Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of local residents, some immigrants to Israel from the west and some native born Israelis. Members of our Board have a strong sense of volunteerism and are actively involved in and contribute to life in the city.

Shmuel Drai
Honorary CEO – In Memory 2018 -2022

Shmuel A”H came to Keren Shemesh about 4 years ago.

Very quickly Shmuel A”H entered the hearts of all members of the management as well as everyone who worked with him in and around Beit Shemesh.

Samuel instilled in all of us a sense of joy, security, and creativity.

In the early years, Shmuel learned Beit Shemesh, its people and the needs of its residents, with an emphasis on children and youth.

For the past two years, Shmuel has been involved in a wide range of projects, from projects of kindness and giving to underprivileged families, he led the “Adopt a Child” project together with his co-worker Sharona, and continued with highly advanced education and technology projects. Shmuel A”H, handled more than ten projects simultaneously – all carried out quietly, pleasantly, and happily.

Beyond all professional activity, Shmuel A”H was a friend. Our dear friend who brought the best our of all of us and inspired us always strive to do better.  Shmuel A”H always greeted us with a bright smile or with special treats. Shmuel A”H always greeted everyone he met with a hug or positive encouragement. Shmuel A”H installed trust and confidence with anyone he worked with.

Since his untimely passing, the magnitude of his loss is becoming clear. Shmuel A”H left behind precise notes and records on all his projects and undertaking.

Keren Shemesh will remember Shmuel A”H and will work hard to continue his hard work and continue his legacy.

May his soul be bundled in the bundle of life.

Ofir Dor
Chair of the Board of Directors

Ofir is an eighth generation Jerusalemite. Ofir has lived in Beit Shemesh for 25 years. He holds a degree in electronics engineering from the Jerusalem school of technology (Lev Institute) and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Ofir served in the IDF for 25 years in a variety of positions, ranging from command positions in the Paratroopers Brigade, company commander and reserve paratrooper battalion. For 12 years he served in the Army Military Development (Weapons) Department. Retired from the IDF in 2009 with the rank of Lt. Col. Since 2009, he has been working in security and civilian high-tech positions in management and marketing positions, and currently works in Jerusalem for Ofir Optronics, which specializes in the development of advanced electro-optical solutions.

Ofir joined Keren Shemesh as a member of the board in 2014. In 2018 he began his term as chairman of Keren Shemesh on a voluntary basis. Ofir believes that Keren Shemesh, together with the Beit Shemesh Municipality, is leading a significant contribution to the ability of the residents of Beit Shemesh to advance in aspects of education, employment, culture and sports.

Sharona Catane
Project Director

Sharona was born in the United States. She has lived in Beit Shemesh for 29 years. She is married with five children and four grandchildren.
Sharona has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bar Ilan University and a law degree.
Sharona is our project director, focusing mainly on the sponsor a child project.

David Eisen
Legal Counsel

David was born in the United States. He has lived in Beit Shemesh for 25 years. He is married with four children.
David is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He specializes in representing start-ups and international high-tech companies in complex transactions alongside specialization in law and old age (wills, continuing power of attorney, guardianship). And is a military rabbi in reserve.
Adv. Eisen provides advice to non-profit organizations as pro bono services, and is certified as a notary.

Meir Friedman
Member of the Board of Directors

Meir has lived in Beit Shemesh for 13 years. He is married with five children.
Meir is a project manager at Electro-Optics.
In addition, Meir runs a branch of the Shechan Tov organization, which distributes food supplies to needy families in Beit Shemesh.

Izzy Bromberg
Member of the Board of Directors

Izzy was born in the United States. He has lived in Beit Shemesh for 24 years. He is married with four children and six grandchildren.
Izzy is a software engineer with an MBA. He runs an independent business.
Izzy cares about the growth and welfare of the city of Beit Shemesh. Izzy volunteers for United Hatzalah and Yeddim.

Yoel Weil
Member of the Board of Directors

Joel was born in Switzerland. He has lived in Beit Shemesh for 25 years. He is married with four children.
Joel worked for 20 years in a variety of positions at the Jewish Agency in Israel and abroad. Today he works at Yad Vashem as a group facilitator and instructor for groups from Israel and abroad.
It is important for Joel to be involved in projects related to the empowerment of the city of Beit Shemesh, such as the employment project in which he is involved at this stage, and the interpersonal connection with the working persons.

Yitzhak Baron
Member of the Board of Directors

Yitzhak has lived in Beit Shemesh for 30 years. He is married with four children, a grandson and a granddaughter.
Yitzhak has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science and a doctorate from Ben-Gurion University.
Yitzhak was a lecturer in computer sciences at different colleges and the Lev Institute. He is currently a lecturer and head of the Computer Science Department at Herzog College. In addition, he is a teacher and director for mathematics and computer sciences in high schools in Beit Shemesh and the surrounding area.
It is important to Yitzhak to assist in providing advice and guidance in mathematics education, with the intention of increasing the awareness, level and quality of students’ grades in this profession, which serves as a basis and condition for further integration in the high-tech industry.