Throughout the Jewish festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles) beginning at sundown tonight, October 16, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) invites the public to picnic in sukkah huts its foresters have set up in parks across Israel, and to harvest olives in three groves.

Sukkot are available in the north at Goren Park, Adamit Park, Jordan Park, Hula Lake, Emek HaTkhelet Park and Birya Fortress; in the central region at Yad Kennedy-Aminadav Forest, Bar Bahar-KKL-JNF information center at Bar-Giora Junction, Ilanot Park, Hashofet River Park, Kadima Forest, Elyakim recreation area, Shuni Park, Canada Park, Ben-Shemen Forest, Elad Forest, Britannia Park, Haruvit Forest, Tzora Forest, Eshtaol Forest, Shoham Forest and Rosh Ha’Ayin Forest; and in the south at Sderot Forest Ivim recreation area, Hamalachim-Shahariya Forest, Lahav Forest, Gerar River Park (Sharsheret Park), Zuckerman Forest GroveBlack Arrow site and Yeruham Park.

Photo courtesy of KKL-JNF
Photo courtesy of KKL-JNF

The olive harvests are taking place during the intermediate days of Sukkot between 10am and 2pm in the north on Tuesday, October 18, at Sade Lavi Center (Lower Galilee); in the south on Wednesday, October 19, at the KKL-JNF compound adjacent to Gilat Junction; and in the center on Thursday, October 20, at Ayalon-Canada Park (adjacent to Latrun).

Photo by Gil Yaari/FLASH90
Photo by Gil Yaari/FLASH90

If you’re going to Sade Lavi, you can ride there on Israel Railways’ newly reopened Valley Train, running from the bus station in Afula to the olive grove at 9:26 and 10:26.

The historic Valley Train is free from today (October 16) through Friday, November 4 between all stations on the route — Beit She’an, Afula, Migdal HaEmek, Kfar Baruch, Yoqneam and Kfar Yehoshua – and Israel Railway stations throughout Israel. Trips from Haifa stations Hof HaCarmel, Center HaShmona and Bat Galim to the Valley Line stations also are free of charge during this period.

For more information, click here or call 02-624-3383.