Meisel, Mordecai Marcus

(1528-1601)
   Bohemian financier, philanthropist and communal leader. He was a court banker to the Austrian imperial house, and built the Meisel Synagogue in Prague in 1597; he also financed the building of a hospital, a bet midrash and a mikveh. In addition he sent money to Jerusalem and granted loans to the Jewish communities in Krakow and Poznan.

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