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Telfed remembers Eliot Osrin z”l

Myra and Eliot Osrin at the inauguration of the new foyer of the Telfed Offices

Telfed, (SAZF, Israel) joins the Cape Town Community and the Osrin Family in mourning the loss of a very dear friend, Eliot.  He was admired and respected by many, a man of strategic brilliance, insightful wisdom, patience and humility.  The Telfed Family was privileged to have known him and loved him for many decades, a man who endeared himself to all he came in contact with, marked by his sensitivity, soft smile and cheerful chuckle.

Thanks to Eliot, many top Jewish families were encouraged to set up charitable trusts which today are the lifeline of Cape Town’s Jewish Community, and several of which have supported educational initiatives spearheaded by Telfed over the years, serving not only the local SA community, but that in Israel as well.  Eliot promised the future and stability of Telfed through his vision to establish the Trust Funds, and by that he assured the long-term support for the Southern African community in Israel, serving as a trustee in the major Trust Funds administered by Telfed.

Eliot had a deep sense of commitment to the Jewish people and was a strong advocate and proponent of Telfed’s charitable work on behalf of the Southern African community in Israel.  Such was his involvement and commitment, that the entrance and foyer of the Telfed offices in Raanana are named after the power-couple: “The Eliot and Myra Osrin Administration Centre”. In recognition of their significant contributions to the wellbeing of the local Southern African community in Israel, Eliot and Myra received the prestigious Yakir Telfed Award – the highest award that Telfed confers.

Eliot was a true mensch, who dedicated his life to helping others and serving the community, ensuring that key Jewish institutions were well funded, well organized and united.  The impact of his involvement is woven in the lives of many, spanning several generations: his presence, good cheer and warm personality will be fondly remembered by those whose lives he touched.

On behalf of all at Telfed, we share our sincere condolences with his legendary and loving wife Myra, children Bernard, Jeffrey, Malcolm, Shelley, Tamara and Melanie.  He will be sorely missed.


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