Bar Refaeli

by ethnic on February 15, 2009

Place of Birth: Hod HaSharon, Israel

Date of Birth: June 4, 1985

Ethnicity: Sephardi Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish

Bar Refaeli is an Israeli model, television host, actress, and businessperson.

Bar was born in Hod HaSharon, Israel, to Jewish parents, Tzipi (Levine), also a model, and Rafi Refaeli. Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants (from Italy, Lithuania, and Poland). Rafi’s father’s family took on the Hebrew name Refaeli when they arrived in Israel. The derivation of both Rafi’s first name and surname come from the angel, Raphael, from the Bible.

Bar is married to Israeli businessperson Adi Ezra, with whom she has a daughter.

Bar’s maternal grandparents were Benjamin Levin and Pnina Drabski (the daughter of Joseph Drabski and Chasia Slozki). Joseph and Chasia were Polish Jews. Joseph was the son of Wolf Drabski and Chia Berkovitz.

Sources: Genealogy of Bar Refaeli (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Interfaithfamily interview with Bar Refaeli –

photo by Joe Seer /

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lelo4 August 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

For the last time, Ashkenazi Jews don’t have Central/Northern/Eastern European ancestry. Light features doesn’t equal Northern European, there are people with this pigmentation in Lebanon and Syrian and of course much more common in Northern Italy.

hesh123 September 4, 2015 at 3:29 pm

I just read all those comments and still don’t know what the he’ll you guys are talking about.

andrew August 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm
passingtime85 August 4, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Neiltennant you are Caucasian. If you’re going to use these terms you should at least understand the terminology. There’s basically only a handful of “races”, they’re not even scientifically accurate they’re more of a social construct more than an accurate taxonomy. Pretty much everyone from under the Saharan desert are Negroids, then everyone north of that and west of about Nepal are, Caucasoid. East of that are Mongoloids, including the Pacific islanders stretching to the aboriginal peoples of the American continents. Then there are subsets like Australoids and people who are even less easily categorized like Dravidians and Sinhalese.

What you specifically think of when you mention Caucasians are people that exhibit north European traits, when that really isn’t the sole depiction of people that fall under the Caucasian moniker. Dark Indians/Afghans/Pakistanis/Arabs/Iranians/Mizrahi Jews/Turks are all Caucasian. You don’t have to be pale white, with blond hair and blue eyes to be considered Caucasian. That’s just a mistake people make, you among them.

Getting into racial discussions/debates are almost never a good idea, it always results in people getting upset/offensive/defensive, angry, aggressive, etc. I’d just drop it. This really isn’t a forum to argue, it’s just a fun website to look up ethnic backgrounds.

By the way Naomi Campbell isn’t typical looking for a person of African descent, because she is partially Asian.

andrew August 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm


“There simply is not a set standard of what a Jewish person can look like”

That’s why I did Simon&Garfunkel example

andrew August 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm


I don’t think you’re odd looking for your ethnicity. I saw Pashtuns (right?) with green eyes, light skin etc
You may be lighter than average but the fact you have a pseudo European look is not a big deal.

Gurrl August 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

You act like “pure Jews” (whatever that means) can’t have blue eyes on their own.
Even people directly from the Middle East can have blue eyes even if they don’t have European ancestry.
This for example is a Middle Eastern Yazidi girl with blonde hair and blue eyes:
And Jews are one of the most homogeneous groups.

andrew October 19, 2013 at 8:11 am
ashash September 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I see it. Bar looks like him.

sarahle October 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

My uncle and his wife are both dark ( dark eyes and dark hair) and their children got totally blond hair and ice blue eyes – AND we are Sephardi Jews from the Middle East!

andrew October 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

@ sarahle

children alwais use to be fairer than adults.

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 1:13 am

Not butt in here, but I wanted to put my two-cents in.

I recall I read once the definition of Ashkenazi Jew was Jews of European descent(aka white) and born in Europe/ancestors in Europe. Here is the definition of Ashkenazim today: ”

Today, “Ashkenazi Jews” is a descriptive term for descendants of these immigrants, including those who established communities in Central and Eastern Europe centuries later. With them, they took diversified Yiddish,[citation needed] a High German language[citation needed] written using the Hebrew alphabet, and heavily influence
d by classical Hebrew and Aramaic.”


I’m not against or taking anyone’s side here, but follers,Most African-Americans are 88% or more black. Just like most White Americans, and Asian Americans/ There was VERY LITTLE intermixing between them, especially in the last 100 years, and most did not even live or grow up to know people of different racial groups. That’s a fact. Sure some intermarriage., had illegitimate children, of course it happens, but it was NEVER A LARGE PERCENTAGE. Please remind yourself of that. Most people you see are White,Asian, Native, and Black, are almost always usually what they ARE, and that is close to 100% if not a little less.

Now with Jews in Europe, most Ashkenazi of are German-Jewish, Russian-Jewish,, Polish-Jewish, or Eastern European. Hardly do you meet many Spanish-Jewish or etc because they were exiled alongg time ago and unwelcomed by the Spaniards, Russians, and the English and most of Europe and, thus knowing about the history o Europe and the act o the matter is,most Europeans, especially Eastern/Germanic Europeans, are 99% White, and are usually of that culture/ethnicity were they are born (as are their parents unless otherwise stated or known),

unless they are a recent immigrant within the last twenty-thirty years prior to that, they did not intermix much, and they usually stayed with their own kind (Jews with Jews, Polish with polish, Russian with Russian, and since Jews were always looked down on with prejudice and stereotypes, hardly anyone wanted to be seen with Jews or be mixed with Jews. Thus Jews were treated like second class citizens in most cases.

Just my Two cents. I’m not arguing or disagreeing, I’m just here to point out the facts. That is all.

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 6:21 am

at school even at private good schools worldwide we learn that hitler an aryan hated jews because of their appearance etc.

and he claimed in his racist speeches that jews are this und that

and at school we learn the history but never mentioned that jews-image is not accurate and had not been even in the 20s and 30s

cwm85 August 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

What you said was very incorrect in fact there is more mixing today than ever as society has become more accepting of interracial relations. And most African-Americans are in the 70-80 percent range of african ancestry not 88 percent.

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 1:16 am

Some sources place Ashkenazi as making up approximately 83-85 percent of Jews worldwide,[14][15][16][17] while Sergio DellaPergola in a rough calculation of Sephardic and Oriental Jews, implies that Ashkenazi make up a notably lower figure, around 74%.[18] Ashkenazi Jews constitute around 35-36% of the Israeli population (and 47.5% of Israeli Jews).[19][20]

source: wikipedia

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 3:13 am

Follers, I don’t know Chuck Norris or anything about him, so I cannot comment. :)

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 3:34 am

Sounds like another one of thoughs fake-wannabe Natives, who is actually a whiteboy from what you’re telling me, and i can only comment from that. LOL

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 2:53 pm


i do have a science degree and a Bachelor of arts

i know what I’m talking

plus I’m very interesting in the phenomenon that in some countries there are people who look strange and foreign

and i do live research

cwm85 August 4, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Did neil say that?

follers August 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm
cwm85 August 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Who are the moderators of this site?

fuzzybear44 August 5, 2015 at 11:49 am


I saw it, would have said something, but it wasn’t. Worth the effort. You’re. Going to always have someone like that on these sites

andrew May 16, 2013 at 2:59 am

OT: are real those rumours about breast implants?

andrew January 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

her surname could have been changed from Raffaeli or Raffaelli (Italian) to Refaeli

yoyoyo7 March 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

what do you even know? Italians look different from each person to each! So shut up, because her Italian part doesn’t need to be the way you think is should – dark and tanned.

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

Follers:gee, you see:”italian part”

andrew March 14, 2013 at 10:25 am

Argentina had more Italian immigrants than Spaniards, but the official language is Spanish, only 2 millions ppl speak Italian. Those immigrants mainly came from North regions (as the Pope), while the majority of Italian-Americans are from South

andrew March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Wouldnt you believe or not her surname is of clear Italian origin, a patronymic like Gabrielli, Danielli etc.. If you think Italians can only have a Mediterreanean look you are very wrong. For example Valeria Mazza, a famous Argentinian model of Italian ancestry, is a Bar Refaeli look-alike

andrew March 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Her Wikipedia spanish profile says she has German ancestry too

andrew March 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

No I am sure she is way more than 1/8 Italian. In Argentina the Italian descendants are about the 60% of the population. Also the new Pope is of Italian ancestry

andrew March 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

there are tons of German surnames ending in -Man(n)

andrew March 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

they are actually the same surnames, as for the Gaelic “Mc-” or “Mac-“

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 12:58 am

Yiddish, a language of European Jews is
a dialect of high German. No wonder, that they
have German-sounding name. Names with -stein,
mann or -berg can be German, Austrian, Swiss or Jewish. A good luck. Here are swarms of fans,
who are found of some Jewish celebrity, but racists.
So they can lie to themselves, their favourites are
“just German”

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 1:31 am

Andrew: I though, argentiniens are most of spain
origin? So, we have an “italian” pope again

phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:48 pm

Oh Andrew, still so desperate to group Italians with Northern Europeans? In your dreams she is an Italian. Stop your laughable troll attempts.

Love how such a hypocritical, obsessed troll you can be. You pizza makers will always be hairy, dark and short. Like the Arabs. That’s nothing like Nordic beauties of the north.

Hitler peasant.

lelo4 August 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm

lol, this woman may be light but she is no Nordic, she probably plots with Sicilians and other Southern Italians genetically.

nnnnn March 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

Keep cool, Follers and stop you “bubble” argumentation
I don’t want to take you Bar away. Drabski and Slotzki(Zlot is gold in polish) let no doubt. I just mentioned,smb supposed sheu, that she can be italian. Unfortunatelly her name isn’t Steinberg, Fuhrman(s.commentars in profiles) or owr old friends Lerman and Eisenberg. So, they have no opportunity to claim, that she is “just german”. I ment, Italy is a rather rich country (opposite to Lituania), and nobody would convert to judaism to have a right of return in Israel (for Kunis fans: that law are not valid for USA)

Markus March 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

is it true she was in the isreali army before coming to america?

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I totally agree, but then again, Leo isn’t white either, despite his orangeness when he tans and his round head.

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

It’s Filipina!

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm


Bar looks like a mix between a Filipina and a Saudi Arabian.

yoyoyo7 March 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

let me guess, you’re being sarcastic?

nnnnn September 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

No. I read just last week, she branches out and has
problems with Israel Government

nathali September 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm

you welcome.the source is an interview in website,but for some reason,my computer can´t send the whole link to here.

nathali September 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

i`ve found it,ethnic: Bar is a sabra (native-born Israeli) and so are her parents. Her grandparents are Jewish and hail from Italy, Lithuania and Poland. Rafi’s father took on the Hebrew name Refaeli when he arrived in Israel. The derivation of both Rafi’s first name and surname come from the angel, Raphael, from the Bible.

ethnic September 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Thanks Nathali!

/ July 26, 2010 at 1:38 am

fuck you, let’s see how you look.
israeli, jewish are beautiful!

Emmz June 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Calm down you idiot, he didn’t insult her at all! show YOUR picture, coward.

KMAFD July 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm


COOLGUY2012 July 25, 2012 at 12:22 am


levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Well, she wouldn’t be white either way. According to the Leonardo Dicaprio page, 52 people agree that Italians and Jews are not white, even if they are as orange as Dicaprio.

levangelista36 August 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Leo has a very round head.

nnnnn January 18, 2013 at 2:10 am

“52 CLEVER EDUCATED people agree” -really, very
convinsend argument.

At least 52 million men (not me) are “agree”, that
some women have a smaller brain, as a cat

BTW, I’m myself have neither jewish, not italian, greek,spain, portugal or other “black” genetic in my family, I’m just wonder about ignorance and stupidity

nnnnn January 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

If you dislike some person or some nation, you
should explain, why, and not use “arguments”
like “he/she is not white”. It’s childish

yoyoyo7 February 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

you’re drunk or stupid? They are both obviously White and I always thought you posted more normal comments and then I guess you can be very wrong on some people (or are you some fake follers?)

nnnnn March 15, 2013 at 12:50 am

yoyoyo7: the dialogue Follers-LEvangelista is awesome. BTW, Evangelista disappeared. I think,
her parents brought her to some clinic. Was necessary

blurblar May 10, 2010 at 8:26 am

she is Ashkenazi Jewish, some of them look very northern europeans. Bar is pretty, but I hate her personality… well i guess its part of ‘model behaviour’

ethnic September 23, 2009 at 12:03 am

Im sure there are many but could you name some others?


me September 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

all the israeli girls are hot… i think israel has the hottest girls in the world

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