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Telfed: New Chairman and Vice-Chairman appointed

Telfed new lay leaders, elected this week: Batya Shmukler - Chairman of Telfed, together with Vice-Chairman Robby Hilkowitz

This week, Telfed (The South African Zionist Federation, Israel) held its Annual General Meeting and elections for Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer. After three very successful terms of office (2007-2011, 2015-2017) Chairman Maish Isaacson handed over the baton to Batya Shmukler.

An English teacher by profession, the Johannesburg born mother of 4 made Aliyah to Ra’anana 25 years ago, together with her husband Yonatan. She has been actively involved in Telfed for nine years, serving as a member of the Telfed Absorption Committee, Chairman of the Endowments, Scholarships & PRAS Committee and, for the past 4 years, as Telfed’s Vice Chairman.

As preparations are in full swing to Celebrate Telfed’s 70th Anniversary, Batya’s vibrant and energetic nature perfectly echoes the organization’s capacity to adapt itself to changing needs, whilst continuing to provide practical, emotional and financial support to the South African community members in Israel.

Not only is Mrs. Shmukler Telfed’s youngest Chairman ever elected, she is the first woman to hold such a position in the organisation’s history. We wish her best of luck as she embarks on the leadership of this august and unique body.   

Voted in as Batya’s very able Vice Chairman is Robby Hilkowitz, with Steven Flax taking over from Zvi Green as Treasurer. 

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