Famous Israeli Women

Beautiful, intelligent and dignified, the Israeli woman is a rare combination of beauty and brains. Women in Israel have had a difficult past due to political instability in the country. But Israelis are known to be resilient and have worked hard to rebuild their country. Today Israel is a developed country which boasts of having one of the highest life expectancies in the world. The transformation of Israel from a strife ridden nation to a developed one was not an easy one—it was made possible only by the relentless hard work and determination of the country’s men and women. Women play an important role in contributing to their nation’s cultural heritage and Israeli women have doubtlessly been pivotal in their nation’s resurrection.

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 1 Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli
Famous As: Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hod HaSharon
One of the highest-paid Israeli models, Bar Refaeli topped Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2012 and has worked for GQ and Elle. She has also hosted Germany's Next Top Model, The X Factor Israel, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She faced criticism for avoiding Israel’s mandatory military service recruitment.

 2 Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rosh HaAyin, Israel

From Miss Israel to Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has made heads turn and take notice of her. Serving two years in Israeli Army as a combat trainer surely helped Gadot in her movie career, where she is known for playing strong, action-oriented roles. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2018.

 3 Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene
Famous As: Disciple of Jesus Christ
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Magdala

Mary Magdalene was an important biblical figure. It is said that she witnessed many of Jesus' miracles and life events, including his crucifixion and the subsequent resurrection. Since it is claimed that Magdalene was a prostitute, she has been viewed as the patroness of wayward women in the modern era. Her life has inspired several important works of art.

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 4 Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus
Famous As: Mother of Jesus
Birthdate: September 8, 0018
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nazareth

The mother of Jesus Christ and the wife of Joseph, Mary, also known as the Virgin Mary, finds mention in both the New Testament and the Quran. Though most Catholic scholars believe in traditional Marian dogmas, Protestants have often argued, questioning ideas such as the Assumption of Mary.

 5 Hila Klein

Hila Klein
Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: December 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Holon, Israel
With over six million subscribers, Hila Klein alongside her husband, Ethan Edward Klein, run the YouTube channel h3h3Productions that features content relating to sketch comedy and reaction videos. She is also a painter and artist and sells her art online. She also released her line of clothes and accessories called Teddy Fresh

 6 Inbar Lavi

Inbar Lavi
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel

Inbar Lavi is an Israeli actress best known for her performance in the American comedy-drama TV series Underemployed. Lavi is also credited with playing important roles on other American TV series like Gang Related, Prison Break, and Lucifer. Her popularity increased when she landed the lead role in the dark comedy television series Imposters where she played Maddie.

 7 Odeya Rush

Odeya Rush
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

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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 8 Golda Meir

Golda Meir
Famous As: Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74)
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: December 8, 1978

Born in present-day Ukraine and brought up in the United States, the phenomenal rise of Golda Meir to become the prime minister of Israel was driven by her sheer leadership qualities. She steered her country amid hostilities from its neighbourhood during her eventful term as premier which also saw the Yom Kippur War. She is remembered as a strong-willed woman.

 9 Yael Grobglas

Yael Grobglas
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Yael Grobglas is an Israeli actress known for her performance in the popular American satirical telenovela Jane the Virgin. After appearing in a couple of Israeli films, Grobglas achieved international recognition when she played Shir in a horror film titled Rabies. She then established herself in the American TV and film industry by appearing in projects like Jane the Virgin.

 10 Keren Peles

Keren Peles
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yavne'el, Israel

Keren Peles is an Israeli pianist, singer-songwriter, and poet. Over the course of her songwriting career, Peles has contributed immensely to the success of other popular singers like Shiri Maimon and Miri Mesika by writing the lyrics of some of their hit songs. She has also found success as a singer as many of her albums have been certified gold.  

 11 Ayelet Zurer

Ayelet Zurer
Famous As: Actor, Model, Stage actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Ayelet Zurer is an Israeli actress best known for playing the female lead in the American mystery thriller film Angels & Demons. A celebrated actress in Israel, Zurer has won many prestigious awards, such as the Israeli Film Academy Award and Israeli Television Academy Awards. In 2003, she was honored with the Best Actress award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

 12 Jezebel

Famous As: Queen of Israel
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Israel
Died: November 30, 0842

Jezebel was the wife of the King of Israel, Ahab. Jezebel is credited with introducing the worship of Asherah and Baal on a national scale. She also purged the prophets of Yahweh, for which she is often associated with false prophets. An important cultural symbol, Jezebel is also associated with promiscuity and fallen women.

 13 Netta Barzilai

Netta Barzilai
Famous As: Singer, Looping Artist
Birthdate: January 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hod HaSharon, Israel

Eurovision Contest-winning Israeli artist Netta Barzilai won hearts with her track Toy, a song that spoke of women empowerment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she experimented with a podcast and performances from the balcony of her Tel Aviv apartment. She also performed the track Cuckoo for an online Eurovision event.

 14 Bathsheba

Famous As: Queen consort of Israel
Birthdate: 0000 AD

The wife of Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba was bathing on her roof when David saw her and had her brought to him. He then got Uriah killed and married Bathsheba. David and Bathsheba’s first child died as a punishment for his sins. She was also the mother of King Solomon.

 15 Alona Tal

Alona Tal
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Herzliya

Alona Tal is an Israeli actress known for playing supporting roles in popular American TV series like Veronica Mars and Supernatural. Tal is also known for her singing skills; she has recorded a song with popular Haitian rapper and musician Wyclef Jean. She has also appeared in several American films like Half Past Dead 2, Broken City, and Opening Night.

 16 Salome

Famous As: Religious Figure
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Judea

 17 Ofra Haza

Ofra Haza
Famous As: Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: February 23, 2000

Ofra Haza was an Israeli actress and singer who achieved great popularity in the Western world where she came to be known as the Madonna of the East. An influential cultural figure in Israel, Ofra Haza played a major role in popularizing the Mizrahi culture. During her illustrious singing career, Haza earned several gold and platinum discs.

 18 Deborah

Famous As: Prophetess
Birthdate: 1107 AD
Birthplace: Israel
Died: 1067 AD

Deborah was an Israeli prophetess and a judge of Israel who made her judgments underneath a date palm tree between Bethel in the Tribe of Ephraim and Ramah in Benjamin. According to the Bible, Deborah was the only female judge in pre-monarchic Israel.

 19 Bar Paly

Bar Paly
Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Model
Birthdate: April 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ural

Bar Paly is an actress and model best known for her role in the crime drama TV series NCIS: Los Angeles. She was born in the Soviet Union and moved to Israel as a child. She later immigrated to USA, where she entered the entertainment industry. She started out as a model and then began acting as well.   

 20 Leah

Famous As: Daughter of Laban
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 21 Mili Avital

Mili Avital
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Mili Avital is an Israeli actress, writer, and director who has been active in the entertainment industry for three decades. She studied acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre School and soon made her film debut. She began her career in Israel and now appears in international projects as well. She is the recipient of one Israeli Academy Award. 

 22 Judith

Famous As: Biblical Heroine
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ancient Roman

 23 Moran Atias

Moran Atias
Famous As: She gained fame in the Italian films Gas, Oggi sposi, and Mother of Tears
Birthdate: April 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

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.  

 24 Samaritan woman at the well

Samaritan woman at the well
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Samaria, Israel
Died: 0066 AD

 25 Dana International

Dana International
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Israel

 26 Rula Jebreal

Rula Jebreal
Famous As: Journalist and novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

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.

 27 Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem

Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem
Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1160 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: July 25, 1190

 28 Safra A. Catz

Safra A. Catz
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Holon, Israel

 29 Herodias

Famous As: Queen of Galilee
Birthdate: 0015 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0039 AD

 30 Daliah Lavi

Daliah Lavi
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shavei Tzion, Israel
Died: May 3, 2017

Daliah Lavi was an Israeli actress, model, and singer. Throughout her career, Lavi played important roles in several European and American productions. As she was fluent in many languages, she acted in English, Italian, Spanish, German, and French-language films. Thanks to her impressive physique, she was also popular for playing a femme fatale in many films.

 31 Esti Ginzburg

Esti Ginzburg
Famous As: Actor, Model, Television presenter
Birthdate: March 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Esti Ginzburg is an Israeli model, television host, and actress. One of the most popular faces in Israel, Ginzburg has taken part in international campaigns, modeling for fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger and FCUK. Ginzburg was also featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years starting from 2009. Also a philanthropist, Ginzburg works with the Hayim Association.

 32 Haya Harareet

Haya Harareet
Famous As: Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: September 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa

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.

 33 Noa Tishby

Noa Tishby
Famous As: actor, singer, model, television presenter
Birthdate: May 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ramat Aviv

Noa Tishby is an Israeli actress, producer, writer, and activist. She achieved popularity after appearing in the 2005 science fiction film, The Island, which starred Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. As a producer, Tishby is credited with co-producing the Peabody Award-winning series In Treatment. A popular activist, Tishby was named among the 50 Most Influential Jews by the Jerusalem Post.

 34 Mary in Islam

Mary in Islam
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: 0018 AD
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel; Judea, Israel; Roman Empire, Ancient Rome
Died: 0033 AD

 35 Athaliah

Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Samaria
Died: 0836 BC

 36 Anna Zak

Anna Zak
Famous As: TikTok (Musical.ly) Star, Model
Birthdate: March 12, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia

Anna Zak is an Israeli Internet personality, singer, and model. With more than a million followers on Instagram and four million followers on TikTok, Anna is considered one of the most influential social media stars in Israel. In 2017, she was named the most influential Instagrammer in Israel, ahead of personalities like Bar Refaeli.

 37 Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat, Manager
Birthdate: July 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 38 Ninet Tayeb

Ninet Tayeb
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kiryat Gat

Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli musician, composer, singer-songwriter, DJ, actress, and model. Regarded as one of the most famous people in the entertainment industry in Israel, Tayeb is also renowned for her International collaborations; in 2015, she was named among the hottest new artists to enter the American entertainment industry. She has won a couple of MTV Europe Music Awards.

 39 Linor Abargil

Linor Abargil
Famous As: Model, Actor, Beauty pageant contestant, Stage actor
Birthdate: February 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Netanya

Linor Abargil is an Israeli lawyer, model, actress, and beauty queen. In 1998, Abargil won the Miss World pageant. She won the contest shortly after being raped and has since become a global advocate against sexual violence. Linor Abargil is also credited with launching a fashion label named LYA, which aims at serving the needs of religious women.

 40 Yael Naim

Yael Naim
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 41 Isabella I of Jerusalem

Isabella I of Jerusalem
Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1172 AD
Birthplace: Nablus, Israel
Died: April 5, 1205

 42 Sara Netanyahu

Sara Netanyahu
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kiryat Tiv'on

Sara Netanyahu is an Israeli educational and career psychologist. She is married to former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She is the daughter of a Polish-born Israeli Jewish educator. She has worked as a psychotechnical evaluator and an educational psychologist. She has received much negative media attention for the mistreatment of her staff. 

 43 Ada Yonath

Ada Yonath
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Isreal

Ada Yonath is an Israeli crystallographer. She is best known for her work on the structure of the ribosome, for which she received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz. The first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize, she occupies the Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professorial Chair at the Weizmann Institute.  

 44 Ronit Elkabetz

Ronit Elkabetz
Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beersheba, Israel
Died: April 19, 2016

Ronit Elkabetz was an Israeli actress, film director, and screenwriter. A critically acclaimed actress and director, Elkabetz received several prestigious awards during her lifetime. She received three Ophir Awards as well as the Cannes Film Festival's France Culture Award. In 2010, she received a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to Israeli cinema from the Israeli Film Academy.

 45 Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh
Famous As: Associate director of the Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Illinois
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Lifta, British Mandate Palestine

 46 Esther Ofarim

Esther Ofarim
Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: June 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Safed

Esther Ofarim is an Israeli singer. She began performing folk songs as a child. As a young woman, she married Abi Ofarim, a guitarist and dancer. The couple performed together as the folk duo Esther & Abi Ofarim in the 1960s. After they divorced, she focused on building a solo career. She is the recipient of an Edison Award. 

 47 Shafi Goldwasser

Shafi Goldwasser
Famous As: university teacher, cryptographer, mathematician, computer scientist
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: New York City

Shafi Goldwasser is a computer scientist who serves as the chief scientist of Duality Technologies which she co-founded in 2016. In 1997, she started serving as RSA Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), becoming the institute's first holder of the professorship. In 2012, she was honored with the Turing Award for her work in the field of cryptography.

 48 Ishtar

Famous As: Front vocalist of the French-based band Alabina
Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kiryat Ata, Israel

 49 Linoy Ashram

Linoy Ashram
Famous As: Rhythmic gymnast
Birthdate: May 13, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel

Linoy Ashram is an Israeli rhythmic gymnast best known for winning the rhythmic individual all-around gold medal in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ashram is the first rhythmic gymnast from Israel to win an Olympic medal. She is also the first Israeli woman and only the third Israeli athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

 50 Nasrin Kadri

Nasrin Kadri
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

The gutsy Golda Meir, "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics defied tradition to become the first woman Prime Minister of Israel making it one of the few countries where a woman has served as a Prime Minister. Israeli women are also required to serve mandatory military service requirement. The women of this country have left their mark in various arenas such as science, mathematics, literature, fine arts, films and fashion. After all, super model Bar Refaeli is an Israeli woman! Browse this section to read all about the famous Israeli women who helped shape the world.