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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Kalaniot 24, Kiryat Tivon 3605226, Israel
Oranim College: : https://www.hamidrasha-israel.org/dialogue/encounters-on-the-