Payment recipient

Pension for a widow/widower

Widows and widowers entitled to a survivor's pension receive their pension together with an increment for their children who are living with them.

If the children are not living with their parent entitled to the pension, the benefit for a child will be paid to whoever pays for his maintenance, such as the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services which covers maintenance expenses for children living in dorms or a foster family.

Under certain conditions, an orphan aged 18 or more can himself receive the increment paid for him with his parent's survivors' pension.

For a member of a kibbutz or a cooperative settlement (moshav) – The pension can be paid, upon his request, to the account of the kibbutz or the settlement.

For a person residing in an institution whose maintenance is mostly paid for by a public body – The pension can be divided, upon request of the public body, between the person and the public body.

Pension for an orphan

An orphan is entitled to a survivors' pension in his own right if his parent does not receive such a pension; for example, the parent is divorced, or the parent decided to receive a general disability pension or work disability pension instead of the survivors' pension to which he is entitled.

The pension for the orphan is paid to:

  • His parent, if he is living with this parent;
  • His legal guardian, if his parent is not in Israel or has been deemed incompetent;
  • The person or body who pays for his expenses, if he is not living with his parents – on condition that this person or body is in Israel.

An orphan who has reached the age of 18 may in some cases receive the pension directly to his own bank account.