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Jewish mayors outside of Israel

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  • Edward Zorinsky, U.S. Senator (1928 - 1987)
    Edward Zorinsky, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebr., November 11, 1928; attended the public schools; attended the University of Minnesota 1945-1946, and Creighton (Nebr.) Uni...
  • Abraham David Beame (1906 - 2001)
    Abraham David "Abe" Beame was mayor of New York City from 1974 to 1977. As such, he presided over the city during the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s, during which the city was almost forced to declare ...
  • Henry Loeb, III (1920 - 1992)
  • Benjamin Andrew Briscoe
    Was Lord Mayor of Dublin for one term - 1988-1989. Ben Briscoe (born 11 March 1934) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for 37 years, representing a ser...

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

  • Hyman Liberman, Mayor from September 22, 1904 to September 19, 1907
  • Louis Gradner, Mayor from September 7, 1933 to November 5, 1935
  • Abe Bloomberg, Mayor from September 7, 1945 to September 5, 1947
  • Fritz Sonnenberg, Mayor from September 7, 1951 to September 4, 1953
  • Alf Honikman, Mayor from September 7, 1961 to September 9, 1963
  • Walter Gradner, Mayor from September 3, 1965 to September 7, 1967
  • Richard Friedlander, Mayor from September 3, 1971 to September 6, 1973
  • David Bloomberg, Mayor from September 6, 1973 to September 8, 1975
  • Ted Mauerberger, Mayor from September 6, 1977 to September 6, 1979
  • Louis Kreiner, Mayor from September 6, 1979 to September 18, 1981
  • Solly Kreiner, Mayor from September 6, 1983 to September 3, 1985
  • Leon Markovitz, Mayor from September 3, 1985 to September 10, 1987
  • Patricia Sulcas Kreiner, Mayor from September 1993 to February 1995

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)

Salford, Manchester

  • Sir Sidney Hamburger

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

Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec

  • Anthony Housefather, Mayor from November 7, 2005 to November 4, 2015
  • Robert Libman, Mayor from 1998 to 2001. He then became Borough Mayor of Côte-Saint-Luc–Hampstead–Montreal West and held this position until 2005.

Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec

  • Gerald "Gerry" Weiner, Mayor from 1982 until he was elected to as an MP in 1988.

Edmonton, Alberta

  • Stephen Mandel, Mayor from October 26, 2004 to October 29, 2013.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Leonard Arthur Kitz, first Jewish Mayor serving from 1955 to 1957.

Hampstead, Quebec

  • William "Bill" Steinberg, Mayor since 2006

Kingston, Ontario

  • Harvey Rosen, Mayor from December 1, 2003 to November 30, 2010

Kitchener, Ontario

  • Morley Rosenberg, first and only Jewish Mayor serving from 1977 to 1982.

Melfort, Saskatchewan

  • Norman Vickar, was Mayor for 7 years.

Mississauga, Ontario

  • Martin Dobkin, First and only Jewish Mayor of the City of Mississauga serving from 1974 to 1976.

Montreal, Quebec

  • Michael Applebaum, First Jewish Mayor of Montreal, selected by City Councillors to become the 42nd Mayor of Montreal. Held office from November 16, 2012 until he resigned on June 18, 2013 after being arrested and indicted on 14 charges including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust and corruption in municipal affairs. He was also Borough Mayor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace from January 1, 2002 to November 21, 2012.
  • Russell Copeman, Borough Mayor for Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace from November 14, 2013.

North York, Ontario

  • Vernon M. Singer, Reeve of the Township of North York from 1957 to 1958.

Ottawa, Ontario

  • Lorry Greenberg, 1975 to 1978

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • Sidney Buckwold, Mayor from 1958 to 1963 and again from 1967 to 1971.
  • Robert Mitford Pinder. Mayor from 1935 to 1938.

Sudbiry, Ontario

  • Max Silverman, Mayor from January until he died on October 5, 1966.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

  • Saul Laskin, First and only Jewish Mayor from 1970 to 1972. Also served as the last mayor of Port Arthur from 1962 to 1969.

Toronto, Ontario

  • Nathan Phillips, 1955 to 1962
  • Philip Givens, 1963 to 1966
  • Mel Lastman, first Jewish mayor of the current City of Toronto, and the only Jewish mayor of the former City of North York. He held the position of North York Mayor from January 1, 1973 until he became Mayor of Toronto on January 1, 1998. He retired as Mayor on November 30, 2003.

Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 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.

Windsor, Ontario

  • David A. Croll, Mayor from 1931 to 1934 and again from 1939 to 1940.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Sam Katz, Mayor from June 22, 2004 to November 3, 2014

York, Ontario

  • Philip White, Mayor serving from 1970 to 1978.

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
  • Steve Adler. elected 2014

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

Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Sidney A. Katz

Galveston, Texas

  • Michael Seeligson, 1853
  • Isaac Herbert Kempner, mayor (1917-1919), founder of Imperial Sugar
  • Barbara Crews, mayor, 1990-1996

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

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

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)

South America

Argentina

Mar del Plata

  • Daniel Katz

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