Yoav Ben-Tzur

Yoav Ben-Tzur
Date of birth (1958-06-11) 11 June 1958
Place of birth Kfar Saba, Israel
Knessets 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
2014– Shas

Rabbi Yoav Ben-Tzur (Hebrew: יואב בן-צור, born 11 June 1958) is an Israeli politician who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Shas.


Born in Kfar Saba, Ben-Tzur went to school in Netanya, and the Or Yisrael yeshiva in Petah Tikva. During his military service in the IDF, he served in the Soldier Teachers unit. He later became a reserve captain in the Nahal Brigade. Between 1985 and 1992, he worked at the Or Hadash middle boarding school. In 1993, he became Immigration Co-Ordinator in the Northern District for the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The following year, he took up the position of Deputy Director General of the National Centre for the Development of Holy Places, where he worked between 1994 and 1997. He then became CEO of HaMeshakem in 1998, serving until 2008. In 2001, he became chairman of the Jerusalem Religious Council, a position he held until the following year.[1] He later worked as director-general of Shas' Ma'ayan HaChinuch HaTorani school system from 2007 until 2013.[2]

A member of Shas, Ben-Tzur was placed twelfth on the Shas list for the 2013 Knesset elections,[3] but failed to win a seat, as Shas won eleven seats. However, he entered the Knesset on 22 June 2014 as a replacement for Ariel Atias,[4] who resigned in order to take a break from politics.

Ben-Tzur has a master's degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of Manchester, and is married, with seven children.


  1. Yoav Ben-Tzur: Public Activities Knesset website
  2. Jerusalem - New Shas MK Sworn In To Replace Attias Vos Iz Neias, 23 June 2014
  3. Shas Central Elections Committee (in Hebrew)
  4. Replacements Knesset website

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