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Opening of The Telfed Community Center

There was an excited air of expectation and interest at the opening of the new Telfed Community Centre at the Amishav residential building in Tel Aviv last week.

The centre is named in honour and memory of the late Leonard Lazarus Schach, who was an acclaimed international figure in the theatrical world, born in South Africaת who maintained a home in Israel for many years.  


L-R: Selwyn Feinblum and Advocate Goldin            Dorron Kline, Adv. Goldin, Maish Isaacson, Allan Feinblum

The plaque was unveiled by Selwyn Feinblum, who made the Telfed connection with Advocate Abe Goldin, who knew Leonard Schach personally and who was responsible for facilitating the funds required to refurbish the centre, generously provided by the Deliante Charity Foundation. Advocate Goldin spoke with great affection and warmth for the late Leonard Schach whom he described as 'a gentle man with great talent and intellect and love of the theatre'.

Gordon Bloch, a cousin of Leonard, and long serving Telfed volunteer, gave a brief biography of his career highlighting his many and varied achievements internationally. (See below)

      Guests enjoying the Goldene Medina Exhibition at the newly renovated community centre in Tel Aviv

The first event to be hosted in the new centre was the "Goldene Medina", a superb poster based history of 175 years of Jewry in Southern Africa, facilitated by Past Telfed Chairman, Dave Bloom and in conjunction with the South Africa Jewish Museum.  Nadia Lerman, who made Aliyah 6 years ago shared how she was overwhelmed with emotion and very grateful for this opportunity to read and absorb our history”.  

The centre is housed in the previously neglected basement which had over the last few years become a dumping area for obsolete furniture and various abandoned items belonging to residents and past residents. Now, with superb finishes and modern facilities, the centre will be made available to the residents of the Telfed properties in Amishav Street as well as the general public.  

The event was attended by Telfed Officials, Staff, Isrentco Board members, contractors responsible for the refurbishment and residents. One of the tenants, Freda Essakow, summed it up: “The alterations are so beautiful. We are so proud of our new facility – thank you!

Special thanks to Russell Abel (Project Manager), Dafna Rosenfeld (Isrentco Property Manager), Allan Feinblum (Isrentco Chairman) and their teams for a job well done.

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Article submitted by Mel Cohen, Isrentco Board Member


About Leonard Schach

Born in Cape Town in 1918, Leonard Lazarus Sach was a South African – Israeli theatrical director and producer. Although Leonard majored in Psychology, History and Social Anthropology with a graduate degrees in History and Law, he decided in 1948 to pursue his passion and make theater his career. In 1964, he had already directed over 200 productions in South Africa and decided in 1965 to immigrate to Israel where he was invited to join the Cameri Theater as prestigious "resident guest director."

In a career spanning almost five decades, Leonard directed for Habimah, the Haifa Municipal Theater, Zavit, Bimot, Giora Godick Productions, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Ensemble Orchestra. His talent was recognized on the international scene as well as he directed plays and operas in England, the United States, Italy, Belgium and made the critically acclaimed film Cry in the Wind in Greece. Gone too soon, he passed away in Tel Aviv on November, 20th 1996 at 78 years old.

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