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Israelis You Should Know: Eliezer Jaffe

Eliezer Jaffe, father of Israeli social work (Photo: youtube/screenshot)

Those of us who love Israel and stand for her do our best to support the Jewish state's neediest and most helpless. This past week, Israel lost a man who had given his career to the same goal. Dubbed "the father of Israeli social work," Eliezer Jaffe led numerous government projects to helped Israel's neediest, while also founding the first Israeli academic program for social work. May his memory be a blessing. The Times of Israel tells us more about this Israeli you should know:

Eliezer Jaffe, considered a founding father in the field of social work in Israel, has died at the age of 83.

Jaffe, who passed away on Thursday, was a founder of Israel’s first academic school of social work, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Specializing in philanthropy and non-profit management, he was the first Centraid-L. Jacques Menard Professor for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations, Volunteering and Philanthropy at Hebrew University and co-chairman of the university’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also professor emeritus at Hebrew University.

More than a week before his death, Jaffe was presented with the Bonei Zion Prize for lifetime achievement awarded annually by Nefesh B’Nefesh to immigrants from English-speaking countries in recognition of their significant contributions to Israel...

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