Rivka was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1924. She was the third daughter of Shalom and Shoshana. Her family made aliyah in 1925. Her father had made aliyah one year prior to prepare everything for the family. He was involved in commercial and industrial businesses, and her mother was a homemaker. They were among the first settlers of Bnei Brak. Initially, they were well-off, but as economic crisis hit in 1935, they moved to Tel Aviv. The father was a Gerrer Hasid, and thus the family was extremely religious. The family grew to six children, and Rivka went to work at a young age, in order to help support the family.
She joined the Brit Hashmona’im youth movement, many of whose members joined IZL and then Lehi. Their meetings occurred in the Yemenite Talmud Torah on Kalischer Street in Tel Aviv.
Rivka joined Lehi after the murder of Yair in 1942. At first, she was the instructor for a number of girls whom she recruited for Brit Hashmona’im and with whom she had stayed in touch. Her parents were vehemently opposed to her underground activities, which caused tension at home, especially with her father. Nevertheless, her stubbornness allowed her to overcome their objections and encourage them to accept the facts. Avraham (“Gideon”), her beloved, was also in the underground, and her parents initially objected to the match. They went on to have three children, Arnon, Anat and Gideon, as well as numerous grandchildren.
In Lehi, her primary duty was maintaining contact with families which supported the movement, as well as helping wounded Lehi members by finding them places of refuge as well as maintaining contact with doctors who would treat them. She also rented apartments for the underground and for fighters who had to hide and often move. These actions as well conflicted with Rivka’s religious upbringing, as they involved women renting apartments with men they were not married to, while pretending to be a couple. After some time, she was put in charge of communications for Yitzhak “Michael” Shamir, Lehi Central Committee member.
In her final years, when her children were grown, she once again went out to work and help support her family, including working as a secretary in a school in Ramat Gan.
Recently, she has studied handcrafts, crocheting for her grandchildren and Bible studies. She continues to be interested in everything to do with the Land of Israel and the history of the Jewish people, devoting all her free time to it.
She excels in her ethics and modesty. She remains faithful to her family and the memory of Lehi fighters.