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Jacob Halevy Dead at 79

Jacob Halevy, for many years a leading figure in the World Jewish Congress and in British Zionist circles, died last Thursday at the age of 79. Born in Rishon le Zion, Halevy was the youngest volunteer in the Jewish Legion in World War I.

As a student in England, he helped to found the Federation of Zionist Students. He later made his mark as a pioneer of modern Hebrew education in Britain, first with a school in Manchester and then, for many years, as founder and headmaster of Wittingehame College, Sussex, a public school which attempted to synthesize Hebrew and Jewish culture.

Halevy was a member of the World Jewish Congress’ World Executive and chairman of its British section. A leading General Zionist, he was also a chairman of the British Zionist Federation.