Fayge Ilanit

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Fayge Ilanit
Date of birth (1909-02-07)7 February 1909
Place of birth Brańsk, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1929
Date of death 14 July 2002(2002-07-14) (aged 93)
Knessets 1
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1951 Mapam

Fayge Ilanit (Hebrew: פייגה אילנית‎‎, 7 February 1909 (née Hindes) – 14 July 2002) was a Zionist activist and Israeli politician. She was a granddaughter of Rabbi Shimon Shkop and mother of IDF soldier Uri Ilan.[1]


Hindes was born in Brańsk in the Russian Empire (now Poland) in 1909 to Sharaga Hindes and Hannah Shkop (daughter of Rabbi Shimon Shkop). She moved with her family to Ukraine in 1915 but returned to Poland in 1922. After her mother's death and her father's remarriage, she lived at her grandfather. In 1928 she joined Hashomer Hatzair and in 1929 she immigrated to Mandatory Palestine.

In 1933 she joined kibbutz Gan Shmuel.[2] She married Shlomo Ilan and in 1935 gave birth to her first firstborn, Uri Ilan. She was active in the “Women’s Labor Council” and a member of the secretariat of “Women’s Labor Council”. She was a member of the central institutions of Mapam and was active in the League for Friendly relations with the Soviet Union. She was also a member of the Haganah.

She was elected to the first Knesset for Mapam and was a member of the House and Education and Culture Committees. She opposed the Palestine Communist Party and rejected claims of anti-religious coercion in the immigrant camps.

She became blind in her old age and died in 2002.


  1. ^ סבא חרדי ונכדה שמוצניקית. Hazofe (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  2. ^ Ilanit, Fayge (1944). על התכנית הכללית של משקנו (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2008-02-20. 

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