Esther Herlitz

Esther Herlitz has served as Israel Ambassador to Denmark and Consul in New York. She was an officer in the British and Israel Armies, a member of Knesset and a member of the Na’amat board. She is the chairperson of Israel’s International Harp Contest and of the Zimriya. She has published an autobiography, How Far Can a Woman Go.

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