President Reuven Rivlin poses for a photo with the Telfed delegation, flanked by Hertzel Katz on his left (next to Dorron Kline in African garb) and Batya Shmukler on his right.
(photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)
For leaders of Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation in Israel, meeting with President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin at the presidential residence in Jerusalem on August 7 – and receiving his blessing and support – was a significant gesture as they marked the organization’s 70th anniversary after the establishment of the Jewish state.Former Telfed chairman Hertzel Katz, who attended the meeting organized by Dorron Kline – Telfed’s CEO who wore traditional African garb for the occasion – together with its current chairwoman Batya Shmukler and a 20-member delegation of volunteers and professionals from the organization, spoke of its success in conjunction with that of Israel. He also noted that Rivlin – like many former South African Jews – was raised in the Betar Movement in the spirit of Ze’ev Jabotinsky.
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