BOSTON (Jan. 15)
Dr. Philip W. Lown, philanthropist of Newton, Mass. has undertaken to plant a forest of 20,000 trees in Israel as part of the Jewish National Fund’s Defense Forest of 25,000,000 trees ringing the borders of Israel, it was announced here today by Fred Monoseon, president of the New England JNF. This is the first time in the history of the JNE that such a large single contribution has been given for its afforestation program in Israel.
The forest will be planted in the vicinity of Beersheba in the Negev, with the understanding that employment will be provided to immigrants. On behalf of the Jewish National Fund of America Dr. Harris J. Levine, president, expressed great gratification over Dr. Lown’s gift to the JNF as “expressive of the fine loyalty and service to the State of Israel in this hour of peril.” Mendel N. Fisher, executive director of the JNF, and Jacob Cohen, New England JNF director, were in charge of the negotiations with Dr. Lown in connection with the new tree project. Dr. Lown holds a number of top national posts, including the presidency of the American Association for Jewish Education and National Friends of Hillel.