Born in Ukraine, Weitz moved to Palestine in 1908 and became a leader in efforts to acculturate immigrants through agricultural labor. He helped found the Galilee’s Yavniel moshav and Jerusalem’s Beit Hakerem neighborhood. Starting in the 1930s, he led the Jewish National Fund‘s land and afforestation department and established the forestry policies used into the 1960s. He alsoacquired land for the pre-state Jewish community.
Photo: Central Zionist Archives