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Rivlin (Hebrew: ריבלין‎) is a primarily Jewish family with origins in Austria, which became established in the early 19th century Palestine before the advent of Zionism. There are also branches of the family in several other countries.

The family[edit]

The Rivlin family originated in Vienna, Austria and has over 50,000 members.[1] The name Rivlin was derived from the descriptive name of a prominent Torah scholar called Moshe "Rivkes" or "Rivkesh" (b. circa 1600), i.e., Moshe “of Rivka” (Rebecca). This ancestor was author of the commentary Be'er HaGolah on the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law). The name Rivkesh led to Riveles, and that led to Rivlin. The first Rivlin to go to what is now Israel (then an Ottoman province) was Hillel Rivlin, who immigrated in 1809 to Jerusalem. In the following years, many more Rivlins arrived in the country. The Rivlins are now one of the oldest and largest Ashkenazi families in Israel.[citation needed].


The Rivlin family has established itself in various large cities throughout the world. The diaspora occurred in the mid-19th century and early 20th century. Members of the Rivlin family can now be found in most major cities of the United States, Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro, parts of Mexico, Australia, and South Africa.[citation needed].


The Rivlin family has held major reunions in Jerusalem in 1980 and 2009. These reunions drew thousands of family members to Jerusalem. A film, The Tribe, was made about the 1980 reunion by Lilly Rivlin.

Notable Rivlins[edit]


  1. ^ "Rivlin Family Celebrates the Birth of Its 50,000th Member", Turkish Weekly, March 23, 2009, accessed February 23, 2011.