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Trees for the Holy Land is dedicated to the reforestation of Israel, the most sacred place on our earth. In the time of the Bible, the Holy Land was lush, green, "the land of milk and honey". During the ensuing millennia, much of the Holy Land deteriorated into desert and wasteland.

Over 240 million trees have been planted in Israel during the last century, making Israel the only country in the world to end the 20th century with more trees than at the beginning of the century. We appreciate your dedication and partnership in supporting this important endeavor.

  • Members of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet carrying pine tree seedlings in the Ephraim Hills 1937
  • Theodor Herzl 1898
  • Theodor Herzl 1897
  • Theodor Herzl with his children Hans, Paulina and Trude 1900
  • The cypress tree planted by Theodor Herzl near Motza in 1898. It was later cut down by the Turks.
  • Jewish pioneers carting soil over the sands of Tel Aviv 1910
  • Boys planting trees along Keren Kayemet Boulevard in Tel Aviv 1936
  • Children planting trees on Nordau Street in Tel Aviv 1936
  • Members of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet preparing the soil for tree planting in the Ephraim Hills 1937
  • Members of Kibbutz Biria clearing the rocky hills for tree planting 1947
  • Members of Kibbutz Biria removing rocks in preparation for land reclamation 1947
  • Horse drawn water tank, watering newly planted trees at Kibbutz Beeri in the Negev 1947
  • Planting pine trees at Kfar Monash 1947
  • PM David Ben Gurion and visitors inspect a lonely tree sprouting in the rocky wastes of the southern Negev 1949
  • Children at Kfar Saba donating money to the Keren Kayemet L'Israel fund box 1951
  • PM David Ben Gurion and visitors view rows of saplings being cultivated at the tree nursery, Eilat 1949
  • Watering the garden at Nachal settlement, Ein Radian, Negev 1956
  • Old fashioned Arab harrow for breaking up lumps of earth into fine soil 1955
  • Testing of an ancient Nabataean irrigation system by the Hebrew University and Keren Kayemet 1951
  • An antilia, a wheel used in ancient times for the irrigation of agricultural fields
  • Two kibbutz members wading through an irrigation channel in the fields of Beit Ha'arava 1944
  • Construction of a water reservoir in the Negev 1947
  • A member of Kibbutz Nirim drawing water from the reservoir 1947
  • Without an irrigation system, water is transported by truck to Eilat from Bir Hindis. A pipeline is under construction 1950
  • Members of Kibbutz Givat Brenner work in the tree nursery 1951
  • The new water reservoir that will provide Jerusalem with water 1950
  • Terracing the soil for aforestation in Tiberias (Syria in the background) 1956
  • Tree nursery at Ein Hoshofet. Hills in the background have been planted by kibbutz members 1952
  • Preparing the soil for planting trees near Nurit village 1963
  • 108" diameter concrete irrigation pipes for the Jordan-Negev water pipeline, arriving in Eyal Railway Station for placement near Kfar Saba 1959
  • Israel-U.S.A. Sea Water Desalination Committee visiting the Emek Netufa Water Reservoir 1964
  • Kibbutz Na'an members working at the kibbutz works that produces sprinklers for irrigation 1966
  • The main hall of the Kibbutz Na'an mechanical works that produces sprinklers for irrigation 1966
  • Dam and water reservoir at Ein Kerem near Jerusalem. Foreground left is the Bronfman Agricultural School 1964
  • Kibbutz Yotvata in the Arava. Thin rubber pipe between rows dripping water drops. 1969
  • Israeli-made computerized control panel of the automatic irrigation system at Kibbutz Mefalsim 1976
  • Constructing a concrete irrigation channel 1969
  • In the Negev, digging of soil to allow water from the ground to penetrate to the surface, in order to drain it to a water reservoir 2001
  • Mobile irrigation, watering of agricultural fields in the western Negev 2001
  • Parched soil near the Habssor Stream in the western Negev 2001
  • Green field in the Negev 2005
  • PM David Ben Gurion and children planting trees 1963
  • Foreign Minister Golda Meir planting a tree 1963
  • Eleanor Roosevelt planting a tree 1962
  • U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy planting a tree near the John F. Kennedy memorial in Jerusalem 1966
  • Barbara Soames, Winston Churchill's daughter, planting a tree in memory of her father 1967
  • PM Yitzhak Rabin planting a tree 1975
  • Community of Ethiopian Jews in Israel for tree planting ceremony to commemorate brothers who died on the journey to the Promised Land 1985
  • Chinese President Jiang Zemin planting a tree in Hanassi Forest in Eshtaol near Beit Shemesh during his visit to Israel 2000
  • Arab woman planting a tree at the Knesset garden 1999
  • PM Netanyahu plants a tree in memory of Ron Brown, killed in a plane crash in Bosnia 1996
  • The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yisrael Lau, planting a tree at the Knesset garden 1999
  • Pope John Paul II in Israel, planting an olive tree during a conference in Jerusalem of the three montheistic religions 2000
  • Children planting trees at the Knesset garden 1999
  • Children planting trees at Kibbutz Tzeelim in the Negev 2000