Isabel Shur
​Sydney, Australia
2013 Janet Simons Award recipient
At its recent Annual General Meeting, which took place on November 19 in Sydney, Australia, UIA NSW bestowed the Janet Simons Award on Isabel Shur.  The Award, named in memory of Janet (1944-1997), an incredible woman who served as a role model of outstanding work and exemplary commitment to Israel and the Jewish people through the UIA NSW, was presented to her by the late Janet Simons z"l husband, Robert Simons OAM.

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From left to right:  Isabel Shur, Robert Simons OAM and Harold Finger OAM

Isabel was born in South Africa and emigrated with her husband Michael in 1980.  Coming from a communally active family it did not take long for her to become involved with UIA where she became a Women’s Division keyworker.   Isabel joined the Executive of the Business & Professional Division and in 1997 became Co-Chairman of that Division.  Since 2001 she has chaired this Division alone and with Isabel at the helm it has become an integral part of our Women’s Division.
Isabel is totally dedicated and passionate in her work for Israel.  Whilst maintaining her role as head of one of our largest Divisions she has also spent countless hours using her creative talents in helping to design invitations and marketing material and well as being part of our phoning team. 
Isabel has also been an indispensable member of our executive, her organisational skills, hard work and devotion have been invaluable.

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From left to right:  Ofir Gendelman, spokesman at PM Netanyahu's office; Sagi Ben Yosef, UIA NSW Executive Director, KH-UIA  Jerusalem Emissary; Sam Steif with the  Max Freilich Award ; Isabel Shur with the Janet Simons Award; Harold Finger OAM , UIA Australia Federal  President and  Roni Shorer, KH- UIA  North Shore and Federal Emissary

Over the years Isabel has graciously offered her home for functions, briefings and Executive Meetings and has been instrumental in raising the profile of our Women’s Division. 
In addition we acknowledge her dedication, together with her husband Michael,  as long time hosts for the General Division.
This Award is true recognition for Isabel’s extraordinary commitment.  Through the United Israel Appeal of NSW she has demonstrated her love of Israel and the Jewish people.
The worldwide Keren Hayesod family congratulates Isabel on receiving this prestigious award and wishes her many more years of activity and leadership!