Mordechai Surkis

Mordechai Surkis (Hebrew: מרדכי סורקיס‎, 21 January 1908 – 26 May 1995) was an Israeli politician who was the first mayor of Kfar Saba, as well as serving as a member of the Knesset for Rafi and its successors between 1965 and 1974.

Mordechai Surkis
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Faction represented in the Knesset
1968–1969Labor Party
Personal details
Born21 January 1908
Stanyslaviv, Austria-Hungary
Died26 May 1995(1995-05-26) (aged 87)


Born in Stanyslaviv in Austria-Hungary (today Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine, from 1919 to 1939 in Poland), Surkis made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1933. He became a member of the Haganah, and during World War II, served in the Jewish Brigade.

In 1951 he became head of Kfar Saba local council, becoming the city's first mayor in 1962, a position he held until 1965. Between 1959 and 1965 he also chaired the Local Government Association.[1] A member of the Mapai central committee, he joined Rafi in 1965 when it was formed by a group of breakaway Mapai members headed by David Ben-Gurion. Later in the year he was elected to the Knesset on the Rafi list. He retained his seat in the 1969 elections, by which time Rafi had merged into the Alignment, but lost his seat in the 1973 elections.

He died in 1995 at the age of 87.


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