Limor Livnat Minister of Culture and Sport Israeli Knesset Member Sponsored by Charles Schiffman, Former Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Jim McCune, Washington State Representative Limor Livnat has been the Minister of Culture and Sport in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government since 2009. While Israel's rich culture – its music, dance, theater, art, literature and film – is garnering success nationally and world over, Minister Livnat has made it her priority to ensure that all Israelis, from the Galilee in the north, to the Negev in the south, can enjoy these cultural blessings. From 2001-2006, she served as Minister of Education, Culture and Sport. She appointed the National Task Force for the Advancement of Education in Israel to assess Israel's education system, and then initiated a comprehensive reform program. Noting a lack of Jewish-Zionist values and heritage studies, Ms. Livnat added them to the curriculum. From 1996-1999, Ms. Livnat served as Minister of Communications in Prime Minister Netanyahu's first government. The driving force behind Israel's telecommunications revolution, she instituted an extensive plan of deregulation and privatization of government-owned companies. Ms. Livnat is a member of the Israeli Security Cabinet and chairs the Ministerial Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women. Her parents were activists in the pre-1948 struggle to establish the Jewish State. After serving in the Israeli army, Ms. Livnat studied literature at Tel Aviv University. She holds an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University, for her commitment to enriching Jewish education and raising the level of academic excellence and achievement. While at still University, she began her political activities. Involved in Likud politics early on, and she worked behind the scenes for many years. In 1992, Ms. Livnat was elected to the Knesset for the first time.