Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan (1880-1947)

Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan was born Meir Berlin in Volozhin, Russia, where he later studied. As a young man he joined the Mizrachi movement and voted against the Uganda Scheme. He lived in the United States from 1915-1925 where he was president of the U.S. Mizrachi and served on the board of directors of the Jewish National Fund. In 1926 Bar-Ilan settled in Jerusalem where he was president of the World Mizrachi Center. He advocated civil disobediance and complete non-cooperation of the Jewish population toward the British. He published newspapers and wrote many books. Bar-Ilan University near Tel-Aviv is named in his honor.