Bar Refaeli

Refaeli in 2008, photo by Joe Seer /

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 emigrants, 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 two children.

Bar’s paternal grandparents had the surname Refaeli and Jubely.

Bar’s maternal grandfather was named Benjamin Levin (the son of Jacob Yasha Levin and Zehava). Benjamin was a Lithuanian Jew.

Bar’s maternal grandmother was 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. Chasia was the daughter of Shlomo Slozki and Esther Dolgopiati.

Sources: Genealogies of Bar Refaeli –

Interfaithfamily interview with Bar Refaeli –


Curious about ethnicity

64 Responses

  1. mycarf123123 says:

    What about her paternal grandparents’ exact country of origin? Their previous surnames?

  2. Manila says:

    Bar’s paternal grandparents had the surname Refaeli and Jubely.

    Benjamin was a Lithuanian Jew, and was the son of Jacob Yasha Levin and Zehava.

    Chasia was the daughter of Shlomo Slozki and Esther Dolgopiati.

    Genealogy of Bar Refaeli –

  3. lelo4 says:

    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.

  4. hesh123 says:

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

    • passingtime85 says:

      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.

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