Eli Hurvitz (Meridor)

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Eli (Eliyahu) Hurvitz
Native name אלי "אליהו" הורביץ
Born Eliyahu Hurvitz
Citizenship Israeli
Alma mater Tel Aviv University
Occupation Philanthropy Executive
Employer The Trump Foundation
Title Executive Director
Relatives Eliyahu Meridor (grandfather), Raanana Meridor (grandmother), Dan Meridor (uncle), Sallai Meridor (uncle), Yair Hurvitz (father), Haggit Hurvitz (mother), Shaul Meridor (cousin)
Awards 1998 The Uzi Ya'iri Prize for Creative Thinking

Eli Hurvitz (Hebrew: אלי הורביץ‎‎ born 1970) is the Executive Director of the Trump Foundation, which "aims to serve as a catalyst for improving educational achievement in Israel in Mathematics and the Sciences"[1] and member of the Israel National Board of Education. Between 2000-2011 Hurvitz served as the Deputy Director of Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Family Foundation, and previously as an advisor to the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee at the Knesset.


Hurvitz was born and educated in Jerusalem, to Yair (Esq.), former Director General of the State Comptroller of Israel, and Professor Haggit (M.D), former Head of Pediatrics at the Bikur Holim Hospital. He is the first grandchild of Eliyahu Meridor, and is named after him.[2] His uncles are Dan Meridor, former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, and Sallai Meridor, former Israeli Ambassador to the US and Chairman of the Jewish Agency.

Hurvitz earned his B.A. and M.A degrees magna cum laude at the Tel Aviv University’s School of History. His M.A thesis, titled ‘The Military Wing of Hizballah: a Social Profile’ was published by the Dayan Center in 1999.[3] From 2009 Hurvitz writes on social affairs and philanthropy for The Marker' daily newspaper and in a blog, labeled ‘The Fourth Generation’.

Career in Philanthropy[edit]

Between 2000 and 2011, Hurvitz served as the Deputy Director of Yad Hanadiv, with direct responsibility for planning, development, administration and monitoring of the foundation’s programs and projects in Israel. He led a strategic and organizational change aimed to scale up activities, including the recruitment, training and mentoring of new staff. Hurvitz initiated the creation of institutions and served as director of those institutions founded by Yad Hanadiv, including: the Israel Institute for School Leadership, NPTech Technologies and Guidestar Israel, and the Hemda Science Teaching Centre. In the early 2000s, he led Yad-Hanadiv’s efforts to establish a new National Library for Israel, and represented the foundation in the Committee for Changing the Status of the National Library of Israel, headed by Supreme Court Judge, Yitzhak Zamir.[4]

In 2011, Hurvitz joined as Executive Director to set up the Trump Foundation, a new philanthropic foundation that aims to serve as a catalyst for improving educational achievement in Israel by cultivating high-quality teaching in schools with an emphasis on Mathematics and the Sciences. The foundation concentrates on three strategies which directly influence classroom instruction focusing on the talent, expertise and practice of teachers. In 2012 Hurvitz joined the Hakol Chinuch Movement, as member of the Board of Directors. At the same year, Hurvitz was selected by The Marker Magazine as #87 at "Israel's 100 Most Influential People".[5] in 2014 he was appointed by the Israeli government as member of the National Board of Education. In 2015 Hurvitz was selected by Yediot Ahronot Newspaper to the list of 'Israel's 50 Heroes of Civil Society'. In 2016 he was nominated by The Marker Magazine as #57 at "Israel's 100 Most Influential People".

Op-Ed Articles[edit]

  1. 'In search for a new young leadership', Aug.9th, 2011.
  2. 'Social yellow pages', Jan.6th, 2011.
  3. 'Social venture funds', Jul.20th, 2010.
  4. 'Teaching as a clinical profession', Apr.1st, 2010.
  5. 'Social Intention Test', Feb. 12th, 2009.
  6. 'Four steps to upgrade the Israeli Social Sector', Nov. 23rd, 2009.
  7. 'Criteria for Social Value', Sep.9th, 2009.


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