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Jewish mayors outside of Israel

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  • Monroe Evans (deceased)
  • David Magee (1849 - d.)
    David Magee became mayor of Sioux City, Iowa, and later sheriff of Woodbury County. He also served as an alderman.
  • Charles Melville Louisson (1841 - 1924)
    Born in London, relocated to Australia as a teenager and worked in farming and on the gold fields. Moved to Christchurch to join his brother Alfred, later joined by brother Cecil and they bought a br...
  • Norman Coleman, Jr.
    Norman Bertram "Norm" Coleman, Jr. (born August 17, 1949) is an American lobbyist, attorney and politician. He was a United States senator from Minnesota from 2003 to 2009. Coleman was elected in 200...

The purpose of this project is to be able to have a list of all of the Jewish Mayors outside of Israel. This project will be listed by continent, then by country and finally town or city.

Africa

South Africa

Cape Town

Johannesburg

Pietersburg

Australasia

Australia

Bendigo, VIC

  • Daniel Barnet Lazarus - At 26 he was the youngest mayor in Victoria when elected in 1893 and the first locally born mayor of Bendigo.

Melbourne, VIC

Tamworth, NSW

New Zealand

Christchurch

  • Charles Melville Louisson, first became a Christchurch City Councillor for six years (1881-1887) before being elected mayor in 1887-1889 and 1897-1899.

Europe

Ireland

Cork

Dublin

  • Ben Briscoe, Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin for one term, 1988-1989
  • Bob Briscoe, First Jewish Lord Mayor of Dublin, serving two terms - 1956-1957 and 1961-1962

Netherlands

Groningen

United Kingdom

Belfast

Liverpool

  • Charles Mozley (1863-1864)
  • Louis Samuel Cohen (1899-1900)
  • Cyril Eric Carr, C.B.E. (1981) Died in office on 1 November 1981
  • Edwin M. Clein (2000-2001)
  • Ron Gould (2003-2004)
  • Alan Dean (2005-2006)

London

  • Sir Benjamin Samuel Phillips, first Jewish Alderman and was Lord Mayor of London, serving in 1865. Also served as Sheriff of the City of London before becoming Lord Mayor.
  • Sir David Salomons, first Jewish Lord Mayor of London, serving in 1855. Also was the first Jewish Sheriff of the City of London

North America

Canada

Toronto

  • Mel Lastman, first Jewish mayor of the current City of Toronto, and the only Jewish mayor of the former City of North York

Vancouver

  • David Oppenheimer, first Jewish Mayor and the second Mayor of Vancouver. Before becoming Mayor, he was one of the founding Alderman. Held office from 1888 to 1891.

USA

Anchorage, Alaska

  • Leopold David (1920-1923), first mayor of the city
  • Zachariah Joshua "Zack" Loussac (1882–1965), mayor from 1948 to 1951.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Robert J. Harris, mayor (1969-1973)
  • Elizabeth Brater, (1991-1993) first female mayor

Annapolis, Maryland

  • Joshua J. Cohen, 2009-2013

Asbury Park, New Jersey

  • Ray Kramer

Ashland, Kentucky

  • David Aronberg, mayor 1952-1955 and 1960-1964

Atlanta, Georgia

  • Sam Massell, Jr., 1969-1973

Atlantic City, New Jersey

  • Harry Bacharach, 5-time Mayor (1912 for 6 months, 1916-1920, 1930-1935)
  • Joseph Aaron Lazarow, 1976 to 1982.

Austin, Texas

  • Jeffrey Friedman, elected 1975

Beverly Hills, California

  • Jamshid "Jimmy" Delshad, 2007-2008 and 2010-2011
  • Barry Brucker, 2008-2009 and 2011-2012
  • Nancy Krasne, 2009-2010
  • Lili Bosse, 2014-present

Boise, Idaho

  • Moses Alexander, 1897-1899 and 1901-1903.

Burlington, Vermont

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chicago, Illinois

Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Walton (Walt) Bachrach, mayor 1960-1967.
  • Julius Fleischmann, heir to the yeast company and one of the city's youngest mayors
  • Murray Seasongood was chosen by the city council to be Mayor from 1926 to 1930.
  • Jerry Springer was chosen by the city council to be Mayor for one year, 1977-1978

Circleville, Ohio

Columbia, South Carolina

  • Mordecai De Leon, 1833-1836
  • Henry Lyons, 1850-1855
  • Abraham Alexander, 1897-1899
  • Oscar Alexander, 1931-1937

Corpus Christi, Texas

  • Albert Lichtenstein, 1953-1954

Dallas, Texas

  • Adlene Harrison On February 11, 1976, Adlene Harrison became the acting mayor of Dallas after the presiding mayor's resignation. She was the first Jewish woman to become mayor of a major American city, as well as the first woman mayor of Dallas.
  • Annette Strauss In office from 1987-1991.
  • Laura Miller, 2002-2007

Deadwood, South Dakota

  • Solomon Star

Dermott, Arkansas

Donaldsonville, Louisiana

  • Marx Schoenberg was appointed mayor in 1870 and murdered on election day, Nov 8, 1870.
  • Solomon Weinschenck (1872 and 1874)
  • Myer Lemann (1881)
  • Walter Lemann (1912)

Durham, North Carolina

  • Emanuel J. "Mutt" Evans, served as the mayor of Durham, North Carolina for six consecutive terms from 1951 to 1963. Mayor Evans was married to Sarah Nachamson, sister of Doris and Naomi.

El Paso, Texas

  • Solomon Schutz, 1880-1881
  • Adolph Krakauer, 1889 (had to resign after two months when it was discovered that he was not yet a citizen.)

Englewood, NJ

  • Steve Rothman

Enid, Oklahoma

  • Joseph Meibergen, 1897-1901

Farmington Hills, Michigan

  • Vicki Barnett, 2003-2007

Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • Monroe Evans (Mutt's brother - see Durham, NC) elected in 1965.

Fort Worth, Texas

  • Bayard Friedman, 1963-1965

Galveston, Texas

Gastonia, North Carolina

  • Leon Schneider, mayor of Gastonia from 1954-1957. Mayor Schneider was married to Naomi Nachamson, sister of Sarah and Doris.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Julius Houseman, two terms as mayor, 1872-1873 and 1874–1875

Hoboken, New Jersey

  • Dawn Zimmer, 2009-present, first female mayor.

Huntington, West Virginia

  • Harold L. Frankel, Mayor of Huntington for four terms - in 1957 to 1958, 1958 to 1959, 1974 to 1975, and 1977 to 1978. An interesting note is that Mayor Frankel was married to Doris "Dodi" Nachamson of North Carolina. Two other Nachamson sisters were married to the Jewish mayors of the Southern towns of Durham and Gastonia, North Carolina.

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Stephen Goldsmith, mayor 1992-2000

Iowa City, Iowa

  • Moses Bloom

Jefferson, Texas

Jersey City, New Jersey

  • Charles K. Krieger, mayor for three months in 1971

Kansas City, Missouri

  • Richard L. Berkley (born Richard L. Berkowitz), 1979 to 1991.

Kinderhook, New York

Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Oscar Goodman
  • Carolyn Goldmark Goodman, Wife of Oscar, succeeded him as mayor

Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Jonas Levy (1860-1864)
  • Frederick Kramer (1873-1875 & 1881-1887)

Los Angeles, California

Louisville, Kentucky

  • Jerry Edwin Abramson, longest serving Mayor of Louisville, the only three-term mayor of the old city of Louisville (1986-1999) and two terms as the first mayor of the consolidated city-county of Louisville Metro (2003-2011).

Madison, Wisconsin

  • Paul Soglin, currently serving

Mamaroneck, New York

  • Suzi Oppenheimer, 1977–1985

Marianna, Florida

  • Henry Brash, first Jewish mayor of a Florida city, 1879

Maui County, Hawaii

  • Linda Lingle, the youngest person elected to the office of Maui County Mayor, at the age of 37, as well as the first woman.

Memphis, Tennessee

  • Henry Loeb III, mayor 1960-1963 and 1968-1971

Miami, Florida

  • Abe Aronovitz, mayor 1953-1955

Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Arthur Naftalin, first & only Jewish mayor, 1961-1969.

Mobile, Alabama

  • Lazarus Schwarz (1911-1915)
  • Leon Schwarz (1926, 1932, 1933)

Montgomery, Alabama

  • Henry Faber (1870-1875)
  • Mordecai Moses (1875-1881)

New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Martin Behrman, longest-serving mayor in New Orleans history - 1904-1920, 1925-26

New York City

Newark, New Jersey

  • Meyer C. Ellenstein, 1933-1941.

Newton, Massachusetts

  • Theodore D. Mann, the longest-serving mayor and the first Jewish mayor (1972-1994).

Omaha, Nebraska

  • Edward Zorinsky, mayor, 1973-1977.

Paducah, Kentucky

  • Meyer Weil, 1871-1875, 1877-1881

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Bernard Samuel, 1941-1952
  • Ed Rendell, 1992-1999

Phoenix, Arizona

  • Phil Gordon, mayor 2004-2012

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Sophie Masloff who was 70 years old when she took office. Her image as a "little Jewish grandmother" made her a well liked figure. She was the first woman to hold that office. Held office from 1988 to 1994
  • Samuel Pettigrew, who held office from 1832 to 1836. He was appointed by City Council and then won the first mayoral election.

Plano, Texas

  • Florence Shapiro, 1990-1992

Portland, Oregon

  • Joseph Simon, mayor 1909-1911
  • Neil Goldschmidt, mayor 1973-1979
  • Vera Katz, 1993 to 2005

Prescott, Arizona

  • Sam Steiger, 1999 – 2001

Red Bank, New Jersey

  • Katherine Elkus White, mayor 1951 to 1956.

Richmond, Virginia

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Salt Lake City, UT

  • Louis Marcus - city's only Jewish mayor

San Diego, California

  • Susan Golding, first Jewish mayor, 1992-2000
  • Bob Filner, December 2012 until August 2013.

San Francisco, California

  • Washington Montgomery Bartlett, 1883 to 1887.
  • Adolph Sutro, 24th mayor, held office for one term (January 7, 1895 – January 3, 1897)
  • Dianne Feinstein

Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Arthur Seligman, mayor (19th c)

Savannah, Georgia

  • Herman Myers, 43rd and first Jewish Mayor, held office for 5 two-year terms (1895-1897, 1899-1907)
  • Susan Weiner, first female mayor (1992-1996)

Schenectady, New York

Seattle, Washington

  • Bailey Gatzert, first Jewish mayor (1879-1880)

Selma, Alabama

  • Simon Maas (1887-1889)
  • Marcus Meyer (1895-1899)
  • Louis Benish (1915-1920)

Shreveport, Louisiana

  • Samuel Levy, 1873
  • Ben Holzman, 1900-1902
  • Ernest Bernstein, 1906-1908

Sioux City, Iowa

South Highlands Village, Louisiana

Tampa, Florida

  • Herman Glogowski, 4-term mayor from 1886-1893
  • Sandra Warshaw Freedman, first female mayor

Tucson, Arizona

  • Jonathan Rothschild, mayor (2011-present)

Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Meyera E. Oberndorf, 1988-2009, first woman mayor and longest-serving mayor

White Plains, New York

  • Seymour Jerome "Sy" Schulman - 1993-1997

Woodbridge, New Jersey

Worcester, Massachusetts

  • Joseph C. Casdin
  • Jordan Levy, mayor (1980-1981 & 1988-1993)

York, Pennsylvania

  • Betty Marshall, mayor (1978-1982)

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