Judith Yovel Recanati
Judith is committed to and strives for a stronger, healthier Israeli society.
Founder and Chair, NATAL and Gandyr
Judith Yovel Recanati is a leading social activist in Israel who is committed to and strives for a stronger, healthier Israeli society. She is the founder of NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War and the Gandyr Family Foundation and is the recipient of the President's Award for Volunteerism (2008). Judith is involved in the NATAL center daily as a volunteer chair, helping victims of war and terror-related trauma embark on the path to healing.
Together with her late husband and three daughters, Judith founded The Gandyr Foundation in 2004. The Foundation aims to strengthen Israeli society through financial and hands-on support of civil society organizations that champion social causes and national values. The Foundation focuses on programs that support young people, ages 18 to 25, in their integration into society as useful and contributing citizens; youth movements in the Jerusalem area; Sheatufim-the Israeli Center for Civil Society and advancing Israeli Philanthropy; and projects commemorating Judith's parents and family. Judith is a member of the Israeli Lions of Judah, and serves on several boards in the civil society arena. She is a mother of three daughters and grandmother of five.