Shai Piron

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Shai Piron
שי פירון.jpg
Date of birth (1965-01-25) 25 January 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Kfar Vitkin, Israel
Knessets 19
Party represented in Knesset
2013– Yesh Atid
Ministerial roles
2013– Minister of Education

Shai Moshe Piron (Hebrew: שי פירון‎; born 25 January 1965) is an Israeli rabbi, educator and politician. A religious Zionist,[1] he is member of Yesh Atid, was placed second on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections,[2] and current Minister of Education.


Born in Kfar Vitkin, Piron qualified as a rabbi and co-headed the prestigious hesder yeshiva in Petah Tikva.[1] Piron is the CEO of "Hakol L'Chinuch" which works to improve state education and he helped found Tzohar organization, and runs numerous projects to foster harmony between the religious and secular.[3]

In 2012 he joined the newly formed Yesh Atid party, and was placed second in its list for the 2013 Israeli legislative election and was elected as a member of the Knesset. Yesh Atid joined the coalition and Piron was appointed as Minister of Education replacing Gideon Sa’ar.[4][5]

He lives in Oranit, married and has six children.


  1. ^ a b All the kingmaker’s men, and women Times of Israel, 23 January 2013
  2. ^ Yesh Atid Knesset website
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  4. ^ Ziri, Danielle (March 20, 2013). "Sa’ar hands over Education Ministry to Piron". Jerusalem Post. 
  5. ^ Arlosoroff, Meirav (March 18, 2013). "New coalition agreement is landmark for Israeli education". Haaretz. 

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