Shlomo Zalman Shragai

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Shlomo Zalman Shragai
Mayor of Jerusalem
In office
Preceded by Daniel Auster
Succeeded by Yitzhak Kariv
Personal details
Born (1899-12-00)December 1899
Gorzkowice, Poland
Died 1 September 1995(1995-09-01) (aged 95)
Jerusalem, Israel
Political party Hapoel HaMizrachi

Shlomo Zalman Shragai (Hebrew: זלמן שרגאי‎, 1899–1995) was an Israeli politician and Jerusalem's first elected mayor.

Shragai was born into a Polish Orthodox Jewish family in Gorzkowice in 1899. He then became active in the religious Zionist movement and settled in Palestine in 1924,[1] already playing an important political role before Israel's founding in 1948.

In 1950, Shragai was elected mayor of Jerusalem, a position he held for two years.[2] He then became the head of immigration of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. This was a time of extensive immigration to Israel from Muslim countries, so he often went on clandestine trips to these countries to obtain the release of the Jews living there. He served as honorary world president of Hapoel HaMizrachi movement.[3]


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