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Efrat Ungar
Born October 10, 1971
Jerusalem, Israel
Died June 9, 1996(1996-06-09) (aged 24)
Nationality Israeli
Known for Illustrator and writer of children's literature

Efrat (Efi) Ungar (Hebrew: אפרת אונגר; October 10, 1971 – June 9, 1996) was an Israeli illustrator and writer of children's literature. Unger and her husband were killed in a shooting attack by Palestinians on June 9, 1996.


Efrat Ungar was born in Jerusalem to Judith and Rabbi Uri Dasberg. During her youth, her family moved to the Israeli settlement Alon Shvut located at the Etzion bloc. Later, Efrat studied in the "Tzvia" Ulpana and did Sherut Leumi (National Service) in Afula. After her national service, Efrat studied at the Emunah College in Jerusalem, and was trained as a graphic designer.

In 1993, Efrat married Yaron Ungar. The couple moved to Kiryat Arba, where Yaron served as an educator at Yeshiva Kiryat Arba (ישיבה תיכונית קריית ארבע). The couple had two sons – Dvir and Yishai.

For five years Unger worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in the children's section of the Israeli newspaper "HaTzofe", in which she regularly published a comics series.

Her books

After her death, her family published her series of books:

  • Dvir (דביר) – the book was written after the birth of her son, and called his name. It was initially published entirely, while she was still alive, in the "HaTzofe" newspaper.
  • Dr. Tetanus (דוקטור טטנוס)
  • Waiting for the Messiah (מחכים למשיח)
  • Ran HaRachfan (רן הרחפן)
  • Mouse Beware (עכבר היזהרה) – a short comic stories.

In addition, Efrat's father Rabbi Uri Dasberg published the Book of Ruth with illustrations made by Efrat.

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