Ariel Sharon was born as Ariel Scheinerman on February 26, 1928 at Kfar Malal, a Jewish Settlement located within the then British Mandate of Palestine, now part of Israel. His father, Shmuel Scheinerman, was originally from Brest-Litovsk while his mother, Dvora, was from Mogilev, both located in present day Belarus.
His parents met while they were studying at the university in Tiflis, then a part of Russia. To escape the growing persecution of Jews by the Communist regime, they emigrated to Kfar Malal with the Third Aliyah, as the third wave of Zionist immigration from Eastern Europe to Palestine is called.
Ariel was the younger of his parents’ two children, having an elder sister called Yehudit or Dita.
In around 1933, when Ariel was five years old, the family was ostracized for taking independent stand in many important issues. Among other measures, they were expelled from the local synagogue, which helped him to grow up in a comparative secular environment.