In order to achieve our key objectives, Shaare Zedek UK employs a small office team led by Simi Ben Hur our Executive Director working in partnership with trustees and other lay leaders and supported by a small but growing number of energetic volunteers. The UK team activities primarily promote awareness of the activities of Shaare Zedek.

Simi Ben Hur - Executive Director

Simi comes to Shaare Zedek UK with a background in Communications and Public Affairs. With a degree in Law and Masters in Public Relations Simi has combined her vocational expertise with a passion for Jewish life in professional and lay roles. Simi's family has a longstanding connection with Shaare Zedek; her father was born at the original hospital, Simi herself has been a patient, and a room in the cardiac unit is named in memory of her cousin Paul Waterman Z"L.

  “I am proud to lead our professional team to raise funds for an iconic hospital in the heart of Jerusalem. Shaare Zedek Medical Centre is a 112 year old living example of coexistence in action, coupling world class medical excellence with pioneering medical research. I am passionate and excited to take on the challenge of ensuring Israel’s contribution to world medicine continues to be supported by the British community. Shaare Zedek is a world class institution and a cause which the next generation of British Jews should feel proud to support, knowing their generosity is saving lives and providing a better future for generations to come.”

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James Martin- Marketing & Communications Manager

James is our creative communicator who designs and manages all of our marketing, advertising, publicity and communications. James is always happy to hear from friends and supporters of the hospital who are happy to share their experiences of visiting or being treated at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre

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Emilie Morris - Trusts and Foundations 

Emilie joined Shaare Zedek UK in September 2010.

Emilie is familiar with the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre. Her younger brother was born there and as a child, she accompanied her parents to the old building for various medical appointments, whilst living in Jerusalem.

“Working for Shaare Zedek means a great deal to me because my family has benefitted considerably from the hospital. It’s very close to our hearts”

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Emma Pearl - Trusts and Foundations 

Emma manages our relationships with all Trusts and Foundations.  She has a strong family connection with the charity which has been inhereted from her grandfather who was proud to support a Jewish hospital that also encouraged coexistence and placed human life above all else.

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Gail Sterman

Gail is the backbone that ensure the smooth running of the office. She also manages our Celebrations & Yahrzeit programmes. If you would like to purchase a gift card, mark a special occasion or commemorate the memory of a loved one through a donation to the hospital, Gail will be happy to arrange this for you.

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