Ayala Procaccia

Ayala Procaccia
Ayala Procaccia
Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel
In office

Ayala Procaccia (Hebrew: אילה פרוקצ'יה, born 1941) is a retired Israeli Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. Before being elected to the Supreme Court in 2001, she served as a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court until 1993 and in the Jerusalem District Court from 1993 to 2001. While active in the Israeli law courts, Ayala Procaccia worked to change Israeli law to champion equality for all, regardless of gender or religion.[1]


Procaccia was born in Kibbutz Ashdot Ya'akov to a German father, Hanan Aynor, and a Polish mother, Yaffa Puterman-Efrat (Rodstein). She was an only child, and attended public schools in Tel Aviv.[2]

Procaccia served in the Israel Defense Forces between 1959 and 1961. She graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an LL.B. degree in 1963 (distinction) and a master's degree in 1969 (distinction). Following her graduation, she served as legal assistant to Chief Justice Simon Agranat for four years.[3] In 1969, she moved to the United States to pursue a Doctor of Juridical Science degree (S.J.D.) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Upon her graduation in 1972, she returned to Israel and became the legal assistant to the Attorney General. In 1983, she was appointed legal adviser to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Israel. She was appointed judiciary in 1987, and served in both the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court and in the Jerusalem District Court until 2001. She supported the right of children in East Jerusalem and said that children's right to free education in East Jerusalem is not being met [4]

In 2001 she was elected to the Supreme Court of Israel where she served until her retirement in 2011.[5]

Personal life

Procaccia was married to Uriel Procaccia (whom she divorced in 1991) and has two children, Oren (b. 1971) and Yuval (b. 1974).[6]


  1. ^ "Ayala Procaccia". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  2. ^ Galia Eliahou. "Ayala Procaccia". Jewish women's archive.
  3. ^ "Procaccia retires from Supreme Court after 10 years". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  4. ^ "Children's right to education in public schools under threat". www.wvi.org. Retrieved 2022-08-31.
  5. ^ Tomer Zarchin and Dana Weiler-Polak (14 April 2011). "Court overturns regulation forcing foreign workers to leave after giving birth". Haaretz. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Ayala Procaccia". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2021-12-10.

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Preceded by Chairman of the Central Elections Committee
Succeeded by

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