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Chanan Yarden Dead at 85

Funeral services were held recently in Jerusalem for Chanan Yarden, a lifelong Jewish National Fund activist. He was 85 years old. Yarden was the man who convinced Albert Einstein to appear before the Jews of Philadelphia in 1936 to speak about the importance of land purchase in Palestine. Einstein’s appearance then opened new horizons in fundraising for the JNF. Yarden devoted his life to fundraising in the U.S. and for development and reclamation of land in Israel by the JNF. He immigrated to Israel in 1952, and become a member of the JNF’s executive, in which he served until his retirement in 1960.