Famous People Born In Haifa

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Gene Simmons
(Bassist and Co-lead Singer of Hard Rock Band 'Kiss')
Gene Simmons
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

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Odeya Rush
(Actress & Model)
Odeya Rush
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus

Odeya Rush is an Israeli model and actress best known for playing lead roles in American films like The Giver, The Bachelors, and Let It Snow. In 2016, Rush was honored at the Young Artist Awards with the Best Performance in a Feature Film award. In 2017, she received the Awards Circuit Community Award for her performance in Lady Bird.

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Hillel Slovak
(Musician)
Hillel Slovak
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 25, 1988
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ralph Bakshi
(Director of Animated Films)
Ralph Bakshi
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Birthdate: October 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Animation filmmaker Ralph Bakshi revolutionized the domain of animation through adult-oriented projects. He started his career with Terrytoons and eventually launched his own studio. Some of his features include Fritz the Cat, the 1978 version of The Lord of the Rings, and the series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.
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Neri Oxman
(Architect)
Neri Oxman
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: February 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Neri Oxman is an American-Israeli designer best known for combining design, computing, biology, and materials engineering into art and architecture. She also serves as a professor at the MIT Media Lab, leading the Mediated Matter research group. Praised as one of the modern-time greats, Oxman was included in ICON's 20 Most Influential Architects to Shape Our Future list in 2009.

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Moshe Safdie
(Architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author who designed Habitat 67, a model housing complex and landmark in Montreal)
Moshe Safdie
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: July 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer

Moshe Safdie is an architect, educator, urban planner, author, and theorist. He is best known for designing Jewel Changi Airport, Marina Bay Sands, and Habitat 67. Widely regarded as a thought leader, Safdie's work has inspired generations of architects all around the world. 

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Amos Tversky
(Psychologist, Economist, University teacher)
Amos Tversky
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Birthdate: March 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 2, 1996

Amos Tversky was an Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist. He is known for his contribution to the discovery of systematic human cognitive bias. The son of a social worker and politician, he received his doctorate from the University of Michigan before embarking on an academic career. He worked closely with his longtime collaborator, Daniel Kahneman, and wrote several papers together. 

 8 
Iddo Goldberg
(Actor)
Iddo Goldberg
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Birthdate: August 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo

Iddo Goldberg is an Israeli-British actor best known for his roles in the drama TV series  Secret Diary of a Call Girl and horror TV series Salem. Born in Israel, he moved to London as a child. He began his acting career in the 1990s with small roles in TV shows. As of today, he appears in films as well. 

 9 
Moran Atias
(Actress and Model Best Known for Her Work with Paul Haggis in the 2008 TV Series 'Crash')
Moran Atias
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries

Moran Atias is an Israeli-American actress and model who has appeared in numerous Italian films. She began acting as a teenager and then took up modeling as well. After a successful stint as a model, she once again turned to acting and appeared in TV shows and films across USA, Italy, and Israel. She is also engaged in humanitarian work.  

 10 
Naftali Bennett
(13th Prime Minister of Israel)
Naftali Bennett
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
 11 
Haya Harareet
(Israeli Actress and Screenwriter)
Haya Harareet
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Birthdate: September 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 3, 2021

Haya Harareet was an Israeli screenwriter and actress best remembered for her portrayal of Esther in the 1959 religious epic film Ben-Hur. Among her works as a screenwriter is the 1967 British drama film Our Mother's House, which was directed by Jack Clayton. She was an international star; she appeared in Israeli, Italian, British, and American films.

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Jeff Wilbusch
(Actor)
Jeff Wilbusch
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Birthdate: November 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Jeff Wilbusch is an Israeli-German actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Moishe Lefkovitch in a drama television miniseries titled Unorthodox for which he was honored at the 25th Satellite Awards with the Best Supporting Actor award under the Series, Miniseries or Television Film category.

 13 
David Deutsch
(British Physicist Known for Pioneering the Field of 'Quantum Computation')
David Deutsch
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus

David Deutsch is a British physicist, currently serving as a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. He is a pioneer in the field of quantum computation and gave a description for a quantum Turing machine. He is a proponent of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. He received the Dirac Prize of the Institute of Physics in 1998. 

 14 
Ivry Gitlis
(Israeli Virtuoso Violinist)
Ivry Gitlis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 24, 2020
 15 
Avi Lerner
(Film producer)
Avi Lerner
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Birthdate: October 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra

Avi Lerner is an Israeli-American film producer known for producing popular action films like The Expendables, Rambo, and The Expendables 3. He has also executive produced successful movies like Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mechanic. Lerner is credited with founding Millennium Films where he also serves as the CEO.

 16 
Leila Khaled
(Political activist)
Leila Khaled
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 9, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
 17 
Rula Jebreal
(Palestinian Foreign Policy Analyst, Journalist, Novelist and Screenwriter)
Rula Jebreal
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus

Rula Jebreal is a Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst, novelist, and screenwriter. Her first novel Miral was adapted into a film of the same name. Directed by Julian Schnabel, Miral had Freida Pinto playing the title role.

 18 
Ari Folman
(Israeli Film Director, Screenwriter, Animator and Film-Score Composer)
Ari Folman
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Birthdate: December 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ari Folman is an Israeli film director, animator, and screenwriter. He was born to Holocaust survivors in Israel. He studied at Tel Aviv University's department of film and television and began his career producing documentaries. He directed the documentary film Waltz with Bashir, based on the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre. 

 19 
Nasrin Kadri
(Singer)
Nasrin Kadri
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
 20 
Paul Foot
(Journalist)
Paul Foot
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Birthdate: November 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 18, 2004
 21 
Aaron Ciechanover
(Israeli Biologist Known for Characterizing the Method That Cells Use to Degrade and Recycle Proteins Using Ubiquitin)
Aaron Ciechanover
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra

Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Aaron Ciechanover is best known for his research on the mechanism that allows cells to destroy unwanted proteins. Part of the faculty at Technion, he is also part of Patient Innovation’s advisory board and has also been associated with companies such as Rosetta Genomics.

 22 
Amir Aczel
(Mathematician)
Amir Aczel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 26, 2015
 23 
Moshe Weinberg
(Amateur wrestler)
Moshe Weinberg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 5, 1972

Moshe Weinberg was an Israeli wrestler and coach. A former wrestling champion, Weinberg began his career as a coach at the Wingate Institute. He then went on to become the coach of the Israel national team and accompanied the Israel contingent that traveled to compete in the infamous 1972 Munich Olympics; Weinberg was among the victims of the Munich massacre.

 24 
Bruce Rappaport
(Businessperson, Banker)
Bruce Rappaport
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Birthdate: February 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 8, 2010
 25 
Sharon Kam
(Clarinetist)
Sharon Kam
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
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Loudy Wiggins
(Former Australian Diver)
Loudy Wiggins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
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Emile Habibi
(Writer)
Emile Habibi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 2, 1996

Palestinian-Israeli author Emile Habibi was not only a prominent figure in Arabic literature but also formed his own narrative style, known as the Habibian, mixing storytelling and activism. A fine politician, too, he was part of the Knesset. He was also awarded the Israel Prize for Arabic literature.

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Tanya Reinhart
(Linguist)
Tanya Reinhart
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Birthdate: July 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 17, 2007

Born in Israel, Tanya Reinhart was raised by a communist single mother. The MIT alumna and renowned linguist had taught at the Tel Aviv University for over two decades and was associated with the University of Utrecht for 15 years. She was also known for her political activism.

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Dorry Segev
(Israeli Surgeon)
Dorry Segev
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Listed In: Physicians

Dorry Segev is an Israeli-born doctor who is currently the Marjory K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also the associate vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is best known for the significant contributions he made to the field of transplantation. 

 30 
Samira Saraya
(Actress)
Samira Saraya
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Birthdate: December 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Samira Saraya is an Israeli-Palestinian actor, rapper, filmmaker, poet, and spoken word artist. Over the years, she has won several prestigious awards including the best screenplay award at the TLVFest. Saraya is also an important activist; she is credited with co-founding a feminist organization called Aswat which aims at changing the perception of the LGBT community in Palestine.

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Avital Selinger
(Dutch Retired Volleyball Player and Head Coach)
Avital Selinger
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Elias Sanbar
(Historian)
Elias Sanbar
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Birthdate: February 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Palestinian historian, essayist, poet, translator and diplomat Elias Sanbar serves as Palestinian ambassador to the UNESCO since 2012. He is one of the founders of Revue d'études palestiniennes (The Journal of Palestine Studies) and served as its editor-in-chief for 25 years. His book The Palestinians won the Palestine Book Awards in 2015. His works include translating Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry into French.

 33 
Ariel Muzicant
(Business people)
Ariel Muzicant
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 34 
Amnon Freidberg
(Entomologist)
Amnon Freidberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 10, 2020
 35 
Nika Kleiman
(Israel TikTok Sensation)
Nika Kleiman
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Birthdate: June 25, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Nitsan Raiter
(Instagram Star)
Nitsan Raiter
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: January 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Gali Golan
(Israel TikTok Star)
Gali Golan
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Birthdate: October 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)