Shmuel is an Israeli philanthropist and former industrialist.
He was born in Panama in 1930 to parents that were fourth generation Jerusalemites. At age 5 his family moved back to Israel and settled in Netanya. He was one of the founders of Kibbutz Kisufim in the Negev and served on the kibbutz as a farm manager, dairy farmer, and security officer. Shmuel studied business administration in the US while working as deputy director of Mekatronics Inc. in Long Island, New York. Upon returning to Israel with his family, he established Mani Moto Ltd. which produce coated peanuts and sesame seed bars. The company was later sold to “Elite”. Shmuel was the owner of Arazim Integrated Technologies, which manufactured machinery and instruments for a large number of high-tech companies in Israel and after selling the company in 2007 decided to dedicate his time to contribute to the community.
Shmuel has been married for 36 years to Raya Strauss Ben Dror. They have 6 children from previous marriages and 14 great-grandchildren. They are active together in many different initiatives they support or established. Shmuel is involved in the following organizations: Serving on the Executive Committee of the Erez College in Shlomi, Board member of Hashomer Hachadash, chairperson of the Moran Choirs in Emek Chefer, active member of the Shanti House. Recently began serving as the Chairman of “Derech Nevo”, alongside his wife Raya which serves as President. Derech Nevo aims to bring together 4 organizations they support: Hashomer Hachadash, Or Movement, Achari! and the “spirit of the Galilee”, in order to enhance their influence on the government and the Israeli public.
Amir is a Senior Partner at the law firm of GKH – Gross Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co.
Amir has extensive experience of technology and Venture Capital. Amir counsels family held enterprises on succession issues and advises individuals of high net worth with regards to estate and trust planning.
Amir has served as a Board Member of JFN – Jewish Funders Network between 2008-2018; He is a member of the IVN – Israel Venture Network; He is one of the founders and a board member of “Vehadarta” – Council for Advancing the Status of the Elderly.
He is a member of Committed to Give – The Initiative for Promoting Philanthropy in Israel and he is a member of Jdocu – Photographers Group who published their documentary work on Jewish Culture worldwide, and sells it for philanthropy purposes.
Benny Levin served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Intelligence Corps and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1978 during his army service he was awarded the Chief of Intelligence Decoration for Creative Thinking.
Benny co-founded NICE Systems a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions for business interaction management, where he served as NICE’s President and Director from its inception and as Chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2001. Under Benny’s leadership the company achieved impressive growth and raised significant funds, both on NASDAQ and the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).
From 2004 to 2012 Benny served as Chairman of the Board of dbMotion. dbMotion enables forward-looking healthcare organizations to seamlessly connect and coordinate healthcare, linking clinicians within their facilities, beyond their walls and across their networks.
Since retiring from most of his business activities, Benny dedicates himself to a wide array of social and philanthropic activities. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Venture Networks. IVN is a social investment organization, bridging social gaps and generating systemic change in Israel through high-impact programs and hands-on venture philanthropy for over 10 years.
Benny serves as Active Chairman of the Board of the Ben Yakir youth village, assisting youth at risk mostly from the Ethiopian community and is involved in a variety of other philanthropic activities as a member of the board of Hakol Hinuch.
Benny is the Founder of JDOCU, a group of philanthropists and photographers that use the camera as a tool for documenting the activities of Tikkun Olam (‘Repair the World’) with the partnership of JDC, making it part of a global culture with special emphasis on Israeli and Jewish culture.
Benny has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
In 2002 Avi Naor resigned from his post as president and CEO of Amdocs (a position he held since 1995) since then devoting most of his time to social and community activities.
Founder and chair of Or Yarok Association for safer driving in Israel and the Ran Naor Foundation (road safety research). Avi is also chair of Oran Foundation (Children and youth at risk) and the Shahaf Foundation (supporting young communities in peripheral areas).
Avi is a Board Member of the Israel Democracy Institute, Hakol Hinuch (“Everything is Education”) to the advancement of better education in Israel, Jewish Funders Network and Committed to Give.
Alan Feld is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vintage Investment Partners. Prior to founding Vintage in 2002, Alan Feld was a general partner at Israel Seed Partners and at Vertex Ventures. Prior to Vertex, Alan was the Managing Director of Evergreen Capital Markets/Robertson Stephens Israel. Before moving to Israel in 1994, Alan was at Goodman’s (Toronto), one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms.
Alan was Founding Chairman of the StartUp Jerusalem, a non-profit Israeli and Palestinian businesspeople helping to foster job growth in Jerusalem. Alan currently serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Beeri project of the Hartman Institute and is also a former Member of the Board of Directors of the Israel Democracy Institute and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Jewish Funders Network (US). Alan also served as Associate Chairman of Canadian Jewish Congress, President of the North American Jewish Students Network and a Member of the Board of the Canada Israel Committee and Kolot (Jerusalem), a pluralistic adult Jewish education program.
Alan received an MBA from York University in Toronto, an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a B.A. in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto.
Oudi Recanati is a Director of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) and Chairman of its Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee. Together with his children, he also has substantial holdings in Israeli companies through Naftali Investments in Israel, including RGE, the leading media content provider in Israel and several high tech companies.
Up to 2002, he was Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of IDB Holding Corporation Ltd., one of the largest diversified investment and financial holding companies in Israel and Chairman of Discount Investment Corporation Ltd. Up to 2003, Chairman of Discount Bank and Trust Company (Switzerland) and from 2003 to 2007, Director of Union Bancaire Privee (Switzerland).
Born in New York (1949), he came to Israel at age 16, served as an artillery officer in the Israel Defense Forces and earned a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Oudi, together with his family has been involved in multiple philanthropic activities in health, education, culture, art and other fields since the independence of Israel. Among others, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzlyia since 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Maccabi World Union.
Together with his children, he also holds a 40% stake in the perennially-successful Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club, with 5 European Championships to its credit.