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Israel Rogosin: The Man and His Legacy

The Yeshiva in Volozhin, where Israel Rogosin’s father, Samuel, originated from.

Israel’s roots go back to the illustrious Volozhin Yeshiva in the Russian Empire of the 19th century. In 1890, the famed Netziv, Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, sent Israel’s father, Samuel, on a fund-raising mission to the United States. Samuel decided to relocate to the US, and in 1895 opened a small textile mill in Brooklyn in 1895. One year later Samuel’s wife and four children joined him in the US, when Israel was nine years old. When Israel turned 16 years old his father handed over responsibility for the mill to him, while Samuel became the head of a yeshiva.

In 1912 the mill employed about 200 workers, but Israel ran the mill well and by 1920 he was running five mills with about 1000 employees between them. In 1921 Rogosin founded the Beaunit Corporation. In 1956, he opened a rayon yarn and tow factory called Rogosin Industries Ltd. The news of the success of the company spread to the newly established state of Israel. The then Finance Minister Pinchas Sapir invited Rogosin to move his industry to the Jewish state to help build the nascent economy and contribute to the development of the state as a whole.

Rogosin agreed, and in 1958 he moved his family and company to the newly founded city of Ashdod along the Mediterranean coast. The Israeli government gave Rogosin 1000 dunams to establish his factory on.

Five years later Rogosin sold his stake in the Beaunit Corp. By that time the company had about 10,000 workers on staff and was bringing in an annual revenue of about $150 million.

Rogosin gave $1 million to create a Center for Jewish Ethics in New York in 1966. He also donated $2.5 million to the Education Fund of the Jewish Agency to help build ten high schools in Israel. In honor of Israel Rogosin the main street running through Ashdod is named after him, as are two high schools there. In addition, a non-profit center for the treatment of and research into kidney disease in New York City is named the Rogosin Institute, also in his honor.