Shmaryahu Levin

Shmaryahu Levin, 1906
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Chairman of the National Committee, addresses the Zionist General Council Meeting in Jerusalem. From right to left: I. Rupaisen, Ben-Zion Mossinson, H. Farbstein, Nahum Sokolow, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Yosef Sprinzak, I. L. Goldberg, Shmaryahu Levin, Eliezer Kaplan (1935)

Shmaryahu Levin (Russian: Шмарьяху Левин; born 1867 in Svislach, Minsk Governorate; died 9 June 1935, Haifa), was a Jewish Zionist activist. He was a member of the first elected Russian Parliament for the Constitutional Democratic Party in 1906.


Shmaryahu Levin served as a crown rabbi in the towns of Grodno (1896–97) and Ekaterinoslav (Dnipropetrovsk) from 1898 to 1904.[1][2]

He was elected to the 1906 First Duma. Levin left Russia for Germany immediately after the dispersal of the First Duma, then emigrated to America. From 1908 he began advocating for the creation of the Haifa Technion. He was known as an outstanding Yiddish orator.[3]

Zionist activism

Levin was a representative of the World Zionist Organization and director of the Information Department of Keren Hayesod.[4]

Awards and recognition

Grave of Shmaryahu Levin, Trumpeldor cemetery, Tel Aviv

Kfar Shmaryahu, an affluent Tel Aviv suburb, is named for him.


  1. ^ Kaplan Appel, Tamar (3 August 2010). "Crown Rabbi". The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300119039. OCLC 170203576. Archived from the original on 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  2. ^ Slutsky, Yehuda (2007). "Levin, Shmarya". In Berenbaum, Michael; Skolnik, Fred (eds.). Encyclopaedia Judaica. Vol. 12 (2nd ed.). Detroit: Macmillan Reference. pp. 713–714. ISBN 978-0-02-866097-4.
  3. ^ Meyer Weisgal...So Far: An Autobiography, Meyer Wolfe Weisgal
  4. ^ Zionism and Free Enterprise: The Story of Private Entrepreneurs in Citrus Plantations in Palestine, Irit Amit-Cohen

External links

  • Central Zionist Archives Personal papers of Shmaryahu Levin. The notation of the record group is A20.
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