Banquet Tonight for Washington Forest in Palestine; Each Guest to Pay for Planting of 5 Trees

The series of Washington Birthday celebrations planned by many groups in the city for the coming week, will begin with a banquet which will be held this evening, at the Astor Hotel, under the auspices of the Jewish National Fund of America, of which Nelson Ruttenberg, Deputy Police Commissioner, is president.

The banquet will be attended by more than 1,000 persons, it is anticipated, and is being held for the purpose of furthering the realization of a plan to plant in Palestine, in commemoration of the bicentennial anniversary, a forest of eucalyptus and pine trees in memory of George Washington, on an area of 8,000 dunams between Haifa and Nazareth, on land set aside for this purpose by the Keren Kayemeth Le Israel, the Zionist agency which redeems the soil of Palestine as the property of the Jewish people.

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