From the Chairman of American Friends of Neot Kedumim

Dear friends,

Another year comes to an end. As if often the case, the news from the Middle East is quite disturbing. However, unlike in so many other years, this time Israel is only peripherally involved in the unrest that rakes her neighbors internally.

More importantly, within Israel peace talks have restarted after a three-year hiatus and who knows? Perhaps a new reality is right around the corner…

In many ways, Neot Kedumim represents what is happening today. At Neot Kedumim we strive to find our connection with both the land and the people of Israel, and in doing so we are able to understand our role in the future of the nation. The key to that understanding is in our past – the history of the Jewish people as preserved in ancient texts that provide an insight to the nature of the Holy Land. When we are able to embrace that past and to learn its lessons, then we can also look ahead to playing a role in its future.

In this special jubilee year marking 50 years since Neot Kedumim was first established, our new director, Nathan Eitan, has set as a goal to increase the number of visitors to Neot Kedumim.

It is my sincere belief that every person who walks the gorgeous natural trails of the reserve, seeing the natural beauty that our forefathers saw and visiting the ancient installations that were a part of every-day life thousands of years ago, will fall in love with Neot Kedumim as so many thousands of visitors have in our first 50 years.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Susan Aberbach
Chairman American Friends of Neot Kedumim.

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