Charles Fish was born in 1892 and died in 1957. His family emigrated from Bershad Russia to Baltimore, Md. In 1957. Her married Fanny Gerber and had two children Herman and Eugene. Charlie went to work in the retail business. After initial difficulties during the Great Depression, he went on to establish Charles Fish & Sons - a furniture and clothing store in downtown Baltimore. Mr. Fish became a successful businessman who also cared about his fellow business owners. He went on to become President of the Baltimore small businessman's association. Charles Fish took an interest in Zionism and the establishment of the state of Israel. Beginning in the 1920s, he travelled around Europe visiting local Zionist organizers and groups to help strengthen the collective efforts of Jews around the world to return to their homeland in Israel. He found his nitch in the sales of Israeli bonds, a project that was designed to fulfill one of the central goals of the Herzl plan, the use of bond sales to finance the State of Israel from inception. He was very successful and was eventually made an international governor of Israel bonds. Charles Fish worked with the leadership of the State of Israel both before and after Yom Ha'Atzmaut. He was known as a dependable and hospitable Zionist who would house Israelis coming to America to work for the country. President Peres was one of the guests at his house during this period. Mr. Fish also worked closely with Ambassador Abba Eban, who was also a guest at his house. Shortly after independence, Mr. Fish was one of 17 American Jewish leaders invited to tour Israel and meet with the leaders of the fledging state and tour the country to determine what type of help Israelis needed from the American Jewish community. He received compliments for his work, and Ben-Gurion indicated in one telegram that he considered Mr. Fish to be one of the leaders of the American Jewish community. The telegram was sent in the early 1950s at a time when tension on the border with Egypt was growing. Prime Minister Ben-Gurion wanted the "thinking of American Jewish leaders," during this urgent time, and therefore invited Mr. Fish to a secret meeting in New York with a representative from the State of Israel. In 1952 Mr Fish sailed to Israel with his wife Fanny and personally met with Ben Tzvi, the second President of Israel. President Tzvi had worked with a relative of the Fish family as reporters for the Davar Newspaper in Tel Aviv, before becoming more active in politics. During that trip Mr. Fish received a commendation from Goldie Maier for his work for the State of Israel. Mr. Fish also worked with Histadrut and supported the labor party in Israel and his wife Fanny eventually served on the national board of woman supporters of Histadrut. He was founder of a large synagogue in Baltimore. He died suddenly in 1957 of a heart attack. An announcement of the loss to the State of Israel was published at a meeting for Israel attended by Golda Maier. In newspaper articles and his obituary he was noted for his charitable work (perhaps more than he should have done) and his heart which was filled with only the love of Israel. The reporters also noted how Mr. Fish has been active for Israel before the country was established, but renewed his efforts with an inflamed passion after independence. He was called a "leader of the ranks of Zionists," in his obituary. After his death, family members built the children's wing of Hadassah in Tel Aviv in his honor'.