Murray Greenfield

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Murray S. Greenfield is an American-born Israeli writer and publisher.


In Israel, Greenfield began working in Haifa, seeking foreign investors to deposit capital in the Palestinian Economic Corporation. In the early days of Israel’s existence, most philanthropists only thought of donating charity to poverty-stricken immigrants.

Greenfield later settled in Tel Aviv with his bride, Hana Lustig. He was one of the founding members of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI), wherein he later served as executive director. Under his directorship, the AACI flourished; Greenfield pioneered and established loan funds, a mortgage company, and a variety of housing projects in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and kibbutzim.

Greenfield was always involved in public service, but the cause to which he dedicated the most time to was rescuing Ethiopian Jewry; he was volunteer director for seven years of the American Association for Ethiopian Jewry (AAEJ).

In 1981, Greenfield founded Gefen Publishing House, later taken over by his son, Dror and Ilan. After Dror’s passing in 2003, Ilan continued to run the company. Today, Gefen publishes up to 35 titles a year and is the main English language publisher in Israel.


Hana and Murray Greenfield have three children, Meira, Dror, and Ilan; and ten grandchildren, all of whom live in Israel.


In 2010 his best-known book, which he spent more than a decade researching, The Jews' Secret Fleet,[1] was published, about the participation of North American sailors in Aliyah Bet. He was himself was just such a volunteer participant. The then-illegal vessels brought more than half of the Holocaust survivors from displaced persons camps to Palestine, over which the British gave up the British Mandate of Palestine, after which the United Nations voted to establish Israel.

In 1973, Greenfield published a book along with his wife titled How to be an Oleh, or Things the Jewish Agency Never Told You. He founded and contributed editorially to Israel's first-ever English language magazine, FrontPage, and later a monthly titled Rossvet, aimed at Russian immigrants. Hana, a Holocaust survivor, wrote Fragments of Memory, which has been published in six languages. Together they founded the Czech Torah Network.

  • Greenfield, Murray S (196?). Is there an art of Israel. Murray S. Greenfield Gallery. OCLC 9222449.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Greenfield, Murray S (1973). How to be an oleh, or, Things the Jewish Agency never told you. Israel Press. OCLC 234129906. 
  • Greenfield, Murray S; Hochstein, Joseph M (1987). The Jews' Secret Fleet: The Untold Story of North American Volunteers Who Smashed the British Blockade of Palestine. Jerusalem and New York: Gefen Publishing House. ISBN 978-965-229-517-0. 


In 2008 a documentary film directed by Alan Rosenthal was released titled Waves of Freedom, which features Murray Greenfield. Rosenthal was inspired to create the documentary after reading Greenfield's book The Jews’ Secret Fleet, which features an introduction by Sir Martin Gilbert. The Jews’ Secret Fleet has achieved great success, and a new edition was published in 2010.