young women – one from of Belz and one of Gur Hassidim.  Each group arrived for a "Green Tour" with a special emphasis on Jewish content. The tours were very successful.

 


Teach for America

In keeping with a tradition of recent years, this summer Neot Kedumim once again hosted the group Teach For America, a special group of outstanding university graduates chosen to teach in challenging schools across North America. The group, which is made up of Jews and Christians, came to Neot Kedumim to participate in some of our leadership training activities, including goat herding 

 



Ramah Israel Seminar

Ramah Israel Seminar visited Neot Kedumim on 3 separate days of Youth leadership in July.  Ramah Israel Seminar is a six-week travel program in Israel, designed for entering 12th graders (entering 11th graders from Camp Ramah in California) who are former campers of the seven Ramah camps in North America. During the seminar, Ramah campers gain realistic insights and views of Israel, and the opportunity to understand and experience the people, places, achievements and dreams, as well as the many challenges. Through this experience, it is hoped that Seminar participants will begin to define their own relationship with Israel and the Jewish people.

 
 

 



 

JNFuture Leadership Institute Mission

On July 28, 28, 2011 a group of young leadership, JNFuture Leadership Institute Mission of the Jewish National Fund, was visiting Neot Kedumim for a tree planting in our newly donated Harvey Hertz Ceremonial Tree Planting Center . The group was led by the CEO of JNF in North America, Russell Robinson, and the CEO of JNF in Israel, Alon Badihi. The group came through JNF North America as part of their new cooperation with Neot Kedumim where anyone interested in planting a tree in Israel can register on their website and plant a tree here.  

 



 

Christians United for Israel (CUFI)

Neot Kedumim hosted a group from Christians United for Israel (CUFI) on August 3, 2011.  The CUFI group was visiting Israel for a Biblical experience with a touch of leadership games. CUFI's goal is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, Para church organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues.

 



 

Drs. Maris and Andy Rosenberg and family

On August 28, 2011, longtime friends of Neot Kedumim, Dr. Maris and Dr. Andy Rosenberg visited the reserve with their children, Gabe, Shira and Lexie and their extended family a dedication ceremony in the pomegranate terrace in memory of their parents Faygie and Bernie Rosenberg z"l and Mr. Benjamin Dobrow z"l, and in honor of Mrs. Eleanor Dobrow. During the visit, the Rosenbergs planted two pomegranate trees, toured the seven species area, crushed olives in the oil press, operated the water wheel by the fig trees and visited the vineyard where Shira planted a vine in 1997 during her Bat Mitzvah celebration at Neot Kedumim. It was a very emotional and memorable event for all. Yashar Ko'ach and thank you to the Rosenberg family. 

 

 

 



 

 

Mr. Bob Levin, Vice President of JNF USA

On August 31, 2011, Mr. Bob Levin, Vice President of JNF USA, and his wife Helen were Neot Kedumim's Guests of Honor. They visited the newly donated Harvey Hertz Ceremonial Tree Planting Center, which is a joint venture of JNF USA and Neot Kedumim. Bob was very impressed with the landscape design of the center, you can see them in the picture next to the pomegranate tree, one of the representative of the seven species planted here.
 


 


 

  Magical Summer Nights
In July and August, approximately 300 guests took advantage of the special Magical Summer Nights tour of Neot Kedumim which we offered for groups of 25 or more. This lighted tour visited many agricultural installations which have been found at Neot Kedumim.
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Honoring those who defend the State of Israel…

Between June and September, Neot Kedumim has hosted approximately 1,500 members of the IDF and Israel's security forces in various events and programs, including a very memorable Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration for children of Israel's police force, which was held at Neot Kedumim for the tenth time and included some 800 participants. 


 

…and those who care for our children

Approximately 250 kindergarten teachers and assistants from the Tel Aviv municipality enjoyed a special guided tour and dinner at Neot Kedumim in June, as did another 150 members of the Israel Teachers Union in July.


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