Zionist Review

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The Zionist Review was the official publication of the Zionist Federation. It was published between May 1917 and June 1927; 15 March 1934-1952 and 1982-1995. It was replaced by the Jewish Observer and Middle East Review between 1952 and 1977.


Under the editorship of Schneier Levenberg (1941-48) the Jewish Chronicle reported that: 'the "ZR" seems to be tending more and more towards becoming the mouthpiece of the General Zionist Party, although for a long time it appeared to give more prominence to Labour Zionist views'.[1] This was in the context of the announcement that Levenberg had just become a contributor to the new Poale Zion paper Jewish Vanguard as well as remaining as editor of the Zionist Review.[1]

Closure - 1952

The American Jewish Yearbook 1953, reported:

The replacement of the thirty-year-old Zionist Review by the Jewish Observer and Middle East Review under the editorship of Jon Kimche was a frank acknowledgment that a specifically Zionist organ could no longer stimulate readership and win solvency in Britain. The new journal, sponsored by the Zionist Federation, was inaugurated in March 1952, and represented a departure from the house organ style of its predecessor in favor of one of wider political significance. An interesting innovation was the Zionist Year Book, the first issue of which was published in October 1951.[2]


  • 1917-19 - Albert Montefiore Hyamson Joint Editor, Zionist Review[3]
  • Leon Simon[4] 'Sir Leon Simon, a close friend of Weizmann, was the first editor.'[5]
  • 1920-1926 and 1934-1938 - Paul Goodman Co-Editor[6]
  • 1934 - ? Rev. Maurice Perlzweig (1895-1985)[7] Co-editor from 15 March 1934 - [8]
  • Gabriel Cohen[4] Associate Editor from 15 march 1934.[8]
  • 1934 - Moshe Pearlman (Died April 1986) 'editor of the Zionist Review in the 1930s, working out of the London offices of the Jewish Agency'.[9] The Zionist Review had ceased publication in 1928 'but it reappeared in March 1934 in a new format as a weekly with Maurice Pearlman as editor'.[10] 'He spent a year in a kibbutz in 1936 and subsequently published his first book, Collective Adventure in 1938.' Pearlman 'had served with the British army in Greece with David Kessler before becoming a Haganah spokesman' in the 1940s.[9] He went on to become 'a well-known author, the first Israel Defense Force official spokesman, founder and first director of the Israel Government Press Office, and an early director of Israel Radio', He 'was a close adviser to Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. He was recalled to the army in the Six Day War, when he served with his friend, Moshe Dayan.'[11]
  • S Temkin[12]
  • 1941-1948 - Dr. S. Levenberg[13]
  • 1948-1950 - David Krivine editor of the Zionist Review 'Born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1919, Krivine studied at Oxford, and was wounded twice during World War II as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment... He ...made aliya in 1950. During the 1950s he served as Israel's representative to the International Labor Office and was a technical adviser to then prime minister David Ben-Gurion from 1957-58.' Krivine 'joined the Post in 1959 as an economic correspondent' and was 'a member of The Jerusalem Post editorial staff for over 30 years'[14]
  • Circa 1951 - Arthur Saul Super (b 1 July 1908, d 1979, Editor[15]) Editor of the Zionist Year Book in 1953.[16]'Super had come to South Africa in 1960 as editor of the Zionist Record, but left journalism to join the ministry of the Johannesburg United Progressive Jewish congregation in January 1964.'[17] In the 1950s he was 'deputy editor' of the Jerusalem Post.[18]
  • Abraham Baum[4]
  • Prior to early 1960s - Haim Lewis, former editor of the Zionist Review (London) 'arrived in Johannesburg in September [1963] to become editor of the Zionist Record.[19]
  • 1952 - 1977 Replaced by Jewish Observer and Middle East Review
  • 1982-1994 - ?
  • Circa 1995 - Joseph Finklestone (Sep. 25, 1924-Jan. 1, 2002) Foreign and Home News editor of the Jewish Chronicle in 1980.[20] Foreign editor of the Chronicle in 1984[21] and 1985.[22] In 1997, he wrote 'so meagre are the resources of the Zionist Federation that it is unable to publish regularly its famous journal Zionist Review.'[23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 'Poale Zion journal', Jewish Chronicle 31 December 1948, p. 6
  2. 'Britain' American Jewish Yearbook 1953, 1953, p. 238
  3. UCL Archives Hyamson; Albert Montefiore (1875-1954)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Zionist Year Book, 1972, p. 97
  5. Maurice Samuelson Oldest Zionist Paper Closed Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 29 December 1977.
  6. UCL Archives RefNo GASTER/1/A/GOO/5 Goodman; Romana (fl. 1907); née Manczyk; Goodman; Paul (1875-1949)
  7. Maurice Samuelson Oldest Zionist Paper Closed Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 29 December 1977.
  8. 8.0 8.1 'Zionist Federation', Jewish Chronicle, 15 February 1934, p. 26
  9. 9.0 9.1 David Cesarani The Jewish Chronicle and Anglo-Jewry, 1841-1991, Cambridge University Press, 1994, p. 194
  10. Jewish Observer and Middle East Review, Vol. 26, 1977
  11. Moshe Pearlman Dead at 75, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 7 April 1986.
  12. Zionist Year Book, 1972, p. 100
  13. LEVENBERG, Dr Schneier, fl 1930-1991, Zionist, AIM25 Archives.
  14. Jerusalem Post Reporter 'Post' veteran David Krivine dies, The Jerusalem Post October 4, 1992, Sunday
  15. Zionist Review, 3 August 1951, p. 8
  16. Arthur Saul Super Zionist Year Book 1953, Amazon
  17. North Africa, American Jewish Yearbook, 1965, p.494
  18. Aryeh Newman 'Letters', Jerusalem Post December 11, 2012 Tuesday
  19. North Africa, American Jewish Yearbook, 1965, p.496
  20. 'Award winner' The Times, Thursday, Sep 04, 1980; pg. 16; Issue 60715; col A
  21. Husain flying to Cairo for talks about PLO initiative on West Bank From Robert Fisk, The Times, Friday, Nov 30, 1984; pg. 8; Issue 62000; col A
  22. The Times, Thursday, Nov 07, 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62289; col A, The Times Diary
  23. Joseph Finklestone, 'Zionism and British Jews', in Stephen Massil (ed) The Jewish Year Book 1997, London: Valentine Mitchell, 1997, p.xxx