Yaakov Maimon (1902 -1977) was born in Latvia and immigrated to Israel aged 20. Yaakov developed the common Hebrew shorthand method and founded the Hebrew Language Education Project in the Maabarot camps. For more than 25 years Yaakov led a volunteer project to help immigrants. The study of Hebrew volunteers grew from tens to thousands without any formal organization. Yaakov, however, knew how to the involve state institutions for support and even brought presidents and prime ministers to participate. Activities were carried out across the country - in Maabarot camps, immigrant communities, development towns and absorptions centers. For his activity as a role model, Yaakov received the National Israel Prize in 1976 for his unique contribution to society and the state.
Upon his death in 1977 his colleagues, friends and family established an association to continue the enterprise and perpetuate his memory.