Naomi Ben-Ami
Naomi Ben-Ami is an Israel
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i government official and the head of the liaison bureau Lishkat Hakesher
Lishkat Hakesher
Nativ or officially Lishkat Hakesher or The Liaison Bureau, is an Israeli liaison organization that maintained contact with Jews living in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War and encouraged aliyah, or immigration to Israel....

, also known as Nativ. Ben-Ami is the first woman to head the organization.


Naomi Ben-Ami was born in Chernivtsi
Chernivtsi is the administrative center of Chernivtsi Oblast in southwestern Ukraine. The city is situated on the upper course of the River Prut, a tributary of the Danube, in the northern part of the historic region of Bukovina, which is currently divided between Romania and Ukraine...

, Ukraine
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, USSR, but because of her parents' work, she lived mostly in Kazakhstan
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. In September 1973 she and her family immigrated
Aliyah is the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel . It is a basic tenet of Zionist ideology. The opposite action, emigration from Israel, is referred to as yerida . The return to the Holy Land has been a Jewish aspiration since the Babylonian exile...

 to Israel, just weeks before the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War
Yom Kippur War
The Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War or October War , also known as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Fourth Arab-Israeli War, was fought from October 6 to 25, 1973, between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria...

. After spending time at an ulpan
An ulpan is an institute or school for the intensive study of Hebrew. Ulpan is a Hebrew word meaning basically studio or teaching, instruction....

 in Dimona
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, her parents took jobs as physicians in Jerusalem. Ben-Ami attended high school at Gymnasia Rehavia
Gymnasia Rehavia
Gymnasia Rehavia is a high school in the Rehavia neighborhood in Jerusalem, Israel.-History:Gymnasia Rehavia was the country’s second modern high school, after Gymnasia Herzliya in Tel Aviv. The school was first established in Jerusalem's Bukharan Quarter in 1909. The building on Keren Kayemet...


After graduating she entered the Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
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, where she served in the Central Command as a secretary. Ben-Ami then studied international relations and Russian studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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She has worked at the Israeli Foreign Ministry since 1983, including a posting at Israel's Moscow
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 embassy as a political advisor. From 2003-2006 she was the Israeli ambassador to Ukraine
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Ben-Ami is a married mother of two.
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