Jacob de Haas

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Jacob de Haas (13 August 1872 – 21 March 1937) was a Jewish journalist and an early leader of the Zionist movement, who propagated the movement in the United States.


De Haas was born in London in 1872. He was the secretary of the First Zionist Congress and he introduced Theodor Herzl to the UK in the Jewish World newspaper. At the Third Zionist Congress in 1899, he and L. J. Greenberg were elected as members of the Zionist Organization's Propaganda Committee.[1]

He moved to the United States in 1902. Theodor Herzl had suggested to Richard Gottheil that he hire de Haas as the new secretary of the Federation of American Zionists (FAZ) to replace Stephen Samuel Wise. De Haas assumed the leadership of the fragmented American Zionist movement. One of his best known relationships was his friendship with Louis Brandeis, the most widely known and admired secular Jew in America. De Haas introduced Brandeis to the ideas of Theodor Herzl and ideals of Zionism. After a relatively short period of examination and self-examination, Louis Brandeis became an ardent, committed Zionist in 1908. More importantly, Brandeis would head the FAZ and the American Zionist movement by 1912.[2] He died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on 21 March 1937 after a lengthy illness.[3]

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  1. ^ Nahum Sokolow, History of Zionism 1600-1918, p.xliii (1919)
  2. ^ [1] Richard Gottheil, the Reluctant Father of American Zionism
  3. ^ "Jacob De Haas, Herzl Collaborator, Dead Here at 64". JTA. 23 March 1937. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 

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