About Our Major Donors
Morris Kahn made Aliyah from South Africa in 1957, at the age of 26. By his mid-30s, building on his entrepreneurial spirit and foresight, he achieved significant business success with the founding of Israel’s Golden (Yellow) Pages, followed by Coral World – underwater observatories based on a pioneering concept. In 1978, Morris co-founded the Aurum Group, and continued to establish companies in what were then fledgling industries in Israel, including Golden Lines and Golden Channels. He also introduced the global corporations AT&T and AIG into the Israeli market. In 1980 Morris co-founded the technological powerhouse Amdocs, which was key to Israel’s development into ‘The Startup Nation’. For decades, Morris has used his wealth to support diverse ventures in various fields. One of his central areas of interest is developing a strong, vibrant and ethical young leadership, as exemplified in LEAD,. Morris also supports numerous life sciences and health-related projects, including diverse research activities and the provision of medical care to those in need in third world countries, where such care is not available. Furthermore, recognizing the shortage of engineers in Israel and the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future and security, Morris ardently supports SpaceIL’s educational activities, which are based on its mission to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson
Founded last decade by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the Adelson Family Foundation focuses its support primarily on programs that benefit the State of Israel and the Jewish people. The Adelson Family Foundation is one of Adelson’s philanthropic vehicles. The Adelson Family Foundation is concerned with Jewish causes around the world. Adelson takes a decidedly pro-Israel stance, and this reflects in he and his wife Miriam’s philanthropy. The Adelson Family Foundation supports charitable organizations located primarily in Israel and the United States. This includes funding of Israel Advocacy and Defense, Israel Studies, Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Awareness, and the first Israeli spacecraft to the Moon, among others.
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Lynn Schusterman is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people, to create positive change. The foundation was founded in 1987 by Lynn and her late husband, Charles Schusterman (z”l). The Foundation’s mission emphasizes efforts to strengthen the global Jewish community and Israel, improve public education in the United States, and enhance the quality of life in Lynn’s home town of Tulsa, OK. In recognition of SpaceIL’s educational vision to foster the next generation of scientists and engineers in Israel, Lynn and her daughter Stacey are significant contributors to SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that aims to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon.
Sylvan Adams is a Canadian-born businessman, philanthropist and amateur cycling champion. In 2016, Sylvan made Aliyah, settling in Tel Aviv with his wife Margaret.
Since moving to Israel, Sylvan has quickly integrated and devoted himself to serving his country, as his calling card reads: “Self-appointed Ambassador at large for the State of Israel”. The citizens of Israel, Israeli government officials, and foreign dignitaries have recognized Sylvan’s steadfast commitment to promoting Israel and enhancing the daily lives of it’s citizens.
Sylvan’s philanthropic investments are focused on two themes:
1. Promotion of Israel both abroad and internally, through innovative, non-polemical means, such as sport and cultural activities. His important investment in SpaceIL fits nicely in this theme, demonstrating tiny Israel’s exceptional innovative capabilities, as the 4th country to land on the moon, following the three Superpowers: USA, Russia, and China. SpaceIL’s projected landing is also the only privately funded venture in this exclusive club.
2.Promotion of Jewish Identity in the diaspora, or as he likes to call it “ensuring Jewish grandchildren”.
Sylvan is the only Israeli (and only one of three Canadians) member of the Giving Pledge, an organization begun by Warren Buffet together with Bill and Melinda Gates for billionaires committed to giving away the majority of their wealth to philanthropic pursuits.
Harvey (A”H) and Gloria Kaylie
Harvey (A”H) and Gloria Kaylie have had a permanent impact on the nation of Israel and the Jewish community in the United States. Harvey (A”H) founded Mini-Circuits in 1968, and with Gloria by his side in spirit and deed led the company to become a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of RF and microwave signal processing components. Mini-Circuits established a permanent presence in Israel in 1977 with the founding of subsidiary, Ravon Electronics, ltd. as an R&D and manufacturing center of excellence. Beyond their work in the RF/microwave industry, Harvey (A”H) and Gloria have dedicated their lives to philanthropy. In 1999, they established the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie foundation to support organizations involved in education, health, cancer research, and support for individuals living with disabilities. In 2010, they opened Camp Kaylie, a summer camp in upstate New York devoted to inclusion of children with special needs. For many years, their generous support has had a major impact on social services and healthcare throughout Israel, especially through their close relationship with United Hatzalah and Rambam Hospital. Mini-Circuits’ support for the SpaceIL moon mission carries on Harvey (A”H) and Gloria’s distinguished legacy as champions of education, technological advancement, and the development of Israeli society.
The Parasol Foundation Trust
The Parasol Foundation Trust is a philanthropic trust established in 2004 in Gibraltar and is overseen by its principal benefactress, Ruth Parasol.
For over 10 years the Trust has been giving to communities in Gibraltar, UK, Israel, India and the United States. To date, the Trust has committed over £20,000,000 on various educational, health, culture and heritage initiatives in Gibraltar, UK, Israel, India and US. Ruth is one of the world’s wealthier self-made business women. As a successful Internet entrepreneur and investor, she believes “Our time, success and fortune are borrowed. You can never give or appreciate enough, but every effort helps. Here, at The Parasol Foundation Trust, we enable change by supporting talented individuals and core centers of health and education, in order to create a better future for the next generation.