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Beautiful vistas of the Judean Hills

My previous visit to this site was over forty years ago. The monument is still in good condition... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
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J.F.KENEDY MEMORIAL

In Aminadav forest on the road to Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center,Memorial built by the American... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2016
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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

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.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

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.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

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

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 6 March 2016

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.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 5 December 2015

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.

Date of experience: December 2015
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