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Rivka Guber

Rivka Bumaghina Guber’s selflessness and her painful sacrifices for the young State of Israel earned her the title “Mother of the Sons” and the respect of the nation. Guber immigrated to Palestine with her husband in 1925, where they helped found several kibbutzim. Despite being a mother of three, she served in the British Army’s Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1940–1942. Her two sons followed her into the military, and both died in the 1948 War of Independence. She published her first book about them, Im ha-Banim, two years later. She focused on her work, helping establish Nogah, a moshav for recent immigrants, where she taught and served as principal at a school for immigrant children in the area. In 1961, her second book, El Masu’ot Lachish, called attention to the struggles immigrants faced. After she was awarded the Israel Prize in 1967, she resettled in Kefar Ahim (Village of the Brothers), a moshav named for her sons. She recorded the residents’ stories about their experiences in the Holocaust, publishing them as a collection, Eleh Toldot Kefar Ahim, in 1974. Although she spent her last few years in a Tel Aviv nursing home, she continued to write and try to be of service until the end of her life.


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Celebrated educator and volunteer Rivka Guber in 1968. Image courtesy of the Ezra Morad Archive via Wikimedia Commons.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rivka Guber." (Viewed on December 2, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/guber-rivka>.


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