Meira Maierovitz Drazin
Communications Manager
Jewish National Fund
212-879-9305 ext. 222


Chris NothJuly 29, 2004—New York, NY—Law and Order and Sex and the City actor Chris Noth joins the century-old tradition of planting trees while visiting Israel, planting an olive tree in Jewish National Fund’s Presidents Forest in the Jerusalem foothills. 

Andy Michelson, Director of JNF’s USA Department in Israel reported that Mr. Noth was moved by the significance of planting an olive tree, which he saw as a symbol of peace and the longevity of life in the Holy Land. 

Mr. Michelson also presented Mr. Noth with a JNF Blue Box, explaining the significance of the blue charity tin JNF introduced in the early 20th century in which people all over the world collected coins, enabling JNF to purchase land in what eventually became the State of Israel.

"I am amazed by JNF's extensive ecological work and that there has been an organization doing this kind of work in Israel for over a hundred years," said Mr. Noth. 

Photo Caption: Actor Chris Noth with JNF Blue Box after planting an olive tree in Jewish National Fund’s Presidents Forest in the hills of Jerusalem.

(Photo available as high-res JPEG upon request)


Jewish National Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1901 to serve as caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners—Jewish people everywhere.  During the first half of the 20th century, JNF set out to achieve its goal by purchasing the land that would become the State of Israel.  Following the successful establishment of the state in 1948, the organization has evolved to meet Israel's most pressing needs, including the current security crisis, ongoing water shortage and other environmental challenges.  Over the past century, the organization has planted over 240 million trees, built over 150 reservoirs and dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 450 parks and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment.  For more information on JNF or to plant trees in Israel, call 1-800-542-TREE (8733) or visit  To contact your local office, please call 888-JNF-0099 or visit