Yakov Springer was born in Poland in June 10, 1921. After World War II, Yakov studied at the Academy of Sports in Poland, and married Rosa, his second wife. In 1957, Yakov made aliyah to Israel with his wife, son, and daughter. In Israel Yakov coached weightlifting. He was a 5 time weightlifting Olympic weightlifting judge and instructor, and a beloved teacher at Ramot High School in Bat Yam. Yakov generously gave his free time to organize sports clubs for slum children in Jaffa, trying to wipe out juvenile delinquency the best way he knew. Yakov was internationally respected as a weightlifting judge. He lost his entire family to the Germans in World War II. Yakov was reluctant to attend the 1972 Olympics in Munich, but went as an act of solidarity with his fellow Israelis.