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Dr. Nahum Goldmann’s 60th birthday was celebrated here last night at a gala function sponsored jointly by the Jewish Agency, World Jewish Congress and World Confederation of General Zionists. The three hundred guests at the birthday party included notables in all walks of life in Israel and top figures in the Zionist movement, including members of the Agency, Israel Cabinet and Knesset.

Berl Locker, Agency co-chairman with Dr. Goldmann, who opened the celebration, announced that the Jewish National Fund had decided to plant a forest in Israel in Dr. Goldmann’s name, and that Mexican Jewry had already contributed a sum of money to pay for the planting of the first 1,000 saplings.

Among the other speakers at the dinner were Premier Moshe Sharett, members of his Cabinet and Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the World Confederation of General Zionists. The Premier urged Dr. Goldmann to settle in Israel permanently and take up his “rightful place” in Israeli life.

Dr. Goldmann, replying, expressed pride in the unity achieved within the Jewish nation, despite the failure of various parties to agree and the tendency of each to go its own way. The dinner was ended with the playing of Hatikvah, the national anthem.

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