, Saint. George b. 275 d. April 23, 303 One of the most venerated saints of Christianity. He is remembered in connection with the legend about a dragon, which probably reflects his military career, adding traditional fantastical elements typical for the Middle Ages when the dragon was commonly used to represent evil. He is believed to have been born into a noble Christian family in the town of Lod, now in Israel. After his parents had died, George applied for a career as a soldier in the army of the Emperor Diocletian. When the...[Read More] (Bio by: julia&keld) St George Church, Lod, HaMerkaz (Center District), Israel
Golan, Menahem b. May 31, 1929 d. August 8, 2014 Director and Producer. Born Menahem Globus, he changed his surname for patriotic reasons to the Hebrew name of Golan upon serving in the Israeli Air Force during the country’s 1948 War of Independence. After finishing years of filmmaking studies at the Old Vic School, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and New York University, he returned to Israeli and directed for the stage. In 1963, he made his directorial debut on the Israeli film 'El Dorado' and the following year, he served as...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Menucha Nechona, Kfar Saba, HaMerkaz (Center District), Israel
Katzir, Ephraim b. May 16, 1916 d. May 30, 2009 Israeli President. Born Ephraim Katchalsky, he immigrated to Palestine in 1922 and became one of the first scientists to join the Weitzman Institute of Science. In 1973, as a Labour Party candidate, he was elected the fourth President of Israel, serving until 1978, when he retired and returned to academic life. He also received the Israel Prize for natural sciences in 1959 and was the first Israeli elected to the American Academy of Sciences. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Rehovot Cemetery, Rehovot, HaMerkaz (Central District), Israel
Tal, Gen. Israel 'Talik' b. September 13, 1924 d. September 8, 2010 Israeli General. An Armoured Cavalry commander, he was a noted military strategist and was the creator of his country's Merkava tank. Raised in Palestine, Tal served with the Royal Army's Jewish Brigade during World War II and was a junior officer in the 1948 War of Independence. He commanded a brigade during the 1956 Suez Crisis and a tank division in the 1967 Six-Day-War before heading the southern front in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. In 1970, with other countries reluctant to sell arms to...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Rehovot Cemetery, Rehovot, HaMerkaz (Central District), Israel
Weizmann, Chaim b. November 27, 1874 d. November 9, 1952 Israel President, Scientist. First President of Israel and noted chemist. Born in Motol, Russia in 1874, he received his education in bio-chemistry in Switzerland and Germany. In 1905 he moved to England, where he became active in political Zionism. He became famous when he developed a synthetic acetone to be used in the manufacture of TNT explosives critical to the Allied war effort. This brought him into close contact with British leaders, and enabled him to play a key role in the issue of...[Read More] Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, HaMerkaz (Center District), Israel Plot: Buried on the grounds of the institute.