Paula Ben Gurion (Munweis Monbesz), פולה בן-גוריון (1892 - 1968) MP

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Birthplace: Russia
Death: Died in Sde Boker, Israel
Occupation: nurse
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
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About Paula Ben Gurion (Munweis Monbesz), פולה בן-גוריון

Paula Ben-Gurion (From Wikipedia)

Paula (Munweis or Monbesz) Ben-Gurion (Hebrew: פולה בן גוריון‎; 1892 – 1968) was the Russian-born wife of David Ben-Gurion the founding Prime Minister of Israel. They had three children together: Geula, Amos and Renana.

Paula was raised in the United States and was known for her acerbic tongue. She was fluent in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew. She was a nurse trained at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey and an active member of the Poalei Zion Zionist organization. David Ben Gurion met her at the home of his friend, Samuel Bonchek on a visit to New York City. They married in 1917 at New York City's Municipal Building before returning to Palestine where Ben-Gurion enlisted as a soldier in the new Jewish Legion of World War I.

She was a feisty woman and famous for not being afraid to ask her husband to wash the dishes. She was bemused by her husband's interest in yoga and when his tutor, the famous Moshé Feldenkrais would show up she would say: "Here comes Mr. Hocus Pocus."

Ben-Gurion published a book for her: Letters to Paula and the Children in 1958. A number of schools and institutions in Israel were named for her.

Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Television, is her great-nephew.

Paula is buried with her husband in Sde Boker.

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Paula Ben Gurion, פולה בן-גוריון's Timeline

1892
1892
Russia
1917
1917
Age 25
USA
1948
May 15, 1948
Age 56
Tel Aviv, Israel
1965
1965
- 1968
Age 73
Tel Aviv, Israel
1968
1968
Age 76
Sde Boker, Israel
1968
Age 76
Sde Boker, Negev, Israel
1973
December, 1973
Age 76
Sde Boker, Israel