Yehudit Hendel was born in 1925, in Warsaw, Poland. She was a daughter of Akiva Hendel, a rabbi, and Nehama Hendel. In 1925, her grandfather, Ezekiel Hendel, a descendant of Ezekiel Taub, the founder of the Kazimierz Hasidic dynasty, sold his business and property in Warsaw and emigrated to Palestine together with his sons and daughters. He was one of the founders of Kefar Hasidim. Yehudit Hendel's parents remained in Warsaw and joined the family in 1930, settling in the Nesher district of Haifa, where her father, Akiva, worked as a bus driver. Her mother died of typhus when Hendel was a young girl.