List of Israeli Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews
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Traditionally the terms "Mizrahi Jews" and "Sephardi Jews" were used as all encompassing terms referring to the Jews descended from the Jewish communities of Iberia, North Africa and the Middle East; but due to the melting pot effect of the Israeli society the terms have gradually become more vague. Many Israeli descendants of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jewish immigrants have gradually adopted the Israeli culture and intermarried with descendants of other Jewish communities.
Government and Politicians
- Dudi Amsalem - politician, member of Likud.
- Haim Amsalem – politician. Former member of the Shas Party. In 2011 Amsalem established the Whole Nation party.
- Shlomo Ben Ami - diplomat, politician and historian
- Michael Ben-Ari – Israeli politician and current member of the Knesset
- Binyamin Ben-Eliezer politician, held several ministerial posts, including Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour; Minister of Defense; and Deputy Prime Minister. Born in Iraq
- Aryeh Bibi - politician, Iraqi Jewish member of Knesset for Kadima. Born in Baghdad, Iraq.
- Aryeh Deri - politician, and former leader of Israel's Shas Party. Born in Meknes, Morocco.
- Yaakov Edri - Member of Knesset for Kadima. Born In Morocco.
- Gila Gamliel - Member of the Knesset for Likud and minister
- Sharren Haskel - member of the Knesset for Likud.
- Yoel Hasson - politician, member of Knesset for Kadima.
- Dalya Itzik - politician who serves as a member of the Knesset for Kadima
- Avigdor Kahalani - former member of the Labor Party.
- Moshe Kahlon - Kulanu Party Chairman, member of the Knesset and current Finance Minister
- Moshe Katsav – Former President of Israel (2000–2007)
- David Levy - politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1969 and 2006
- Orly Levy – former model who is a politician
- Shaul Mofaz – Former Israeli Minister of Defense, currently number two on the Kadima list in the Knesset
- Yitzhak Mordechai - former general and former politician
- Amir Ohana Israeli lawyer, former Shin Bet official and politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Likud
- Shimon Ohayon - politician. MK member for the Likud party.
- Amir Peretz - politician and member of the Knesset for the Labour Party
- Rafi Peretz (1956-) Israel Minister of Education and former Chief Military Rabbi
- Miri Regev - Member of the Knesset and minister
- Silvan Shalom - politician who previously served as Israel's Foreign Minister and Finance Minister
- Meir Sheetrit - politician who serves as a member of the Knesset for Kadima
- Robert Tiviaev- politician, Mountain Jew, current member of Knesset for Kadima. Born in Daghestan.
- Eli Yishai - politician, and current leader of Israel's Shas Party
- Mordechai Zar – Israeli politician and former member of the Knesset
- Jessica Meir - American Astronaut with NASA
- Gabi Ashkenazi – Former Chief of the IDF General Staff
- Moshe Barazani - Iraqi Kurdish Jew and a member of Lehi
- Eitan Ben Eliyahu – Former Major General in the Israeli Defence Forces
- Eli Cohen – Israeli spy who worked in Syria and was eventually exposed and executed in Syria in 1965
- Gadi Eizenkot - current chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces
- David Elazar - Former Chief of the IDF General Staff
- Dan Halutz – Former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces
- Moshe Levi - Former Chief of the IDF General Staff
- Shaul Mofaz – Former Israeli Minister of Defense, Former Chief of the IDF General Staff
- Yitzhak Mordechai - former general and former Israeli Minister of Defense
- Abie Nathan – Humanitarian and peace activist
- Elazar Abuhatzeira, Orthodox Sefardi rabbi and kabbalist.
- Rabbi Amram Aburbeh, Chief Rabbi of Petah Tikva
- Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel and Rishon LeZion
- Rabbi Shalom Arush, is an Israeli Breslov rabbi and founder of the Chut Shel Chessed Institutions. Arush is considered one of today's leading Hasidic spiritual guides.
- Mordechai Eliyahu, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel 1983–93, (1929–2010)
- Yosef Chaim HaCohen, Rabbi, Rabad, Rosh Av Beth Din Chief judge of the Ma'araviim congregation in Jerusalem he:יוסף חיים הכהן
- Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, Israeli Jewish spiritual leader and Kabbalist who lives in New York City.
- Moshe Shmuel Shapira, rosh yeshiva of Beer Yaakov
- Yosef Qafih, Yemen-born rabbi and scholar
- Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, a Yemenite Haredi rabbi
- Ovadia Yoseph, the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel
Businesspeople and entrepreneurs
- Shai Agassi - Israeli entrepreneur. The founder and CEO of Better Place, which has developed a model and infrastructure for employing electric cars as an alternative to fossil fuel technology.
- Alona Barkat owner of the football team Hapoel Beer Sheva. Sister-in-law of former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat.
- Zadik Bino - Israeli businessman, owner of the First International Bank of Israel.
- Patrick Drahi - Israeli-French businessman
- Shlomo Eliahu - Israeli businessman
- Yakir Gabay - Israeli-born billionaire who founded Aroundtown SA
- Isaac Larian - businessman
- Lev Leviev – diamond tycoon
- Haim Saban – Israeli-American television and media proprietor. Saban was ranked by Forbes as the 104th richest person in America.
- Yitzhak Tshuva - Israeli business magnate.
- Michel Abitbol, historian, professor, and chair of the Department of African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Amnon Netzer – historian, researcher, professor and journalist.
- Avshalom Elitzur – physicist and philosopher
- Moshe Bar-Asher – linguist
- Smadar Lavie - anthropologist, visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley
- Raphael Mechoulam – chemist, discoverer of tetrahydrocannabinol and anandamide
Film, TV, and stage
- Moran Atias – model and actress
- Sendi Bar – model and actress
- Yael Abecassis – model and actress
- Linor Abargil – Israeli beauty pageant contestant who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998
- Miri Bohadana – model and actress
- Ilanit Levi – model and actress
- Orly Levy – former model who is a politician
- Mali Levi – model and actress
- Natali Atiya – model and actress
- Becky Griffin – model, TV presenter and an actress
- Yehuda Levi - actor and model
- Adi Nes – Photographer
- Dudu Aouate – goalkeeper (RCD Mallorca, national team)
- Gai Assulin – winger/attacking midfielder (Manchester City, national team)
- Pini Balili, Israel/Turkey – striker (Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, national team)
- Yossi Benayoun – attacking midfielder, national team captain, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Racing Santander, West Ham United, Liverpool, Chelsea
- Omri Casspi – 6' 9" small forward, drafted in 1st round of 2009 NBA Draft (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Tal Ben Haim – center back/right back, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, West Ham United
- Avi Cohen – defender, Liverpool and national team
- Yaniv Katan – forward/winger (Maccabi Haifa, national team)
- Eli Ohana – won UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and Bravo Award (most outstanding young player in Europe); national team; manager
- Haim Revivo – attacking/side midfielder (national team), Maccabi Haifa, Celta de Vigo, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray
- Idan Tal – midfielder (Beitar Jerusalem FC & national team)
- Itzik Zohar – attacking midfielder (national team), Maccabi Jaffa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Royal Antwerp, Beitar Jerusalem, Crystal Palace, Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Herzliya, Maccabi Netanya, F.C. Ashdod, Hapoel Nazareth Illit
- Shahar Tzuberi, Israel, windsurfer, Olympic bronze (RS:X discipline); 2009 & 2010 European Windsurf champion
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- "Avram Grant and Tal Ben-Haim set to miss West Ham game for Jewish holiday", The Telegraph, September 4, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- "Dempsey misses windsurfing medal", BBC Sports, August 20, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2008.