Efrat Lavry

Efrat Lavry

Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, The Marc Lavry Heritage Society
Daughter to composer and conductor Marc Lavry and journalist Helena Lavry, Harpist Efrat Lavry started her musical studies at the Rubin Conservatory in Jerusalem from which she graduated as a pianist. She earned a Masters degree in musicology and performance from San Francisco State University. At SF State she studies harp with Prof. Marjorie Chauvel and became a professional harpist. Read more

In California Lavry was the resident harpist of the San Francisco Opera, The Oakland Symphony Orchestra and appeared with numerous orchestras in California, including the San Francisco Symphony. She also taught musicology, music history and harp at San Jose State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA.

Lavry appeared as solo harpist with orchestras in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento and played in numerous television programs. In 1965, she toured with her father, composer and conductor Marc Lavry.

Upon returning to Israel, Efrat Lavry appeared as solo harpist with most Israeli orchestras. She often performs in choral concerts and takes part in numerous chamber groups.

Lavry was also a pioneer in music eduction to the young generation in Israel. She performed in schools and other educational institutions over the years, championed young musicians from all walks of life, and pursued her personal mission to introduce young Israelis to quality music.

In 2004, Efrat Lavry became the Managing Director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. There she rebranded the orchestra, restructured the organization, created cutting edge programs, and turned it into one of the most prestigious orchestras in the country.

In 2011 she founded the Marc Lavry Heritage Society to promote Marc Lavry’s music and significant contributions to Israel and its society.


Orie Zaklad

Orie Marc Zaklad, MBA

Director of Marketing & Operations and Co-Founder, The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Orie leads the branding, messaging, strategy, and usability of the Marc Lavry Heritage Society’s websites and programs. He develops the product and communication strategy of the foundation. He also oversees the operations activities of the organization, including governance, HR, IT and legal.Read more

Orie brings a unique set of expertise in online marketing and product management in high-tech. His experience leading successful branding and messaging activities, championing product usability initiatives, and managing large user forums has been key to the success of the Society. He also brings his experience in management consulting both at PRTM and Zaklad Consulting.

In 2011 he founded the Marc Lavry Heritage Society to promote Marc Lavry’s music and significant contributions to Israel and its society.

Orie earned his MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and holds a BS of Mechanical Engineering from the Technion.


Board of Directors

Efrat Lavry


Orie Zaklad


Jane Gutman

Jane Roxane Gutman

Director, Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music – Haifa, Israel
Jane Roxane Gutman (nee Conway) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She studied flute with Atarah Ben Tovim in the north of England and then completed a B.A. (music) in Cambridge. In 1980, she received her Licentiate of the Royal Academy (L.R.A.M.) and soon after moved to Israel. As a new immigrant, Jane taught flute at the Dunie Weizman Conservatory until she became Director in 1997. Read more

In her capacity as Director, Gutman has been responsible for total conceptual reconstruction of all activities in order to provide attractive and viable programs to insure that a musical education is within the grasp of any child who so wishes.
Ms. Gutman believes that learning the art of performance and learning to play a musical instrument provide invaluable tools to a child’s developing psyche. Tools of self-discipline, tolerance, responsibility to oneself and to others and most importantly awareness of the self! Over the years, she has taken much care and pride in providing career and motivational coaching the many young musicians that have passed through the Conservatory.


Rivka Chernia

Rivka Chernia

Finance Manager at the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. Rivka Chernia previously held the position of Finance Manager of the Haifa Symphony, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and at the Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Chernia brings years of experience and knowhow in administration of cultural institutions, foundation management, and non-profits. Read more

Her roles include fiscal management, accounting, tax filings and government reporting, human resources, budgeting (in both the public and private sectors), grant submission, legal reporting.



Gila Flam

Dr. Gila Flam

Director of the Music Department of the National Library of Israel. Dr. Flam speaks around the world about Israeli and Jewish music as well as on topics of music archiving. Dr. Flam is also a lecturer at several academic institutions, and has been teaching at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 2006.

Dr. Flam studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned her Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles. Read more

She founded of the music department of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

She published multiple articles on Israeli music and Yiddish song, and in 1992 published a book titled “Singing for Survival: Songs of the Lodz Ghetto 1940-1945”.
Dr. Flam is a consultant for several projects in Jewish and Israeli music and is a producer of concerts and
recordings of various genres of Jewish music such as Yiddish song, Klezmer music, Israeli art and popular song.


Alon Schab

Alon Schab, Ph.D.

Musicologist, composer and recorder player. Born in Haifa, Israel, Dr. Schab graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in composition and recorder performance. As an Usher Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the subject of “Compositional Technique in Purcell’s Early Instrumental Works”. Read more

Since October 2012 Dr. Schab has been a lecturer in the Department of Music in the University of Haifa. His research interests include music history 1550–1750, source studies and early music printing, analysis, music of Ashkenazi Jews in the 19th century, Israeli popular song and progressive rock.


Noam Sheriff

Noam Sheriff, Composer and Conductor

Noam Sheriff is one of Israel’s most versatile and world renowned musicians. He studied composition and conducting in Tel Aviv (Paul Ben-Chaim), Berlin (Boris Blacher) and Salzburg (Igor Markevitch) and philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Read more

Since the 1957 premiere of his work Festival Prelude by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein at the opening of the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, his works have been regularly performed in Israel and all over the world.

Mr. Sheriff taught composition and conducting at the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Universities as well as the Musikhochschule in Cologne and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Over the years he has directed many music festivals in Israel as well as various television and radio programs.

Sheriff regularly conducts both his compositions and other works all over the world. He was the Music Director of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le-Zion, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra.

Noam Sheriff was the recipient of the “Acum” prize, the 2003 EMET prize, and the 2011 Israel Prize . He was recently nominated as one of the 50 most influential figures in Israeli music.

Sheriff was also recently elected as a full member of the Technion’s (Israel Institute of Technology) board of governors a d was appointed Dean of the music faculty at the ONO Academic College in 2012.


Michael Wolpe

Michael Wolpe, Prof.

Dean, Department of Music Theory, Composition & Conducting, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Prof. Michael Wolpe heads the Composition and Conducting Department at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He is also the Musical Director of three festivals, which are dedicated to original Israeli music: “Sounds in the Desert”, “Israeli Music Celebration” and “Musical Dialogues” in London. Read more

Prof. Wolpe studied composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Cambridge University, England. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem about Twentieth Century symphonic music in the United Kingdom.

Wolpe is also an acclaimed composer whose compositions encompass a wide variety of genres: symphonic, vocal, chamber, and dramatic. He has been awarded several prizes, including The Composers Union Prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize and the ACUM (artists union) Honorary Prize.

In 2012 Wolpe became a Professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.


Rinat Zaklad-Cohen, Attorney

Rinat Zaklad-Cohen specializes in commercial law. She holds B.A. degrees in Law and Business Finance from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) and has been practicing law since 2000. Ms. Zaklad is currently a real estate entrepreneur and focuses on mixed-use building.


Oded Zehavi

Oded Zehavi, Prof., Composer

Prof. Oded Zehavi is a major voice in a new generation of Israeli composers. He has received commissions and performances from renowned conductors, musicians and ensembles. His music won him numerous awards such as the Rosenbloom Prize for Performing Arts (2005) and the 2005 Landau Prize for Stage Arts. He is currently in residence as a research fellow at the Frankel Institute of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Read more

Prof. Zehavi is a founding member of the Music Department at the University of Haifa where he has been acting as Chair since 1995. He speaks around the worlds on a variety of musical topics ranging from Haydn to John Cage and including the business of music, popular culture and commercialism. He holds advanced degrees in music from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music, University of Pennsylvania (where he studied with George Crumb) and State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Zehavi’s professional appointments included orchestral residencies with the Israel Northern Symphony-Haifa (the first post of its kind in Israel), Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Music Center Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva and most recently the Israel Camerata Jerusalem

In addition to composing over 100 works for solo instruments, lied, chamber ensembles, choir and symphony orchestra, Prof. Zehavi is an avid arranger and composer of music for theatre, dance, feature film, documentaries and pop. He has written musical soundtracks for the BBC, ABC and Canal Plus, and over 100 of his arrangements of folk music can be found in the archives of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA).