||Feinberg (Belkind) Fanny
Fanny Feinberg was born in the district of Minsk in White Russia. She studied with her father, Meir Belkind, who a teacher and head of the (Amended) "Heder Metukan" and also at the school for girls in Borisov. She was well versed in bible studies.
Later, she moved with her sister to Petersburg to continue her education and studied pharmacology.
In 1882 she decided to join her two sisters who were members in the "Bilu" group and in August of that year she arrived in Jaffa and joined the Bilu group living in the Anton Ayub house. She later expressed her enthusiasm for the revival of the Jewish people in its homeland in an article in the "Hamelitz" newspaper. And this is what she wrote to her sister in Russia: " …if you don't know yet how wonderful life can be in the splendid looking fields and farmers' homes, arise and come to join us to the Holy Land, inhale its holy spirit in all its splendor at its mountains heights and valleys depths. The idea that you are standing on the land of your forefathers will make a new spirit swell up within you, something that our brethren living in the Diaspora cannot imagine…"
She arrived together with her "Bilu" friends to Rishon Le-Zion where she cooked and cared for the whole group. In addition to all this, she also assisted the doctor with his work in the village.
After she married Israel Lolik Belkind, she moved to Gedera with him. Like him, she acted bravely and forcefully towards the Arabs who would attack her. She learned Arabic and it is said that she spoke it like a true "Fellah" (Arab peasant).
In Hedera, where she moved with her family in 1898, she learned the Arab system of farming, improved and passed it on to others –and was nicknamed "Halutzat Hahalutzim" (Pioneer of the Pioneers), the teacher of all the women settlers. Despite the hardships and cholera that took its toll, she persisted and did not let her husband despair. After his death, she continued to run the family farmstead. It was only after the 1921 Arab riots that she left and moved to live with her daughter in Tel Aviv.
Her last years were spent in Rishon Le-Zion and upon her death she was buried in the city's old cemetery.