New museum to showcase the women who helped build Israel

by Abigail Klein Leichman, Courtesy of

 “Shomeret” (Watchwoman) by Haya Graetz Ran. Photo by Boaz Lanir


How many “she-roes” of Israel can you name?

Yael Nitzan, Curator & art historian. Founder of the Israeli Women Museum, Photo by Adi Eder

Maybe you’d start with Golda Meir, Israel’s first and only female prime minister. Or the tragic and courageous spy Sarah Aaronsohn and paratrooper Hannah Senesh.

The list would include physician Vera Weizmann, the first First Lady of Israel, who helped establish Chaim Sheba Medical Center, now the largest hospital in the Middle East; and second First Lady Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi, who taught Jerusalem women how to grow vegetables, milk cows and make cheese so their husbands could go outand
build the state.

These and many other women who played – and continue to play — important roles in the history and culture of Israel will be immortalized later this year when the Israeli Women Museum opens in Haifa.

The museum will showcase at least 100 noteworthy but not necessarily well-known women, from architects to lawyers to choreographers, says founder Yael Nitzan.

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