Berl Coralnik, Ex-chief of J. T. A. in Israel, Dies in Jerusalem; Was 64

Berl Coralnik, former chief correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in Israel, and doyen of the foreign press corps in this country, died here today from a heart ailment. He was 64 years old.

Born in the Ukraine, he came to Palestine in 1920, and settled in Jerusalem, where he worked for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for many years. He was also a member of the editorial staff of “Maariv,” Israel’s afternoon paper which enjoys the largest circulation in the country, and held his post there until the last day of his life.

He was a close friend of President Itzhak Ben Zvi and of practically every member of the Israel Cabinet. Himself avoiding affiliation with any political party, he was taken into confidence by leaders of every existing party in Israel. For many years he was president of the Journalists Association in Jerusalem, and executive member of the National Press Association. He wrote in Hebrew, English and Yiddish, and mastered also Russian, French and other languages.

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