Meshulam Nahari

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Meshulam Nahari
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Date of birth (1951-05-07) 7 May 1951 (age 64)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
1999– Shas
Ministerial roles
2006–2013 Minister without Portfolio

Rabbi Meshulam Nahari (Hebrew: משולם נהרי‎, born 7 May 1951) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for the ultra-orthodox party Shas and Deputy Minister of Welfare and Social Services.


Nahari was born in Jerusalem in 1951, and studied in a yeshiva. After his national service he was ordained as a rabbi, and also gained a BA from Lifschitz Teaching College. After graduating he went on to become a headteacher, and also served as a consultant to the Deputy Minister of Education and a member of the Education Ministry directorate, later becoming Director of Department of Haredi Culture in the ministry.

Nahari was first elected to the Knesset in the 1999 elections and served as Deputy Minister of Education under both Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon.

He retained his seat in both the 2003 and 2006 elections, and was made a Minister without Portfolio in Ehud Olmert's government. In September 2006 he was given a position in the Finance Ministry with responsibilities for education and welfare.[1] After his appointment, he proposed a bill which would require local authorities to fund unrecognised ultra-orthodox schools, which was passed despite opposition from the Attorney General and Education Minister Yuli Tamir.[2]

Nahari retained his seat again in the 2009 elections, having been placed fifth on the Shas list, and was appointed a Minister without Portfolio again. He was re-elected again in 2013, but Shas were excluded from the coalition government. After another re-election in 2015 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Welfare and Social Services in the new government formed in May 2015.

Nahari is married with five children and lives in Jerusalem.[3]


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