Over 300 new immigrants taking part in Jewish Agency programs for young adults (Selah, Ulpan Kibbutz) in the north of Israel took part in a colorful Tu B’Shvat happening on an IDF base (the Shimshon armored unit) near the Golani Junction. The immigrants joined hundreds of soldiers and high school students in planting more than 250 trees.
Also participating was the director of the Jewish Agency’s Northern Region, Yizhak Blonder, who said that "planting trees symbolizes, more than anything, the connection between the new immigrants and the Land of Israel." He cited the ongoing relationship between the Jewish Agency and the Shimshon Unit, as a symbol of the successful connection between the immigrants and Israeli society.
The commander of the unit expressed the hope that some of the immigrants who took part in the planting would eventually do their military service in Shimshon.
Last Updated February 16, 2004