Tuesday 19 May 2015


ZEEV (WOLF) GOLD (February 5, 1889-April 8, 1956)
            He was born in Shtutshin (Belorussian, Shchuchyn; Lithuanian, Ščiutinas), into a family of rabbis.  He studied with his father who was rabbi of Mariampol, later at the Mirer Yeshiva, and at age seventeen he received rabbinic ordination.  From 1907 to 1924 he was living in the United States.  He was a rabbi in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York.  He founded the Yeshiva Torah V’daat and served as president of Mizrachi in the United States and Canada.  He was a member of the Jewish Agency and, on its behalf, he traveled to Europe and Africa.  From 1947 he was a member of the executive of the Agency, with responsibility for Torah, education, and culture.  From 1924 he was living in Israel.  He was a member of the council of the provisional government when the state first arose.  He published articles on Jewish religious and general Zionist questions in various Yiddish-language newspapers—primarily, though, in publications of Mizrachi in Yiddish and Hebrew.  He was the author of works on religious Zionism, such as: Shuve yisroel (Tranquility in Israel) (Jerusalem, 1935), 15 pp.; Nive zahav (Words of gold) (Jerusalem, 1949), 604 pp.  He also published memoirs on the Mizrachi movement in 25 yor “mizrakhi” in amerike (Twenty-five years of Mizrachi in America) (New York, 1936).  He died in Jerusalem.

Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1947-1971), vol. 4, pp. 1873-74; Hatsofe (Tel Aviv) (February 1949); A. B. Shurin, in Forverts (New York) (April 13, 1956); Rabbi A. Peteshnik, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (May 23, 1956); Who’s Who in World Jewry (New York, 1955), p. 258.

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