Gush Etzion Foundation

Our vision

Preserving The History and Heritage, Building The Future, Strengthening The Community

THE GUSH EZION FOUNDATION

Since 1993, the Gush Etzion Foundation has worked to support and strengthen Gush Etzion and its residents while raising public awareness about the history and heritage of the region. An independent, non-profit organization, the Foundation approaches donors in Israel and overseas, keeping them updated about ongoing needs and new initiatives in the area.

All contributions to the organization are immediately transferred to projects including:

Providing financial aid and holiday food packages for needy families
Funding and furnishing schools and other educational projects
Creating and equipping playgrounds and parks
Maintaining rescue teams and purchasing security equipment
Financing Gush Etzion heritage project
Youth projects

Due to severe cuts in government funding at the same time that security needs have actually increased, assistance is needed more than ever before.
The Foundation spearheads pre-holiday fundraising drives in Gush Etzion itself for the benefit of needy families in the region. The bulk of funds are raised among our residents and outside Israel where the Foundation – a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the U.S. – conducts a bi-annual fundraising campaign via direct mail. Most contributions to the Foundation are earmarked for specific projects.

To inspire and broaden support for Gush Etzion, the Foundation gives presentations in synagogues and other communal locales abroad, builds relationships and maintains ties with major Jewish organizations around the world, and provides visitors to Gush Etzion with intensive, “behind-the-scenes” tours of the area. The Foundation maintains a website about Gush Etzion, produces informational materials and works to increase media coverage of the region.

OUR TEAM

The people behind the desk

Moshe Saville / Chairman

Moshe (Age 31, married + 4) lives in Tekoa, Gush Etzion.

Moshe served in the IDF for 3 years in the military rabbinate, and was in charge of various projects all over the country.
In the past, he worked as project manager at Kidum Productions, Marketing Director and CFO at the Mebereishit Foundation, as well as the Israeli Experience, a project which brought over 25,000 parents and children to tour Jerusalem every year.
As of May 2012, Moshe has served as the Deputy Mayor of Gush Etzion. Amongst the many responsibilities he has, he is also in charge of the Engineering and Operations Departments, and is the Chairman of the Gush Etzion Foundation.

Shani Abrams Simkovits / Executive Director of North America

Shani, (+5 children, + 9 grandchildren) has been living in Tekoa since 1981. Originally from Brooklyn NY, she made Aliya in 1971 at the age of sixteen without her family and attended the Yemin Orde Children's Village in the Carmel Mountains. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the IDF, three weeks before the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War and served in a Nachal unit.
Following the completion of her army service, Shani lived on a kibbutz for 5 years, studied at the Kibbutz Teachers’ College in Tel Aviv where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. She then went on to receive a BA in Creative Theater from Empire State College and an MA in Jewish Education with an emphasis on Holocaust studies for young children from Touro College. She also completed a medical clown course.
From 1983 to 1997 Shani was the Regional Supervisor of Early Childhood Education for the Regional Council of Gush Etzion.

Limor Perl / Project Development and Marketing

Lives in Sde-Boaz, married and a mother of four. Served in the IDF as a guide for the Israel Heritage Project.
She has a BA in Education and Land of Israel Studies from the Hebrew University and an MA in Media and Religion from Saint Denis University, Paris.
The family spent 9 years in France, Egypt, and Belgium because of her husband's position in the Israeli Consulate.
For the past five years Limor has been the Director of Project Development and Marketing for the Gush Etzion Foundation.

BOARD MEMBERS

Moshe Saville

Chairman

Tekoa
Gush Etzion

Mati Sichel

Board Member

Elazar
Gush Etzion

Elad Mayer

Board Member

Tekoa
Gush Etzion

Yehuda Trabelsi

Board Member

Ibey H'Nachal
Gush Etzion

Menachem Fried

Audit Committee Member

Neve Daniel
Gush Etzion

Avi Spector

Audit Committee Member

Migdal Oz
Gush Etzion

Efraim Somech

Member General Assembly

Kfar Etzion
Gush Etzion

Cheryl Mandel

Member General Assembly

Alon Shvut
Gush Etzion

Amos Fried

Member General Assembly

Nokdim
Gush Etzion

Mordechai Shvat

Member General Assembly

Rosh Tzorim
Gush Etzion

Moshe Katz

Member General Assembly

Meitzad
Gush Etzion

Avi Tzukerman

Member General Assembly

Karmei Tzor
Gush Etzion

Achia Yanai

Member General Assembly

Bat Ayin
Gush Etzion

Chaim Levi

Member General Assembly

Keidar
Gush Etzion

Shlomi Peretz

Member General Assembly

Pnei Kedem
Gush Etzion