Dini Goldschmidt-Klein

Dini Goldschmidt-Klein was born in Amsterdam in 1937. She survived the Nazi-occupation in hiding. She studied psychology and obtained her B.A. in 1959. She married in 1960 and made Aliyah the same year. During a sabbatical with her family in the United States in 1971 she obtained her M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) at the University of Texas in Austin.

Dini has 5 married children and 33 grandchildren, who all live in Israel. From 1972 until 2004, she held several positions as a librarian and as a teacher in the Department of Library Studies at the Bar Ilan University. Since November 2005 she is the head of the library of the Foundation. She also works as a volunteer in the Shaare Zedek Hospital (Information Services) and as the secretary of the Jerusalem Branch of the Irgun Olei Holland.


Irene Sommer-Israeli

Irene Sommer-Israeli, born and raised in Maastricht (the Netherlands), is a simultaneous/consecutive interpreter and translator by profession. She studied in Iowa (USA), and at Antwerp (Belgium), Barcelona (Spain) and Jerusalem Universities.

In Jerusalem she worked for the Hadassah Hospital for 18 years and was in charge of its Tourism Departments in Ein Karem, Mt. Scopus and its branches in Tel Aviv and Haifa (Hadassah installations, Chagall windows, Donor Recognition).

She then worked for 26 years for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium as PA of its Ambassadors in Israel. At her departure she was honored with a decoration from King Albert II of Belgium.

Since April 2013 she is the Office Manager for the Center for Research on the History of Dutch Jewry.

Irene has 2 daughters and is a grandmother of 6. She likes to spend her spare time with her family, to travel and meet new people with a passion. She likes to listen furthermore to most any kind of music and enjoys reading, in particular detectives and books by travel writers.




Danny Shapiro

Danny Shapiro was born in Petach Tikwa in 1968 and he grew up in Holland.
In Holland Danny studied Commercial Economics for 2 years at a College (HBO) in Amsterdam. For more than 10 years he worked at the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam where he was the Hazzan, Ba'al Koré as well as tutor for many Bar Mitswa boys. After that he worked for several years as a bookkeeper for different trading companies and as a bookkeeper for the Jewish Ashkenazy Community in Amsterdam (N.I.H.S.).

In 2009 Danny made Aliyah and in Israel he works in various fields. At the moment he teaches Dutch at Berlitz (parttime) and he assists the Dutch documentary maker Willy Lindwer (parttime). For the Center for Research on the History of Dutch Jewry Danny is responsible for the financial administration.