Merle Guttmann

Merle Guttmann was born and educated in Zimbabwe and immigrated to Israel in 1962. She is well-known in Israeli Anglophone circles and Israel’s social and volunteer fields. A social planner, writer, editor and active community leader, she has held tens of positions serving Israeli society. Guttmann has an M.A. degree in Social Planning from Bar Ilan University, and a B.A. from Cape Town University. She has taught at the Tel Aviv and Bar Ilan Universities and worked in Israel for the National Insurance Institute, Maccabi Health Fund, Ministry of Defense, and other public bodies. She has authored many publications and articles. For over forty years Ms. Guttmann has been actively involved in the world of volunteering in Israel. She has helped set up numerous nonprofit organizations and served on their board of directors. Her most recent position (2003–2009) was chairperson of ETZA – Israel Self Help Center. She has also served on the boards of the Center of Small Businesses in Raanana (Mati), the Center for Family Peace (Herzliya), the National Council of Voluntarism in Israel, Telfed – South African Zionist Federation, the United Jewish Israel Appeal, and is a former member of the Kfar Shmaryahu Local Council. Guttmann was the founder and chairperson and is the Life President of ESRA – English Speaking Residents Association, a self help organization composed of volunteers assisting in the absorption of English speakers and a multitude of social and community welfare projects for immigrants from distressed countries, disadvantaged families and people with disabilities. She is also the Editor of the ESRA MAGAZINE which she initiated in 1979. Guttmann is the recipient of many awards for her contribution to Israeli society including the Israel President’s Award for Voluntarism (1992), the Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership (1999) and the Telfed Yakir Zion (2008).

motti weiner has left a vacuum in our lives

motti weiner has left a vacuum in our lives

by Merle Guttmann

A tribute to the late Motti Weiner who was an outstanding more ...
Esta Azouz 1902 – 2008

Esta Azouz 1902 – 2008

by Merle Guttmann

Esta Azouz came to live in Israel from the UK at the more ...
THE SPIRIT OF ESRA-JULES AND PERLA FOX- EXCEPTIONAL BENEFACTORS

THE SPIRIT OF ESRA-JULES AND PERLA FOX- EXCEPTIONAL BENEFACTORS

by Merle Guttmann

Jules and Perla Fox were involved with ESRA in its more ...
THE SPIRIT OF ESRA-151

THE SPIRIT OF ESRA-151

by Merle Guttmann

Rika Meyerowitz, long time ESRA volunteer, laughingly more ...
STELLA PADEH - THE SPIRIT OF ESRA

STELLA PADEH - THE SPIRIT OF ESRA

by Merle Guttmann

For over thirty years Stella Padeh has been volunteering more ...
Children from Ethiopia and Russia Having Fun in 1994

Children from Ethiopia and Russia Having Fun in 1994

by Merle Guttmann

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ISRAEL TRAKENISKI - THE SPIRIT OF ESRA

ISRAEL TRAKENISKI - THE SPIRIT OF ESRA

by Merle Guttmann

Israel Trakeniski, for 15 years in Israel, an economist, more ...
A tribute to Shirley Kirsch

A tribute to Shirley Kirsch

by Henriette Sheffer, Lucie Sherman, Lucille Laketer, Merle Guttmann, Mona Dezent, Olive Simon

Shirley Kirsch was one of its initial organizers and more ...
THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

by Merle Guttmann

grateful thanks to the suppliers who helped us refurbish more ...
Anita Berman 1919 - 2011

Anita Berman 1919 - 2011

by Judy Fisher, Merle Guttmann

"A Woman of Valor" justly describes Anita Berman more ...
DR. CARL HOFFMAN WINS MEDIA PRIZE

DR. CARL HOFFMAN WINS MEDIA PRIZE

by Merle Guttmann

Dr. Carl Hoffman wins the Be'chol Lashon Media Award more ...
People on the Move

People on the Move

by Merle Guttmann

Merle brings us the story of the artist, Lovemore Kambudzi, more ...
A CLOSE LOOK - WOMEN PAINT RELATIONSHIPS

A CLOSE LOOK - WOMEN PAINT RELATIONSHIPS

by Merle Guttmann

Inspired and curated by artist/teacher/art therapist more ...
One Donor Two Benefactors

One Donor Two Benefactors

by Merle Guttmann

Anonymously donated mezuzah cases from ESRA’s Ethiopian more ...
GIDON LEVITAS THE SPIRIT OF ESRA

GIDON LEVITAS THE SPIRIT OF ESRA

by Merle Guttmann

Imbued with the Spirit of ESRA, Gidon Levitas has been more ...
 
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