A widower will be eligible for a survivors’ pension, if he meets the following conditions:

  1. He was married to, or was the common-law husband of the deceased, who lived with her under one roof until her death for at least one year (or six months if he was age 55 or older and the time of her death).
  2. His income from all sources does not exceed NIS 6,014 (as of Jan 01, 2020) per month. For a list of income amounts taken into account for the purpose of checking eligibility, see the page "Income test for a widower".
    If the widower has a child who meets the definition of orphan, the income test will not be performed.

A man who lived separately from the deceased must meet one of the following conditions in addition to one of the above conditions:

  • The separation period was less than 36 months.
  • In the last year or part of the last year of the deceased’s life they had lived together.


If the deceased had children, and did not complete the required qualifying period (insurance) - the children alone will be entitled to a survivors pension.

For your information

Common-law spouses are defined by the law as a married couple. Therefore, if you live under the same roof as spouses without being formally married, you must immediately notify the National Insurance Institute of your arrangement. The lack of notification on your part may result in debts that you will have to repay.