WASHINGTON (Oct. 3)
President Lyndon B, Johnson was presented today by the Jewish National Fund of America with a silver Jerusalem Bible and other rare volumes on Biblical and Jewish themes, destined for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library at the University of Texas. The presentation was made by Herman L. Weisman, JNF president, Dr. Milton Aron, executive vice-president, and Jim Novy, honorary chairman of the JNF Foundation. Mr. Novy is a Texan and personal friend of the President.
Attention was drawn to the fact that the presentation took place on the eve of the Jewish New Year. It was recalled that JNF planted a large forest in the United States-Israel Freedom Forest outside Jerusalem in honor of Mr. Johnson when he served in the Senate.
The other volumes presented were “A Succinct Account of the Rites and Ceremonies of the Jews” by David Levi, published in London in 1783, and the “Hexaplar Psalter: The Book of Psalms” in six languages in parallel columns, published in London in 1843.
Inscribed in the Bible, which is printed in Hebrew and English, is the following citation: “Presented to the Honorable Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the USA; in recognition of his extraordinary qualities of humanity and leadership; in appreciation of his steadfast pursuit of peace and his championship of American-Israel friendship; at the White House in Washington, D.C., on the eve of the Hebrew New Year of 5728, by the Jewish National Fund of America.”