Theodor Herzl


Theodor Herzl (THEE-uh-door HER-tsl) listen


  • n. The founder of modern Zionism, a Hungarian Jew.

Example Sentences

  • "I remember from school they mentioned that Herzl in Altneuland envisions Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people but also the homeland for other people with full equal rights to non Jewish people." (source)

Who Uses This

  • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


  • North America


  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Alternative Spellings



  • "When Herzl was a newspaper correspondent, he covered the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew accused of treason who many believed to be the victim of anti-Semitism. Herzl became convinced that the establishment of a Jewish homeland was the only solution to European anti-Semitism. In his writings, he described in detail his vision for a Jewish state; he is remembered for his optimistic quote: 'If you will it, it is no dream.' He campaigned tirelessly on behalf of Zionism, meeting with kings, government leaders, and the pope. Herzl organized the first World Zionist Organization in 1897 and presided over five Zionist Congresses before his death. After the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, Herzlā€™s remains were brought to the new Jewish state. His imposing black granite tomb sits on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem." (JPS)

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