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.

Gerald Leissner

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 and Shirley have 4 children – Wendy Machanik (Alumna 1982), Nicole Schachat (Alumna 1984), Jonty (Alumnus 1985) and Michael (Alumnus 1992) at Yeshiva College. Gerald and Shirley have 3 grandchildren – Sarah (Grade 9), Sasha (Grade 5) and Ella (Grade 3) at Yeshiva College.

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.

Jonathan Jawno

Deputy chief executive officer: Transaction Capital Appointed: March 2003 BCom (Hons), Graduate Diploma Accounting (University of Cape Town), CA(SA)
 After completing his articles at Arthur Andersen, Jonathan co-founded Stratvest in 1995. In 1997, African Bank (then Theta Financial Services Limited) acquired 50% of Stratvest, leading to the formation of Nisela Growth Investments. He held the position of joint CEO of Nisela Growth Investments until 2002 and went on to acquire and grow the group of companies that was ultimately merged with Paycorp Holdings in 2007 to form Transaction Capital. Jonathan was appointed as an executive director in June 2010. Jonathan and Natanya have 5 children – Shai (Grade 3), Atara (Grade 1), and Nina and Nurit (Nursery School) 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.

Benjy Porter – CEO: Legal & Tax

Benjy Porter leads Legal & Tax as its CEO. In addition to his role at Legal & Tax Services, Porter sits on the boards of a number of other boards and trusts including CSF trust, Greater Glenhazel Active Security, Vaxitron Investments (Pty) Ltd, SA Jewish Report (PTY) Ltd and Wozipo capital (Pty) Ltd. Benjy is actively involved in the community through initiatives such as CAP, UOS, The Jewish Report and many other projects A married family man with six kids, Benjy believes that it is important to lead a balanced lifestyle. As an avid sportsman, Benjy has completed 14 comrades and over 100 marathons and half marathons, 13 94.7cycle challenges and a number of half ironman and full ironman He also enjoys reading in his spare time. Porter is a chartered account with B.Comm and B.Acc degrees from the University of the Witswatersrand. He completed his articles at Grant Thornton in 1999 . Benjy and Amanda have 5 children – Yoni (Grade 5) and Dovi (Grade 3) at Yeshiva College.