Araki Aharon
Born: 1919
Residence in the Village:
Occupation: orange grove owner
Departed to:
Died: 2003
Araki (Ben pinchas) Shlomo
Araki Kadya
Nadav Ben Zion
Nadav Hana
    Araki Aharon   Araki (Nadav) Yona    
Children:   Araki Klorman Bat Zion    Jackson (Araki) Negba    HaCohen Araki Yosef    Rosstami (Araki) Nira

Aharon Iraqui was born in Rishon Le Zion. He studied in the "Heder" with the Mori and in the village elementary school ("Haviv"). He worked in agriculture in the vineyards and almond groves and later, as a citrus grower in the family citrus groves, as a citrus grove manager and as a farmer. The family developed a milk farm and provided the citizens of Rishon Le Zion with milk.
During the arab riots he participated in the defense of Rishon Le Zion. During the British Mandate he was a member of the "Lehi" underground movement. During the War of Independence he participated in the conquest of the airport at Lydda and of the town of Lydda, in the opening up of the way to the Negev, in the conquest of Beer Sheva and the Irak Suidan police fortress. After the State was established he served in the IDF under Itzhak Sadeh. In the reserves he participated in all Israel's wars.
Aharon Araki played an important role in a wide range of community work. From 1946 he was a member of the committee of the Shivat Zion district, one of the managers of the Shivat Zion synagogue, a member of the Organization of Yemenite Synagogues, for 3 decades, from 1947-1987, he was on the board of the Shivat Zion Association that voluntarily maintained the well and water tank of the association and he managed the water supply to the Shivat Zion and Neve Zion neighborhoods and to the agricultural area to their south. This service existed from 1933-1986 until these districts were joined up to the municipal water supply system. He was a member of the Street Names Committee and from 1981 he acted as its chairman. For some 15 years he was on the board of the local branch of the "Kupat Holim Leumit" and a member of the board of the "Ahav" charity fund throughout its existence (1964-1980).
Aharon Araki managed the "Pardess" Syndicate in Rishon Le-Zion and was the branch secretary from 1933-1997, a member of the Farmers' Association from the founding of the state and for 20 years on its board, he participated in the activities of the museum, helped in collecting material and documents, handed over photographs and many items to the museum archive that enrich the knowledge and relations in the Yemenite districts and the history of Rishon Le-Zion.