New executive director for British-Israeli charity Shaare Zedek UK

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New executive director for British-Israeli charity Shaare Zedek UK

Oshrit Cowan joins from the Anne Frank Trust UK as Simi Ben Hur retires after 10 years in role

Oshrit Cowan, new Executive Director, Shaare Zedek UK
Oshrit Cowan, new Executive Director, Shaare Zedek UK

An Israeli-British charity that raises money for a Jerusalem hospital has welcomed a new executive director.

Shaare Zedek UK, which fundraises for Shaare Zedek Medical Centre has appointed Oshrit Cowan to succeed stalwart Simi Ben Hur, who retires in August after 10 successful years in the role.

Cowan has 15 years’ experience in the charity sector and joins from The Anne Frank Trust UK where she was donor relationship manager. Prior to that she was fundraising manager at  The Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community after five years at Norwood in various roles.

Oshrit, left and Simi, right.

Jonathan Paull, Chairman of Shaare Zedek UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Oshrit to the Shaare Zedek team to succeed Simi. She has 15 years of extensive fundraising management experience in the Jewish community which will be of great benefit as we move forward.  We all look forward to working with her. On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank Simi for her dedication, commitment, and leadership over the past ten years. We have all enjoyed working with her”.

Oshrit Cowan said: “I am pleased to be joining such a prestigious and successful UK-Israeli organisation and look forward to working with such dedicated and professional teams both in London and Jerusalem and building on their success. I have close connections with Israel through my family who historically come from the Machne Yehuda neighbourhood and lived next door to the original Shaare Zedek building”.

Simi Ben Hur said: “I have worked with some inspirational leaders, colleagues, and supporters over the past 10 years. Fundraising for a world-class hospital through a global pandemic was a privilege and a challenge not many have experienced. I am incredibly proud of the work my team has achieved together. My greatest achievement is the recruitment of the dynamic Chair-CEO team we have in Jonathan and Oshrit. I am sure they will build on the great work my team and I have done and look forward to celebrating their success.”

Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem serves more than half a million patients annually.

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