Jerusalem (Jan. 20)
Israel was to become richer by 150,000 trees as a result of today’s Tu B’Shevat celebrations by toddlers and school children around the country. The Jewish National Fund distributed that number of saplings for the youngsters to plant during the traditional nature rambles that are the rule of the day in Israeli schools.
The JNF held several mass planting events today itself in forests around the country. Some 4000 school children took part in one such ceremony at the Kennedy Memorial Forest near Jerusalem, and 7000 were present at ceremonies in the Haifa and Galilee areas.