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Rachel Azaria was born in 1977 in Jerusalem. She grew up and was educated in the state-religious education system and in Bnei Akiva (religious Zionist youth movement). During her military service, she served as a teacher-soldier in the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, at the Ofra Field School.
Azaria holds a BA in Psychology and General Studies (with honors), and a MA in Conflict Resolution from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of the Educational Leadership School at the Mandel Institute.
In 2013 Azaria served as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem on behalf of ‘Yerushalmim’, an independent party she established.
Azaria held the Preschool Education and Status of Women portfolios. As part of her work, Azaria introduced into the elementary education system in Jerusalem the ‘Jerusalem Advantage’ program, which strengthens the ties between children in Jerusalem and cultural institutions in the city through school visits to a cultural institution once a year.
From 2008 to 2013, Azaria was a member of the Jerusalem City Council. She was first elected to the 20th Knesset on behalf of the Kulanu party chaired by Moshe Kahlon, and is a member of the Finance Committee, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Ethics Committee. In January 2017 she was appointed chairwoman of the Reforms Committee. She also serves as a chairwoman for the Lobby for Young Families, the Lobby for Jewish Renewal, the Social-Environmental Lobby, the Lobby for the Promotion of Community Kashrut Supervision, the Lobby for the Israeli Family and others. Azaria also serves as the Chairwoman of the Israel-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Rachel is married, has four children, and lives in Jerusalem.
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