Jude Yovel Recanati is a leading entrepreneur and a social activist who devotes herself to strengthening and empowering Israeli society. She is the founder and chairperson of the Gandyr Group.

Founder and Chairperson of the Gandyr Foundation

In 2004, together with her late husband, Dr. Israel (Rolly) Yovel and their three daughters, Jude founded a family philanthropic foundation called “The Gandyr Foundation“, The Foundation aspires to assist in the process of strengthening and empowering Israeli society by supporting and cultivating civil society organizations.

Founder and Chairperson of Natal Organization

In 1998, together with the late Dr Yossi Hadar, Jude founded Natal - The Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. The goal of Natal is to be a multi-professional treatment center for trauma victims and their families, focusing on rehabilitation and improving their quality of life. Jude is the current Founder and Chairperson of the organization.


Organizations Jude is Active in


Sheatufim Center


Jude is a founding executive board member of Sheatufim – the Israel Center for Civil Society. Sheatufim serves as a professional home and information center for all civil society communities – third sector organizations, philanthropy, social partnerships and civil networks.
The Center works towards a stronger civil society by developing social leadership and promoting the fields of private philanthropy & inter-sectorial discourse.

To Sheatufim site



Jude is a member of JFN Israel and acted as the JFN chairperson for 2015:
Jewish Funders Network organization was founded in 1988 in the United States to encourage quality philanthropy by creating a platform for collaboration, action and education. JFN Israel was founded in order to enable Israeli donors and financiers to exchange ideas regarding their philanthropic involvement and expand their contribution framework in Israel and abroad.

To JFN Israel website



Jude is one of the Midot Organization trustees.
Midot is a public benefit nonprofit organization which promotes efficacy as a central measure that should be taken into account by social investors and nonprofit managers. Midot does this by ranking organizations and granting the Midot Efficacy Standard Mark, producing field reports & changing public discourse towards enhanced social investment in third sector activity.

To Midot website

The Impact Group

4Jude is an active member in the Impact Group – an initiative for the promotion of philanthropy in Israel. It is a group of twenty Israeli social investors who chose to work together in order to significantly broaden the framework of private philanthropy in Israel and increase its effectiveness.

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Lion of Judah IL

3Jude is a member of the Lion of Judah organization in Israel – A women organization for social philanthropy that empower women and girls in Israeli society. The activity is funded by its members, who voluntarily lead the organization, initiate the activities and locate and accompany projects they wish to support.

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Israel GA Staff

1Jude is a member of the GA Conference Staff of the American Jewish communities (Jerusalem, November 2013).
This organization deals, among other things, with raising financial and social resources by philanthropy and strategic initiative for the strengthening of the Jewish people in Israel and USA.

GA Conference site

Jude additional Board Memberships

  • Member of the Yahel Foundation board of directors.
  • Member of the board of trustees, Tel Aviv University.