Hosting the Jewish National Fund
On June 3, 2013, the first group arrived to work at the adjacent vineyard to the visitor center, the Barkan Wine Cellars' Experience. The project included a day's work by Jews arriving at Israel from abroad on different projects, in collaboration with the Jewish National Fund and the team Perri and Yirmi, as well as the visitor center team.
Before they started their work, the group members received an overview of the place's history and its importance through 4,000 of Jewish heritage. They also heard about the "Herzl House" and the Hulda Forest – The Jewish National Fund's first forest (1908), and about Kibbutz Hulda's struggle for survival during the Israeli wars. Finally, they heard about the bible stories which took place in the area, upon which it was said, "Sun, stand thou still on Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ayalon", the same land on which Samson has walked (the Yehuda Mountain's plain's landscape can be viewed from the visitor center).
The young members have received guidance from Yaakov the agronomist and left for the vineyards, worked for about an hour and enjoyed themselves tremendously. They later toured the visitor center, witnessed the wine production and manufacturing processes "from land to bottle" and finished with a dinner at the visitor center. Next month we are expected to host 4-5 more groups for similar activities.
We wish to thank everyone who has contributed to the project's success: the Jewish National Fund, Barkan Wine Cellars and the visitor center.