Nachal Hashofet (literally the judge’s river) flows in the Ramot Menashe area, southeast of Haifa, and spills into the Kishon River. This is a relatively short creek, about 7 km in length.
There are a number of locations in this area that are named after two Jewish American judges and leaders of the Zionist movement in the United States during the first half of the 20th century, Julian Mack and Louis Brandeis.
Nachal Hashofet and Ramat Hashofet, a nearby kibbutz, are named after Julian Mack, Dean of the University of Chicago Law School and a judge in Illinois.
Like many American Jews, Mack got very involved in Zionist activities during and after World War I and in 1918 was appointed president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).
The kibbutz Ein Hashofet, which is also in the vicinity, is named after a close associate and a political opponent of Mack, Louis Brandeis, one of history’s most influential justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and a Harvard Law alumni with the highest average till today. Mack replaced Brandeis as the president of the American Zionist Movement and both of them opposed Weizmann’s involvement in the ZOA. Both of them also added a lot of prestige and credibility to the Zionist idea, inside the Jewish community and beyond.
Since Brandeis, eight Jewish judges served in the Supreme Court, including three currently serving.