Shabtai Levy

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Shabtai Levy (right) and Israel Rokeach watching a water-polo match between the Haifa and Tel Aviv teams, 1945

Shabtai Levy (1876–1956) was the first Jewish mayor of Haifa. He held office from 1941 to 1951.

Shabtai Levy was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1876. Trained as a lawyer, he made Aliyah in 1894. He studied in the PJCA school in Petah Tikva. He was then employed as a clerk for the Baron Edmond James de Rothschild. In 1905 he moved to Haifa and managed the law and land departments of the PJCA and JCA.[1]

When the British established a Haifa city council in 1920, Levy was appointed along with Raphael Hakim. In 1924, Levy was elected along with David HaCohen as an independent. Starting in 1934, he served as vice-mayor of Haifa. In 1941, when Hassan Bey Shukari died, Levy became the acting mayor of Haifa, and the city's first Jewish mayor. During the Israeli War of Independence, he tried to use his influence to try to keep the Arab population from expulsion & from leaving the city.

In the 1940s the Shabtai Levy Home was established in Haifa, providing a wide range of services to undepriviledged children of all faiths. When it was originally founded, The Shabtai Levy Day Care Center served the families of soldiers in the Volunteer Jewish Brigade during World War II. Over the intervening years, services have expanded to include a recuperation center for sick babies which later became a residential home for babies and toddlers, an Emergency Center specializing in the emergency care of babies and very young children, and a Satellite Foster Families Program. There was also the addition of a mother-baby residential facility to rehabilitate mother-child pairs, to enhance mothering skills and bonding. The "Shalom Hayeled" Ambulatory Unit provides out-patient treatment for at-risk and abused children from the entire Northern District of Israel.

Preceded by
Hassan Bey Shukari
Mayor of Haifa
Succeeded by
Abba Hushi


  1. ^ "Who Was Shabtai Levi?". Retrieved September 6, 2013.