Shalom and welcome to Judeo Talk. This week, we will be learning about one of the most important political figures in Jewish history, Golda Meir.
Golda was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1898. Her father was Moshe Mabovitch, a carpenter. Life for Jews at the end of the Russian Empire was difficult. They frequently experienced pogroms, random attacks against their communities that were often State-approved, if not ordered. It was also very difficult for Jews in Russian territories to make ends meet. Golda's father emigrated to New York in 1903 to find steady work, sending his wife and children to live in Pinsk, Belarus where Golda's mother's family resided. By 1906, Moshe had saved up enough money working at a train yard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to bring his family to America.
When not working in the grocery store her mother ran, Golda attended school at the Fourth Street Grade School. There she showed her early proclivities for politics and leadership by organizing student fundraisers for supplies and books.