Aura Herzog

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Aura Herzog (née Ambache, Hebrew: אורה הרצוג‎; born 1924) is the widow of Chaim Herzog, the sixth President of the State of Israel, and the mother of Israeli politician and current opposition leader Isaac Herzog.[1]

Early life[edit]

Herzog was born in Egypt to a Jewish family originating in Russia and Poland, the daughter of Leah Ambache (née Steinberg) and Simcha Ambache, an engineer.[2] She was one of four children, and her sister, Suzy, would go on to marry Israeli diplomat Abba Eban.

Herzog was educated in French schools in Ismailia, and later studied in South Africa, completing a B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. After graduating, she emigrated to Mandatory Palestine and joined the Haganah.[3]


During the Israeli War of Independence, she served as an officer in the Science Corps. She was wounded during the siege of Jerusalem.[3]

She accompanied her husband, during his service in the United States, when he was the military attache from 1950 to 1954, and Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations from 1975 to 1978.[4]

In 1959, Herzog initiated and established the Annual Bible Contest, which become an integral part of the tradition and culture of Israel. She was a member of the Council of Culture and Art from 1959 to 1968. In 1968, she established the Council for a Beautiful Israel [5] and served as its international President.[4]

Herzog was a member of the board of trustees of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

She wrote the first book of etiquette in Hebrew, The Secrets of Hospitality, which was published in Israel. She also served as art critic for the Jewish Chronicle.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She married Herzog in 1947.[3] The Herzogs have four children: Yoel, Michael, Isaac, and Ronit, and grandchildren.


  1. ^ Pace, Eric (18 April 1997). "Chaim Herzog, Former Israeli President, Dies at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Individual Details". Ancestors of Paul Rader. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Cashman, Greer FAy (25 April 2012). "All in the family:The legacy of Labor MK Isaac Herzog runs deep". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Aura Herzog: Wife of the Sixth President of the State of Israel". President of The State of Israel. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "About Us". The Council for a Beautiful Israel. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.