Feb 10, 2013  By Jewish National Fund  Category: Environment,


Congratulations to Alison Wendt of Chicago, ILfor winning the JNF Tu BiShvat raffle! Alison won two round-trip tickets to Israel courtesy of EL AL Israel Airlines and two nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv. Everyone who planted a tree with JNF between January 16 and January 27 was entered into the raffle. More than 5,000 trees were planted.  
Alison has visited Israel twice before, the last time was a year ago for her friends’ wedding. Upon hearing that her friends are expecting their first child this summer, she planted a tree in their honor.
“I believe a tree is symbolic of a new birth, a new beginning," she said. "What a wonderful gift to give someone, to plant a tree in the honor of a new birth.”
She was surprised and delighted to learn that she had won the JNF Tu BiShvat raffle.
“Winning a trip to Israel is so exciting, as Israel has a special place in my heart,” said Alison. “I am particularly fond of Jerusalem, not only for its great historical significance, but also for the sacred holiness that surrounds you in the city.”
While in Israel, Alison will have the opportunity to plant a complimentary tree at the Harvey Hertz-JNF Ceremonial Tree Planting Center at Neot Kedumim.
Ten runners-up received a prize of an E-Z Tree™ account, with 10 free trees.
To plant a tree, visit jnf.org or call 800-542-TREE.