Born in Ukraine, Ahad Ha’am joined Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion) in Odesa and attended the First Zionist Congress but opposed political Zionism. He preferred cultural Zionism, creating a Jewish cultural center in Palestine as a buffer against Diaspora assimilation. He wrote for, founded and edited Hebrew journals. He served on the board and raised foundational money for the Technion. He advised Chaim Weizmann on the Balfour Declaration.
Photo: Central Zionist Archives