Isaac Leib Goldberg

Isaac Leib Goldberg (February 7, 1860 – September 14, 1935)[1] was a Zionist leader and philanthropist in both Israel and the Russian Empire. An early member of the Hovevei Zion movement (1882) he also founded the Ohavei Zion society.[2] Goldberg was a delegate to the First Zionist Congress and the founder of two Hebrew newspapers, Ha’aretz (Israel’s oldest daily newspaper) and Ha’am.

In 1903 the first plot of land for the Jewish National Fund was given as a gift by Goldberg for growing olives in Israel.[6] In 1908 he purchased the first plot of land on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem for the future Hebrew University. Isaac Leib Goldberg also helped create the Geulah Company for private land acquisition and sale in Israel, and the Carmel Company for sale of Jewish wine.[7]

In 1919 he co-founded the newspaper Haaretz in Jerusalem.