Reuven Sheri

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Reuven Sheri
Reuven Sheri.jpg
Date of birth 7 April 1903
Place of birth Comrat, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1925
Date of death 6 July 1989 (aged 86)
Knessets 1, 2
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1955 Mapai

Reuven Sheri (Hebrew: ראובן שרי‎‎, born Reuven Shraibman on 7 April 1903, died 6 July 1989) was a Russian-born Israeli politician.


Born in Comrat in Bessarabia Governorate, Russian Empire (now in Moldova), Sheri received a traditional Hebrew primary education, before attending high school in Chişinău. He later studied law at university and was amongst the founders of the Romanian branch of Tzeiri Zion.

In 1925 he made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine, where he joined the Haganah. He served as secretary of the Kfar Saba Workers Council between 1930 and 1934, and later had spells as secretary of the workers councils of Rehovot (1934–1943) and Jerusalem (1943–1949). During the Siege of Jerusalem in 1948 he was a member of the Jerusalem Committee. In the same year he became a member of Jerusalem City Council, and served as Deputy Mayor until 1951.

A member of the Mapai central committee, in 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset on the party's list. On 2 April 1951 he became the country's first ever Deputy Minister, when he was appointed Deputy Minister of Transportation in the second government.

He was re-elected in 1951, but lost his deputy post. In the 1955 elections he lost his Knesset seat. The following year he returned to Jerusalem City Council, but left it in 1958. From 1957 until 1968 he worked for the Ministry of Labour, where he was head of Labour Relations.

He died in 1989 at the age of 86.



  1. ^ "Recipients of Yakir Yerushalayim award (in Hebrew)".  City of Jerusalem official website

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