November 27, 1881 - September 24, 1966
5 Kislev 5642 – 10 Tishri 5727
Vera Weizmann was born in Rostov, Russia to Isaiah and Feodosia Chatzman. Her parents had seven children, but only the boys received a Jewish education. Therefore the girls did not know either Yiddish or Hebrew. Vera studied music at the Rostov Conservatory. At the age of 14 she decided she wanted to study medicine, and at the age of 18 she left her parents' home and moved to Geneva for this purpose.
Vera first met Chaim Weizmann in 1901 at the Jewish Students' Club in Geneva. They were married on August 23, 1906. Benjamin, their first son, was born in 1907 in England. After qualifying as a doctor in England, Vera was appointed to manage seven clinics for pregnant women and infants up to their first birthday. Vera was one of the first women to work in medicine in Manchester. In 1916 their second son Michael was born.