Gershon Zak

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Gershon Zak
גרשון זק 1948 ארכיון ההגנה.jpg
Born 1913
Russian Empire
Died 1989
Allegiance  State of Israel
Service/branch  Israeli Navy
Years of service 1931–1949
Rank Head of sea service, was not an IDF personal
Commands held Head of the Sea service there was no commander Israeli Navy
Battles/wars Israeli War of Independence
Other work Establishment of HaKfar HaYarok, receiving Israel Prize

Gershon Zak (Hebrew: גרשון זק‎‎, 1913–1989) was the head of the Sea service which became the Israeli Navy, at that time there was no commander till Paul Shulman came and both Paul Shulman and Zak were in charge, Shulman as commander and Zak as Administrative from MOD.[1]


Born in Ukraine in the Russian Empire in 1913, Zak made aliyah to Mandate Palestine, where he joined the Haganah. On 17 March 1948 future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (and at the time the leader of the Haganah) gave the order to create a Jewish naval service. He remained as head of the Sea Service that became the Israeli Navy until April 1949 when he resigned in order to pursue a career in teaching. The following year he established the HaKfar HaYarok youth village.

Zak was a member of the executive at Yad Levi Eshkol. He was also responsible for renaming HaKfar HaYarok in memory of Levi Eshkol after his passing.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1986, Zak, together with HaKfar HaYarok, won the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement to education.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History Israel Defense Forces: Navy
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1986 (in Hebrew)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-07-07.