1. Yair Lapid, 49, was a celebrity journalist and author before forming Yesh Atid in January 2012. A household name in Israel, Lapid is the son of Tommy Lapid — a former MK, cabinet minister and head of the now-defunct Shinui (Change) party, a centrist faction and an ideological precursor of sorts to Yesh Atid. Lapid, who lives in Ramat Aviv, is married to novelist Lihi Lapid and has three children, also has a background in the arts: he worked as an actor in his 20s and has authored several novels and plays.
3. Yael German, 66, has been the mayor of Herzliya since 1998. Formerly associated with the left-wing Meretz party, German is a popular mayor who is thought to have improved the quality of life in one of Israel’s most prosperous cities. She is married with two children.
4. Meir Cohen, 58, is the mayor of Dimona, a post he has held since 2003. Cohen has a background in education and is noted for improving economic and environmental conditions in his city. Under his tenure Dimona was voted one of the top 10 greenest cities in the country.
6. Ofer Shelah, 53, is a seasoned political and military commentator and sports journalist who has worked for Yedioth Ahronoth, Maariv and elsewhere. He has written extensively about the IDF and security issues, and served in an elite paratrooper unit during the first Lebanon War in the 1980s. Shelah, who is a widower, lives in Moshav Ginaton and has two children.
7. Dr. Aliza Lavie, 49, is a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and a well-known author and television personality. Her work focuses on gender issues and multiculturalism in Judaism and Israeli society. Her best-selling ”A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book” won the National Jewish Book Award in English translation in 2008. Lavie, who is Orthodox, lives in Netanya and has four children and a granddaughter.
8. Yoel Razvozov, 33, sits on the Netanya city council and on the Israel Olympic Committee. Razvozov, who at age 11 immigrated from Azerbaijan with his family, was Israeli judo champion at age 16 and represented Israel in the 2004 Olympic Games.
9. Dr. Adi Kol, 36, is a social activist who works especially on providing educational opportunities for underprivileged youth and women. Kol received her doctorate from Columbia University. In 2011 she was awarded the Knesset Speaker’s Prize for Quality of Life.
10. Karin Elharar, 35, is an attorney specializing in the rights of seniors, the handicapped and Holocaust survivors. She heads the legal clinic at Bar-Ilan University.
11. Mickey Levy, 62, was a career police officer who served as Jerusalem chief of police from 2000 to 2003, during the Second Intifada. After his retirement Levy worked as the Israeli police attache in Washington, DC, and as an international public security consultant.
13. Dr. Ruth Calderon, 49, is a prize-winning lecturer and educator specializing in Talmud and Aggada. Calderon is a key player in the secular and egalitarian Beit Midrash movement. The organization she founded, Elul, oversees over 100 secular yeshivas and learning groups around the country.
14. Penina Tamnu-Shata, 31, is an attorney and activist specializing in rights issues. She immigrated from Ethiopia at the age of 3, and will become the first female MK of Ethiopian origin.
15. Rena Frenkel, 57, works in vocational training and is the assistant director of a government-run training and employment institute covering northern Israel. Frenkel immigrated to Israel from the USSR in 1990 and is widowed with one son.
16. Yifat Kariv, 39, sits on the Hod Hashon city council and is head of the youth department in the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee. She is married with four children.
17. Rabbi Dov Lipman, 39, is an author and religious leader active in combating religious extremism in Beit Shemesh. A blogger for The Times of Israel, Lipman will be the first US-born MK since the election of Meir Kahane 30 years ago.
19. Dr. Ronen Hoffman, 49, was one of the founders of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the IDC in Herziliya, where he is a senior lecturer. An expert in crisis management, conflict resolution, and anti-terrorism policy, Hoffman has worked for the Ministry of Defense and was a personal aide to prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.