Wednesday 4 June 2014


YEHOSHUA AYZENSHTADT (BARZILAI) (August 14, 1855-May 2, 1918)
     Born in Kletsk (Klieck), Byelorussia.  One of the first members of Chovevei tsiyon (Lovers of Zion), a cofounder with Ahad Ha’am of the cultural Zionist organization Bnei Moshe.  From 1887 he was living with occasional breaks in Palestine.  He was the director of the branch of the Colonial Bank in Jerusalem.  He wrote articles and correspondences from Palestine in the most important Hebrew periodicals of his day.  In Yiddish: Bay der muter erd (In the motherland) (Warsaw, 1919), 45 pp.  He died in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Sources: D. Tidhar, Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel), vol. 1 (Tel Aviv, 1947), p. 150; Algemeyne entsiklopedye (General encyclopedia), vol. 2; Y. Paleskin, in Tsukunft (Januray 1919).

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