Aryeh Sheftel

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Aryeh Sheftel
Date of birth 1905
Place of birth Vilnius, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1947
Date of death 28 September 1980
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Party represented in Knesset
1949–1951 Mapai

Aryeh Sheftel (Hebrew: אריה שפטל‎, born 1905, died 28 September 1980) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset and mayor of Rishon LeZion.

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Born in Vilnius in the Russian Empire, Sheftel was educated in a heder, yeshiva and high school in his home city, before attending a Teachers Seminary, after which he worked as a teacher in the Tarbut school system in Vilnius. In 1921 he joined the Borochov Zionist Youth Movement, and was also a member of HeHalutz. In 1925 he joined Poale Zion. During the Nazi occupation, he continued to work as a teacher in the Vilna Ghetto. In 1943 he was involved in organising an uprising in the Ghetto. He was later moved to concentrations camps in Estonia and other countries.

After World War II ended, he was involved in helping organise Jews in Poland, and between 1946 and 1947 edited a Yiddish language newspaper. In 1947 he made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine. In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset. However, he resigned from it on 12 February 1951, and was replaced by Yisrael Yeshayahu.[1] He was also secretary of the Rishon LeZion Workers Council, and a mayor of the city for three separate terms - 1951, 1960 to 1962 and 1965 until 1969.

He died in 1980.

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