Yeshiva College Foundation Board Members

The Foundation is administered by an independent Board of Trustees that has oversight of all its financial activities and ensures corporate governance. The Foundation qualifies for tax exempt status in terms of S10 of the Companies Act and issues S18A tax certificates to our donors.

Rabbi Avraham Tanzer – Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Tanzer was born in Brooklyn New York, U S A in October 1935. He was educated at the Yeshiva Torah Ve d’as in New York, and at the Telsher Yeshiva in Cleveland, Ohio. After he received smicha, he continued as a fellow at the Post Graduate Institute Kollel Yad Eliyahu Meir, and was also a graduate at the Kaufman Teaching Institute in Cleveland. As Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva College of South Africa since 1963, the schools developed under his jurisdiction include: Yeshiva College Boys High School, Yeshiva Leila Bronner Girls High School, Yeshiva Menora Primary School, Yeshiva Menora Primary School and Yeshiva Pre-Grade and I E Goldberg Nursery Schools. Rabbi Tanzer is the founding Rabbi and spiritual leader of the Glenhazel Area Hebrew Congregation, a community of 750 families catering to the individual needs of many groups of congregants.

Laurence Rapp – Chairman

Mr. Laurence Rapp, B Com (Hons) (cum laude), EDP Wharton Business School, is the Chief Executive Officer of Vukile Property Fund Limited which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He has held the position since joining Vukile in August 2011. Mr Rapp is also the immediate past Chairman of the SA REIT Association, the industry governing body for the listed property sector. He also sits on the boards of Atlantic Leaf Property Fund, a UK-focused property Fund and also Castellana Property Socimi, which is a Spanish retail property fund. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry, spanning investment banking, private equity, retail banking & insurance and asset management. Laurence was a director at Standard Bank for close on ten years where he held the positions of Head of the Insurance and Asset Management Division and prior to that, he was in charge of the Strategic Investments and Alliances division. Laurence has served for many years on the Yeshiva College Board of Governors, in addition to currently serving on the Executive Committee of the School. Laurence also serves on the Board of the Chevra Kadisha and is a deeply committed member of our Jewish Community and a central support to many of its organisations. Laurence is married to Emma and they have three children, Daniel, Alexa and David.

Lawrie Zev Brozin

Lawrie served articles with Arthur Andersen in Johannesburg and after qualifying as a chartered accountant became involved in managing his family’s business interests. He has been part of the management team at Brimstone since October 1996, and played a valuable role in growing the Group to the stage of its listing in July 1998. Lawrie was appointed Financial Director of Brimstone in 2007. Lawrie is also the director of several other companies, amongst others Nando’s Group Holdings Limited, The Scientific Group (Proprietary) Limited and Sea Harvest Holdings (Proprietary) Limited. Lawrie also serves on the Board of Governors of various charitable institutions. Lawrie is a much loved and respected person in his family and the community at large. He is a keen golfer, loves gyming, and reading is his pastime. Lawrie is a great leader, who is motivated not by power but by compassion. Lawrie and Robyn have 4 children – Romi (Alumna 1998), Justine (Alumna 2000), Stephanie (Alumna 2005) and Dani (Alumna 2013) at Yeshiva College. Lawrie and Robyn have ? grandchildren – Ilan (Grade4), Ariella (Grade 1), Yonatan (Nursery School) and Sara (Playschool) at Yeshiva College.

Richard Friedland

Chief Executive Officer of Netcare Limited Richard is Group Chief Executive Officer of Netcare Limited, responsible for Netcare’s Southern African and United Kingdom operations. Richard is both a veterinary surgeon and medical doctor holding a BVSc, MBBCh (Cum Laude), Dip Fin Man (with distinction) and MBA. He joined Netcare in early 1997, as Chief Operating Officer, just after its listing on the JSE, to spearhead the growth and re-engineering of the group. Richard launched Netcare’s emergency services, Netcare 911, and several other divisions of Netcare. In late 2001 Richard was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Netcare UK and initiated the public private partnerships with the NHS and UK Department of Health. In September 2005, Richard returned to South Africa as Group Chief Executive Officer. Richard is passionate about patient care and outcome and developing efficient and sustainable models of healthcare delivery, particularly in the public-private domain. Richard and Trudy have 4 children – Jessica (Grade 11), Daniel (Grade 10) and Ariella (Grade 5) at Yeshiva College.

Michelle Krengel

Michelle and Avrom have 2 children at Yeshiva College – Shmuel (Grade 8) and Mordi (Grade 6).

Martin Kalmek

BSc(Hons), FFA, FASSA Martin matriculated in 1993 and qualified as an actuary in 2004. He is currently Financial Director of Platinum Life, a direct-marketing life insurance company which he co-founded with his fellow directors in 2000. He is non-executive director of a number of associate companies of Platinum Life. He also serves as a trustee of the CSO (Gauteng). He is married to Ronit (nee Weil), a medical doctor and graduate of Yeshiva College. Martin and Ronit have 4 children – Oren (Grade 3) and Keren (Grade 1) at Yeshiva College.

Gerald Leissner z”l – Honorary Life Chairman

Chartered Accountant (South Africa) since 1964, CEO of Arrowhead Properties Limited since 2011 and Indluplace Properties Limited since 2015, both listed JSE REITS In June 1964 joined Townsview Estates (Pty) Limited – the property management company of the Schlesinger Organisation. In 1972, as a result of the acquisition of the Schlesinger Organisation by Anglo American Corporation Limited, Townsview Estates changed its name to Anglo American Property Services (“AMPROS”). At AMPROS, during the period 1964 to 2001 held the position of accountant, company secretary and was appointed managing director in 1978. Held the position of Chairman of the four JSE listed companies managed by AMPROS. Appointed alternate director of Anglo American Corporation in 1984. In 2001 Anglo American sold the AMPROS business to ApexHi and ApexHi on-sold the property management elements. Served as CEO of ApexHi from 2001 until June 2009 when Redefine Properties Limited acquired the R16 billion property portfolio from ApexHi. Non executive chairman of Stenprop Limited. Gerald leaves behind his wife Shirley, 4 children – Wendy Machanik (Alumna 1982), Nicole Schachat (Alumna 1984), Jonty (Alumnus 1985) and Michael (Alumnus 1992), and grandchildren, Sarah (Grade 9), Sasha (Grade 5) and Ella (Grade 3) at Yeshiva College.