Green Sunday: Melbourne

February 12, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Over 200 volunteers gave their time in support of JNF Victoria’s Green Sunday Campaign.

Successful call

A spokesperson for JNF told J-Wire: “The energy in the room was palpable as people of all ages manned the phones for a worthy cause.”

Ronit Fraid, President, JNF Victoria, added: “Seeing our community come together like this was inspiring. The energy in the room was electric. Everyone was so enthusiastic because we were all working towards a brilliant project in Naveh”.

Naveh is an inspirational, pioneering community located in Israel’s Negev. It is situated just 1km from the Egyptian border and 6.5km from Gaza. Over the last 10 years, the community has grown from just 20 families to over 300 families with more than 1000 children. When the founders of the community arrived it was just sand dunes, but with the help of JNF Victoria, Naveh has become a blossoming town with a flourishing agricultural industry, now exporting vegetables to Europe.

The spokesperson said: “However, there is still more to do and the funds raised through this year’s Green Sunday campaign will be directed towards the greening of Naveh’s synagogue and community centre. This will give them a lush and thriving community centre and, in turn, what they really need now – a true sense of normality.”

Volunteers came from across the community and represented many organisations including Mount Scopus, King David, Yavneh, Beth Rivkah, Bialik, Habonim Dror, Tzofim, AUJS, Netzer, Betar and more. By learning about our projects and giving their time, Green Sunday helps our youth to further understand the challenges our brethren in Israel face, and in turn, strengthens the bonds and understanding between us and the remote communities of Southern Israel.

As Program Development Manager and Founder of Naveh, Rabbi Aharon Tzohar said “with faith, willpower and cooperation, you can achieve anything in life”, and this was clearly evident at JNF’s 2019 Green Sunday Campaign.

 

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