The Pintov/ Dori Family
Yaakov Dori (nee Dostrovski) (1899-1973) was the first Chief-of-Staff of the Israel
Defense Force (IDF).
(He was married to Badana nee Pintov of Kurenets. Badana was a teacher
in Kurenets. Badana left Kurenets with her family in 1924. A relative,
Max Shulman , helped them settle in Israel)
Born in Russia, his family emigrated to Palestine following the
anti-Jewish pogrom in Odessa in 1905. Upon completing high school at
the Reali School in Haifa, he enlisted in the Jewish Legion of the
British Army during World War I. He later joined the Haganah and
adopted the underground name of "Dan."
In 1939, Dori was appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Haganah, a position
he held until 1946. From 1946 to 1947 he also headed the Palestinian
Jewish delegation sent to purchase arms in the United States.
When the IDF was formed, Dori took over as its first Chief-of-Staff.
Yet, despite his command and organizational skills, he was already
suffering from failing health, and had difficulty commanding his
troops during Israel's War of Independence, and was forced to rely
heavily on his deputy, Yigael Yadin. He completed his term as
Chief-of-Staff on November 9, 1949 and retired from the military. He
was succeeded by his deputy, Yadin. Even after his release from the
army, however, he continued to wear the officer's pin he was awarded
when he first became a second lieutenant.
Upon leaving the IDF, Dori was appointed Chairman of the Science
Council, attached to the Prime Minister's Office. He was later made
President of the Technion in Haifa, a position he held until 1965.
His son, Yerachmiel Dori, served as commander of the IDF's Engineering
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From the Kurenets Yizkor book;
.."Years passed and the students and teachers changed. Among the
teachers was Badana nee Pintov, (later the wife of the first Chief of
Staff of the Israeli Army, Major General Yakov Dori). In all her soul
and essence, she was dedicated to the school and the students and the
children loved her dearly. During the fall of 1925, the uncle of
Badana, Max Shulman, came from the US. He became very, very wealthy in
the US (from the junk business?), and since he was a very generous
man, he transferred the entire family to Eretz Israel, and their house
he bought from them and donated as a Hebrew school that was named for