Levine Michael
Born: 1894
Residence in the Village:
Departed to:
Died: 1965
Belonging to Group
Levine Asher
Levine (Goldblat) Dvorah
Cahan Arye
Cahan Elka
    Levine Michael   Levine (Kahan) Hanna    

Michael Levine was born in Rishon Le-Zion. He studied at the village's elementary school ("Haviv") and at the "Herzliah" High School in Tel-Aviv. He was a farmer from his youth. He used to ride on his horse to "Bitzat Rubin" (today, Ayanot) to his father's orange grove where he did everything: beginning with the dirty work (cultivation, irrigation) and professional work (grafting) and ending with managing and attending to financial matters. Because of the expertise he acquired, he was later placed in charge of managing the failing orange grove of Goldberg (a Zionist who did much to redeem the land), planted orange groves and hired only Jewish workers. Michael Levine succeeded to restore the orange grove by overcoming the difficulties caused by the inexperienced Jewish workers.
Due to his success, he was appointed by the "Netaim" Association as their representative in Hedera to manage the association's vast property there. Michael set before him the goal of proving that citrus growing in the country enabled, at the same time, earning a proper income, building up the country and enhancing the prestige of Jewish labor.
Continuing his agricultural way of life, Michael Levine returned to Rishon Le-Zion to the joint farm of the "Levine Bros.", the sons of Asher Levine.
He was one of the first volunteers to the "Gdud Haivri" (Jewish Regiment) in 1918. Upon his discharge, he was among the first members of the "Hagana" (Defense) organization and devoted himself to the problems of guarding the settlements and organizing a security system. For ten years he stood at the head of the defense of the village (1929-1939).
From 1929 and for several years intermittently, Michael Levine was a member of the "Vaad Hachaklai" (Agricultural Committee) and was appointed its chairman (1933-1935). He was a member of the board of the Farmers Union, one of the founders of the Farmers' Treasury and a member of its administration. He was one of the founders of the Farmers' Society and a member of its council. From the end of the 1920's, together with his father, Asher Levine, he represented the village's citrus growers on the "Pardess" Society and served as its council member, a member and chairman of its Inspection Committee, member of its "Vaad Hapoel" (Worker's committee) and chairman of its "Association Council".
Michael Levine was nominated several times to serve as a member of the Village Committee and Local Council of Rishon Le-Zion and in 1936 served as the Council's chairman. In the order of the appointment by the governor of the south, Crosby, it is written as follows: "In the capacity of my authority, as written in paragraph 3 of the election orders of the Rishon Le-Zion Local Council which was published in the official newspaper no. 272 from the first day of December 1930, I herewith nominate you, Mr. Michael Levine, to be president of the Local Council of Rishon Le-Zion, for a period of two years, from November 27, 1936".
Michael Levine served as head of the Local Council from 1936-1939.
As head of the Council he dealt with the sand-dune trials which were held between the Arabs and the British Mandate and succeeded to bring them to an end; extended the assets of the council and its institutions; increased the planting of ornamental trees in the village; the use of public carts for the removal of garbage from the yards was installed; sidewalks of the main streets were paved.
Michael Levine, as head of the Local Council, is a signatory of the "Honorary Citizen" certificates awarded to Z.D. Levontin and Gluskin.