JNF Director of Major Gifts, Ella Newman presented a plaque to Newtown Board of Education representatives, John Vouros and Bill Hurt during family services at Congregation Adah Israel. The plaque announced the establishment of The Sandy Hook Elementary School Memorial Woodland on behalf of the 26 victims, as a permanent recognition in Israel. President of Congregation Adah Israel Andy Paley and Rabbi Shaul Praver introduced the presentation. Newman explained that in the wake of the horror that the community endured JNF donors and friends Faye and Paul Jeser of Los Angeles felt compelled to do something to let Newtown know they were in their hearts and their prayers. They created a JNF tribute page, raising thousands of dollars from people across the country to plant a grove of 2,200 trees in Israel in loving memory of the 26 young, precious souls that were lost. More than 240 million trees have been planted across the land of Israel over the past 111 years; many in memoriam. Having a tree, a living thing, planted in Israel by someone who cares about you or wishes to memorialize you is meaningful because a tree can last a lifetime.
(L-R) Susan Chanko, Steve Vice, Andrew Paley, Newman, and Rabbi Shaul Praver.
(L-R) Vouros, Newman, and Hart.