Meretz UK People

This list is still being completed.

Chair: Yehuda Erdman
Yehuda Erdman was born on the Independence Day of Israel (Yom Ha Atzmaut) 1948 in Jerusalem. He is the sonof refugees from Nazi Germany who went on Aliya (emmigrated) to Palestine in 1935.In his teens Yehuda became an enthusiastic member of the Jewish Socialist Jewish youth movement Habonim in the UK,including training on the Hachshara in Sussex followed by his own Aliya to akibbutz in Upper Galilee in 1968. After returning to London, Yehudajoined Mapam UK (Jewish Workers Party), and later Meretz UK. He is married with four grown up sons,and he retired from his profession of Microbiology after working mainlyin Public Health Microbiology including some published research. Hehas been Chair for about three years, and hopes to see a resurgence inthe fortunes of Meretz UK and even the holy grail of a youth wing herein London. On the wider picture, despite all the setbacks in recentyears, Yehuda still wants to see peace in the Middle East betweenIsrael and her neighbours soon, but preferably in his lifetime!

Secretary, Acting Treasurer: Lawrence Joffe
Lawrence Joffe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Guardian, Jewish Chronicle, Times and other publications. Born in South Africa, he is active on the Jewish Arab peace and friendship front. He has held several talks on Israel and its Arab neighbours and published on the topic repeatedly, including Keesings Guide to the Middle East Peace Process (1996).

Membership Supervisor: Ben Freiman
Secretary: t.b.d

Avivit Caspi: Administrator, avivit.c@meretz.org.uk
Avivit has been an administrator since 2004 and having been born in Israel, she believes strongly in building a better Israel for all! She is a known artist in her own right, beside her activities for Meretz UK.

Acting Administrator: Yael Shahar

(Avivit Caspi is currently on maternity leave)

Current Committee Members (maskirut, listed alphabetically):

Yehuda Erdman (Chair)

Ben Freiman
Ben Freiman is a freelance property consultant, unchangeable motorbike enthusiast and fantastic source of technical knowledge and has been member of Meretz and Mapam for as long as he can remember. Ben's father fought in the war of independence of Israel after surviving the Shoah; in spite of this Ben remains a man who believes in peace and reconciliation with Palestinians and Arabs. he also has an interest in Jewish Humanism. Ben is also a DJ available to parties and weddings to which he rides with his portable system on his motorbike.

Liz Goldberg. An artist and broadcaster (Spectrum) she currently also works as events coordinator of Spiro. She is an unmissable events consumer in the Jewish London scene, and has a vast knowledge of what is going on in London Jewish World. Liz has always maintained a relationship with Israel with a firm stance on the left.

Lawrence Joffe (Secretary) see above.

Pauline Levis
Pauline ran a single-handed self-built and admirable campaign to save an Iranian refugee and his family - Save Behnam). She is also a responsible carer for her elderly mother and former chair of Meretz UK. She was part of the Shomer Ha Tsair Youth Movement in her teens and has been with Mapam / Meretz all her life.

Debbie Green

Stephanie A.

We are in the process of building a
list of patrons.

If you would like to become a patron
of Meretz UK please contact Yael Shahar (see contacts) while Avivit Caspi is on maternity leave.