Shlomit De Vries serves as the CEO of the Ted Arison Family Foundation (2011-present). The Foundation works to create significant social change through strategic philanthropy and is responsible for promoting social investments in organizations dealing with health, education, children and youth, culture, art and sports, populations in distress and disabilities. She has served in various positions in the Arison Group since 1997, including a personal assistant to the owner, Shari Arison, the manager of the donations division, and the deputy director general and the fund’s chairman. Membership: Chairman, Israel Foundations Forum (2011-2014); Society, Fund Management Forum, within the framework of the Shetufim Organization for the Advancement of Civil Society; Society, Council on Foundations; Member, Committee for the Selection of the President’s Award for Volunteerism; Board member, Jewish Funders Network.
Igal is a Mexican living in Sweden and working in Israel. He has directed Keren Daniel – the family foundation of the Jusidman family – since its formation in 2010. He sits on the board of the Shalom Hartman Institute and is very involved the projects that Keren Daniel supports, mostly in the field of education in Israel.
Noam is the General Manager of 2gether Capital Ltd, a consultancy and private investment company primarily in the high tech and health care industries. Noam serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Browzwear Ltd and as a Director of Delta Galil Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: DELT). Noam is a co-founder of the Lautman Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Board of “Ma’ase”, an organization that operates volunteer frameworks for young people in Israel, and a Board member of “Kav Mashve”, the Employers Coalition for Equality for Arab University Graduates. Noam is the Vice President of the New Israel Fund and a member of the Tel Hai Academic College Board of Governors. He is also a member of Committed To Give, the initiative for promoting Israeli private Philanthropy. Noam holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University and an M.B.A. from New York University.
“I’m an Israeli, living in Tel Aviv, married with three daughters and a grandson”. For the past twelve years Dafna has been managing the Zvi & Ofra Family Fund which supports cultural and educational projects including the Israeli Opera, the Zvi Meitar center for advanced studies at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty, the Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary center, Agnon House and the Naggar school of Photography in Musrara, Jerusalem. Dafna chaired the Israeli Opera Friends’ Association for 7 years and today is a managing director at the Metropolitan opera in New York, a board member of JFN and a board member of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. Dafna’s latest Philanthropic initiative is the new institute for Law and Philanthropy at the Tel Aviv University law faculty. Dafna has also recently joined Committed to Give, promoting Private Israeli Philanthropy. Dafna is also the president of the Meitar Collection Ltd, a private company that owns, preserves, catalogues, and lends more than 100,000 historic photographs taken in Israel since the 1940s. From 1989 to 2006, Dafna was a partner at Meitar, Liquornik, Geva Leshem, Tal, the largest law firm in Israel, where she specialized in commercial, telecommunications and corporate law. Dafna holds a BA in political science, an LLB (Law) and an MA in political communications, all from the Tel Aviv University.
Irith was born in Israel, raised in Geneva, and graduated from New York University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Today, though her primary residence is in Tel Aviv, Irith travels extensively to the United States and Europe throughout the year. Irith is Vice President for Financial and Corporate Communication at Policy Ltd. Irith is the Deputy Chairperson of the Rappaport Family Foundation, Irith has managed many projects on behalf of the Foundation, including: the construction of the Ruth Children Hospital at the Rambam Medical Campus in Haifa; the establishment of numerous family prize awards in the arts, sciences, and women of outstanding achievements; and the organization and supervision of special events. Irith is a major supporter of the arts and education in Israel and internationally. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as well as on the Museum’s Board of Directors and is the President of the Israeli Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Board of the American Friends of the Museum. Further leadership commitments include: Board of Directors, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Board of Governors and member of the Executive Board of Directors of Shenkar Institute of Design and Technology; founding member of the Institute of Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University; International and Israeli Board of Directors, Jewish Funder’s Network; Board of Directors and Chairperson of Biorap (the technological transfer commercial company of the Rappaport Institute of Biomedical Research); and Deputy Chairperson of the Rappaport Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Technion. More recently Ms. Rappaport has recently joined the International Directors’ Council of the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Opera.
Adina Shapiro is an attorney and a partner in the Herzog Fox Neeman’s high tech department. Adina’s practice focuses mainly on corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on cross border transactions. Adina also co-heads the firm’s Impact Investing practice, leads the firm’s practice in the Arab sector in Israel and is a member of the firm’s diversity committee. Adina serves on the board of directors of Bader Philanthropies and has founded and headed several associations and other philanthropic activities in both the Jewish and Arab sectors in Israel. Among other activities, Adina is a board member of the Jewish Funders Network, the Jerusalem International YMCA (also serving as chair of the organization’s Programs Committee and a member of its Executive Committee); chairs the board of Between Heaven and Earth (a Jerusalem based contemporary dance company); is a member of the purchase committee for Contemporary Israeli Art at the Israel Museum; and is a member of several other public committees including regarding care for infants of migrant and asylum seekers in Israel, the JDC Eshel Peer to Peer Program for the elderly, an advisory committee for young Arab women at risk, and an advisory committee for establishment of Arabic-speaking information centers for the disabled in Israel.
Ariel Kor is a Psychologist and an Assistant Professor and lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC). He holds a dual appointment at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kor is a researcher of addictive behaviors. Dr. Kor holds BA and MA degrees from Oxford University. and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.
For years, Dr. Kor has been working in finance and philanthropy, and has founded several successful projects in the fields of education, mental health and support for Jewish communities in the Diaspora. Dr. Kor is the co-founder of the Maytiv Center of Positive Psychology (www.maytiv.co.il) – one of Israel’s largest and most successful school intervention programs, and of Jewish Spirit. He is a board member of Matan (United Way Israel), the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Meor Education & Leadership, and the Haredi Institute for Policy Studies. He is the Chairman & Founder of the Israel Center on Addiction (www.ica.org.il).
Dr. Kor was formerly the Executive Director of Sampoerna Capital, a private investment fund where he continues to serve as an advisor, and a board member of the Harel Insurance Group, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Company, and Singapore’s Hour Glass. He received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University. Ariel is married with five children.
Judith Yovel Recanati is a leading social activist in Israel who is committed to and strives for a stronger, healthier Israeli society.
In 2004, together with her late husband and three daughters, she established the Gandyr Family Foundation, aimed at strengthening Israeli society with special emphasis on young adults and youth movements and is one of the founders of Sheatufim, which aims to encourage a better civil society and philanthropic culture in Israel.
By connecting the next generation of the family to the philanthropic cycle, Gandyr Foundation continues a three generation tradition of Israeli philanthropy that began with Judith’s grandfather, Leon Recanati.
Judith Yovel Recanati is the co-Founder and Chairperson of NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, where she has been involved on a daily basis since its establishment in 1998.
Judith is an active member at the CTG (Committed to Give group), a social entrepreneurial initiative which promotes Israeli Philanthropy, she is a member at the Israel Lion of Judah, and serves on the board of several organizations that work to advance civil society.
She is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of nine.
Ruth Cummings, Director/ Founder, Jerusalem Culture Unlimited (JCU)
Ruth Cummings, a native Chicagoan, has lived in Jerusalem since 1994 and has professional and lay leader experience as an
independent consultant in arts and culture for creative community building and resource and program development.
Previous professional affiliations include Creative Time, N.Y.; the Israel Festival, Jerusalem; the Jerusalem Cinematheque; and the JVP Lab.
In 2011 in response to the changed financial environment, Ruth founded and directs Jerusalem Culture Unlimited (JCU) a transformational capacity-building initiative to raise Jerusalem’s emerging to mid-size arts and culture organizations to their next level. The goal is to create innovations and more resilient infrastructure, ensuring operational stability, program quality and vitality of the organizations for the benefit of the city.
Ruth has served on numerous boards, including The Foundation for Jewish Culture, The Jerusalem Circus Association, and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Currently she is a trustee and Vice-Chair of the Nathan Cummings Foundation; and an active board member with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company and newly a member of Jewish Funders Network board.