Jacob de Haas

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Jacob de Haas (* 13th August 1872 in London; † 21st March 1937 in New York City) was a British Hasidic Jew, a journalist and an early leader of the Zionist movement, who propagated the movement in the United States.


De Haas was born in London in 1872. He was the secretary of the First Zionist Congress and he introduced Theodor Herzl to the UK in the Jewish World newspaper. At the Third Zionist Congress in 1899, he and L. J. Greenberg were elected as members of the Zionist Organization's Propaganda Committee.[1]

He moved to the United States in 1902. Theodor Herzl had suggested to Richard Gottheil that he hire de Haas as the new secretary of the Federation of American Zionists (FAZ) to replace Stephen Samuel Wise. De Haas assumed the leadership of the fragmented American Zionist movement. One of his best known accomplishments was his befriending of Louis Brandeis, the best known, and admired secular Jew in America. De Haas introduced Brandeis to the ideas of Theodor Herzl and ideals of Zionism. After a relatively short period of examination and self-examination, Louis Brandeis became an ardent, committed Zionist in 1908. More importantly, Brandeis, would head the FAZ and the American Zionist movement by 1912.[2]

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  1. ^ Nahum Sokolow, History of Zionism 1600-1918, p.xliii (1919)
  2. ^ [1] Richard Gottheil, the Reluctant Father of American Zionism

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