|Michal Modai, nee Solomon, a seventh generation "sabra", was born in
Jerusalem to one of Israel's oldest families. Mr Yoel Moshe Solomon, an ancestor of hers, was one of the founders of Petach Tikva in the 19th century.
Michal was married to the late Yitzhak Modai, a former Minister of Finance, and she has a son, daughter and seven grandchildren.
Michal concluded the Evelina de Rothschild School, Jerusalem and continued her studies at the David Yellin Teachers' Training College, Jerusalem. After finishing her studies, she worked as a kindergarten teacher at an immigrant camp near Zichron Yaacov. This was her first encounter with the distress of the new immigrants where she saw the need for the veteran society of Israel to give a helping hand to these newcomers.
|1968 - 1974||Elected Chairperson of the Herzliah-Pituach WIZO branch, and concentrated the majority of her activities giving assistance to the residents of NEVE ISRAEL, an underprivileged suburb of Herzliah, which is mainly populated by new immigrants.|
|1974 - 1979||Deputy Chairperson of WIZO Israel. Amongst many other activities, she headed a campaign which succeeded in enlisting some 10,000 women, of all ages and from different social back-grounds into the Israeli Defence Forces in an annual voluntary service of a few weeks.|
|1979 - 1984||Chairperson of WIZO Israel. Initiated the establishment of WIZO's first shelter for Battered women opened in 1983. Served as WIZO's representative on the National Council of Women's Organisations as well as on other various national committees.|
|1980 - 1984||Whilst still Chairperson of WIZO Israel, also served as Vice- Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive.|
|1984 - 1996||Elected Chairperson of World WIZO Executive.|
|1992 - 1996||Served as Vice President of World WIZO|
|Jan. 1996||Elected President World WIZO. Represents WIZO in International Events, and carries out missions to WIZO Federations around the world.|
|1999 - 2000||was presented with the Prime Minister's Shield of Voluntarism|
|Jan. 2000||Re-elected President of World WIZO at the 22nd World WIZO Conference|
OTHER MEMBERSHIPS: |
1984 - 1996
Member of the Presidium of the Zionist General Council, Member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency.
|1997||Appointed member of the Executive of the World Zionist Organisation at the 33rd Congress|
|1998||Appointed Co-chairman of the Planning Committee of the Assembly|
| ||Honorary President of the Israel-France Friendship Society.|