Ya'akov Geri

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Ya'akov Geri
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Date of birth18 September 1901
Place of birthSeda, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah1934
Date of death18 December 1974(1974-12-18) (aged 73)
Ministerial roles
1950–1951Minister of Trade and Industry

Ya'akov Geri (Hebrew: יעקב גרי‎, born 18 September 1901, died 18 December 1974), also known as Jack Gering.[1] was an Israeli lawyer who served as Minister of Trade and Industry between November 1950 and October 1951, although he never was a Knesset member.

Born in Seda in the Russian Empire (today in Lithuania),[2] Geri later moved to South Africa. He studied law and humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg, and worked as a lawyer for several years before emigrating to Mandatory Palestine in 1934.[3] After arriving in Israel he initially worked for Dov Yosef's law firm before being appointed secretary of the Africa Palestine Investment Company in 1935.[3][4]

On 1 November 1950 Geri was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry in David Ben-Gurion's second government, a post he held until 8 October 1951. After his term as Minister he became head of a group of South African companies in Israel.[5]


  1. ^ "Israel Parliament to Vote Today on New Cabinet; Sharett Returns to Lake Success". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1 November 1950. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  2. ^ Josef Rosin (2009) Protecting Our Litvak Heritage: A History of 50 Jewish Communities in Lithuania, p274
  3. ^ a b Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel Volume 11, p3863 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ "Celebrations in South Africa Mark Observance of Dr. Weizmann's Birthday". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 8 December 1944. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Israeli Inflation "mastered" Former Trade Minister Says". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 12 February 1954. Retrieved 23 March 2013.

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