After Fires, The Fellowship Helps Haifa Plant Trees

The Fellowship  |  February 10, 2017

Two children planting trees with their father at HaPalmach Park.

Last November, Stand for Israel reported on the devastating wildfires, many of them the result of terrorist arson, that left the Israeli city of Haifa in ruins. Now, The Jerusalem Post’s Benjamin Glatt reports on the efforts of The Fellowship and our faithful supporters to help the city replant and rebuild:

More than two months after wildfires hit Haifa, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav planted the first new tree in the northern city.

As part of the rehabilitation plan, more than 100,000 trees will be planted at a cost of NIS 160,000. About 200 trees were planted at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Menuha playground, which was damaged badly by the fires.

“The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is always proud to with the people of Haifa,” Chairman of the Fellowship Jeff Kaye, who also planted a tree, said at the event. “We were happy to offer our assistance to residents in need during the fire and now we are proud to be part of the reconstruction efforts. All our work is made possible through donations of millions of Christian friends of Israel who rally to the cause immediately every time that Israel is in an emergency, and donate their money to maintain the strength of Israel.”

The Fellowship donated NIS 1 million to restore the playground and the Romema neighborhood, one of the hardest hit areas.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of the Fellowship, had met with Yahav in the second week of January to present him with a check for NIS 1 million…