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Sharaka organizes several tree planting events for peace in the countries of the Abraham Accords

In honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat (January 16-17) and to celebrate the commitment of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Israel to tree planting, conservation and of the environment, Sharaka has partnered with several organizations to plant trees while raising awareness of the environment and the Jewish holiday.

On Sunday January 16, Sharaka UAE, Fakhruddin Group and Storey Group (Environment and Sustainability)_ came together to celebrate Tu Bishvat with a tree planting event at Treppan Hotel & Suites, Sports City, to Dubai. In attendance were Sharaka leaders and activists in the UAE, led by Co-Founder and CEO Dr Majid Al Sarrah, Sharaka USA CEO Omar Al Busaidy, Media and Academic Advisor Dr Najat Al Saeed, Avital Shneller, and members of the Jewish community. Community in Dubai. In addition, Fakhruddin Group Chief Operating Officer Samiullah Khan and Storey Group Project Manager Kirsty Roberts attended the event.

On Monday, January 17, Sharaka Israel partnered with the Jewish National Fund USA at Neot Kedumim Park to plant “Trees for Peace.” Because every seven years it is religiously forbidden to plant new plants in Israel, participants planted oak trees in planters, which will be transferred to the ground after the next Jewish New Year. The attendees were members of Sharaka Israel, led by Sharaka’s director of global affairs and communications, Dan Feferman. Yael Levontin, director of public relations and communications in Israel for JNF USA, was head of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) USA group.

At the same time, members of Sharaka Bahrain came together to plant trees and commemorate the holiday in honor of the peace accords and to raise awareness

Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday that takes place on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat (in 2022, Tu BiShvat begins at sunset on January 16 and ends in the evening of January 17). It is literally the “New Year of Trees”. In contemporary Israel, the day is celebrated as an environmental awareness day and trees are planted to celebrate.

Event in Dubai

Rabbi Levi Duchman, director of the Jewish Community Center in the United Arab Emirates, said: “When you are connected to the roots and you maintain your identity and hold on to your heart, that is where your tree is alive. . When your tree is alive, it can bear fruit and inspire others. Celebrating Tu BiShvat here in the UAE in this way is amazing.

Majid Al Sarrah said: “Sharaka tries to build bridges between people from different nations, different religions and different cultures. We are all gathered here despite our differences and our diversity and unite to plant these trees for the future. This is Sharaka’s object; bringing everyone together and building a peaceful and sustainable future for our next generations to learn love and fight hate and discrimination.

Kirsty Roberts of the Storey Group said: “Show your children the tree you gave them on their first birthday, when they turned 21, when they got married and when they had children of their own .

Benjamin Taylor, a member of the Jewish community in Dubai and an activist for Sharaka, said: “What I like about this holiday is mentioned as one of the four types of New Year. It is moved over time to something super relevant in today’s world.

Israel event

Dan Feferman said: “Sharaka is delighted to be hosting tree planting events in the various Abraham Accord countries on the Jewish holiday that celebrates trees and the environment. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Israel all place special importance on tree planting and the environment, which is exactly what this Jewish holiday of Tubishvat is all about. How fitting that while we are here in Israel, with our partners at the Jewish National Fund USA planting the seeds of what will later become trees, Sharaka members do so simultaneously in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco . We may not see these trees for years to come, but we are planting them for generations to come. So with peace we must work to plant the seeds now so that our future generations can enjoy the fruits of peace. That’s what Abraham’s holidays and covenants are for.

Yael Levontin said, “The Jewish National Fund USA is proud to partner with Sharaka today at the Tree Planting Ceremony for Peace at Neot Kedumim. Over the years, the Jewish National Fund USA has planted over 260 million trees. We hope this will become a tradition for many years to come.

Event in Bahrain

Fatema Al Harbi said: “Today we are not only planting trees, but also seeds of peace! We are happy to be part of this celebration, as we celebrate peace and raise awareness through it by taking part in it by planting trees on our land.