Isaiah L. Kenen

Isaiah Leo "Si" Kenen, ישעיהו " סי " קינן, ( born March 7, 1905 in Canada, † 1988 ) was the founder of the "American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs " ( AZCPA ), the predecessor of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee ( AIPAC ).


He was born on March 7, 1905 in Canada as a son of an insurance agent. The father, himself a native of Kiev was involved in the Zionist movement and opened the first Bnei Zion club in Toronto. Next visited Kenen's father, the first meetings of the Zionist Congress. Isaiah Leo "Si" Kenen studied at the University of Toronto and holds a degree in philosophy. He married a fellow student, Beatrice Bain and had a son, Peter.

Kenen first worked as a journalist with the Toronto Star in 1926 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He studied law and was admitted in 1933 to the Ohio bar association. He was an activist in the Zionist movement and in 1941 he became president of the Cleveland Zionist District. In the 1940s, he worked as an information director of the Jewish Agency. When he founding of Israel in 1948, he supported the Israeli delegation to the United Nations. This period he described in his publication of Israel 's Defense Line.Er died in 1988.