The founder, Zvi Possicelsky, was born in Korfo.
In 1882 he immigrated to Eretz Israel and was one of the founders of Rishon Le-Zion.
He was a farmer, who "also took upon himself the position of a pharmacist and medic" (Freiman, A.M., "Sefer Hayovel", p. 149) and, thus, was the village's first pharmacist. The pharmacy and his house were built with the Baron Rothschild's money as were the medicines, as Freiman wrote, which were brought directly from Paris.
Zvi Possicelsky served as the village pharmacist for six years and in 1889 quit his position, passed the property to the Baron's administration and moved to Jaffa.
In Jaffa he opened a private pharmacy, "Kochav Hazahav" in Neveh Shalom and one year later left for Paris, France. Later he moved to Egypt where he lived until his death in 1906.