Ofira Navon (Erez) (1936 - 1993)

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Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
Death: Died in Jerusalem, Israel
Occupation: 5th First Lady of Israel, Rehabilitation Psycologist
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
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About Ofira Navon (Erez)

Ofira Navon

Ofira Navon (Hebrew: אופירה נבון‎; 1936–1993) was the wife of Yitzhak Navon, the fifth President of Israel.

Ofira Navon was born in Tel Aviv, to Batya and Eliezer Resnikov, Prisoners of Zion from Russia. She earned an MA in education and psychology, and had professional certification in rehabilitation psychology from Columbia University. She and Yitzhak Navon had two children, Naama and Erez.

As First Lady

During her husband's presidency, from 1978 to 1983, Navon raised the profile of the president's wife. As First Lady, Navon established the Presidents Council for the Welfare of the Child. She worked with Jihan Sadat, wife of the Egyptian president, on rehabilitation projects for soldiers wounded in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Navon also pushed for an international treaty to protect children caught in war zones.

Navon was the first Israeli-born presidential wife. With her Ashkenazi upbringing, her marriage to a Sephardi Jew was unusual at the time. The fact that they were parents of small children was another first for the presidency in Israel.

Illness and death

In 1979, Ofira Navon was diagnosed with breast cancer and rejected a mastectomy, opting for chemotherapy and a lumpectomy. Later she argued for the right of patients to determine their own treatment. In August 1993, Navon died of leukemia at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem at the age of 57.


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Ofira Navon's Timeline

January 22, 1936
Tel Aviv, Israel
June 1963
Age 27
Jerusalem, Israel
August 23, 1993
Age 57
Jerusalem, Israel
August 1993
Age 57
Jerusalem, Israel