Joachim Prinz

Rabbi and Civil Rights Leader

Joachim Prinz (1902-1988) was a German-born America Reform rabbi, civil rights activist, and chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Ben-Gurion had asked me to come to the office of the Federation of British Zionists, which was at 77 Great Russell Street…although this address may not mean anything to people today, it meant a great deal to me. It was a very old and not very luxurious office with a number of little rooms. This is where British Zionism was born. It was Chaim Weizmann’s office, where the whole idea of the Balfour Declaration had been conceived…Ben-Gurion was situated in a small room, his desk covered with countless books and papers. He was not yet the Prime Minister of Israel because the state had not yet been created…

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