Yehoshua Rabinovitz

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Yehoshua Rabinovitz
Date of birth 12 November 1911
Place of birth Vishneva, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1934
Date of death 14 August 1979(1979-08-14) (aged 67)
Knessets 9
Party represented in Knesset
1977–1979 Alignment
Ministerial roles
1974 Minister of Housing
1974–1977 Minister of Finance

Yehoshua Rabinovitz (Hebrew: יהושע רבינוביץ‎, born 12 November 1911, died 14 August 1979) was an Israeli politician who served as a government minister and mayor of Tel Aviv.

Biography[edit]

Born in Vishneva in the Russian Empire (today in Belarus), Rabinovitz attended high school in Vilnius, and went on to train as a teacher in the same city. He worked as a teacher and headmaster, and was a member of the HeHalutz movement. He made aliyah to the Mandate Palestine in 1934 and studied in the economics and law school of Tel Aviv University. Prior to independence, he worked for Mashbir HaZarhan, and was involved in the Haganah.

In 1955 he was elected onto Tel Aviv city council, serving until 1959. That year he became Deputy Mayor in charge of Finances, a position he held until becoming mayor in 1969.[1] He served as mayor until 1974.

Although not a member of the Knesset, he was appointed Minister of Housing in March 1974 by Golda Meir. After Meir resigned, he became Minister of Finance in Yitzhak Rabin's government, serving until 1977. In the 1977 elections he was voted into the Knesset on the Alignment's list, but lost his cabinet post as Likud formed a right-wing government. He died whilst still a Knesset member at the age of 67 on 14 August 1979. His seat was taken by Esther Herlitz.

Tomb of Rabinovitz and fellow mayor of Tel Aviv Mordechai Namir in Trumpeldor cemetery

Commemoration[edit]

Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv, officially named "Ganei Yehoshua," is named for him.[2]

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