About Zvi Alexander

zvi 1Zvi Alexander was born in Poland, and at the age of 12 immigrated to Eretz Israel and graduated from the "Hertzeliya" gymnasium. He volunteered and served in the British Army during WW 2, and later served as an officer in the Signal Corps of the Israel Defence Force. In 1953, he was sent to the United States to represent the Signal Corps in the Israeli Ministry of Defence purchasing Missionin New York. While in New York he attended the Graduate Business School of Columbia University.


After coming back in 1957 from his assignment in New York, Zvi joined the oil industry, it was the first years of oil exploration in Israel. He served as assistant director general of  "Lapidoth", the owners of the only oil field inIsrael, and in 1965 was appointed Managing Director of the Israel National Oil Company, a post he held until 1974 when the Israeli Government, following the 1973 Yom Kippur war, sold the company to a British Investment Bank.


At the request of the purchasing Bank Zvi continued to manage the oil company in England. After leaving the Bank several years later, he became an independent entrepreneur in oil affairs with activities in Africa, South America and the Far East, which continue to this date. Zvi Alexander was married to Rachel and they have 2 children, Dr. Shaula Alexander Yemini, the founder of "SMARTS" a successful American Software company and Jacob (Kobi) Alexander, the founder of "COMVERSE TECHNOLOGY" one of the largest Hi Tech companies inIsrael. Zvi and Rachel have 5 grand children.

 the Family

Zvi Alexander was an internationally recognized philatelist and collector of the Postal History of the Holy Land, with many Large Gold Medals awarded during the last 24 years in International Exhibitions around the Globe. He was a member of many philatelic societies in Europe, America and Israel, and a major contributor to publications and books associated with Postal History.


The Alexander Collection in The Alexander Museum of Postal History and Philately enabled us to build an illuminating overview of the Postal History of the Holy Land and to underscore through this story the way in which the study of letters and documents opens window onto social and general history. We are pleased now to share some of this history with the public, together with highlights of the fruits of Mr. Zvi Alexander's passion of collecting