According to Jewish tradition, there are four “new years” in the annual calendar, each one representing a new beginning – for kings and festivals, tithing of animals, planting and vegetables, and for trees.
For Jews living in the modern world, even those enmeshed in the Jewish calendar, there is a fifth new year – that of the Gregorian calendar, January 1.
Like its four Jewish counterparts, this universal New Year, is also a time when we take stock of the year behind us, look ahead to the one before us. Unlike the Jewish new years, on January 1, we search for ways in which we can improve ourselves and our lives with New Year’s resolutions.
As we enter the year 2013, we at Neot Kedumim can look back and be proud of our accomplishments of the past 12 months. We have initiated new and exciting programs at the reserve, welcomed thousands of visitors, both newcomers and returning friends, and of course, we have planted trees – our physical investment in the future.
At the same time, we look forward to the coming year – with anticipation and hope of continued growth, of once again seeing our friends and supporters return to visit Neot Kedumim, and of seeing even more first time visitors come and fall in love with the nature landscape as we imagine it was in the time of the Bible.
And we resolve – to continue our work in keeping Neot Kedumim a special, wonderful place unlike any other in the world, where people can find the beauty of nature in the Holy Land, as our forefathers did so many generations before us.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2013!
Susan Aberbach, Chairman
American Friends of Neot Kedumim.