(JNS.org) More than 400 Ethiopian immigrants living in absorption centers in Israel planted trees in honor of Tu B’Shevat, which begins Wednesday evening.
The event, which also included a ceremonial meal, was organized by Keren Kayemet LeIsrael – the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Israeli Ministry of Education. KKL-JNF Chile donated funds for the event.
"This is a holiday that represents both social justice and environmental justice. I am pleased to celebrate the holiday with members of the Ethiopian community who are setting down roots as an integral part of Israeli society," said Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz.