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Yad Kennedy
Yad Kennedy
(Hebrew: יד קנדי‎), located in the Mateh Yehuda Region near Jerusalem, Israel, is a memorial to John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas
in 1963. The 60-foot high (18 m) memorial is shaped like the stump of a felled tree, symbolizing a life cut short.[1] Inside is a bronze relief of Kennedy, with an eternal flame burning in the center.[1][2] It is encircled by 51 concrete columns, one for each of the 50 states in the United States
United States
plus one for Washington, D.C., that nation's capital.[3] The emblems of the states (and of the District of Columbia) are displayed on each of the columns,[3] and the columns are separated by slim panels of glass.[4] The monument measures approximately 250 feet (76 m) in circumference around its base,[4] and there is space within the memorial for approximately 100 visitors at a time.[3] The monument was built in 1966 with funds donated by American Jewish communities.[1] Yad Kennedy
Yad Kennedy
and its adjoining picnic grounds are part of the John F. Kennedy Peace Forest.[5]


1 Name 2 Location 3 History

3.1 Fundraising 3.2 Dedication

4 Design 5 Kennedy Peace Forest 6 Special

6.1 Tree planting

7 Gallery 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Name[edit] The Hebrew word yad, which is used for a number of memorials in Israel (including the well-known Holocaust memorial museum Yad Vashem), comes from the Book of Isaiah, chapter 56, verse 5: "And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (yad vashem)."[6] Location[edit]

View of Yad Kennedy
Yad Kennedy
on hilltop

The site is located 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Jerusalem, in the same general direction as Hadassah Medical Center, on top of the highest of the Jerusalem
hills,[1] at an elevation of 825 metres (2,707 ft).[4] The site overlooks what was at the time of the dedication the Jordanian village of Bittar (now a part of Israel's West Bank), the historic site of Betar, famous as the last stronghold of the Jewish revolt led by Simon Bar Kochba
Simon Bar Kochba
against Roman forces in 132–135 CE.[1][5] The view from the parking lot has been described in the Frommer's travel guide as "breathtaking – a never-ending succession of mountains and valleys."[5] On a clear day, the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
can be seen in the direction of Tel Aviv, 40 miles (64 km) away.[7] The memorial can be reached by following the winding mountain roads past Ora and Aminadav. It is approximately 45 minutes by foot from the nearest main road, where the closest Jerusalem
city bus is #20, although special tour buses are normally utilized for group visits.[5][8] The monument and adjoining picnic grounds are part of the John F. Kennedy Peace Forest. The area designated as the JFK Peace Forest is part of the larger " Aminadav
Forest", a 7,000-dunam forest in Ein Kerem.[2] History[edit]

Interior with eternal flame and columns decorated with state seals

Max Bressler of Chicago, Illinois, then president of the American Jewish National Fund, came up with the proposal for the memorial in 1964.[9][10] Bressler, for whom the Jerusalem
neighborhood of Kiryat Menachem is named, had hoped to lead an American delegation to the dedication ceremony, but he died in 1966.[10] Fundraising[edit] On 13 January 1964, former Pennsylvania
Governor George M. Leader announced plans for the memorial, stating that he would serve as the General Chair of a State committee to raise funds.[11] He stated that similar committees would be set up in each State, as well as some additional committees in countries overseas.[11] On 22 November 1964, the first anniversary of the assassination, the Jewish National Fund sponsored meetings in major Jewish communities throughout the United States.[12] The meetings were described as tributes for the fallen President as well as symbolic dedication ceremonies for the planned memorial.[12] American communities pledged to fund the planting of trees in the forest in addition to funds for the memorial. For example, in July 1965, the community of Los Angeles, California
pledged to have 100,000 trees planted as a result of a banquet sponsored by JNF attended by more than 1000 government, union, and management leaders.[13] Dedication[edit]

Dedication plaque at Yad Kennedy, Jerusalem

Nearly 2000 people, including many official guests representing the Israeli and United States
United States
governments, came to witness the dedication, along with hundreds of tourists, American students, and Israelis.[1] An Israeli children's band played Hatikva, the Israeli national anthem, along with the U.S. anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.[1] The New York Times reported that the children "tried valiantly" to play the U.S. song, playing very slowly, but then many strong voices from among the crowd helped out until the music "swept the audience."[1]

Close up of sloping columns

Among the guests at the 4 July 1966 dedication was U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren, who had chaired the commission tasked with investigating the 1963 assassination.[4] Among other guests were Levi Eshkol, Prime Minister of Israel, Teddy Kollek, the mayor of Jerusalem, and Walworth Barbour, the United States
United States
Ambassador to Israel.[9] Chief Justice Warren, who was reported to be so enthusiastic about the memorial after actually seeing it for the first time that he rewrote his remarks, noted:

"We choose to do this on the American Independence Day but also in honor of the independence of Israel
and other free nations. We are all confronted here by history because this is the birthplace of the world's three religions on which our own civilization is based and which contributed the all-important principle that all people are God's children and entitled to live in peace."[9]

Warren noted that Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
had many memorials, but that this area, with the forest as a "living memorial," would have "greatly pleased" Kennedy for two reasons. First, Kennedy himself had spoken of the importance of planting trees in Israel, when he had addressed a 1958 Jewish National Fund
Jewish National Fund
meeting while serving as a junior Senator from Massachusetts, saying, "What work could be more heartwarming or more enduring than the great forest at Jerusalem. Your children and grandchildren when they visit Israel
will find your monument".[1] Second, Warren recalled that Kennedy had visited Israel
twice, the first time in 1939 when it was still part of the British Mandate, and the second time in 1951. Speaking in 1951 of the differences between the people he witnessed during those two visits, he said that "Perhaps the greatest change of all I found in the hearts and minds of the people, For unlike the discouraged settlers of 1939 they looked to the future with hope. I found a revival of an ancient spirit".[1] Warren concluded his remarks by saying he would use the same word that President Kennedy would have used: "Shalom."[9] Israeli Prime Minister Eshkol spoke as well, noting that Kennedy's memory would be kept alive by this memorial "not only as a friend of Israel
but also as a symbol of the lofty ideals of his country and of all humanity," dedicating the memorial to "the man who opened new frontiers of international relations and human friendships."[9] In remarks offered by the American ambassador to Israel, Walworth Barbour, he noted that "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors. In thus honoring and remembering the late President Kennedy, the men and women of the Jewish National Fund
Jewish National Fund
honor themselves--beyond and above the glory they have already earned in their work for Israel."[1] Jacob Tsur, world president of the Jewish National Fund, praised the memorial as well, "conceived in the shape of a mighty trunk of a fallen tree, among the thousands of saplings which will grow one day into a great forest."[1] Design[edit]

Bronze relief of John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
at Yad Kennedy

Yad Kennedy
Yad Kennedy
was designed by the Brazilian-born[14] Israeli architect David Resnick, who later won the 1995 Israel
Prize in architecture,[14] and the Ukrainian-born[15] Israeli sculptor Dov Feigin.[16] Feigin created the bust of Kennedy along with a memorial wall that includes excerpts from a number of Kennedy's speeches.[3] Resnick said that "the entire complex is intended to symbolize the vigor of a great man whose life was tragically ended in mid-growth by assassination".[3] Resnick was awarded the contract to design the memorial after a nationwide competition.[8] His initial vision for the memorial was a "free form" but generally circular shape, set within a reflecting pool.[8] However, because money was being raised for the memorial by groups in all 50 states in the U.S., as well as groups in Washington, D.C., a vision of columns for each of those locations ultimately helped him come up with the concept of a tree trunk, linked to the idea that Kennedy's life had been cut down like a tree that is felled in its prime.[8] The courtyard below the memorial includes a number of plaques acknowledging contributions by individuals and groups.[8] In addition to the Kennedy relief and eternal flame, papers and photographs relating to the subject of Israel- United States
United States
relations until the time of Kennedy's assassination are kept in a small library.[17] In 1974, a picnic site was added on the grounds of the memorial, open to visitors.[18] The JNF announced that the site would "include rustic benches and tables, water facilities and shaded eating areas," and would be "close to the impressive stone and metal memorial–but far enough away not to pollute the area."[18] Kennedy Peace Forest[edit]

Kennedy Family Planting Circle

The Kennedy Peace Forest was dedicated before the memorial, with official dedication ceremonies taking place on 22 November 1964, on the first anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.[19] In June 1966 Jewish National Fund
Jewish National Fund
officials announced that 1.5 million trees had already been planted in the forest in preparation for the memorial's planned 4 July dedication ceremonies.[20] The announcement noted that another 2 million trees had been planted in the adjoining " United States
United States
Freedom Forest," with a goal of planting 5.5 million trees in the two forests, as a number equal to the Jewish population of the United States.[20] More than three million dollars in donations had been received at that point for the Kennedy Forest, from more than 100,000 donors.[20] In June 1968, the JNF announced it would plant 500,000 trees in the Kennedy Forest in memory of John F. Kennedy's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated on 6 June of that year. [21] In 1999, JNF announced that trees would also be planted in memory of John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, all victims of a 16 July 1999 plane crash in the ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.[22][23] In April 1989 a forest fire (possibly the result of arson) destroyed approximately 8 acres (3.2 ha) and 3000 trees in the forest.[24] Special
events[edit] Among the many special events that have taken place at the memorial was a visit by a number of officers and crew members from the United States aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
(CV67), named in honor of the same U.S. President memorialized by this monument, during a 1997 port visit to Haifa.[25] Tree planting[edit] A VIP Kennedy Memorial tree planting center is included on the grounds of the memorial, where many distinguished visitors from other countries have planted trees.[26] In May 1978 Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of the president, visited the memorial and planted a tree in the forest.[27][28] Other members of the Kennedy family
Kennedy family
who have visited the memorial and planted trees include U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator
Ted Kennedy
Ted Kennedy
(JFK's brother), on 11 December 1986;[29] Joan Kennedy (Teddy Kennedy's first wife), on 24 January 1983;[30] and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
and his sister Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
(JFK's nephew and niece; children of Robert F. Kennedy), on 1 January 1987.[31] A special "Kennedy Family Planting Circle" was established by the Jewish National Fund.[32][33] In 2001 Kennedy's daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, then Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, visited Yad Kennedy
Yad Kennedy
during her tour of Israel with her husband and three of her four daughters.[34]

U.S. Navy chaplains including Chief of Chaplains Rear Admiral Byron Holderby (second from right) plant trees during a 1998 visit to Yad Kennedy

Visiting American military personnel are among those who plant trees at the memorial because of its remembrance of an American president. Among those who have planted trees at the site are former Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States
United States
Army, Navy, and Air Force.[25] Israeli groups also take part in the tree planting tradition, especially on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, an occasion linked to trees. On some occasions as many as 4000 Israeli school children have come to the Kennedy Peace Forest to plant trees on that holiday.[35] In addition to individual or group tree plantings, there have been special occasions when smaller "forests" have been dedicated within the larger John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
Peace Forest. For example, as early as January 1966, even before the dedication of the memorial, a forest was planted in honor of Ambassador Avraham Harman, Israel's ambassador to the United States.[36] The " Avraham Harman
Avraham Harman
Forest" was contributed by Bnai Zion, a pro- Israel
"fraternal group" in the U.S., and Golda Meir, newly retired from her post as Israel's Prime Minister, was one of the participants in the dedication ceremony.[36] Other specially designated areas within the larger John F. Kennedy Peace Forest include a "woodland" set up to memorialize the victims of the 1972 Lydda airport (now named Ben Gurion International Airport) terrorist attack.[37] Gallery[edit]

Aerial view

Forest and memorial Donor Wall

Emblems on memorial columns

Sample State emblem (California)

See also[edit]

John F. Kennedy#Israel Memorials to John F. Kennedy


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Bond Drive". The New York Times. 17 February 1966. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  (pay per view) ^ a b "International Kennedy Memorial Near Jerusalem
Planned by Americans". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 14 January 1964. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ a b "J.N.F. Memorial meetings to be held in numerous cities". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 13 November 1964. Retrieved 13 September 2012.  ^ "J.N.F. in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to plant 100,000 trees in Kennedy forest in Israel". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 9 July 1965. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ a b "Reznik, David". Jewish Virtual Library. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ Goldfine, Gil (10 August 2006). "Dov Feigin: Cutting it thin". The Jerusalem
Post. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ " Yad Kennedy
Yad Kennedy
Monument". Attractions in Israel. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ Associated Press
Associated Press
(26 December 1966). "Israel's Kennedy Memorial Lures Yanks". The Modesto Bee. p. C-4. Retrieved 8 September 2012.  ^ a b "JNF plans picnic site near Kennedy Memorial". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 22 August 1974. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ "Kennedy Peace Forest will be dedicated in November". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 25 March 1964. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ a b c "1,500,000 trees reported planted in Kennedy forest in Israel". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 13 June 1966. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ "JNF B'nai Zion will plant trees in Kennedy's memory". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 10 June 1968. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  ^ "News Brief". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 26 July 1999. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  ^ "Jul 16, 1999: JFK Jr. killed in plane crash". This Day in History. 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  ^ Reuters
(28 April 1989). " Arson
suspected in Israeli forest fire". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  ^ a b Library of Congress Veterans History Project: Arnold Resnicoff collection, AFC/2001/001/70629, May 2010. ^ "President of German States Council of Education Ministers Plants Tree at Kennedy Memorial". The Jerusalem
Post. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2012.  ^ Alam, Mohammed Badrul (2006). Jackie Kennedy: Trailblazer. Nova Publishers. p. 54. ISBN 1594545588.  ^ Associated Press
Associated Press
(16 May 1978). "Jackie Plants Tree in Israel". The Gadsden Times. p. 39. Retrieved 4 September 2012.  ^ "KKL-JNF photo archives, photo number d733-023". Jewish National Fund. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  (subscription required) ^ KKL-JNF photo archives, photo d733-154. ^ KKL-JNF photo archive, photos d751-139 and d753-152. ^ "Photo of plaque of the Kennedy Tree Planting Circle". delange.org. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ Bardenstein, Carol B. "Trees, Forests, and the Shaping of Palestinian and Israeli Collective Memory", in Acts of Memory: Cultural recall in the present, Mieke Bal, Jonathan V. Crewe, and Leo Spitzer, eds. 1999: University Press of New England, p. 162. ISBN 087451889X. ^ "Lieutenant governor, family travel to Israel". The Baltimore Sun. 9 January 2001. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ "Planting trees on Tu B'shevat". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 21 January 1981. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ a b "Forest named in honor of Ambassador Harman planted in Israel". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 18 January 1966. Retrieved 3 September 2012.  ^ "26th Victim of Lydda Massacre Dies". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 27 June 1972. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 

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