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Chaim Levanon ( ) (1899 - 1986) was an Israelimarker politician and mayor of Tel Avivmarker between April 13, 1953 and 1959.

Personal life

Levanon was born in Krakówmarker, Polandmarker, in 1899 as Chaim Yosef Levinstein. After graduating from a yeshiva, he studied agricultural engineering at the Jagiellonian University.

He made aliyah in 1927 and taught at the Ehad HaAm gymnasium in Petah Tikvamarker. In 1928 he married Miriam Levit Shamrot.

Political activity

Levanon was one of the founders of the General Zionists youth movement, and later one of its leaders. He also founded and headed the Civilian Housing organization. In 1936 he served as the chairman of the election committee in Tel Aviv and the secretary-general of the General Zionists' labor union.

In 1951 he was elected to Tel Aviv's city council and served as the deputy mayor from 1952. Due to Israel Rokach's resignation and ministerial appointment, he was elected mayor by the city council on April 13, 1953. In 1955, Levanon was publicly re-elected into office.

Levanon was the main founder of the Tel Aviv Universitymarker, which he helped advance even after his mayoral tenure, and one of its main streets was named after him following his death.

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