NEW YORK (Nov. 11)
The Jewish National Fund of America announced today that an 80,000 tree forest will be planted near Jerusalem to honor President Zalman Shazar of Israel on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Dr. Milton Aron, JNF executive vice president, said the forest would be a token of “the esteem and affection” for President Shazar which is held by American Jewry. He announced the project at a convocation of New York City Jewish leaders paying tribute to the Israeli president whose birthday is today. The gathering was addressed by Israel’s Consul General in New York, Rehaveam Amir and Rabbi Herschel Schacter, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, on its behalf.