Planting a Tree from Afar – Create a Certificate


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) was founded in 1901 in order to buy and develop land in Ottoman Palestine for Jewish settlement. Were they successful? Did they manage to attract the support of Diaspora Jews? Through analyzing historical certificates and engaging discussion prompts this resource gives learners the opportunity to discover the ways in which Diaspora Jews, to the present day, have been celebrating Tu B’Shvat while also supporting the land of Israel.

The learners will:


  1. understand how planting a tree, even from afar, has a long lasting impact for the donor
  2. know the important role that Jews living in the diaspora have played in the development of Israel
  3. be able to create and explain their own KKL-JNF certificate
About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.

The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

Link to the lesson plan:
Planting a Tree from Afar – Create a Certificate


Computer, Student Handout, Paper, Colored Pencils, Markers

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