First Lady of Israel
Incumbent
Michal Herzog

since 7 July 2021
ResidenceBeit HaNassi
AppointerKnesset
Inaugural holderVera Weizmann
Formation17 February 1949

First Lady of Israel is the unofficial title of the wife of the president of Israel. The current first lady of Israel is Michal Herzog, wife of President Isaac Herzog.

History

There is no official role or office of the first lady of Israel,[1] although President Reuven Rivlin bestowed the title of First Lady on his wife, Nechama Rivlin, shortly after taking office in 2014.[2][1]

First ladies of Israel

Name Portrait Term began Term ended President of Israel Notes
Vera Weizmann
17 February 1949 9 November 1952 Chaim Weizmann Wife of the first President of Israel. Born in the Russian Empire and immigrated to the United Kingdom.
Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi
16 December 1952 23 April 1963 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Born in present-day Ukraine, Ben-Zvi was an author, educator and leading proponent of Labor Zionism.
Rachel Katznelson-Shazar
21 May 1963 24 May 1973 Zalman Shazar
Nina Katzir
24 May 1973 29 May 1978 Ephraim Katzir
Ofira Navon
29 May 1978 5 May 1983 Yitzhak Navon
Aura Herzog
5 May 1983 13 May 1993 Chaim Herzog Founder of the Council for a Beautiful Israel[3]
Reuma Weizman
13 May 1993 13 July 2000 Ezer Weizman
Gila Katsav
1 August 2000 1 July 2007 Moshe Katsav Gila Katsav's tenure ended on July 1, 2007, when her husband resigned the presidency.[4]
Sonia Peres
15 July 2007 20 January 2011 Shimon Peres Sonia Peres, who was Polish-born, disliked the role of wife of a politician and public figure. Though the country's first lady, she and Shimon Peres became estranged circa 2008 over his decision to remain in public office during their later life; the couple lived apart for the remainder of their lives.[5][6] Sonia Peres died in role on January 20, 2011, at the age of 87.[5][7]
Position vacant 20 January 2011 24 July 2014 Shimon Peres First Lady Sonia Peres had died on January 20, 2011, while Shimon Peres was still in office.
Nechama Rivlin
24 July 2014 4 June 2019 Reuven Rivlin Nechama Rivlin was a researcher and scientist at Hebrew University. She died in role from complications of a lung transplant on June 4, 2019.[1]
Position vacant 4 June 2019 7 July 2021 Reuven Rivlin First Lady Nechama Rivlin died on June 4, 2019.[1]
Michal Herzog
7 July 2021 Present Isaac Herzog First Lady Michal Herzog is a lawyer.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Cashman, Greer Fay (4 June 2019). "Nechama Rivlin, scientist, art lover, wife of president, passes away". Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ "The First Lady: Nechama Rivlin". Office of the President of the State of Israel. Archived from the original on 25 March 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. ^ Cashman, Greer Fay (25 April 2012). "All In The Family: The legacy of Labor MK Isaac Herzog runs deep". Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 15 May 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  4. ^ Meranda, Amnon (29 June 2007). "Katsav submits letter of resignation". Ynet. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b Kaplan Sommer, Allison (26 January 2011). "Sonia Peres, Intensely Private Wife of Israel's President, Shunned the Spotlight". The Forward. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Politics broke up my marriage, Peres says". Associated Press. Times of Israel. 5 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Sonia Peres, president's wife, dies at 87 in Tel Aviv". Jerusalem Post. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2019.