About

Helmsley works to strengthen the health, safety, and security of the people of Israel, for the benefit of the country, region, and world.

We aim to expand Israel’s world-class healthcare services so that everyone in Israel has access to quality healthcare no matter where they live, strengthen Israel’s contributions to basic scientific, technological, and medical research, and promote global understanding and appreciation of Israel and its people.

We work closely with partners on the ground in Israel – government leaders, universities, health systems and nonprofits – to advance technologies, programs, and innovations that will improve the well-being of communities in Israel and around the world.

Improving Healthcare Services and Preparedness

We support the development of healthcare facilities in major cities and underserved areas of Israel.

We work with organizations to enhance medical trauma and disaster relief services.

We invest in innovative strategies to bring advanced services to periphery communities.

Advancing Basic Scientific Research

We support university programs that help Israeli scientists make significant gains in medicine, biology, energy, technology, and agriculture.

We support education programs in healthcare and STEM to nurture and support the next generation of scientific research.

Strengthening the Global Understanding of Israel

We work to increase Israel’s ability to communicate its challenges and the realities of its position in the Middle East region.

We support facilitating firsthand experiences of Israeli life and culture for key audiences.

News & Insights

How Israeli Innovations Are Feeding the World


Since Israel's earliest days and even before it was established, agriculture has been crucially important. ...

Israel’s Rapid Response to Medical Emergencies


In Israel, lives are lost every day due to the delay between calling for emergency ...

Honoring 73 Years of Israel’s Independence

The State of Israel marks its 73rd year of nationhood today. Helmsley joins our friends and partners around the world in celebrating Israel's Independence Day.


Read the full Declaration of Independence


Honoring 73 Years of Israel’s Independence

Israel Hayom: $9 Million Helmsley Grant to Support Nursing Program

Israel Hayom covered the news of a $9 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to help fund the construction of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Building at the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT), home to one of the largest nursing programs in Israel — a country with only 5.1 nurses per 1,000 people.


"This new facility will expand JCT's excellent nursing degree programs, allow it to grow its student body, and help to alleviate the unfortunate shortage of nurses in Israel," said Sandor Frankel, one of Helmsley's trustees, following the announcement. "We are committed to supporting quality healthcare in Israel, and enabling JCT to graduate more highly-trained nurses and other medical personnel will be a win for the country."


Read the full story at israelhayom.com.


Jerusalem Post: Helmsley Donates $11 Million to Boost Israel’s COVID-19 Efforts

The Jerusalem Post covered Helmsley’s recent emergency response grants to support several hospitals facing the COVID-19 pandemic throughout Israel.


The $11 million in Helmsley funding will help the facilities create new COVID-19 isolation wards and purchase necessary ICU equipment and personal protective gear for medical personnel. The emergency grants are part of Helmsley’s ongoing efforts to help Israel strengthen its healthcare system across the country. 


Read the full story at jpost.com


Hadassah Opens New Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit

Hadassah Medical Organization opened a new pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) unit in Jerusalem. The unit was established and equipped thanks to a $4.75 million grant from Helmsley. 


“The new unit will significantly expand Hadassah’s pediatric BMT capacity and will enable the hospital to provide life-saving BMT treatment to approximately 100 children each year,” Helmsley Trustee Sandor Frankel said.


Read more at jpost.com.


Hadassah Opens New Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit

Israel’s Hospitals Incubate Products for a Healthier World

A piece in Israel21C explores how Israeli hospitals are emerging as global hubs of innovation – including the new Helmsley Health Discovery Tower in Haifa.


With a grant from Helmsley’s Israel Program, Rambam Medical Center is building a 20-story on-campus to house an innovation initiative also involving the University of Haifa and the Technion.


Read the story at israel21c.org.


Israel’s Hospitals Incubate Products for a Healthier World

Jerusalem Post: Breakthroughs in Neurological Treatment at Shaare Zedek

Jerusalem Post reports that in less than three years, since the opening of the Helmsley Neurological Institute in November 2016, Shaare Zedek has become one of Israel’s leading centers for the diagnosis and treatment of strokes.


The institute was created with a grant from Helmsley’s Israel Program to address critical gaps in care in the region and increase access to neurosurgery and stroke treatment in an area of need.


Read the full piece at jpost.com.



Jerusalem Post: Breakthroughs in Neurological Treatment at Shaare Zedek

Times of Israel: Ben-Gurion University Researchers Create Hybrid Flying/Driving Robot

With support from Helmsley’s Israel Program, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have developed a groundbreaking hybrid robot that can both fly and drive and squeeze into tight spaces using the same motor.


The robot has potential for a variety of uses - commercial purposes such as package delivery as well as search and rescue in out-of-reach places.


The hybrid-robot research was supported by Helmsley through the Agricultural, Biological and Cognitive Robotics Initiative (ABC Robotics) and by the BGU Marcus Endowment Fund.


Read the full news at timesofisrael.com.


Times of Israel: Ben-Gurion University Researchers Create Hybrid Flying/Driving Robot

Technology Changes the Face of Healthcare in Rural Israel


Electronic medical records and e-Pharmacies give Israel's underserved regions a modernized healthcare infrastructure that reduces ...

A Global Home Away from Home for Journalists


How the Jerusalem Press Club is enhancing world news and broadening public knowledge about the ...
Israel by the Numbers

$366

Million

in grants committed to Israel

181

Grants

made to Israeli institutions

23

Hospitals

supported across Israel

100%

of Israeli Universities

have received Helmsley support
Recent Grants

Zefat Academic College

Amount: $4,114,152
Term of Grant: 12 Months
Date of Award: 05.20.2021

The Weizmann Institute of Science

Amount: $2,575,000
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 02.08.2021

Agricultural Research Organization

Amount: $4,091,900
Term of Grant: 12 Months
Date of Award: 02.08.2021

Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Center, Rehovot, (R.A.)

Amount: $5,128,205
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 01.12.2021

The Sderot Development Foundation

Amount: $2,888,890
Term of Grant: 36 Months
Date of Award: 12.16.2020

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Our Team

Breeze McMennamin is the Program Director of the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program. 

She joined Helmsley after practicing law as a commercial litigator for many years with Helms...
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Breeze McMennamin

Program Director

Matt Marlott is a Program Officer with the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program. Matt is a member of a small team, in which he facilitates grants aimed at strengthening Israel’s leadershi...
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Matt Marlott

Program Officer

Louisa is an Associate Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program.

Prior to joining Helmsley, Louisa worked with the Jewish Agency for Israel, as its central emiss...
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Louisa Valitsky

Associate Program Officer

Auria Rivera

Auria is the Executive Assistant for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program. Prior to joining Helmsley, Auria worked for several Helmsley properties, serving in various capacities as a sa...
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Auria Rivera

Executive Assistant