Hannah Haberfeld

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Hannah Haberfeld was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia back in 1924.  During WWII, she was imprisoned at the Ravensbruck and Malchow concentration camps.  Most of her family was killed during the Holocaust.  In 1950, she moved to Israel.  For a brief time, she taught in the Basis Yaakov school system.

Later that same year she began working as a night editor for the newspaper Yediot HaYom.  In 1951, she was hired as a correspondent for the newspaper Omer.  She continued to work her way up the ranks, retiring in 1990. She died in 2003.

What you may not know about Hannah Haberfeld Semer is that she was the first Editor in Chief of Davar from 1970 to 1990, the first female editor in chief of a major Israeli daily newspaper.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I don't know if any female editors in chief of major us papers. That is quite An accomplishment- Kay Graham owned the Washington Post but her father has owned it before - not the same

May 21, 2020 03:43 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well talent sure does not understand gender.

May 21, 2020 04:27 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning again, James... hopefully Hannah Haberfeld was not the last Israeli editor-in-chief.

May 21, 2020 04:28 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - quite a story.  Obviously one that deserves to be told "above the fold".  

May 21, 2020 04:43 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nothing stopped Hannah, nothing. Pity the fools who stood in he way! Enjoy your day!

May 21, 2020 04:56 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hannah had quite a life and career.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 21, 2020 04:58 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I had not heard of Hannah before James Dray but I know one must be a hard worker to achieve the status of editor for a large newspaper. I'm interested in learning more about Hannah.

May 21, 2020 05:13 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never read an Israeli newspaper and likely never will, but that sounds like quite an accomplishment for her.

May 21, 2020 06:28 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story and an accomplishment.  I know that being an editor in chief is a quite a big job.  Happy Thursday.  A

May 21, 2020 07:04 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

May 21, 2020 09:00 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Hannah Semer
Hanna Zemer D396-107.jpg
Hanna Semer, May 1977
Hannah Haberfeld

Died March 6, 2003 (aged 78–79)
Nationality Israeli
May 21, 2020 09:01 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - this is a wonderful woman of great accomplishment.

May 21, 2020 09:19 AM #12
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What an accomplished woman, to survive the camps, neither of which was an easy place to survive, and then to do all she did and break the glass barrier and become editor-in-chief.

May 21, 2020 10:43 AM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the inspirational story of Hannah Semer - Another impressive first.

May 21, 2020 06:10 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an amazing woman!!!  Thank you for highlighting her. 

May 21, 2020 06:48 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That was a great story and a wonderful contribution to the news world.


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