Beinesh Epstein Dead at 85

– Beinesh Epstein, a writer, journalist and lifelong Zionist leader active in the United States and Israel, died here last Thursday at the age of 85. At the time of his death he was a lifetime member of the Actions Committee of the World Zionist Organization, a public affairs consultant to the Zionist Organization of America and a member of the World Executive of the Zionist-Revisionist organization.

His long career as a writer and speaker for the cause of Zionism and Israel was twice honored last year when he received the ZOA’ Louis Brandeis Award in October and the Jabotinsky Centennial Medal last November.

Epstein, who was a close friend and disciple of Zeev Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of the Zionist-Revisionist movement, was born in Lithuania to a long line of distinguished rabbis. As a youth, he organized yeshiva students for Zionist activities and after moving to Berlin he entered the publishing business. He came to the United States in 1926 where his father became a leading rabbi in St. Louis.

Epstein became a teacher, wrote for Yiddish newspapers and for a time broadcast a program of commentary on radio station WEVD. He was a member of the former American Zionist Council and headed the Jewish Desk of the Republican Party during Presidential campaigns in the 1940s and 1950s.

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