Encounters on the Israel Trail was established by Raya and Yossi Ofner in honor of

their son Staff Sergant Avi, who was killed along with 72 other soldiers in the tragic

1997 helicopter crash that shook Israeli society. People who have lost family and friends

to the call of duty or terrorism are specifically invited to take part in the program, and it

has taken on special significance for all participants.

The project is run by the Amuta – NGO " Avi- Beshvil Israel" (formed by the Ofner

family) together with "Hamidrasha Educational Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in

Israel" at the Oranim College, and since 2014 also with the KKL-JNF.

Various community and cultural centres have donated their facilities and assistance,

and many former participants have returned as volunteers to play an active role in the

organizational, logistical and marketing tasks both before and during the walking


Professional guides and facilitators are responsible for the creation of the content

elements and interactive experience


Organization details:

Avi Beshvil Israel is a certified Amuta in Israel, established to commemorate the 73

soldiers who fell in the helicopter disaster (1997), and all IDF fallen soldiers and terror

victims, through various activities. The Amuta has all the required formal approvals of

the Justice Ministry, and is a tax-exempt organization in Israel (certification available in

Hebrew), and also in the USA through PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc..


Avi Beshvil Israel - NGO (Amuta) Number: 58-0437564

Contact person: Joseph Ofner +972-54-493-0239, email: ofnery@netvision.net.il

Address: Kalaniot 24, Kiryat Tivon 3605226, Israel


Oranim College: : https://www.hamidrasha-israel.org/dialogue/encounters-on-the-


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