||Toporovski Itzhak Leib
The founder, Itzhak Leib Toporovsky, was born in Biktrinoslev, Russia. In 1876, at the age of 16, he left his family home on his way to Eretz Israel via Constantinople, Turkey, where he worked as an apprentice to a blacksmith and built coppers. He was a founder of Rishon Le Zion and the youngest of the first settlers on the lands of Rishon Le Zion.
He was a farmer and blacksmith. As blacksmith of the young village he did all the ironmongering and welding. Also the local Arabs would bring him their tools for repair and their work animals for shoeing. In the course of time he became a specialist in the healing of animals and the purchase of cattle. He bored the first well in the village, the well at the bottom of the hill. For a while he was the expert in the locksmith's workshop in the winery. Together with others (Asher Levin, Shmuel Ostoshinsky) he redeemed land.
He played the saxaphone in the village orchestra. He set up the first movie house in the country and all his family helped in running it.