​Raphael Recanati (1924-1999)


Raphael Recanati, after whom IDC Herzliya’s Raphael Recanati International School is named, was the founder and chairman of the Overseas Shipholding Group and chairman of the Israel Discount Bank from 1982 to 1986. He continued to develop the IDB Group until his passing in 1999. Recanati and his brothers, Danny and Yaacov, had founded the IDB Group and were instrumental in developing industry, transportation, hi-tech and the financial sector. Their purpose was to develop businesses that were in the interest of the new struggling nation headed by David Ben Gurion and Minister of Finance Pinchas Sapir. Born in Salonika, Greece, Raphael Recanati immigrated to Israel with his family in 1935 and later joined the Palmach and the Haganah. He also served as an emissary in Egypt during aliyah bet (clandestine immigration). During his lifetime, Raphael Recanati proved a steadfast philanthropist, both in Israel and the United States, especially in medicine, education and culture.  Known beneficiaries of his generosity include Beth Israel Medical Center, Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, UJA-Federation of New York, among many others. Raphael Recanati was survived by his wife Dina (born Hettena) and two sons, Michael, who passed away in 2015, and Oudi.

The Raphael Recanati International School rejects the idea of seeing Israel as a follower and invites students to come to IDC Herzliya to learn how to become leaders – as scientists, as entrepreneurs and as custodians of a uniquely human global environment. This is the world Raphael Recanati understood and helped to invent.


The Raphael Recanati International School presents this challenge to students of unusual maturity and ambition. Come and learn the management skills, diplomatic strategies and technologies that define our age. Come immerse yourself in an unforgettable adventure. Come join and enjoy a unique student body. Come and be inspired to be among the founders of tomorrow’s world.


 Oudi Recanati

 Chairman of the IDC Herzliya
 Board of Directors

At the beginning of the academic year I am always amazed to see our freshman students, from eighty-six countries, enter the Raphael Recanati International School filled with promise and ambition. Three years later I have the pleasure of hosting these students at our home, where I am equally amazed by the growth and maturity they exhibit, their knowledge of Israel its history, and their understanding of the miracle of the Zionist dream. These young men and women become the future leadership of the country, and of the Diaspora, endowed with the tools and knowledge to excel wherever life takes them.
I feel very fortunate to be part of this outstanding academic institution which fills me with pride and hope for the future of Israel and the continuity of the Jewish people.