U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his family planted trees with Jewish National Fund in Israel’s Jerusalem Forest, more than 50 years after his parents planted trees with JNF.
Three generations of family members traveled to Israel as a part of Cardin’s granddaughter’s bat mitzvah trip. After planting trees in Jerusalem Forest, the Cardins journeyed to the family’s grove in the Judean Hills, where Sen. Cardin’s parents planted trees in the 1950s.
Cardin returned in the 1970s to plant a tree at the same site, and plans to instill the importance of returning to Israel in the generations of his family to come. Pictured from left, Deborah Willis, Cardin’s daughter; Madeline Willis, the senator’s granddaughter and bat mitzvah girl; Cardin; Efi Stenzler, JNF-Keren Hakayemet L’Yisrael chairman; Myrna Cardin, the senator’s wife; and Jonathon Willis, Deborah’s husband.