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ESRA Executive Committee

ESRA AGM and Executive

The ESRA Annual General Meeting 2017, held on 13th June at the Kiryat HaSharon Community Center in Netanya, ‎was very well attended and we were delighted to have members there from all over the ‎country, - even from the rejuvenated branch in Eilat, our southernmost outpost (at least until ‎ESRA Friends is established in South Africa).

Unfortunately, our Life President and Founder, Merle Guttmann was unable to attend our ‎AGM due to the illness of her sister in the USA. We send her and her family our warm wishes ‎at this difficult time.‎

Following a short film showing some of ESRA’s wide-ranging activities, Baruch Tanaman ‎gave the Chairman’s Report. Roger Lavender presented the Finance Reports with his usual ‎aplomb and these were approved, as were the appointment of the Control Committee and the ‎External Auditors, Stark and Stark.‎

A lively discussion on Membership and Volunteering was led by Stephen Jacobs. All points ‎raised and discussed will be considered by the new Executive.‎

Sunny Marshansky gave the General Manager’s Report. ‎

Richard Stein ensured that the Elections for the new Executive were run efficiently.‎

We owe thanks and appreciation to outgoing Executive members, Rene Goldstein and Ed ‎Wolfe, who have contributed so much to ESRA during their years of volunteering.‎
Rene Goldstein has been a stalwart of the Fund-Raising Committee, an Executive member ‎for several years and spends countless hours contacting lapsed and new members. ‎
Ed Wolfe has been active with our ESRA Nearly New stores since 1997, together with his ‎wonderful wife, Betty, and has been a member of the Executive for many years. No praise ‎is enough for his hard work. We wish Rene and Ed many healthy years of volunteering.‎

Sam Kirsch, a long-standing member of our Internal Control Committee, recently had an ‎operation and has decided not to stand for the Committee again. Thanks for all the volunteer ‎hours, Sam, and get well soon.‎
Janet Kiesari, our Southern Branch Coordinator, has also been unwell and we wish her a full ‎recovery and that we will soon see her attending Executive Meetings again.‎

We are extremely pleased that Terry Morris will be continuing as Vice-Chairman and Chair ‎of the Media Committee; his support is invaluable. ‎

Thanks to all who attended and contributed, and thanks to the ESRA Netanya Branch for ‎hosting an enjoyable, well-organized meeting.‎

Baruch Tanaman, ESRA Chairman

‎Executive Committee 2017-2018:‎   [click on this link to read the members' biographies]
  • Baruch Tanaman - Chairman
  • Terry Morris - Vice-Chairman
  • Cynthia Barmor – Modiin Branch Chair
  • Glenis Bertfield - Central Region Branch Chair
  • Lawrence Bertfield – Fundraising and Shops
  • Neil Davis – Member at Large
  • Abraham Hanson - Member at Large
  • Harry Hiller - Joint Northern Region Branch Chair
  • Stephen Jacobs – Membership Chair
  • Brenda Katten – PR Chair
  • Janet Kiesari – Southern Region Branch Chair
  • Barbara Kliner – Netanya Branch Chair
  • Jane Krivine – Joint Northern Region Branch Chair
  • Roger Lavender – Chairman Finance Committee
  • Juliet Rostowsky - Volunteering Support Services
  • Terry Shlomo – Ramat Aviv Branch Chair
  • Nina Zuck - Projects  

Control Committee:‎
  • Albert Levi
  • Tami Keidar
  • Avichai Dahan

Baruch Tanaman  -  Chairman
Having been an active fundraiser for Israel in London, and volunteering in Israel following the Six Day War, Baruch made aliya in 1978 with his wife and three small children. With his background in business studies he was welcomed into the finance management world of Israel's hi-tech sector working first with Digital, then Compaq and finally HP. Baruch also served in the IDF in a field intelligence unit. During his leisure time, Baruch developed his acting skills with the Sharon Players, TACT, and in various TV adverts and promotional films. Since his retirement, he has appeared in two Israeli feature films. Currently living in Raanana and enjoying his children and 12 grandchildren, Baruch became an active volunteer with ESRA over 8 years ago, first in Finance as a Treasurer and then on the Executive, serving as Vice Chairperson for 3 years and then as Co-Chairman and Chairman for the last two years.
Terry Morris   -  Vice Chairman
Born in Manchester, UK – Aliyah in 1984, living in Raanana.
Retired in January 2016 – formerly 30+ years partner in small business (paper agency)
Member of ESRA Executive Committee for 3 years, including 2 years as Vice Chairman.
Enjoyed 2 years chairing Calendar Committee and at present member of Fundraising and Strategic Planning committees.
Currently also chairing Media Committee and Shops Committee (temporary).
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." M.K. Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Executive Committee:

Cynthia Barmor
Born in Cape Town, South Africa in November 1947, made aliya in 1968, settled in Jerusalem. Mother of three, grandmother of 11. Trained as a radiographer at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
In 1973 started working at Keren Kayemeth Leisrael (JNF) in the American Dept and finally retired in 1999 as head of the dept. In between, was sent as a shlicha to JNF in the USA as their National Projects Coordinator (1993-1997). Worked part-time as a radiographer in a private clinic in Jerusalem from 1975-1993. At one point, was holding down 4 jobs including the above two.
Always volunteered – school committee, shul committee, worker’s committee etc. Started an amuta in 1986 called Hillel (Hebrew acronym for parents of children with learning disorders) as there was little recognition and support at the time for such children and their parents.
Moved to Modiin in 2006, volunteered at the Iriya translating the city map and many articles. After retirement from KKL, started working at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in their PR Department as the English editor including project proposals, donor reports, English website, promotional writing, translations, articles and personnel correspondence. Still work there once a week.
Joined ESRA in 2009 at the request of my friend, Jackie Klein, to partner with her in developing ESRA in Modiin. Served as co-chair of ESRA Modiin until Jackie’s return to South Africa in 2016, and now serve as Chair. In this capacity, oversees all Modiin’s many activities including two committees, ESRAbooks secondhand English and Hebrew bookshop, Modiin’s project Neve ESRA for kids at risk, activities, tours, etc and the latest initiative, the ESRA Book Bus.
Glenis Bertfield
Owned my own retail business for over 40 years, specialising in wedding dresses and accessories including ladies special occasion hats, handbags, luggage and jewelry. Organised many fashion shows to advertise our shops and a number of events for charitable organisations.
Together with my husband Lawrence we organised yearly fundraising events for a school for young people with learning difficulties, which we were involved in for over 30 years. We held annual dinners and organised yearly fundraising brochures and also annual 10k runs.
In more recent years we became involved in the property market where I managed numerous apartment blocks, attending to the day to day running of these properties.
Lived in Israel for 8 years and been involved with ESRA for over 7 years. Since joining ESRA I have become the ESRA befrienders coordinator, central region coordinator, co-chair for the program committee and chair of Raanana branch, I am also a member of the ESRA Executive.
Lawrence Bertfield
Born in Manchester. After leaving school went to work with a fashion design company for a number of years. After meeting my wife Glenis in 1964 we opened a retail business which we specialized in travel goods, sports wear and accessories. We sold the business prior to making Aliya, I was involved for many years with JIA Manchester and with Brookvale, a Jewish residential home for young adults with learning difficulties. I stepped down as Chairman in 2008 prior to making Aliya. Since arriving in Israel in 2008 I have been involved with ESRA non-stop. Have made countless friends and welcome each morning with anticipation for the day ahead.

Neil Davis
Married 45 years,2 children and 3 grandchildren. Came on Aliyah in 2012. Lives in Herzliya Pituach.
Been involved with charities for over 55 years. Involved with various charity committees in the UK over the years. Council member of Jewish Blind Society prior to its merger with Jewish Care.
Chairman of the Davis Family Charitable Foundation. Joint Founder and Governor for 25 years of the Harris City Academy in South London UK -now 1500+ students. Trustee of the Tel Aviv Foundation for 25 years and responsible for jointly funding 10 projects in the Tel Aviv Area.  Joint Founder and Chairman for some years of the British Friends of the Jaffa Institute.  Past Vice Chairman of Casa Shalom-Institute of Marrano Studies. Currently Vice Chairman of the Institute of Sephardi and Anousim Studies at Netanya Academic College. Executive member Herzliya Cultural Group.
In business in the UK, Ireland and Australia - Commercial investor and developer, Airports and Gold mining.
Now happily retired!!
Abraham Hanson
Aliyah from South Africa in 1950 as a child, full education in Israel- graduating from the Technion Aeronautical Faculty in 1967. Married Cecily in 1970, 3 children, 4 grandchildren. Lived in Ra’anana for 33 years followed by the last 7 in Kfar Saba.  After graduation, I served 9 years in the IAF, as part of the Kfir A/C development team, reaching the rank of major. I then joined IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) as a Project Engineer and later as a Program Manager of multimillion $ programs, retiring in 2012. My first contact with ESRA was in 2000, when I started delivering magazines in Ra’anana. Over the years, I have assisted Cecily in planning the day outings, first for the Garden Club and then general. Since my retirement, I have been involved in many aspects of administration at ESRA - I coordinated the Ethiopian Eye Testing Program at Bar Ilan until it closed; I assist in many of the bookkeeping tasks; I manage the magazine distribution in Kfar Saba, Hod HaSharon and Kochav Yair areas and, from time to time, do translations for the Programs, per Anat’s request.  
Harry Hiller
Celebrating 60 years of marriage to Marion in 2016. We have two children, a son of 54 now living in England, and a daughter of 50 in Haifa.  I am a retired Dental Surgeon, and my wife is an Artist.
We had a happy and prosperous life in London, but after the Six Day War, decided that we should make Aliyah. Ulpan Ben Yehuda February - September 1968.  Whilst learning Hebrew, looked for premises to rent in Haifa for living in, and also for setting up a dental practice  and worked as a volunteer dentist  at the Haifa Council Dental clinic for needy families.
After establishing my Dental Practice at Central Carmel, I then volunteered as a Dentist on a Kibbutz every Tuesday for one year.
Just over two years ago, started a branch of ESRA in Haifa, which has the potential, with more younger members on our committee, to do more adventurous activities. I think that teaching English at local schools is very important, but so far has not been easy to organise. We do not seem to be using members for activities, and it is only committee members who do everything. And many of us are over 80. I am involved in raising funds for ESRA, with functions in private homes. Marion gives painting lessons to ESRA members, donating the total proceeds to ESRA.

Stephen Jacobs
Born UK. Married plus 3.  Aliyah – September 1993
Education qualifications – B.Pharm (UK),  MBA (UK)
Career history:  1) Bristol Myers Squibb: Various sales and marketing positions in UK; Country Manager, Israel; VP Marketing, Philippines  2) Teva Pharmaceuticals: International  Marketing Director (R&D products), Israel; Initiative Consultancy Services, Israel; Business Development consultancy to start-up healthcare companies including temporary CEO positions 3)Boots (UK): Pharmacist; Chairman, Local Practice Forum (RPSGB) Cornwall
Military Experience:  Intelligence Corps (UK) -  Voluntary Reserve
Community Experience in Israel: 1) Raanana Municipality: Business Licencing Committee, Security Committee; 2) Chairman, Shinui Party, Raanana.   3) ESRA Volunteer -  English language teacher; Volunteer -  Befriender’s Group, Raanana; Executive (2017); Chairman, Membership Committee (2017)

Brenda Katten
Married to John – 3 children – 8 grandchildren. Made Aliyah from UK - 1998
Profession:  Relationship Counsellor working in both remedial and educational spheres
Volunteer experience UK: Chairperson WIZO UK; Chairperson Zionist Federation of Great Britain & Ireland; Chairperson Hillel Foundation; Chairperson Jerusalem 3000.
Volunteer experience Israel: Chairperson Public Affairs & UN dept. of World WIZO; Chairperson Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association; Co-chair Europeans for Israel    
Past Chairperson ESRA & Co-chairperson ESRA; Currently Public Relations chair of ESRA
Janet Kiesari
Grew up in London. Attended business college, attained a certificate in Business Management and worked in a property company.
In 1967 she came to live in Israel. She worked for 27 years in the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot.  For the last 14 years her job was conference coordinator for the Board of Governors and VIP visitors. Janet grew up in a family where from day one her mother was involved in volunteering and therefore the children also volunteered. In Israel she has served on the board of the Israel Guide Dog Center, Beit Oved & WIZO.
For the past six years has been totally dedicated to ESRA. Member of the ESRA Executive, founder and chairperson of ESRA Rishon Lezion, and Regional Coordinator of the Southern Region.
Janet has three wonderful children and six grandchildren.
Barbara Kliner
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland until Aliyah in December 2012. After raising a family, worked as a qualified Law Accountant and Practice Manager of a medium sized legal firm. Worked with a number of communal and charitable organisations:  Jewish Brownie/Guide Leader; member of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council; Secretary to British Friends of Israeli War Disabled. My main involvement was with Cosgrove Care, an organisation for adults and children with learning disabilities, from the age of 16 until making Aliyah, by which time I was Financial Director in charge of a budget of 3 million pounds sterling per annum. Over the years I have organised many events, large and small including social, cultural and educational culminating in a 60th Anniversary dinner for Cosgrove Care for 400 people.
Since making Aliyah I was introduced to ESRA, which seemed to accord with my beliefs, and within a short time have risen to the dizzy heights as Chair of Netanya Branch. I have tried to invigorate the branch by exhorting the membership and introducing new ideas. My husband Stephen and I have been married for over 40 years and we have two children, a married son living in Ramat Gan and a married daughter living in Liverpool, UK. I have four lovely grandchildren.
Jane Krivine
Began as a classical music concerts manager and publicist, and in 1994 became Director of the Windsor Festival; started a new Hampstead & Highgate Festival; responsible for the City of Westminster celebrations of the Queen's Jubilee in 2002.
Made Aliyah in 2003.
Joined ESRA in 2005, and in 2007 became chairman of the Five Towns branch. Together with Frankie Cronin, masterminded a total review and re-design of the ESRA website.
In 2008 organised the ESRA 30th Anniversary festival at Shfayim, with 1,200 tickets sold and a profit of NIS 50k.
ESRA Northern Region Coordinator, (the north is geographically the largest of the three ESRA regions) - its six branches have a close working relationship with each other with frequent collaborations.
2008 established a second-hand bookshop for ESRA Five Towns branch
Roger Lavender
Born UK.   Married plus 4 children and 13 grandchildren
Aliyah to Israel from New York September 1971
Certified Public Accountant - Israel and UK Chartered Accountant
Retired partner in large international accounting firm - KPMG
Treasurer of IBCA - Israel, Britain & the Commonwealth Association
Chairman of Finance Committee & Executive Committee Member - ESRA since 2009.
Juliet Rostowsky
Completed M.A. in Industrial Psychology (after the age of 40!!); full-time career as a consultant industrial psychologist in Johannesburg for 20 years - organisational consulting, training, selection, placement, career guidance, psychometric assessment and latterly extensive work in medico-legal matters regarding loss of earnings and earning capacity. Studied graphology and used it in my work.
I and my husband, Rusty, both retired from practice (he as a lawyer) to make aliyah in 2003 to be with 2 of our 3 children. We are proud grandparents to seven Israelis and three Canadians.
I have been working with ESRA since my arrival in Israel.  Ten years ago established the ESRA Counselling Service with Susan Kurnedz and Judith Ussiskin.
I have been actively involved in training for leadership in ESRA, as well training of Befrienders and Counsellors.  I am privileged to serve on the Executive Committee and on the Volunteer Committee.

Terry Shlomo
Educated in the USA at Brooklyn College and High School of Performing Arts, New York. Worked in the performing arts as a dancer, dance teacher and studio manager in the USA.
On making Aliyah, worked in various companies as an administrative assistant and editor.
Currently Chairperson of ESRA Ramat Aviv Branch.
Nina Zuck

I came on aliyah with my husband in 1972. Spent 3 years in Petah Tikvah and then moved to Netanya where we have been ever since. "Adopted" a soldier in 1980 and have 4 wonderful grandchildren from him and his wife.
Have two sabra children of my own, just married. Spent my first 15 years as office manager for the representatives of Hughes Aircraft Co. (afterwards McDonald Douglas), working with the IAF on aeronautical systems.
When my children were born, I changed careers, did the English As a Foreign Language Course at Beit Berl and spent the next 15 years teaching English.
I started volunteering with ESRA in 1998, emphasizing that I could give just one hour a week to the sewing centers, fell in love (with ESRA) and started working with Debby Lieberman as her assistant when she was Project Chair. Took over as Project Chair from Debby when she became Chairperson of ESRA and then joined with Adele Hunter to jointly chair ESRA in 2010.  Currently Chairperson of ESRA Projects.
Today I try to give myself the one hour a week I used to give ESRA!  No complaints…..