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 three children.

Bar’s paternal grandparents had the surnames 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 –


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65 Responses

  1. toddandrew says:

    No, I used to work in Monsey, NY–down near NY City. It’s an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. This look isn’t rare there at all. My guess is that 10% of Ashkenazi Jews look like this. One time I ran into an Orthodox Jewish girl who had dark brown hair and brown eyes. She had a sister who was just the opposite: blonde hair and blue eyes. The dark Jew is just a stereotype.

  2. Yeravam says:

    I had hoped this wouldn’t need pointing out, but I guess it does.

    Most Ashkenazi Jews DO NOT look like this. Not FULL Ashkenazi Jews, at least (half-Ashkenazim like Scarlett Johanssen are obviously a different story). And Bar Refaeli isn’t even full Ashkenazi. She’s part-Sephardic.

    Anti-Semites love hemming in on obvious outliers like Bar and saying “HA, this proves Ashkenazi Jews are frauds. They’re not Semites”. If anything, it just shows how desperate they are.

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