Yeshayahu Foerder

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Yeshayahu Foerder
Date of birth 25 March 1901
Place of birth Charlottenburg, Germany
Year of aliyah 1933
Date of death 9 June 1970(1970-06-09) (aged 69)
Knessets 1, 2, 3
Faction represented in Knesset
1949–1957 Progressive Party

Dr Yeshayahu Foerder (Hebrew: ישעיהו פורדר‎‎, March 25, 1901 – June 9, 1970) was a German-Israeli lawyer and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the Progressive Party between 1949 and 1957.


Born in Charlottenburg in Germany, Foerder studied economics and law at Freiburg, Heidelberg and Königsberg universities, gaining a law doctorate in 1916. He worked as a lawyer in Berlin between 1926 and 1932, and was a member of the directorate and the political secretary of the Zionist Organisation of Germany.

He made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1933, and the following year was one of the founders of the Rassco housing company, of which he became general director. He also became chairman of the board of directors at Bank Leumi.

Foerder served as a delegate to the Assembly of Representatives for the New Aliyah Party. Following independence in 1948, he worked as an overseer of foodstuffs.

In the first elections in 1949 he was elected to the Knesset on the Progressive Party list (the successor to the New Aliyah Party). Although he lost his seat in the July 1951 elections, he returned to the Knesset on 10 September that year as a replacement for Avraham Granot.[1] He retained his seat in the 1955 elections, but resigned from the Knesset on 28 October 1957, in order to become head of the Bank Leumi of Israel. He was replaced by Yohanan Cohen.[2] He died on 9 June 1970.


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