First Lady of Israel
|First Lady of Israel|
|Inaugural holder||Vera Weizmann|
|Formation||February 17, 1949|
First Lady of Israel is the unofficial title of the wife of the President of Israel. The position has been vacant since June 4, 2019, when First Lady Nechama Rivlin, wife of President Reuven Rivlin, died in office.
There is no official role or office of the First Lady of Israel, although President Reuven Rivlin bestowed the title of First Lady on his wife, Nechama Rivlin, shortly after taking office in 2014.
First Ladies of Israel
|Name||Portrait||Term Began||Term Ended||President of Israel||Notes|
|Vera Weizmann||February 17, 1949||November 9, 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||December 16, 1952||April 23, 1963||Yitzhak Ben-Zvi||Born in present-day Ukraine, Ben-Zvi was an author, educator and leading proponent of Labor Zionism.|
|Rachel Katznelson-Shazar||May 21, 1963||May 24, 1973||Zalman Shazar|
|Nina Katzir||May 24, 1973||May 29, 1978||Ephraim Katzir|
|Ofira Navon||May 29, 1978||May 5, 1983||Yitzhak Navon|
|Aura Herzog||May 5, 1983||May 13, 1993||Chaim Herzog||Founder of the Council for a Beautiful Israel|
|Reuma Weizman||May 13, 1993||July 13, 2000||Ezer Weizman|
|Gila Katsav||August 1, 2000||July 1, 2007||Moshe Katsav||Gila Katsav's tenure ended on July 1, 2007, when her husband resigned the presidency.|
|Sonia Peres||July 15, 2007||January 20, 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. Sonia Peres died in role on January 20, 2011, at the age of 87.|
|Position vacant||January 20, 2011||July 24, 2014||Shimon Peres||First Lady Sonia Peres had died on January 20, 2011, while Shimon Peres was still in office.|
|Nechama Rivlin||July 24, 2011||June 4, 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.|
|Position vacant||June 4, 2019||Present||Reuven Rivlin||First Lady Nechama Rivlin died on June 4, 2019.|
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