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    The South African Zionist Federation decided to mark David Ben-Gurion’s 80th birthday by planting a forest of 10,000 trees near Sde Boker, the former Prime Minister’s kibbutz. The project, to which Jews throughout South Africa will be asked to contribute, has the approval of Ben-Gurion and the Jewish National Fund. More ▸

  • General Zionist Confederation Leaders Congratulate David Ben-gurion

    Dr. Israel Goldstein and Mrs. Rose Halprin, co-chairmen of the World Confederation of General Zionists, cabled today the following congratulatory message to David Ben-Gurion, at his home in Sde Boker: “Hearty congratulations on your 80th birthday. Your place in Jewish history for your unique contributions to the Jewish State and people is assured. Best wishes… More ▸

  • Israel Flocks to Sde Boker for Colorful Ben-gurion Birthday Program

    Eleven thousand admirers gathered last night at former Premier David Ben-Gurion’s Negev retreat here to honor Israel’s former Premier on his 80th birthday. It was an appropriate setting for the Israeli leader who has preached throughout his career on the need to make the still barren Negev the heart of Israel’s life. The old warrior… More ▸

  • Jewish National Fund Announces Large Project to Honor Ben-gurion

    An announcement was made today that a park, including a forest and sites for a hospital and sports stadium, will be build on a stretch of land near Dimona, Israel, on the way to Sde Boker, the home of David Ben-Gurion, in honor of Israel’s first Prime Minister whose 80th birthday is currently being celebrated…. More ▸

  • Thousands Mass at Sde Boker to Celebrate David Ben-gurion’s Birthday

    Thousands of persons converged today on this isolated kibbutz in the Negev to pay homage to former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Today’s event was the first of several celebrations in various parts of the country marking the 80th birthday of the man who headed Israel’s Government for 15 of the 18 years since the rebirth… More ▸

  • Israel Starts Weekend of Ben-gurion Birthday Celebrations Today

    The Jews of Israel prepared today for nation-wide celebrations of the 80th birthday of David Ben-Gurion throughout the coming weekend. The birthday of the man who had played a key role in the struggles leading to Jewish statehood, and who led Israel as Prime Minister for most of its 18 years, is October 1. President… More ▸

  • Israel Launches Nationwide Observance of Ben-gurion’s 80th Birthday

    The nationwide celebrations observing the 80th birthday of David Ben-Gurion, which occurs this year on October 1, were formally inaugurated today when the greetings of the Israeli Government were presented to the former Premier by Interior Minister Moshe Shapiro and Police Minister Behor Shitreet, who journeyed to Sde Boker, Pen-Gurion’s Negev retreat, for the event…. More ▸

  • Israel Will Honor Ben-gurion on Birthday; Shazar to Open Fete

    President Zalman Shazar will personally open the celebrations for former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s 80th birthday, October 1. The President will go with his wife and members of the official celebration committee to Mr. Ben-Gurion’s residence at Sde Boker in the Negev to convey the best wishes of the nation to Mr. Ben-Gurion. The President… More ▸

  • Son of Germany’s Ambassador to Israel Works in Ben-gurion’s Kibbutz

    Christian Pauls, 22-year-old son of West Germany’s first Ambassador to Israel, was disclosed today to be spending his summer vacation working at the Sde Boker kibbutz, of which former Premier David Ben-Gurion is a member. The youth, a student at Freiburg University, spent two years in the West German army on compulsory duty and then… More ▸

  • Adenauer Leaves Israel; Pledges Maximum Support for Jewish State

    Former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer completed today an action-packed eight-day visit to Israel with an assurance that he would continue to work actively for Israel. His departure from Lydda Airport was delayed 30 minutes after police received an anonymous report that a bomb had been placed on the E1 A1 airliner taking him back… More ▸