Gali Atari


Naomi & Shalom Atari

Gali’s parents

Gali’s parents met when her father, Shalom, aged 16, joined his father, Itzhak, on a business trip as a coffee merchant. Itzhak was a gifted cantor, and when he stopped in the village of Durhan for the Sabbath, the community embraced him with enthusiasm. The Yaakobi family invited Itzhak and Shalom to stay the night—and that’s when Shalom met their 14-year-old daughter Naomi.

The Journey to the Promised Land

Naomi’s father was a major activist who smuggled many Jewish orphans and families to the Promised Land to escape the ruthless regime of Yemen. Once the authorities discovered his activities, he and his family were in danger. He decided it was time for them to make the journey themselves.

They traveled by foot and by boat through rough terrain for 5 months until they reached the Holy Land in 1934. Shalom’s family followed 16 years later in 1950.
Gali's mother Naomi couldn’t read or write when she arrived in Israel, but educating herself and her children was of utmost importance to her. She studied, qualified as a WIZO counselor and caregiver, and soon began to volunteer all over the country.
Naomi was honored by WIZO for her 30 years of volunteer work and dedication. She also received the "Razili" award for good citizenship and her exemplary work for her community while raising 7 children of her own.

A Voice Echoing Through the Generations

A talent for the performing arts has deep roots in the Atari family. As mentioned above, Gali's grandfather was a talented cantor. Gali’s sister Yona was a singer and actress, and their sister Shosh was a radio announcer.
The next generation is taking it forward: Shay-Li Atari is a singer and performer; Hadar Atari is a soprano at the Israel Opera House; and Momy Levy is a singer, performer and producer.

Gali took a MyHeritage DNA test to learn more about her origins. She found out she is 97.8% Yemenite Jewish and 2.2% Ashkenazi Jewish.

Gali took a MyHeritage DNA test to learn more about her origins. She found out she is 97.8% Yemenite Jewish and 2.2% Ashkenazi Jewish.

97.8%
Yemenite Jewish
2.2%
Ashkenazi Jewish
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