Ben Cohen (Pohatchevsky) Efrat
Born: 1898
Residence in the Village:
Occupation: teacher
Departed to:
Died: 1992
Pohatchevsky Michal Zalman
Pohatchevsky (Feinstein, N efesh) Nehama
Prizant Moshe
Prizant Haya
    Ben Cohen (Pohatchevsky) Efrat   Ben Cohen (Prizant) Zvi    
Children:   Ben Cohen Gideon Moshe    Arbel (Ben Cohen) Ruth

Efrat Ben Cohen was born in Rishon Le-Zion. She studied at the elementary school ("Haviv") in the village, at the School for Girls in Jaffa and at Seminar Levinsky in Tel-Aviv. Together with her father she went to work in the vineyards and fields and with her mother, Nechama Pohachevsky, she taught Hebrew to the village's farmers and was active in the "Linat Zedek" association. In reply to the invitation made by Henrietta Sold, a friend of the family, she moved to Jerusalem in order to teach sewing to the girls there.
Efrat was involved with handicraft work all her life and made - from scratch- different creations from remnants of cloth etc.
With her return to Rishon Le-Zion, she married Zvi Ben Cohen of the "Gedud Haivri" and the two set up their home in the village. In the 1930's, in the period prior to the first "Maccabiah", Efrat served as the secretary of the World Maccabi. On the eve of WWII, while on a visit to America with her two children, the three were stranded there with no way of returning to Eretz Israel. Her son, Gidon, who volunteered to serve in the American army, was killed in one of the last battles in the war.
Efrat Ben Cohen returned to Rishon Le-Zion after the war. She founded the Legal Office of Wizo and worked there as a volunteer for many years.
As did her mother, Efrat also instilled among the women the spirit of standing up for their rights. During all the years of her activities, she acted according to the rule: to volunteer to do things and to do them through personal initiative, and it was with this rule in mind that she offered her help to anyone who needed: she taught Hebrew to the Yemenite women, she taught the youngsters who arrived from abroad and lived at her parents' home, the German immigrant women and more.
During her lifetime Efrat was precise about speaking fluent Hebrew. For many years, including her later years, she served as a reliable source of information to all researchers of the history of Eretz Israel who knocked at her door.
She spent her last years in Jerusalem, near her daughter, and when she passed away she was brought back to where she originated, Rishon Le-Zion, for burial.