||Gissin (Davidson) Rachel
Rachel (Rachke) Gissin was born in Rishon Lezion. She learned in the elementary school ("Chaviv") in the township and in the high school Hagimnasia Harealit. She is a graduate of the Kinder-gardening course at the Seminar Levinsky in Tel Aviv and - of the Museum's Curator Studies at the Tel – Aviv University.
She served in the army as a Women's Corps and Welfare Officer in the Training Base 4 and functioned as commander of the Young Maccabi branch in Rishon Lezion.
She worked as a kindergartner in the obligatory kindergartens in Rishon Lezion, in the kindergartens of new immigrants and also in - Tzrifin in a WIZO kindergarten established for professional army personnel.
When the family moved to Be'er Sheva in 1967, Rachke attended education and liberianship courses at the Ben Gurion University and worked as a librarian in the "Amal" schools' network and in the Young Mizrachi Girls' Home.
In 1972, with her return to Rishon Lezion, she began working as a librarian in the school "Chaviv" and in the school "Salmon." She participated in advanced studies of Schools' Librarianship and Social Education in Beit Berl and worked as coordinator of social education and as an instructor in elementary schools in the Central District.
In 1979, as a result of the archival material collected by Gershon Mann, Rachel Gissin undertook the construction of the Rishon Lezion's History Museum. It was the first museum in the country which recorded the history of the first immigration wave that was established on an archival basis, encircling urban sites as well. Rachke fought for official recognition of the archives by the State's Archives. She herself went to study archiving in the School of Librarianship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was authorized as an archivist and thus paved the way for state's recognition of the Museum. She cared for the Museum's development and expansion and for the creation of contact with the Baron Rothschild's grandson. Following the connection which was created, the Baron donated money devoted to rebuilding the township's well and the creation of the audio-visual program which tells the story of the historical well.
The Museum under the leadership of Rachke has become an imitation model and a pilgrimage site from all across the country both for visits and for training.
In 1989 Rachke indulged enthusiastically to the idea, of creating a families' album; she acquired the necessary resources and became the curator of the project.
Rachel Gissin initiated and established, in 1990, the Association of the Museum's Friends and started the annual ball tradition.
Zerubavel Chaviv wrote her as follows: "To the Museum's real mother – the archives' house of Rishon Lezion, which grew in her arms and has risen to glory. To the warmth of her heart and her courage, invested in it and the tireless unparalleled perseverance"
Towards the establishment of the college for research of the Love of Zion in the Shulamit Zerubavel's house, at beginning of 1984, Rachke is a member of the Steering committee, an active partner in preparing the program and served for years as a member of the Executive Board of the house.
Other Activities: member of the City Streets Names committee; member of the Memorial committee; secretary of the Conservation; committee of buildings and early settlement sites; served many years as a member of the National Education committee of the society for Preservation of sites; guided courses of the a/m council and of the State Archives on the subject of 'establishing displays on the basis of the local archive'; published reports in professional journals and a weekly column called "Over Veshav" in a local newspaper that describes characters and events from Rishon Lezion's past with relevance to current events; lectured in elderly clubs and on topics related to the history of Rishon Lezion; many years member in the Soroptimistics club - a club of professional women .
After the termination her role as the manageress of the Museum in Rishon Lezion, Rachke underwent advanced studies in Philadelphia in the section of Documentation and Archiving of paintings and painters.
Upon returning to Israel, she assumed the roles of design and construction of historical sites; in Nes Ziona she established a track tour called "Maslul Hadegel" which passes through the downtown historic sites; in Har Eitan – a national center for Israel's campaigns – she worked as a researcher-curator regarding Israel's wars; in Rechovot she is engaged in the establishment an environmental museum called "Beit Mishpachat Haadama" which will record the first ones of the city and will serve as a center for touring the area.
She is a volunteer in ERAN (mental first aid.)