Aura Herzog (Hebrew אורה הרצוג, born Aura Ambache; 1928 - January 10, 2022) was an Israeli activist, widow of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog and former First Lady of the State of Israel.
She was born in Egypt to saber parents and studied at French schools in Ismailia. She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1947, she married Chajim Herzog. Her sister Suzy married the later Israeli Foreign Minister Abbu Eban. She entered the Haganah and served as an officer in the Army's scientific corps during the Israeli War of Independence. During the war, she was wounded in a bomb attack on the headquarters of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem. She accompanied her husband during his service in the United States, where he served as a military attaché from 1950 to 1954 and then as an Israeli envoy to the United Nations from 1975 to 1978. She initiated and founded the Annual Bible Contest in 1959. an integral part of Israeli tradition and culture and from 1959 to 1968 she was a member of the Council for Culture and Arts. In 1968, she founded the "Israel Beauty Council" and served as its international president. When she was the first lady, she took part in the first Martin Luther King Day celebrations at the Israeli presidential residence. As the first lady, she emphasized helping citizens, supporting quality of life and the environment. She believed that everyone should share these values from an early age. ”She was a board member of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She wrote the first book on etiquette in Hebrew, entitled The Secrets of Hospitality, published in Israel. In addition, she was an art critic in the Jewish Chronicle. She had four children with her husband: Jo'el, Michael, Ronit and Yitzhak, who became an Israeli politician.
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