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Jewish mayors outside of Israel

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  • Annette Strauss (1924 - 1998)
    Annette Strauss (January 26, 1924 – December 14, 1998) was a philanthropist and a former mayor of Dallas. The Annette Strauss Artist Square in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas is na...
  • Benjamin H. Gordon (1904 - 1986)
    Ben Gordon was mayor of Circleville, Ohio, for many years.
  • Julius Koenig (1879 - 1928)
    Served as mayor (burgomeister) of Pietersburg in South Africa.
  • Joseph Rabinowitz (1873 - 1958)

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.


South Africa

Cape Town





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





  • 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



United Kingdom



  • 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)


  • 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



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


  • 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.


Atlantic City, New Jersey

Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 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

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

Donaldsonville, Louisiana

  • Marx Schoenberg was appointed mayor in 1870 and murdered on election day, Nov 8, 1870.

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.

Gastonia, North Carolina

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

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.

Jefferson, Texas

Kinderhook, New York

New York City

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.

Richmond, Virginia

San Francisco, California

  • Adolph Sutro, 24th and first Jewish Mayor, held office for one term (January 7, 1895 – January 3, 1897)

Savannah, Georgia

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

Schenectady, New York

Woodbridge, New Jersey