Aryeh Louis Pincus
(1912 - 1973)
Born in South Africa, Aryeh Louis Pincus studied law and economics and
practiced law there from 1934 to 1948. He was chairman of South Africa's
Zionist Socialist Party and a co-founder of the country's Habonim chapter.
He represented the Labor Zionist Party at the Zionist Congress of 1946, and
two years later he moved to Israel.
In Israel, Pincus first worked in the Department of Transportation, and from
1949 to 1956 he was the first managing director of El-Al. He then
practiced law in Tel Aviv and was involved in several political
organizations, Zionist fundraising, and the Zionist Congress. He also
served as chairman of the board of Tel Aviv University.
Pincus's work with the Jewish Agency spanned many years and key positions, including chairman of the finance and budget committee, member of the executive, and treasurer. He was primarily responsible for the
restructuring of the Jewish Agency in 1969, which involved consolidation of
several departments and a reduction in the number of executive members. He also helped the Agency define its areas of focus, specifically in its
division of labor with the World Zionist Organization.
Pincus emphasized the links between Israel and the Diaspora, and often was
a representative of one side towards the other. He recognized the
importance of fundraising, and beyond that, of developing Jewish community
leaders to translate projects into reality. He was heavily involved in the
aliyah department and in the struggle for Soviet Jewry.
Sources: The Pedagogic
Center, The Department for Jewish Zionist Education, The Jewish Agency for
Israel, (c) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, Director: Dr. Motti Friedman, Webmaster: