MembersFarewell to a Star

In Israel’s cultural scene, Ronit Elkabetz was always known as something special. A true artist. I too have admired her, not only as an actress but also as a human being.

By Anat Schneider |
POWERFUL PERFORMER Elkabetz had the ability to merge with her roles Photo: Flash90

Ronit came from a Middle Eastern Jewish family. Her parents immigrated to Israel from Morocco and she grew up in a poor section of the southern Negev Desert city of Beersheba, where she became a role model for women who believe in themselves.

She began her career as a model. Her first acting role came in 1990 at the age of 26 in Daniel Wachsmann’s film Hameyu’ad (The Appointed). In 1997, she moved to Paris to study theater with Ariane Mnouchkine of Le Théâtre du Soleil fame, the French avant-garde stage ensemble.

Her success as an actress, director and screenwriter reaches beyond the borders of Israel. I have seen every film that she starred in or had a hand in making, and each one made a profound statement about life in the...

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