Inductee Profile

Harold Landesberg

shof-1997-Harold_LandesbergAn avid sportsman and renowned in Philadelphia and Israel as a humanitarian and philanthropist, Harold Landesberg graduated from West Philadelphia High School where he was a second team All Public basketball player. He went on to Duke University where he played soccer tennis and basketball.

Following his graduation from Duke he played professional soccer with the Philadelphia Americans and Brooklyn Hispano. He was captain of the tennis team for the US Maccabiah team in the 1969 Maccabiah games and won a bronze medal in masters tennis in the 1971 games.

He is a founder and past director of the Philadelphia Iinternational Tennis Championship, was a vice-president of the Philadelphia Tennis Association and is a member of the board of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.

He was a founder of the Israel Tennis Centers, was president of the Israel Tennis Centers from 1976-1980 and national chairman. He received the Federation Allied Jewish Appeal’s Humanitarian Award in 1980 and the Philadelphia Hadassah “Sportsman of the Year” Award the same year.

Landesberg is a founder and charter member of the B’nai B’rith Sports Lodge and a past president of the Cardoza Lodge #400 B’rith Shalom. He was presented with the Eddie Gottlieb award by the B’nai B’rith Sports Lodge in 1990. He received the National B’rith Shalom Communal Award in 1995.