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Burg, Yosef

Born: 1909 AD
Died: 1999 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Politician

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.