Israel Goldstein

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This article is about an American-born Israeli rabbi, author and Zionist leader. For New Zealand politician, businessman, barrister and solicitor, see Israel Goldstine.
Dr. Israel Goldstein awards the Stephen Wise award to President Yitzhak Ben Zvi at the World Jewish Congress held in 1956 at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Israel Goldstein (June 18, 1896 – 1986) was an American-born Israeli rabbi, author and Zionist leader. He was one of the founders of Brandeis University.[1]

Goldstein, born in Philadelphia, and a noteworthy graduate of South Philadelphia High School[2] in 1911. At that time the school program was mannual training, but his record showed to school administrators that there was more promise for academics servicing the immigrant population of South Philadelphia. He graduated the school at age 14 and then graduated the University of Pennsylvania three years later at the age of 17. He later became the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in New York, the second oldest synagogue in the city, from 1918 until his immigration to Israel in 1960. He was head of the New York Board of Rabbis, the Jewish National Fund, and the Zionist Organization of America, and helped found the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Dr. Goldstein has been inducted into the SPHS Alumni Cultural Hall of Fame.

In 1961-1971, Goldstein was World Chairman of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal. He led Keren Hayesod during a period of expansion and growth, particularly after the Six-Day War.[3]

A Zionist youth village in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem is named after him. On his eightieth birthday, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and other government and Zionist movement officials gathered at his home to pay him tribute.[4]

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The Rabbi Dr. I. Goldstein Synagogue on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was built in his honor.[5] The Israel Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem was also named for him. The Israel Goldstein Prize for Distinguished Leadership is the highest honor bestowed by Keren Hayesod.The prize has been awarded annually since 1980, the 60th anniversary of Keren Hayesod.[6]


  1. ^ "Rabbi Israel Goldstein, A Founder of Brandeis", The New York Times, April 13, 1986, p.40
  2. ^ PA Historical Marker Categories: Education, Ethnic & Immigration, Government & Politics 20th Century, Religion
  3. ^ Goldstein Prize
  4. ^ "Israeli Officials Honor Longtime Zionist Leader," The New York Times, June 28, 1976, p. 14
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  6. ^ Israel Goldstein Prize
  • The Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem site. Office of Israel Goldstein (S57), Personal papers (A364) and his photograph collection (PHIG)