Nava Issacharoff de Rubenzadeh 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nava Issacharoff de Rubenzadeh

​Nava Issacharoff de Rubenzadeh was born in the Bukharan Quarter of Jerusalem, the daughter of  Bukharan family that arrived in Palestine with the first aliyot from Bukhara and Tashkent, in Uzbekistan. The neighborhood where Nava's family lived was established at the end of the 19th century, and many Bukharan Jews arrived there after the fall of the Czar of Russia in 1917. Her grandparents built a synagogue that can still be visited.

Nava studied to become a school teacher, specializing in the care of disabled children. Her interest in education and her experience helped her to work with young immigrants.  

She met her husband, Daniel, and they started their life in Argentina. They had two children: Ariel z"l and Shiri.

Throughout the years, Nava has remained steadfastly committed to Israel and  has invested boundless love and energy in promoting Zionism . 

In 1978, Nava co-founded the Women's Division of Argentina and served as its President for several terms.  She served as the International Vice-President of the Women's Division and then was appointed as International President of the Women's Divisions of Keren Hayesod from 1998 until now. She is a member of the Keren Hayesod Board of Trustees.

Nava received numerous awards both in Argentina and Israel for her volunteer work with Keren Hayesod. She received the Golda Meir Award that the Argentine Council of Jewish Women, member of the International Council of Jewish Women, gave her in recognition of her active solidarity and commitment with the argentine brothers and sisters in need. In 2003 she was given the IWD's Award of Excellence.