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 –


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64 Responses

  1. andrew says:


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

    That’s why I did Simon&Garfunkel example

  2. andrew says:


    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.

  3. Gurrl says:

    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.

  4. sarahle says:

    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 says:

      @ sarahle

      children alwais use to be fairer than adults.

    • leslie2 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • leslie2 says:

      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 says:


      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 says:

      Did neil say that?

    • cwm85 says:

      Who are the moderators of this site?

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      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

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