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Telfed volunteers seminar trip to Ashkelon

A very special day trip to Ashkelon for a group of about 20 regional committee chairmen and volunteers was arranged and organized by Dana Ben Chail (Head of volunteerism at Telfed) with the help of  Rafi Bloch and David Zwebner.

After pickup stops along the way, we began the exciting day at Ashkelon's National Park. An overview of the history behind the Canaanite gate was given by a top-level registered tour guide. We next visited a desalination plant. The tour began with an explanation into the events that led up to the establishment of the plant followed by a short movie. We learnt how Israel, once again, is an innovative world leader in yet another extremely important field. Guided through the different sections and stages of the actual factory plant enabled us to get a stronger sense of the miracle and brilliance of human potential, as the founding father of our modern nation said : אם תרצו אין זו אגדה.

Having quenched our thirst with fresh desalinated water, that only 30 minutes before was sea water, we headed towards the beautiful relaxing sea-front promenade of modern, fast-developing Ashkelon for a tasty lunch. David Zwebner, a Jerusalem resident, who a few years ago, discovered the amazing potential in Ashkelon for South African Olim, gave a presentation about the South African Jewish community involvement in the establishment of the city of Ashkelon from 1948 till 1959. Rafi Bloch, who lives in Ashkelon, enlightened our group with information relevant for the Anglo community.

A wonderful day concluded with a tour & tasting at Carlsberg Brewery in Ashkelon. Thanks to Telfed, the organizers and the participants for making all the effort for a most enjoyable day. Le'chaim!!

Report written by Roy Scher

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