(1864 - 1941)
Born in Jerusalem, David Yellin studied at the Etz Hayim yeshiva and
in 1882 became a maverick when he enrolled at the Alliance Israelite
Universelle school where he later became a teacher.
In 1903, he was one of the organizers and first president of the
Teachers Association, and in 1912 became deputy director of the
Jerusalem teachers seminary. When the administration insisted that
the language of instruction be German, Yellin founded the Hebrew
Teachers Seminary and was its principal until his death.
A member of the Ottoman parliament (1913), he was also one of the
first public figures to join the Zionist movement openly. He
attended a Zionist Congress and in 1917, was exiled by the Turks to
Damascus. Active in the development of Jerusalem, he served on the
Town Council, was a deputy mayor and was also chairman of the Vaad
Leumi (National Council of the Jews of Palestine).
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: