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 –


Curious about ethnicity

65 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    OT: are real those rumours about breast implants?

  2. andrew says:

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

    • yoyoyo7 says:

      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.

    • andrew says:

      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

    • nnnnn says:

      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)

  3. Markus says:

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

  4. nathali says:

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

  5. nathali says:

    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.

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