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The Archie Sherman Charitable Trust (UK)

Archie Sherman was born in 1911 and brought up in Cardiff, Wales where he and Marjorie lived for the first years of their married life and where their first two daughters were born. They then moved to England where their third daughter was born. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman moved to Tel Aviv where they lived for the final years of his life.

Although always philanthropically minded, it was the Six Day War in 1967 that provided the real impetus to the Mr. Sherman’s charitable generosity. It was then that he formed the Archie Sherman Charitable Trust with the intention of supporting Israeli causes, included among which was his great interest in the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors.  During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Mr. Sherman was one of the most substantial English donors to Israel, and in 1978 he put his whole-hearted support behind Project Renewal, helping the City of Ashkelon renovate housing and build a swimming pool complex for soldiers, as well as building and supporting Ashkelon’s Israel Tennis Center.

Marjorie Sherman was deeply interested in the Israel Tennis Centers and was instrumental in setting up and supporting this system of sports facilities that benefit disadvantaged children. Children’s welfare in general was one of her primary concerns, and she did much to encourage the Archie Sherman Charitable Trust in its support of the work of WIZO and other such organizations.

Tel Aviv has also benefited from the Trust, which has provided funding major projects including a municipal library, as well as kindergartens and sports complexes throughout the city.

Close friends of former Mayor Teddy Kollek, the Shermans also made similar commitments to the city of Jerusalem, funding projects such as the building of a halfway house for neglected children, a day care center for the elderly and several schools in the Jerusalem area, as well as facilitating the building and renovation of parks and a synagogue, and helping keep numerous day care centers and schools operational.

They have provided much needed support to many Orthodox schools and other educational institutions, including Israel’s universities and institutions of higher learning, receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the Tel Aviv University for Archie and an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for Marjorie.

Israeli hospitals have greatly benefited from the Trust, both in infrastructure and in the contribution of cutting edge technologies.

The contributions that they made continue to benefit people from all walks of life and they have left behind a legacy that is carried on in their names to this day.