Montifiore (1784-1885) uses his wealth to promote the development of Eretz Yisrael and fight for Jewish causes. Born in England, he makes his fortune as a stockbroker. He visits Eretz Yisrael seven times, funding the building of Rachael’s tomb, new Jerusalem neighborhoods, and many synagogues. He supports a school for girls in Jerusalem, and in 1860, he founds the residential area of Miskenot Sha’ananim on the outskirts of Jerusalem’ Old City. In 1864 he intercedes with the Sultan of Morocco to ease restrictions on Jewish living there.
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