Shmaryahu Levin

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Shmaryahu Levin, 1906
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Chairman of the National Committee, addresses the Zionist General Council Meeting in Jerusalem. From right to left: I. Rupaisen, Ben-Zion Mossinson, H. Farbstein, Nahum Sokolow, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Yosef Sprinzak, I. L. Goldberg, Shmaryahu Levin, Eliezer Kaplan (1935)

Shmaryahu Levin (Russian: Шмарьяху Левин; born 1867 in Svislach, Minsk Governorate; died 9 June 1935, Haifa), was a Jewish Zionist activist in the Russian Empire, then in Germany and in the United States, member of the first elected Russian Parliament for the Constitutional Democratic Party in 1906.

Levin served as a crown rabbi in the towns of Grodno (1896–97) and Ekaterinoslav (Dnipropetrovsk) from 1898 to 1904).[1][2]

He was elected to the 1906 First Duma. Levin left Russia for Germany immediately after the dispersal of the First Duma, then emigrated to America. Since 1908 he began advocating for the creation of the Haifa Technion.

Kfar Shmaryahu, an affluent Tel Aviv suburb, is named for him.


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