The board of the World’s Jewish Museum is comprised of the following distinguished individuals:
Mayor Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, Chair
Ron Huldai has been the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo since 1998, now serving his fifth term, helping to shape Tel Aviv into the technological and cultural city that it is today. Prior to his role as Tel Aviv Mayor, Huldai served as a fighter pilot and a commander in the Israeli air force. After leaving the army as a brigadier general, he entered the business world and was later headmaster of the Herzliyah Hebrew Gymnasium in Tel Aviv. Mayor Huldai is a champion of progressive ideals and has slowly and steadily brought his forward-thinking vision to Tel Aviv life, resulting in a dynamic city that’s teeming with startups and a diverse range of individuals all living and working together.
Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D., President, The Asper Foundation – Canada – Co-Chair
Gail Asper obtained her B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Ms. Asper is President and a Trustee of The Asper Foundation, a private Canadian charitable foundation which spearheaded the establishment of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She serves on the Executive of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Boards of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the Friends of CMHR where she led the $150 million private sector National Capital Campaign for the Museum. She serves and has served on the Boards and Chaired campaigns of numerous not-for-profit groups such as the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the United Way of Winnipeg, the National Arts Centre Foundation, the Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign of Winnipeg and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. Ms. Asper has received numerous awards for her community service including Israel Bonds Israel 66 Award, Jewish Federation of Winnipeg’s Max and Mollie Shore Memorial Award and The Algemeiner Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life in 2019. She has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Manitoba, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Carleton University and Mount Saint Vincent University and was awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal, has received the Order of Manitoba and has been inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Philippe Amon, Owner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, SICPA – Switzerland
Philippe Amon is Owner, Chairman of the Board and CEO of SICPA HOLDING SA, Switzerland. SICPA has experience of working with sovereign governments in implementing product authentication and tax reconciliation systems. Mr. Amon is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board, EPFL, Lausanne; Member of the Board of Governors, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Bretton Woods Committee Member; Atlantic Council, Advisory Board member; Honorary advisor to the Chairman of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council. Philippe is a contributor in fields of science, medicine, education, culture, art, human rights, neuroscience research, personally and through the Argaman Foundation and SICPA Foundation.
Baron Jean de Gunzburg – UK
Jean de Gunzburg graduated from “Ecole Agronomique de Paris” before becoming a molecular and cell biologist who after a highly successful academic carrier decided to devote his experience and know-how to the development of Da Volterra. He is chief scientific officer at Da Volterra, a French biotechnology company, headquartered in Paris, France. He is a seasoned scientist and brings to Da Volterra his wide expertise for conducting R&D programs, understanding finely at the molecular level diseases as well as drugs mode of action, developing adequate in vitro assays to model in vivo situations, optimizing both chemical and molecular analytical tools and biomarkers, and establishing in vivo proof of concept studies. He has published over 70 articles in international journals in fields ranging from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to Cell Biology.
Frances Belzberg, O.C., Trustee, Belzberg & Co. – Canada
Frances Belzberg is Founder of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and an avid fund-raiser who has greatly enhanced public awareness of this illness. She has also raised funds for the H.I.V. Care Unit at the B.C. Children’s Hospital and the Research Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Co-founder of the Center for Holocaust Studies in Los Angeles and Chair of the design committee of the city’s Museum of Tolerance, she has demonstrated that voluntarism transcends race, colour and religion. Frances has dedicated her life to community development, promoting and developing support for initiatives that improve quality of life around the world. Committed to the Jewish community, Frances has served on the National Board of the Canadian Hadassah Wizo and has chaired both the women’s division of the United Jewish Appeal, and the State of Israel Bonds. “Without community involvement,” she said, “there will be no future for the Jewish people. It is up to us to combat antisemitism and make sure our communal organizations remain strong.”
Candida Gertler, UK
Candida Gertler is a British-German art collector, philanthropist and journalist. She received the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the arts and sciences, her work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service. She is co-founder of the Outset Contemporary Art Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting new art by bringing private funding from its patrons, partners and trustees to public museums and art projects.
Viviana Goren Kasam – BrainCircleItalia – Italy
Viviana Goren Kasam is a journalist and has collaborated at length with the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera and Rai, Italy’s state broadcaster. She was among the founders of Italy’s Canale 5, has organized events for the municipality of Milan and Roma, for the President of the Italian Republic and the Prime Minister’s office, as well as for theatres and festivals all over Italy. In 2008 she devoted herself full-time to non-profit activities and in 2010 founded and presently chairs BrainCircleItalia with Nobel prize recipient Prof. Rita Levi Montalcini, created to make the public – especially youth – familiar with brain research. Since 2014 she has organized the Institutional Concerts for the Holocaust Memorial Day in Rome which were patronized by the Prime Minister of Italy and the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), in order to bring awareness to the music composed in concentration camps. She was also invited by the World’s Jewish Congress to present at the official ceremony in Teatro La Fenice for the 500th anniversary of the establishment of the Venice Ghetto. In addition to her many awards both for her activity in the press, radio and television, she has been honoured with the title “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” for her work. She is a board member of the Cukier Goldstein Goren Foundation, of which she was President from 2010 to 2014, President of the Lilah Foundation, Vice-President of the Fondazione Federica Spitzer in Lugano, where she continues to popularize science and promote intercultural dialogue. She sits on the scientific committee of the Fondazione Prada and is presently involved in the organization of HumanBrains, a series of international seminars with the most prestigious scientific institutions and neuroscientists around the world and in a Brain exhibition in Venice during the Biennale 2022. Further, for the past ten years she has been sitting on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Moses Levy, Executive Director, The Asper Foundation – Canada
Moses (Moe) Levy received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Master’s in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Manitoba. He has lectured at the Asper School of Business and was also instrumental in creating the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University’s Faculty of Management and was made a Fellow of the Asper Centre in 2003. Since 1999, he has held the position of Executive Director of The Asper Foundation. He has developed a myriad of initiatives in Canada and Israel including the award-winning Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Currently, he is leading the development of The Asper Foundation’s next significant project, the Frank Gehry designed, $400M World’s Jewish Museum in Tel Aviv. Mr. Levy sits on various boards including the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship, the Asper Jewish Community Campus, The Westbury Group, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has received the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Sol Kanee Medal for Distinguished Community Service, the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award and the Community Champion Special Award by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
Joelle Aflalo Maman, President of the Matanel Foundation, Luxembourg
Joelle Aflalo Maman is a founding member and the General Manager of Gestman SA, and of Cofidom-Gestman SARL, a regulated company established in Luxembourg and specializing in corporate structuring and investment engineering. She also acts as Executive Director for a number of private finance and real estate companies. She serves as the board member of several charities including Educating for Impact Europe (EFI), Conference of European Rabbis (CER), The Boris Mints Institute (BMI). She also serves on the boards of several corporate and philanthropic organizations including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2006, as testimony of her devotion and interest to be engaged in philanthropy to improve the world and fitting with her spirituality and her sense of responsibility, she, along with Mr. Gad Boukobza, founded The Matanel Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to bring direct aid and organizational support to the Jewish people and Jewish causes around the world. Additionally, The Matanel Foundation advocates and works toward the development of innovative, flexible and effective solutions to social, economic, educational, scientific, cultural and environmental challenges of our time. An incubator for new projects, The Matanel Foundation works with project initiators until they ultimately achieve full operation with the benefit of public or other support. We gratefully acknowledge the Matanel Foundation for funding the cost for the WJM interviews with 50 leading Israeli citizens who provided their input and insights into the project.
Hila Oren, CEO, The Tel Aviv Foundation – Israel
Dr. Hila Oren has been the CEO of The Tel Aviv Foundation since 2016. Previously she founded and served as CEO of Tel Aviv Global. Tel Aviv Global is an initiative started by the Mayor’s Office of Tel Aviv-Yafo dedicated to elevating the city’s brand and global positioning. In 2010, the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality undertook a municipal-national initiative designed to position Tel Aviv as a global city – a leading international business center that specializes in innovation. During her term, the Startup City vision was formed: a municipal strategic plan for investors, entrepreneurs, tourists and students connecting a city platform with a private initiative. As a result, Tel Aviv-Yafo was awarded the title ‘Best Smart City in the World’ in 2014. Hila’s prior experience includes leading the Tel Aviv Centennial Administration and the Society of the Protection of Nature in Israel. Hila is also a board member of Haifa Port, the Vertigo Dance Troupe and the Neot Kedumim Park. She formerly served as Board member of the Amidor housing company. Hila has a PhD from the Department of Geography at Haifa University, thesis about global branding of Tel Aviv. She holds a BA and MBA from Tel Aviv University and completed a program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jonathan Shiff, Managing Partner, Reshef and Shiff Advocates – Israel
Jonathan Shiff serves as lead counsel for many clients on a number of their ongoing issues (particularly corporate and non-profit law and regulations, commercial negotiations, labor law and overall management consulting) as well as heading up the handling of real estate transactions (including the attendant tax, regulatory and planning and zoning issues), corporate transactions and lawsuits, estate planning and philanthropy. Jonathan serves as a member of the board of the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem and of a newly formed think-tank dedicated to the research of poverty in Israel and the effectiveness of various programs designed for its alleviation.
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin – USA
Joseph Telushkin is an American rabbi, lecturer and bestselling author of more than 15 books, including volumes about Jewish ethics, Jewish literacy, and “Rebbe”, a New York times bestseller released in June 2014. He was born and raised in New York and is a graduate and ordained Rabbi of Yeshiva University in New York. An Orthodox rabbi by training, Telushkin serves as a spiritual leader of the Los Angeles Synagogue for the Performing Arts, founded in 1972 by Rabbi Jerome Cutler. He is an associate of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a former director of education at the non-denominational Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Telushkin is also a Senior Associate with CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Book Council. He has been on the Newsweek list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America since 1997. Telushkin is the author of 16 books on Judaism. His book Words That Hurt, Words That Heal inspired Senators Joseph Lieberman’s and Connie Mack’s Senate Resolution #151 to establish a National Speak No Evil Day in the US, a day for which Americans would go for twenty-four hours without saying anything unkind or unfair about, or to, anyone. His book Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things To Know About The Jewish Religion, Its People And Its History is one of the best-selling books on Judaism of the past two decades. More than two decades after its publication, the book remains a foundation text for Jews, non-Jews, and prospective converts alike. The first volume of A Code Of Jewish Ethics: You Shall Be Holy, which Telushkin regards as his major life’s work, was published in 2006. It won the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Book of the Year. The second volume, A COde Of Jewish Ethics: Love Your Neighbor, was released in 2009. Rabbi Telushkin lives in New York with his wife, writer Deborah Telushkin.
David Wollach, Chairman, Forest Trust S.A. – Switzerland
As Chairman of the Forvest Trust group of companies since 1982, David brings over 40 years of experience in the private banking and investment industry worldwide. A Swiss private and investment banking group, Forvest Trust S.A. services high net-worth individuals, families, family offices & philanthropic organizations in the management of their worldwide assets. David sits on the board of a number of companies in a diverse range of industries including real estate, mutual funds, financial services, media, leisure and hospitality. Additionally, he has served as a board member for many philanthropic organizations, NGOs, professional associations and educational institutions such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the National Council for Economic Education. Committed to the social responsibility of the individual and to human values and integrity, David has initiated numerous programs and events to encourage dispute-resolution through mediation and the advancement of peace. These include a Center for Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem, the Independent Conference for Peace in former Yugoslavia, which took place in Geneva with the support of UNESCO and the City of Geneva, as well as social and educational projects in developing countries in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.