Chaim Levanon

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Chaim Levanon
Chaim Levanon president Ben Zvi.jpg
6th Mayor of Tel Aviv
In office
1953–1959
Preceded by Israel Rokach
Succeeded by Mordechai Namir
Personal details
Born (1899-03-25)25 March 1899
Kraków, Galicia
Died 21 August 1986(1986-08-21) (aged 87)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Political party General Zionists
Religion Jewish

Chaim Levanon (1899–1986; Hebrew: חיים לבנון‎‎) was a Polish-born Israeli politician and mayor of Tel Aviv between 13 April 1953 and 1959.

Personal life[edit]

Levanon was born in Kraków, Poland, in 1899 as Chaim Yosef Levinstein. After graduating from a yeshiva, he studied agricultural engineering at the Jagiellonian University.

He made aliyah in 1927 and taught at the Ehad HaAm gymnasium in Petah Tikva. In 1928 he married Miriam Levit Shamrot.

Political activity[edit]

Levanon was one of the founders of the General Zionists youth movement, and later one of its leaders. He also founded and headed the Civilian Housing organization. In 1936 he served as the chairman of the election committee in Tel Aviv and the secretary-general of the General Zionists' labor union.

In 1951 he was elected to Tel Aviv's city council and served as the deputy mayor from 1952. Due to Israel Rokach's resignation and ministerial appointment, he was elected mayor by the city council on 13 April 1953. In 1955, Levanon was publicly re-elected into office.

Levanon was the main founder of the Tel Aviv University, which he helped advance even after his mayoral tenure, and one of its main streets was named after him following his death.

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