Hana Meisel

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Hana Meisel
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Native name
חנה מייזל
Born(1883-12-25)December 25, 1883
Died1972 (aged 88–89)
Nahalal, Israel
Political partyPoale Zion

Hana Meisel (Hebrew: חנה מייזל‎, born 25 December 1883, died 1972) was a Jewish agronomist, feminist and Zionist.


Meisel (third from right) with students at her agricultural school in 1912, moshava Kineret

Meisel was born in Hrodna in the Russian Empire (today in Belarus),[1] and immigrated to Palestine in 1909, during the Second Aliyah, where she became a noted agronomist, and was a founder of Havat HaAlamot (Hebrew: חוות העלמות‎, "the maidens' farm") agricultural school in 1911 (closed in 1917), and the girls' agricultural school at Nahalal (opened in 1929). She studied agriculture and natural science in Odessa, Switzerland and France.

She made considerable contributions to the feminist wing of the Zionist movement. Meisel was a member of Poale Zion and was elected to the Assembly of Representatives.

She was married to Eliezer Shohat, also a well-known figure in the Zionist movement, much like his brother Israel Shochat.

Hana Meisel died at Nahalal in 1972.

In literature[edit]

Meisel is referenced in Shmuel Yosef Agnon's fictionalized travelogue of the Second Aliyah HaGalilah (in English as "To the Galilee"[2]), published in his posthumous volume Pithei Devarim.


  1. ^ Joan Comay, Lavinia Cohn-Sherbok, "Who's who in Jewish History" Routledge, 2002, ISBN 0-415-26030-2, page 145
  2. ^ "To the Galilee". Tablet Magazine. Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2015.

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