“My goal is to make a difference around where I live, and help the weaker populations in Israel – the elderly, Holocaust survivors, and those continuously sick. I wish to change the society’s treatment of the elderly, and raise awareness to their existence and the need to assist them in the twilight of their lives.”
Merav Mandelbaum is a seventh generation Jerusalemite. Her father, Yehoshua Bitsur Z”l, was Maariv’s reporter to the Knesset, and her mother Zvia was a teacher and a director at the Ministry of Tourism. She studied at Gymnasia Rehavia and later served in the IDF in the Intelligence Corps.
Merav has lived in the past 38 years in Tel Aviv and is married to Shlomo Mandelbaum, a businessman. Merav and Shlomo have five children and another boarding graduate child, and eight grandchildren.
Merav holds a degree in Psychology from Bar Ilan University and an MBA specialized in organizational behavior from Tel Aviv University.
She is an organizational consultant who offers pro-bono consulting to non-profits.
In the past five years, Merav has served as the full time chair of Reuth on a voluntary basis, and she has been a member of its board of directors for the past 30 years.
Public and social activism:
• Founder of Nehemia Foundation (2000) and the Friendship Association for Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya, which provides support to boarding school graduates who lack family support.
• Chair of the board of Matash (Employment Rehabilitation Centers) at Tel Aviv municipality
• Chair of Daniel Foundation’s Zoharim – which operates the graduates’ program
• Member of the board – JDC
• Member of the board – “Beterem”
• Member of the board – National Council for Volunteering in Israel
• Member of the women’s philanthropic group “Arye Yehuda Israel”
• JDC – Candidate for the Eshel board of directors
• Member of “Committed to Give”
• Winner of the Volunteering Award – “Lions Israel” for 2014
• Winner of the Minister of Health’s shield for outstanding volunteers