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Aviram Zuck, an Israeli Fire Ranger to speak at Temple Beth El in Charlotte

The Charlotte Jewish Community united to lend their support to JNF’s Operation Carmel Renewal and Hadassah’s commitment to planting trees in Israel.  Hadassah, a powerful JNF partner, led the efforts and involved the synagogues, schools and community center in a campaign to purchase trees.  This unique community program, organized by The Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah in partnership with JNF and the cooperation of Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, Charlotte Jewish Day School, the Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center and several other organizations, was designed to educate and involve the Charlotte Jewish community in showing support for the Operation Carmel Forest Renewal. 

Leading up to the events and on February 6, leaves will be available in exchange for a donation in the lobby of sponsoring organizations. The leaves symbolize the trees that will once again be replanted as a result of these efforts. The donated leaves will be added to tree-trunk displays creating a beautiful visual which will symbolize Charlotte’s support for the renewal efforts in Israel.

Aviram Zuck, an Israeli Fire Ranger will visit the Temple Beth El in Charlotte to speak to students and parents at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. He will then speak at a special program at Jewish Community Center’s Luski Hall at 12:00, where families from the broader Charlotte community will gather to hear Aviram’s story and personally show their support. A kosher meal will be available,

 “Many of us spent our childhoods raising money to plant trees in Israel.” Rabbi Schindler commented, “The trees destroyed this past December were those that we, our parents, and our grandparents planted.  We have an obligation to plant once again.”

JNF’s Operation Carmel Renewal: From Black to Green seeks to repair the vast ecological damage caused by the fires, replace depleted firefighting supplies, provide firefighters with much-needed equipment to battle future fires, and restore green space to area kibbutzim, moshavim, and youth villages. Visit for information.

“Our response to this crisis,” said JNF CEO Russell Robinson, “is not one just for today. JNF is here for tomorrow as well, and this campaign is taking into account the short-term and long-term needs of Israel’s most lush region and its most heroic firefighters. They are all a priority to us.”

For more information, please contact Beth Gluck, Southern Zone Director, at 404-236-8990 or

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