Meirav Cohen


Meirav Cohen (Hebrew: מֵירַב כֹּהֵן; born 26 August 1983) is an Israeli politician and activist. She is a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid, was an MK for the Blue and White alliance from 2019 to 2021 and served as Minister for Social Equality from May 2020 to January 2021.[1] She took up the post again in June 2021.[2]

Meirav Cohen
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Cohen in 2019
Ministerial roles
2020–2021Minister for Social Equality
2021–Minister for Social Equality
Faction represented in the Knesset
2019–2021Blue and White
2021Yesh Atid
Personal details
Born (1983-08-26) 26 August 1983 (age 38)
Jerusalem, Israel


Cohen was born in Jerusalem to Solange Shulamit (née Pouni) and Saadia Cohen, who were Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Morocco. She attended Harel High School in Mevaseret Zion.[3] During her military service in the Israel Defense Forces, she served in the Army Radio as a producer and editor.[3] She graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BA in economics and business administration, and an MA in business administration and urban studies.[3] In 2004 she was appointed socio-economic spokesperson of the Prime Minister's Office.[3]

In 2011 Cohen was elected to Jerusalem City Council as part of the Jerusalem Awakening party, becoming the portfolio holder for youth. She also joined Hatnuah and was placed ninth on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections, but the party won only six seats. Prior to the April 2019 elections she joined the Israel Resilience Party.[4] After the party joined the Blue and White alliance, she was given the seventeenth slot on the joint list,[5] and was subsequently elected to the Knesset as the alliance won 35 seats. She was re-elected in September 2019 and March 2020. In May 2020 she was appointed Minister for Social Equality in the new government.[6] In January 2021 she left Blue and White and joined Yesh Atid.[7] In July 2021 she resigned from the Knesset under the Norwegian Law, remaining a government minister.[8]

Cohen is married to Yuval Admon and has three children. The family reside in the Yefeh Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.


  1. ^ "Minister Merav Cohen resigns, replaced by Ruth Wasserman Lande" The Jerusalem Post, 6 January 2021, Gil Hoffman
  2. ^ "Yesh Atid gov't: Lapid as Foreign Minister, Mickey Levy as Knesset Speaker" The Jerusalem Post, 13 June 2021, Staff writer
  3. ^ a b c d Meirav Cohen: Particulars Knesset
  4. ^ "Report: Meirav Cohen joins Gantz's Israel Resilience Party" The Jerusalem Post, 7 February 2019
  5. ^ 2019 Blue and White list CEC
  6. ^ Levinson, Chaim; Lis, Jonathan "After Year of Deadlock and Days of Delays, Knesset Swears in New Israeli Government" Haaretz, 17 May 2020
  7. ^ "Social Justice Minister Meirav Cohen jumps from Blue and White to Yesh Atid" The Times of Israel, 5 January 2021
  8. ^ "Gideon Sa'ar, Meirav Cohen resign from Knesset under Norweigian (sic) law". The Jerusalem Post. 2021-07-07. Retrieved 2021-07-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External linksEdit

  • Meirav Cohen on the Knesset website