To our loyal customers -
My mom, who you know as Catherine, first had the idea for Trees for the Holy Land when I was in kindergarten. She was raised Christian, and when she heard of the Jewish practice of planting a tree in the Holy Land in honor of someone rather than sending flowers, it took such a hold within her heart. She loved this idea, and truly felt if more people knew about it, they would love it to.
She was a stay at home mom, and I was her only child. I watched her with admiration as she took an idea that touched her heart, and turned it into her life's mission to help others for over 21 years. I have the most wonderful memories as a child helping her pick out the colors and design of her first certificates, helping her with the website over the years, and even going with her on business trips to Israel to see where the trees are planted.
My mom grew up in Dunedin, Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a BA degree. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and partner, and was a passionate entrepreneur. My mom lived according to the vision and mission of her business: Celebrating life, helping others to honor and commemorate those they love, and rejoicing in sacred milestones of life’s path – all while working to green the Holy Land, to which she was so devoted, “one tree at a time”.
My mother passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on July 18, 2021. She was healthy and only 61 years old; I am not sure we will ever know why it happened.
My mom would have said her life’s work was raising me; but I would say it was leading by example: she dedicated her time and her passion toward helping strangers honor their loved ones, while accomplishing transformative and sustainable environmental action.
My mom was so dedicated to helping you honor your loved ones, and supporting people during their hardest moments. I am honored to continue the mission that she started. I only hope I can be as creative, inspirational, and caring as she was.
I appreciate your patience as I grieve my mother's passing, and learn her business so that I can best support you.
About Trees for the Holy Land -
In 2000, Trees for the Holy Land was established to help re-green the Holy Land. Our goal is to reach all people who love Israel, who are spiritually connected to the Holy Land, and who wish to honor family and friends with the living gift of a tree.
We believe passionately that when you plant a tree in Israel, you are giving the most precious gift to your loved ones; a living tree connecting them to the Holy Land. You are partnering with us to accomplish transformative environmental action.
We strongly believe that the planting of a tree can connect us to God as the Creator. It reminds us that we are partners with God in the ongoing act of creation. As God planted the first trees, you can plant and nurture trees. As God has given each of us the ability to remember - the presence of a tree dedicated to memory serves as nourishment for us and for our children.
We operate our organization under these guiding principles:
Trees for the Holy Land is based in the United States. Your tree seedlings are planted in the land of Israel by the Jewish National Fund. Since 1901, JNF has planted over 250 million trees, created and built over 240 reservoirs and dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, and established more than 2,000 parks. Explore JNF's vision for planting trees in Israel and developing the land.
SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPH, PRIOR PAGE: Israel, True Color Satellite Image: NASA LANDSAT 5 & 7 satellites.
North is at the top. The large central body of water is the Dead Sea, with Jerusalem visible to the left of its northern tip. The border with Jordan, the 1967 ceasefire line, runs along the Jordan River; the central line joining the inland bodies of water. To the west is the Gaza strip, bordering Egypt, and to the north is the border with Lebanon.
NOTE: THE "GREEN LINE", THE 1949 ARMISTICE BORDER, WAS SO NAMED BECAUSE GREEN INK WAS USED TO DRAW THE LINES ON THE MAP DURING THE ARMISTICE TALKS IN PROGRESS.
THAT MAP-DRAWN GREEN LINE IS NOW PHYSICALLY VISIBLE FROM SPACE BECAUSE OF EXTENSIVE TREE PLANTING. OVER 250 MILLION TREES HAVE BEEN PLANTED IN ISRAEL BY THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND.