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Burg, Yosef (Josef)

Born: 1909 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Politician

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1909 - Born on January 31st in Dresden, Germany. German-born Jewish rabbi and Israeli politician who was the longest-serving member of the Israeli Knesset.

1933 - Burg studied at the University of Berlin and earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Leipzig.

         - Ordained a rabbi at age 24, he was involved in the Zionist youth movement.

1939 - Emigrated to Palestine.

         - He taught at a high school in Tel Aviv, and after World War II he went to France, where he became director of an organization that aided Holocaust survivors.

1949 - Member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament), holding his seat from the Knesset's first session until his retirement.

         - He returned to Israel and was elected to the newly established Knesset.

1956 - Burg became a founding member of the moderate National Religious Party (Mafdal).

         - A cabinet minister under eight Israeli prime ministers, he was known for his attempts to heal rifts between religious and secular Jews in Israel.

1999 - Died on October 15th in Jerusalem.

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