Paula Ben-Gurion

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Paula Ben-Gurion, 1955
Paula Munweis and David Ben-Gurion in 1918
Paula Ben-Gurion at the launching of the SS Shalom, 1964
Paula Ben-Gurion's grave, alongside her husband's, at Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Israel.

Paula Ben-Gurion (Hebrew: פולה בן גוריון‎; 1892 – 1968) was the Russian-born wife of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

Biography[edit]

Paula Munweis (later Ben-Gurion) was born in Russia and raised in the United States. She was trained as a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.[1]

David Ben Gurion met her at the home of his friend, Samuel Bonchek, on a visit to New York City. They married in 1917 at New York City's town hall before returning to Palestine where Ben-Gurion enlisted as a soldier in the new Jewish Legion of World War I. They had three children together: Geula, Amos and Renana.

She was known for her acerbic tongue. She was fluent in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew. A feisty woman, she had no qualms about asking her husband to wash the dishes. She was bemused by her husband's interest in yoga and when his tutor, the famous Moshé Feldenkrais would show up she would say: "Here comes Mr. Hocus Pocus." Paula is buried with her husband in Sde Boker.

In 1958, David Ben-Gurion published his letters to her: Letters to Paula and the Children.

Legacy[edit]

A number of schools and institutions in Israel are named for her. Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Television, is her great-nephew.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Forward .

Further reading[edit]

  • Helmreich, William B. (1998). The Enduring Community: The Jews of Newark and Metrowest. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 1-56000-392-8