Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Gal Gadot


With the massive success of “Wonder Woman,” Gal Gadot may have the distinction of being the single most famous Israeli on the planet. The former IDF combat instructor, who first made her name as Miss Israel before crossing into modeling – once featuring in a “Maxim” photo spread of the girls of the IDF – and then acting, is now a bona fide superstar and feminist icon.

She has also faced the typical discrimination met by Israelis in the public eye, and done so with both defiance and grace. Despite having her films banned in Arab countries and being attacked for her patriotic beliefs, Gadot has not backed down, once famously posting an image on Facebook of her and her daughter praying for IDF soldiers during the 2014 Gaza War.

“I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens,” she wrote. “Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children...We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom!”
(Photo credit: Facebook.)


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