Jewish Leaders: Shimon Peres
Schwartz - March 29, 2009
Shimon Peres was born on August 2, 1923, in Vishniev, Poland and immigrated with his family to Tel Aviv in 1934. He attended the Geula School in Tel Aviv and following that the agricultural school of Ben Shemen. After a number of years at Kibbutz Geva and Kibbutz Alumot, Peres was...
Jewish Leaders: David Ben-Gurion
Martin - March 22, 2009
David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel but long before that he was an ardent Zionist. He was born in Plonsk, Poland in 1886 and educated at a Hebrew school founded by his father. By his mid-teens he had already founded a Hebrew youth group, "Ezra", and at 1...
Jewish Leaders: Ariel Sharon
Talman - March 15, 2009
Ariel Sharon was born in Kfar Malal an agricultural village in the Sharon Valley and at the age of ten joined the Zionist youth movement Hassadeh (“the Field”). By fourteen he was part of Gadna, a paramilitary youth battalion. Later he would enlist in Haganah, the Jewish militia...
Jewish Leaders: Moshe Sharett
Talman - March 1, 2009
Moshe Shertok was born in 1894 in Kherson, South Russia but changed his name to Moshe Sharett when Israel finally achieved independence. He was the son of one of the founders of the Zionist Bilu group and in 1906 he immigrated to Israel with his family and settled in the Arab village...
Jewish Leaders: Golda Meir
Talman - February 20, 2009
Golda Meir was born in Kiev in the Ukraine on May 3, 1898. Like many other Ukrainian Jews, economic hardship forced her family to immigrate to the United States in 1906 where they settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She became active in the Labor Zionist movement in Milwaukee and in high...
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