List of Israeli Ashkenazi Jews

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This is a list of notable Israeli Ashkenazi Jews, including both original immigrants who obtained Israeli citizenship and their Israeli descendants.

Although traditionally the term "Ashkenazi Jews" was used as an all-encompassing term referring to the Jews descended from the Jewish communities of Europe, due to the melting pot effect of Israeli society the term "Ashkenazi Jews" gradually becomes more vague as many of the Israeli descendants of the Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants gradually adopted the characteristics of Israeli culture and as more descendants intermarry with descendants of other Jewish communities.

The list is ordered by category of human endeavor. Persons with significant contributions in two of these are listed in both of them, to facilitate easy lookup.



Religious figures[edit]


Haredi rabbis[edit]


Cultural and entertainment figures[edit]

Film, TV, and stage[edit]

Popular musicians[edit]

Classical musicians[edit]




Academic figures[edit]

Physics and chemistry[edit]

Arieh Warshel, 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems"

Biology and medicine[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Computing and mathematics[edit]





Entrepreneurs and businesspeople[edit]


Other industries[edit]


Association football[edit]




Figure skating[edit]



  • Vadim AlexeevKazakhstan-born Israeli swimmer, breaststroke[28]
  • Guy Barnea – swimmer who participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Adi Bichman – 400-m and 800-m freestyle, 400-m medley[29]
  • Yoav Bruck – 50-m freestyle and 100-m freestyle
  • Eran Groumi – 100 and 200 m backstroke, 100-m butterfly
  • Judith Haspel (born "Judith Deutsch") – Austrian-born Israeli; held every Austrian women's middle and long distance freestyle record in 1935; refused to represent Austria at the 1936 Summer Olympics, protesting Hitler, stating, "I refuse to enter a contest in a land which so shamefully persecutes my people"[30]
  • Dan Kutler – US-born Israeli; 100-m butterfly, 4×100-m medley relay[31]
  • Keren Leibovitch – Paralympic swimmer, four-time gold medal-winner, 100-m backstroke, 50- and 100-m freestyle, 200-m individual medley
  • Tal Stricker – 100- and 200-m breaststroke, 4×100-m medley relay[32]
  • Eithan Urbach – backstroke swimmer, European championship silver and bronze; 100-m backstroke[33]




  • Hanan Goldblatt – actor, comedian and singer; was convicted in 2008 of perpetrating acts of rape and other sex offenses against women in his acting class
  • Baruch Goldsteinmassacred 29 Arabs in the Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994
  • Avraham Hirschson – politician who was among other things the former Israeli Minister of Finance; convicted of stealing close to 2 million NIS from the National Workers Labor Federation while he was its chairman
  • Zeev Rosenstein – mob boss and drug trafficker
  • Gonen Segev – former Israeli member of Knesset and government minister; convicted for an attempt of drug smuggling, for forgery and electronic commerce fraud
  • Ehud Tenenbaum – computer hacker also known as "The Analyzer" who became famous in 1998 when he was caught by the FBI after hacking into the computers of NASA, the Pentagon, the Knesset and the US Army, and after installing trojan horse software on some of those computers
  • Dudu Topaz – TV personality, comedian, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author and radio and television host; committed suicide in August 2009 after being charged with inciting violence against national media figures

See also[edit]


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