Known for fusing Religious Judaism and Practical Zionism, Rabbi Mohilever (1824-1898) is one of the key founders of the Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion) Movement, serving as its president with Leon Pinsker as his chairman in the 1880s. Attending the First Zionist Congress, he is instrumental is pushing Jews to move from Europe to development towns in the Land of Israel, as well as motivating Jews to buy swaths of land wherever possible in Palestine. He is the namesake of Kibbutz Gan Shmuel near Haifa.