Nechama Rivlin dies at 73

Nechama Rivlin dies at 73

Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, has died at the age of 73.

Nechama and Reuven Rivlin.
Nechama and Reuven Rivlin.

First lady Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, has passed away at 73, the President’s Residence reported Tuesday morning.

Her funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Herzl.

Flags at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem were lowered to half mast in a sign of mourning.

The beloved wife of the president passed away just one day before her 74th birthday, on June 5.

Rivlin was born in 1945 in Moshav Herut, in the Sharon region. Her parents, Drora (Keila) and Mendy Shulman, immigrated to what was then Palestine from the Ukraine and were among the moshav’s founders.

She worked as a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the departments of zoology, ecology and genetics before retiring in 2007.

The Rivlins have three children – Rivka, Anat and Ran – and numerous grandchildren.

Nechama suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, an interstitial lung disease, and has used an oxygen tank for many years to assist her breathing. Despite this, she often accompanied her husband on trips around the world.

The first lady would write from time to time on the president’s official Facebook page about Israeli and Hebrew-language writers and artists whom she appreciated. She began her posts with the words “Hello everyone, Nechama here,” and signed off with “Yours, Nechama.”

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