Academic Advisory Committee for the foundation

There are only a few years left to help needy Holocaust survivors. Realizing the increasing and varying needs and the budget limitations, the Foundation decided to launch a committee, with the aim of helping the foundation, as well as the organs and authorities supporting Holocaust survivors, to plan and determine their policies and activities in a wise, professional, and concerted manner.

The Foundation assembled the foremost Israeli minds to form a permanent advisory committee to the foundation. The committee is composed of leading Israeli figures in the fields of gerontology and ageing, Holocaust survivors, public health, medical care of the elderly, social work, and social welfare policy.

Prof. Ariela Lowenstein (Chairperson of the committee)

President, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College and head of Nominations Committee at the College. Established there, with Prof. Ruth Katz, a Research Center on Aging, Intergenerational Relations and Health. Professor of Gerontology Emerita at the Graduate Department of Gerontology, which she established 15 years ago, at the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa,. Was a Faculty member of the School of Social Work and served in various central rolls in the school. Received her Masters in Public Administration from New York University in New York and her Doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
International and Israeli leader in the field of social gerontology and particularly in inter-generational family relations and the quality of life of older adults. Served as Chairperson of the Israeli Association for Gerontology for 5 years and received from them a prize for Life Achievement. Served as Chairperson of the Social, Behavioral and Research Committee of the International Association of Gerontology – European Region - for 8 years. Till recently was a member of the Directorate of the International Federation on Aging (IFA) and European Representative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). Published two books in Hebrew and had been co-editor three books in English. Published with a colleague a book related to a new concept they developed on Generational Intelligence in addition to having close to 250 publications in scientific journals. Consultant to various aging institutions in Israel and involved in international work and research projects. Received the prestigious Hazani Prize from Israel’s Ministry of Welfare for her contribution to developing a scientific base for social work and aging as well as receiving the “Yakir of Haifa” from Haifa municipality for her on going contribution to service developments for the aged in Haifa.

Prof. Abraham Doron

Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the Paul Berwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Awarded the 2004 Israel Prize in Social Work. Prof. Doron’s research has focused on the development of social welfare and social security policy in Israel and in comparative cross-national perspective.His major publications include the books “The Welfare State in Israel – The Evolution of Social Security Policy and Practice” with Prof. Ralph Kramer, published by Am Oved and Westview Press, and “In Defense of Universalism – A Challenge to Israel’s Social Policies”, published by the Magnes Press.
His Articles published in 2015  include “ Sixty years of National Insurance in Israel- A Look at Changes at Selected Core Issues".

Prof. Jacob Lomranz

Born in Germany, immigrated to Israel in 1949. Received his B.A. in Psychology from the Tel-Aviv University and Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University, North Carolina. Serves as Professor of Psychology at the Tel-Aviv University. Author of a large number of publications on the elderly, trauma, the Holocaust, personality and creativity. Involved in the development and study of Israeli policy for the elderly. Published many studies about implications of the Holocaust, short- and long-term effects for survivors. Served as President of the Israeli Association for Gerontology and as representative of Israel on the International Association of Gerontology.

  1. Founder and Pro-director: The Herzog Institute on Aging, Tel-Aviv University.
  2. Director: The Frenkel Research Fund on Holocaust Survivors, Tel-Aviv University
  3. Director: Creative Aging Program Eshel. The Association for the Planning & Development of  Services for the Aged of Israel.
  4. Clinical Geropsychology Program. Ruppin Academic Center

Prof. Jacob Menczel

Born in Cernowitz, Romania. Immigrated to Israel in 1949. Completed his medical studies at the Hebrew University - Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem. Professor at the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem. Founded the Department of Geriatrics at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. Served as Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Health from 1974-1978. Director of the Department of Geriatrics and Osteoporosis at the Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. Currently serving as Chairman of the Ministry of Health’s National Council on Geriatrics. Involved in research and served as visiting lecturer and researcher at universities abroad.

Mrs. Batia Rapaport

Senior social worker, worked at the "Carmel" Medical Center in Haifa, also serving in counseling and instruction functions at the Health and Welfare Faculty of the University of Haifa.An expert on health-related issues, serves as chairperson of the Sulam Program steering committee, helped survivors after hospitalization with funds provided by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel; coordinates the committee that provides the foundation with professional consultation; chairperson of the Haifa and North branch of the "Yesh" organization for children and orphans Holocaust survivors. From 2000 has been active in various professional and organizational settings on behalf of the population of Holocaust survivors.

Studies and academic degrees: BA degree in Social Work from Temple University, Philadelphia, U.S.; studies towards BA degree at the University of Haifa; Studies towards MA degree in Social Work at the University of Haifa; Studies in cognitive behavioral therapy and medical psychology at the Tel-Aviv University course for advanced studies. Married with three children.


Prof. Moshe Sonnenblick
Prof. Moshe Sonnenblick was born in Israel in 1944, graduated from the Medical School of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Serves as a full professor at the medical school at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. In addition, a lecturer at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem. Served in many teaching positions in geriatrics in the country and contributed greatly to the advancement of the field. From 1996 to 2014 has served as director of the geriatric, In addition associate professor at acute geriatrics unit at the  Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Professor Sonnenblick doing research in geriatrics published several notable works there now a national biomedical field.


Professor Hava Golender

Born in Israel 1947 Frofosr the Department of Nursing and the Institute for the Study of Aging and Herceg old, Tel Aviv University. Graduate of Hadassah nursing, geriatric nursing graduate study at Duke University in the USA and doctoral studies at Tel Aviv University. Pioneer and leader in teaching and research in geriatric nursing in Israel. The publication of the book "Living on the edge: the social world of elderly nursing mimics (Magnes Press, 1995) and a" mission of mercy and brotherhood: The Story of a joint Israeli-Mlb"n 1949-1975 "jointly with Prof. Brick and many publications international journals and Israelis. Her main research interests are: long-term care institutions, dealing with chronic illness, dementia victims behavior, health care reform, policy and research care is considered historic.

Won the "Lucy" gerontology research in social sciences from the International Association of Gerontology (2005). Served as head of the Department of Nursing, was editor of the journal Gerontology and serves as the head of the scientific committee for publication of tamarisk and National Council Geriatrics Society.






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