PM Honored with Grove of Trees
Grove of trees planted in Netanyhau's honor

Prime Minister Netanyahu received an unusual expression of appreciation: a plaque that a grove of 1,000 trees had been donated in his honor.

Baruch Gordon ,

Sheryl Silver
Sheryl Silver

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently received an unusual expression of appreciation: a plaque indicating that a grove of 1,000 trees had been donated in his honor. The gift was from So.

Florida resident Sheryl Silver, a former national secretary of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and founder of the Enough is Enough Initiative.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan by Michigan ZOA leaders, Dr. Israel Walter and Anne Gonte Silver, (who joined as college students during World War II), Silver says she grew up not only caring deeply about Israel and making periodic trips to Washington, D.C. to advocate on Israel's behalf but being an "avid Bibi fan."

In the letter to PM Netanyahu included with the plaque, Ms. Silver noted that she remembered meeting the Prime Minister whenever he came to Michigan to speak at ZOA events and was always inspired by his remarks.

That inspiration has never waned. Whether listening to his remarks at the UN on television or live at last year's Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, Silver said in her letter: "You always strike the right tone, address the critical issues and leave those of us who appreciate you motivated and inspired."

Although Silver's parents are no longer alive, she continues their commitment to Israel advocacy not only through ZOA but also through her support of Stand With Us, CUFI, Yad Ezra V'Shulamit and other groups. Like her parents, trips to Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill, in particular, remain a key part of her activism.

Asked why she opted for a grove of trees for the Prime Minister, she said, "There didn't seem to be a better way to say 'Thank You.' The trees will be a part of Israel for decades to come."

The text on the plaque reads as follows:

JNF Plaque