Mohilewer, Samuel

(1824–98)
   Forerunner of the Mizrachi Zionist movement. As a Lithuanian rabbi, Mohilewer encouraged settlement in the Holy Land, and sought financial assistance for the struggling Jewish colonies from Baron de HIRSCH and Baron Edmond de ROTHSCHILD. The latter was strongly influenced by his strange visitor, like an ancient Hebrew prophet in his burning conviction.
   In 1884, the Kattowitz Conference of early Zionists took place, and although there were only thirty-six delegates it was a landmark in pre-HERZL Zionist history. Rabbi Mohilewer was elected honorary president. He travelled to Palestine in 1890 and on his return set up a board of rabbis to provide religious guidance for farming in the Holy Land. The Mizrachi Organization, the religious Zionist movement, was founded four years after his death.

Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament. . 2012.

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