Mordechai Virshubski

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Mordechai Virshubski
מרדכי וירשובסקי.jpg
Date of birth(1930-05-10)10 May 1930
Place of birthLeipzig, Germany
Year of aliyah1939
Date of death1 May 2012(2012-05-01) (aged 81)
Place of deathTel Aviv, Israel
Knessets9, 10, 11, 12
Faction represented in Knesset
1977–1978Democratic Movement for Change

Mordechai Virshuvski (Hebrew: מרדכי וירשובסקי‎, 10 May 1930 – 1 May 2012) was an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset (and as Deputy Speaker) for several parties between 1977 and 1992.


Born in Leipzig in Germany, Virshubski made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1939. He attended the Herzliya Hebrew High School in Tel Aviv, before going on to study law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, later being certified as a lawyer. From 1955 until 1966 he worked as a legal advisor to Mekorot, before becoming Tel Aviv City Council's legal advisor, a job he held until 1977.

In 1974 he was amongst the founders of Shinui, and was elected to the Knesset on the Democratic Movement for Change list (which Shinui was part of) in 1977. When the party split the following year, he stayed with the Shinui faction. He was re-elected in 1981 and 1984. On 5 August 1987 he left Shinui to join Ratz,[1] and was re-elected on the Ratz list in 1988, after which he became a Deputy Speaker. He lost his seat in the 1992 election, shortly after Ratz had formed an alliance with Shinui and Mapam named Meretz. Virshubski later was elected to the Tel Aviv City Council as a member of Ratz and later of the Greens.

Virshubski was married to Viola (née Israel), and together they have two children and five grandchildren.


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