Monday, June 23, 2008

Plant-Futrovsky Family Visits Ashkelon

The Plant and Futrovsky families, together with some of their friends, spent a jam-packed 12 days travelling together seeing Israel. They toured all over the country, from the Golan Heights to Eilat. During their trip they celebrated the batmitzva of Cory Futrovsky at Corazim and on their last day in Israel, they visited Ashkelon in memory of the late Morton "Sonny" Plant - a prominent and active member of the Jewish community and The Associated in Baltimore and a good friend to Ashkelon.

Their day in Ashkelon included a family mosaic-making activity run by volunteer Tova Shafran. Grade 8 students from the Ashkelon Art School also helped. Grandparents, parents and children, everyone spent a few hours choosing bits of glass, stone, tile and mosaic and carefully gluing them to their section of the wall mosaic panel featuring a view of Jerusalem - in honor of Israel's 60th birthday. The final result is a joy to behold. Not only was this a lovely bonding activity for the family and the Ashkelonians who participated, but it will be a beautiful art work for Park Baltimore in Ashkelon, and will forever symbolize the connection and partnership of the two communities.

We hope the Plants and Futrovskys will come back to Ashkelon soon, and see their artistic creation proudly displayed in Park Baltimore. Thanks to Tova Shafran, Debbie, Nira, Kobi, Maia, and all those who helped to make the day and the activity, such a success.

Check out the whole photo album of the mosaic building activity at:

Hebrew article about the visit :

"This is the 4th mission to visit Ashkelon from Baltimore this month. Despite the security situation at least 100 people from Baltimore visited Ashkelon in June"


1 comment: said...

Thanks so much for the great day and the pictures to remember it by. I know my family loved this day in Ashkelon and can't wait till we can come back and see the mural on the wall of the building you showed us at the park. Susan and Larry Davis