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16 October 2019 - 18 Tishri 5780 - י"ח תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Nechama Rivlin, wife of Israel’s president, dies at 73 E-mail

Nechama Rivlin, first lady wife to President Reuven Rivlin, died 4 June at the age of 73, a day before her 74th birthday. Her funeral took place a day later on 5 June in Jerusalem.

Mrs. Rivlin was a popular first lady whose interests were trained on the arts, the environment, and children with special needs. She was a trusted adviser to her husband.
The First Lady underwent a lung transplant in March at the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, having suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for many years. Nine days after the transplant, she underwent another surgical procedure to support the transplant.
 
A statement from the family on 4 June said: “The Rivlin family wishes to thank the people of Israel and religious leaders who have continued to be concerned about Nechama’s welfare, who have sent letters and children’s drawings to the hospital and the President’s Residence and who have prayed for her recovery every day, every hour.”
 
The family also expressed their gratitude to “The staff of the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for their devoted, sensitive and professional treatment during the past few months, night and day, with open hearts and shining faces.”

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