MICHA’s Founder – Dr. Ezra Korine 1908-1976

Dr. Ezra Korine

The story of Dr. Korine’s life is intertwined with the historic and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century.

Dr. Ezra Korine was born in Baghdad, educated in Alliance schools and attended medical school at the French University in Beirut. He completed his residency as an Ear, Nose and Throat physician in Paris. From there, he returned to Baghdad where he worked in the Jewish hospital and was very active in the community.

By 1947, Dr. Korine had decided to leave Iraq together with his family and arrived in Paris where he wanted to settle. In Paris’s central hospital, he saw the problems faced by children who were either deaf or hard of hearing and he decided to take part in pioneer research in this field. He brought this knowledge with him when he immigrated to Israel in 1951.

Dr. Korine joined the staff of the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at Sheba Hospital at Tel Hashomer and was appointed Head of the Audiology Institute. In addition, he was one of the founders of the School of Communication Disorders at Tel Aviv University where he taught for many years.

In 1953, Dr Korine founded MICHA – the Society for Deaf Children. For further details, please see: “The History of MICHA”.

During his voluntary work at MICHA, Dr. Korine succeeded in achieving his vision – to fully integrate children with hearing disabilities together with hearing children as equal partners.

In recognition of his significant work, he was awarded the Pliskin Prize in 1965. In 1976, Dr. Korine was awarded The Israel Prize for his life’s work and unique contribution to the country of Israel and to society. Dr. Ezra Korine passed away one month before the ceremony in 1976.

The following sites are named in honor of Dr. Korine: an avenue in Tel Aviv, a public garden in Ramat Gan and an integrated kindergarten in Bat Yam.