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Neri J. Bloomfield, z"l

With deep sorrow, we convey our deepest condolences
to Harry and Nancy Bloomfield, Evelyn and Raphael Schachter and their families
on the sad passing of
Neri J. Bloomfield

A woman of valour, a life-time supporter and a true friend of the science museum
who believed and promoted science education to all children and people of Jerusalem and the State of Israel

Maya Halevy, DirectorShlomo Yanai, Chairman of the Board

The Board of Directors and all the employees of the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of 
Neri Judith Loewy Bloomfield in Montreal, Canada on Thursday February 5, 2015
An ardent and proud Zionist whose grandmother was a delegate to the second Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland in 1898, she began her lifelong dedication and service to Israel as the youngest ever President of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, later as National President of the Canadian Zionist Federation and as the first female President of the Jewish National Fund of Canada. She was a member of many Boards of Governors and Directors including the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization, the Technion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the Jerusalem Foundation, the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and the J.G.H's Lady Davis Institute for Research, Chair of the Women's division of the Combined Jewish Appeal in Montreal, Honored as Ne'eman Yerushalayim by Mayor Teddy Kollek in 1992, honored by World-WIZO with the naming in her honor of the Neri Bloomfield School of Design and Education in Haifa, recipient of Honorary Doctorates from The Hebrew University, the Technion, Ben Gurion University and St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. President of the Eldee Foundation from the time of the passing of her late husband Bernard in 1984, she initiated and supported the construction of schools in the Reshet Amal vocational training high school system in Israel, the conception and realization of the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem, forests, a reservoir, she supported the maintenance of a sports stadium in Jaffa that carries the family name. She funded many educational programs and the Bloomfield Gateway to the Negev building in Beersheva through the JNF/KKL. Neri was particularly proud of the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust which was formed in partnership between the Eldee Foundation, the Hebrew University and the Technion. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Hapoalim (Canada), the only woman Director ever in Canada. She loved being the Canadian Chair for Jerusalem 3000 celebrating in 1995 the 3000th Anniversary of the City of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

A life of giving, to her family and friends, but above all, to the land and the people of Israel.
She will be dearly missed by her son Harry, daughter Evelyn and their spouses Raphael Schachter and Nancy Bloomfield, grandchildren Nathaniel Schachter, Ariella Schachter and husband Warren Sckolnick, Jonathan, Andrew and James Bloomfield and great -granddaughter, Chloe Sckolnick as well as by the families of her late brothers Ariel and Amos Loewy.
 "A strong and courageous woman, who can find? Her value is far beyond pearls”  (Proverbs 31:10)
Date Created: 09/02/15
Date Updated: 09/02/15