Rabbi Jacob Meir
(1856 - 1939)
Rabbi Jacob Meir was born in Jerusalem in 1856. Meir became the first Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Meir was
at the forefront of the cause to revive Hebrew as a living language. He was chosen Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem in 1911.
When the office of Chief Rabbi of Palestine was established in 1921,
he was elected to fill the post with the title Rishon Le-Zion (First
to Zion). Rabbi Meir was awarded the French Legion of Honor and received
decorations from British, Turkish and Greek governments as well as
Hussein, king of Hejaz.
Sources: Bard, Mitchell G. and Moshe Schwartz. 1001
Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel. Rowman & Littlefield