This post introduces the Lavi Forest in the Galilee, initially planted by KKL-JNF in the 1950s, including a video (01:05) showing highlights of the area and a thorough article outlining the history and attractions of the forest. In addition to operating a nursery, planting center and educational center in the forest, KKL-JNF developed several recreation areas, including a children’s playground, picnic areas, a pistachio grove, and an area dedicated to fallen IDF soldiers. Named after the ancient Jewish community of Lubya, the Lavi Forest is home to important sites such as an Arab cemetery where two Druze leaders are buried, the site of a battle between the Muslims and the Crusaders, the remains of an inn from the Mamluk period, and the site of a battle during the War of Independence where Israel lost 21 soldiers before ultimately capturing the Arab village.
Lavi Field and Forest Education Center
Established in the heart of the Lavi Forest in 1978 by KKL-JNF, the Lavi Field and Forest Education Center is a 30 acre area including the remains of an ancient settlement, recreation and sports facilities, a theatre, accommodation for up to 500 people, and a state-of-the-art learning center which operates activities and tours about environmental issues and Zionist values.
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