In memoriam: Max Shnider z"l
Melbourne, Australia
2000 Yakir Keren Hayesod Award recipient
As we mark the  shloshim of the passing of Max Shnider z"l, a great leader of Keren Hayesod and UIA Australia, we bring you two messages from UIA Victoria leadership.

Max was a person who everybody turned to for good advice, a friendly conversation or an incisive analysis of Jewish and Israeli affairs. We already miss his energy, enthusiasm and inexhaustible love for Israel.
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Jerusalem, June 2012: KH Annual World Conference - from left to right: Max Shnider z"l, Leida Shnider and KH Director for English-speaking countries Irit Barash.

A message from UIA Victoria President Shlomo Werdiger

The UIA community is saddened at the loss of one of its statesmen and campaign veterans. Over the years Max has been campaign Chairman, Yakir award recipient, canvasser, counsellor, nurturer and a team player both here and in Israel, who often achieved results through his respect for all, his dignity and of course his tireless and unconditional commitment to Israel. His wise counsel will be sorely missed. His legacy lives on in the people he inspired and nurtured to work for and give to UIA and of course the beneficiaries of his own philanthropy.

A message from former UIA Victoria President and 2007 Yakir Keren Hayesod Award recipient Jack Smorgon AO

I have had a long association with the late Max Shnider. I was not involved directly with the Executive of Keren Hayesod during Max’s term as Chairman of UIA Victoria, so my major involvement with Max was after I became involved on the Executive in 1995 and became Chairman the following year. At  that time, I started to visit the KH meetings in Israel and also attended with Max meetings of the Jewish Agency for Israel. In addition to both of those organisations, Max was the inaugural Co-Chairman of the Arava Australian Partnership, under what was then called Partnership 2000 and today goes under the name of Partnership 2Gether (P2G). I used to go down to the Arava with Max and attend the meetings of the Steering Committee and when Max was unable to visit Israel more than once a year due to Leida’s condition, I was fortunate enough to take over from him each of the roles that he had been performing in the Partnership, KH and the Jewish Agency. I learned a lot from Max during the time we spent together and valued his friendship very dearly. In addition to the meetings in the Arava, we were also both involved with the Arava Partnership in Australia and attended many meetings together. I considered Max to be young for his years and it was a great surprise and disappointment to hear that he was so ill with cancer. He did not last long and I think it was a blessing that he did not suffer. I will remember his friendship and our relationship for the rest of my days.

As a tribute to his memory, we again bring you an interview he gave to our website two years ago, during his stay in Jerusalem for the 2012 KH-UIA Annual World Conference.
Click here to read the interview with Max Shnider z"l.

The worldwide family of Keren Hayesod expresses once again its deep sorrow and sends its deepest condolences to Max's entire family.