Rivka Michaeli (Hebrew: רבקה מיכאלי‎‎; born April 14, 1938) is an Israeli actress, comedian, television hostess, and entertainer.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


By age 14, she was singing on Israel Radio.[7] Michaeli performed her military duties at the Army Radio. In the 1960s, her first show on stage was with Yossi Banai.[7] She met future composer and Israel Prize recipient Ehud Manor in the 1960s, when she was emceeing the dance troupe of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and he applied to join the troupe.[8] Impressed with his musical knowledge, she contacted Israel Radio, which offered him a job editing musical programs, and ultimately accepted a number of songs he produced for broadcast.[5][8]

In 1974 she was part of the cast of the satirical program Nikui Rosh ("Head Cleaning").[7] Subsequently, she was the host of Siba L'mesiba ("Reason for a Party"), the most popular television program broadcast on Friday evenings, as well as its successor, "Sof Shavua" ("Weekend").[7]

She also performed at the Habimah and Cameri theaters, acted in a television series, and appeared in 16 films, broadcast on radio, recorded albums, moderated song festivals, and twice hosted Eurovision.[7][7] She was awarded a prize for her life's work by the Israeli Film and Television Academy, and also a prize for her contribution to radio.[7]

In 1991, The Los Angeles Times called her: "one of Israel's most popular television hosts", and in 1995 The Jerusalem Post called her "one of the country's most popular entertainers".[4][9]


  1. ^ Yossi Katz (2010). A Voice Called: Stories of Jewish Heroism. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Amy Kronish, Costel Safirman (2003). Israeli film: a reference guide. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Penny Starr (6 May 1994). "Wild, Newsy Justapositions". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Michael Ajenstadt (9 May 1995). "Rivka Michaeli returns to stage in play set in S. Africa". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Allison Kaplan Sommer (7 April 1995). "Ya Gotta Love Her". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Sarah Hershenson (16 September 1999). "Friendship on my mind". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Anderman, Nirit (12 January 2010). "Still captivating, after all these years". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Palti, Michal (7 June 2011). "Ehud Manor, 1941–2005". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Carl Schrag (9 February 1991). "In Israel, Every Hour's Prime Time Broadcasting: Since the Scud missile attacks, around-the-clock news and escapist fare on TV and radio are the No. 1 forms of entertainment". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 

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