Board Members

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Mario Lev
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Shoshana Ron
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Soli Carmi
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Sidney Shapira
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Jossie Arbel
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Natalie Tor
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Beulah Goodman

 

Mario Lev
Chairman of the Immigrant Associations Council in Israel
A businessman born in Argentina, he immigrated to Israel in 1973 to Jerusalem. He has been active with OLEI, Association of Latin-America Immigrants in Israel since 1975. He served as an emissary on behalf of the Immigration Department of the Jewish Agency between 1985 to 1987 in central Latin America. He has filled many posts and served as Chairman of the OLEI between 2000-2004. He is a member of the Board of Management of the Israel-Latin America Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, he has served on a voluntary basis as an adviser to immigrants interested in opening businesses in Israel.  “The best and most significant investment the country’s institutions can make to invest to the benefit of Israel’s economy is to deepen its effort and expand its budgets in favor of absorbing immigrants”.

 

Shoshana Ron
Deputy Chairman and Spokeswoman
Executive Director of the Union of Boukharian Jews in Israel. A teacher by profession, she has been serving as the Executive Director of the Union of Boukharian Jews in Israel and as a member of the Council’s management for some 6 years.  “The Council must be involved in projects that the associations do not operate. Our main objective is to exploit the vast potential that the Council has in its ability to influence government and municipal agencies and the Jewish Agency of course. The purpose of this is to keep the principle that every immigration minister since the founding of the country has aspired to: that the immigrant associations should constitute an internal part of the absorption of immigrants into Israel and that without them, immigrant absorption will be incomplete”.

 

Soli Carmi
Treasurer
Executive Director of the Iranian Zionist Organization in Israel. Born in Iran, he immigrated to Israel at the age of 9. He holds a Masters degree in Physics and Business Management. He has served most of his life in the Air Force in a wide range of positions. Today, he is as business director in the private sector. He has been active in the Iranian Zionist Organization for some 3 years, and in practice, serves as that organization’s Executive Director.  “The added value of the Immigrant Associations Council is its ability to exploit its great advantage. The nature of activities of most of the organizations obligates national activities on the one hand, while on the other they suffer from budgetary constraints which lead directly to an inability to provide a suitable solution for immigrants. Combining operations and sharing resources between the immigrants associations will lead to synergy and is expected to maximize the services of the various associations”.

 

Sidney Shapira
Deputy Chairman
Executive Director of Telfed – The South African Zionist Federation (Israel). He immigrated in 1970 to Israel from Cape Town, South Africa. Before his immigration, he was a central activist in the Zionist movement within the framework of youth movements and students organizations. He has been involved in immigration and absorption matters throughout his life in Israel, both from the professional, emotional and volunteer aspects. He has been serving as the executive director of Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation (Israel) for some 22 years. He is one of the founders of the Immigrant Associations Council and has served on the Board of Management in various functions including Deputy Chairman and Treasurer. His main interests focus on the development of innovative methods for absorbing new immigrants and especially housing projects. “I always thought that there was a need to establish a strong organizations council as a basis for promoting immigrants’ rights with the government, municipalities and public bodies, such as the Jewish Agency and others”.

 

Jossie Arbel
Board member
Director of Absorption Services of the AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. She immigrated from Canada in 1983. After several jobs as an emissary abroad, she returned to Israel in 1993. She studied for her Masters degree in Community Service and accumulated great experience working at community centers and in Jewish education in the United States and Canada. “I believe that the experience accumulated by all the immigrant associations creates vast strength that has definite weight. This must be exploited for purposes of encouraging successful immigration and absorption for every immigrant”.

 

Natalie Tor
Board member
Executive Director of the Central Coordinating Community Immigrants of the former Soviet Union in Israel. She immigrated to Israel in 1991 from St. Petersburg, Russia. “Immigration to Israel brought a vast potential and you only need to know how to exploit it in the best possible way. A vital condition for this is to develop tools that will ensure a swift and successful immigration process for as many immigrants as possible”.

 

Abraham Yardei
Board member
Deputy Chairman of UEJO – The United Ethiopian Jewish Organization. He immigrated from Ethiopia in 1970. “Sometimes you feel that those who came from Ethiopia have still not yet been absorbed into the country as they should have been. However, speaking as someone who has accompanied Ethiopian immigration for some 30 years, and as a naturally optimistic person, I believe that notwithstanding the many problems, ultimately, those who left Ethiopia will find their place in Israeli society. Evidence for this is the relatively good absorption of most of the more veteran immigrants who came to Israel during Operation Moses (1984-1985) and in the waves of immigration preceding it”.

 

Beulah Goodman
Member of the Audit Committee
Director of the Aliyah Department – UJIA Britain Israel Ltd (Keren Hayesod Britain Ltd.). She immigrated to Israel in 1965 from South Africa as part of a Habonim movement group. She has been working in the field of immigrant absorption since 1979. “Immigration to Israel and the absorption of immigrants is one of the loftiest Zionist objectives, and as such is a vital condition for the founding of Israel that will ensure its future as the Jewish State. To promote this important enterprise, I have dedicated, and shall continue to dedicate, the best of my efforts within the scope of my work”.

 

Claudia Amatti
Member of the Audit Committee
Chairwoman of the Association of Italian Immigrants in Israel.