Kennedy Memorial

Kennedy Memorial, Jerusalem

Kennedy Memorial
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Located on a mountaintop and surrounded by 51 graceful columns, this 60-foot-high monument is in tribute to President John F. Kennedy.
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vughtenaar
Rehovot141 contributions
Worth a stop
Jun 2021
the view, and the view and the view. The place is not well kept up, which is surprising given that the organization, the Jewish national Fund, seems really not to lack money, based on all that it is doing outside its designated goals

But the view around it is , on clear days, worth the short trip from Jerusalem's centre (or as stop from Te Aviv to Jerusalem) and worth paying the price of the widning road to reach it

and it is free
Written 9 June 2021
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Great memorial and monument; great for hikes and picnics
Jul 2020
This is a significant and visually and architecturally striking monument and memorial which is located in an out-of-the-way place. It is at least a 10 minute drive from the city. It is in the forest on top of Mount Aminadav. There is no public transportation- only either by car or walking/hikingor organized tour bus (taxi too). There is a park ranger information service and "facilities" there, underneath.

Commemorating President Kennedy and his memory are important to Israel and the Jewish people. Mountain vistas and panoramas are an important part of the Israeli landscape. Jerusalem is of central importance to Israel and the Jewish people. Hiking and traversing scenic trails in the forests and mountains of our country are national pasttimes for us. Spending quality time with close nuclear and extended family is also of cardinal importance in our lifestyle- we do that with picnics and barbeques.

So there you have it- and this place has it all.

I was here with a tour group of 15 Americans We arrived first to visit the Kennedy Memorial, an unusual shaped circular edifice with a sudden flat and cut-off ceiling. Of course the meaning of the architecture is of a strong giving and supporting gigantic tree, cut off in its prime, as happened in our history (you can see my recent posted photo of the portrait of President Kennedy that hangs in the White House- from when I visited inside there).

The building was actually open and we went inside the structure. It is not bright inside at all (maybe that’s intentional- to emphasize the tragedy and loss). It is open at the top, reminding me of when I visited the Pantheon in Rome. There in the center is a place for an “eternal flame” (exactly analogous to the one that I see and review and post photos when I visit John F. Kennedy Grave Site at Arlington National Cemetery). Alas, the light was extinguished and not tended at all... a somber and sober sign for our trying times?). Some children were wildly running up and down the sides of the structure while we were there.

There are trees at the site which were planted by various central Kennedy family members. I looked at them. These trees serve as a demonstration of the strength and resilience and permanence of American-Israeli friendship, brotherhood and strong mutual commitments.

We saw what seemed to be that much of the high school population of the country descending from massive gigantic tour buses and embarking on the scenic trails.
The views from the vantage points are nice. There are water springs and wells and and some ancient caves too.

There are a tremendous amount of abundant picnic areas and many many picnic tables throughout the area of the Kennedy Memorial and the adjacent forests. It seemed that many of the local population were using them.

I do recommend coming and visiting here (if you have the time and a way to get here)- to honor our former President and to enjoy the mountains and forest and maybe even hiking and barbecue picnic.

So through a technical complication, all of my 47 photos of this attraction were deleted and are not (yet) reposted.

But that doesn't change the fact and the truth that “I visited this place.”
Written 1 September 2020
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mefixer
United States74 contributions
Beautiful vistas of the Judean Hills
Feb 2017 • Family
My previous visit to this site was over forty years ago. The monument is still in good condition and the maintenance is good. Aside from its expression of the friendship and ties between the American and Israeli people, this hill top site gives beautiful vistas of the surrounding hills. When looking at the surrounding forests, keep in mind that seventy years ago all the hills were barren. It is reached via the side road that leads to Moshav Ora on the main route to the Haddasah Hospital in Ein Kerem. Just go down to the end of the windy road ... about six minutes by car ... you can't miss it. There is ample parking and clean rest rooms.
Written 16 February 2017
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B J
Haifa, Israel292 contributions
Unfortunately not worth the effort, despite beautiful location
Oct 2016 • Friends
Even for those of us who grew up thinking the Kennedy assassination was a horrible tragedy, this memorial is still a bit...odd (if I were more critical, I might even say irrelevant). It occupies an incredibly beautiful mountaintop, just outside Jerusalem, overlooking two steep valleys -- so for the view, it's worth making the trip. But to be honest, there are many places to find fantastic views in Jerusalem and the surrounding mountains, and many of them have more poignant history -- certainly more relevant local history -- than President Kennedy.
The main problem with the memorial is that it doesn't really explain, in any way that I could see, as to why President Kennedy was so important to Israel, or Jerusalem, that we should have a memorial devoted to him on such an impressive mountain. Oddly, the interior of the memorial is empty -- and not in any emotionally-wrenching kind of way, more in a dust-filled void, abandoned kind of way. And given that there is no obvious reason for the memorial to exist here (unless, apologies, I missed an important piece of history), I came away feeling that this is vaguely colonial -- sort of like Americans imprinting history in a place that really isn't appropriate. Kind of like sticking a memorial from Washington DC in a totally different place. I understand that American Jews wanted to express goodwill, and the special relationship between Israel and America...but couldn't the money have been spent on something a little more practical, or honor a local figure of vision or courage? The relevance goes unexplained...which is maybe why the place feels abandoned.
Written 19 October 2016
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airport2015
Tel Aviv District, Israel979 contributions
J.F.KENEDY MEMORIAL
Sep 2016 • Family
In Aminadav forest on the road to Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center,Memorial built by the American Jewish Communities in 1966 to John F..Kenedy that was assassinated in Dallas Texas in 1963 On top of a hill with open views up to the Sea,and suurounded by the JFK Peace Forest
Written 12 September 2016
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InternationalTr... I
Tel Aviv, Israel349 contributions
The Memorial to John F Kennedy a creation representing the goodwill between Israel & USA
Mar 2016 • Couples
Built in 1966 (3 years after the assassination) architect David Resnick together with the sculptor Dov Feigin created a meaningful memorial to John F. Kennedy, President of the USA. The building is shaped like the stump of a felled tree, which symbolizes a life cut too short. The "trunk" is encircled by 51 columns, representing 50 states + one for the capitol of the USA - Washington, D.C. The sparse interior has a bronze Kennedy relief and in the center of this hall is an eternal "flame" .. the site is situated in the John Kennedy Peace Forest overlooking the Judean Hills.
Written 6 March 2016
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NephronToronto
Toronto36 contributions
Astonishingly ugly monument
Dec 2015 • Business
The concrete memorial is very unattractive. Inside is cold and empty, with a bas-relief of JFK tucked away, completely out of proportion to the inner space. Each pillar has a state seal - why? What does that have to do with anything?
The saving grace is the view from up on high, which is beautiful.
Written 5 December 2015
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Sharon_zz
Spain5,330 contributions
Nice memorial, great view
Oct 2013 • Friends
It is located on a mountain, not far from Jerusalem. It's an impressive monument from the 60's that looks like the shape of a tree stump, to emphasize the tragedy of the murder of the young U.S president JFK. It 's made from bare concrete, it has 50 columns, each for a one state of the United States on America. On each column you can see the "Logo" of the state. Inside the memorial, you can see a bronze relief of J.F Kennedy.
Written 13 October 2013
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Eli E
Haifa, Israel93 contributions
A fact worth noting
Jan 2013 • Solo
The memorial was designed by the Architect David Reznik, born in Brazil, who made Israel his home in the late 40's. He was a student and friend of the great and world renowned Oscar Niemeyer - and they both passed away in 2012. You can find most of Reznik's work in Jerusalem, from simple apartment buildings to special landmarks and university campuses.

Enjoy your visit to graceful Jerusalem.
Written 22 February 2013
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chaiminded
Hadera, Israel154 contributions
Worth the journey
Feb 2012
The memorial forest surrounds a circular memorial meant to portray a tree cut down before its time, the ribs of which represent the 50 states with the seal of each in between. A little out of the way but an impressive spot.
Written 28 March 2012
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