Israeli history photo of the week: Tu Bishvat in 1930

JPost special feature: A Library of Congress photograph collection that documents pre-state Israel.

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February 9, 2012 12:36
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Ceremony of planting the King's tree.

JNF Tu Bishvat 390. (photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept.)

 
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The Library of Congress has recently digitalized a collection of over 10,000 photographs, taken by the "American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian utopians who lived in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers returned to the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and the building of Tel Aviv.

The Jewish National Fund was established 110 years ago to purchase and develop land in the Holy Land.

One major activity of the JNF, or in Hebrew the Keren Kayemet LeYisrael, was the planting of trees on Jewish-owned land in Palestine. Many a Jewish home had the iconic JNF blue charity box, or pushke, in order to buy trees.  In its history, the JNF is responsible for planting almost a quarter of a billion trees.

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The photographers of the American Colony recorded the JNF's efforts.

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