Pierre Haas   

on  13/06/2017 
Tags: Yakir Award
Yakir Keren Hayesod pin presented to Pierre Haas, former president of the campaign in France.

​"40 years of work for Keren Hayesod make you, Pierre, one of the pillars of our organization" (Avi Pazner, former world chairman of Keren Hayesod).

On Friday, 26 May 2017, Pierre Haas, a 2016 Yakir Keren Hayesod Award laureate, was presented with the Yakir pin at Keren Hayesod's world headquarters in Jerusalem, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was unable to accept the pin last year  due to technical reasons. 
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from l-r: Alan Hoffman, Directeur General of the Jewish Agency for Israel; Greg MaselKeren Hayesod director generalPierre Haas; Amb. Avi Pazner, former world chairman of Keren Hayesod.

Taking part in the warm and moving ceremony were former world chairman of Keren Hayesod Ambassador Avi Pazner,  and his wife Marty, director-general of Keren Hayesod Greg Masel, director for Europe, Jonathan Joffe and his predecessor Nati Metuki, as well as Alan Hoffman, director-general of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
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Saluting Pierre Haas' decades of activity, Alan Hoffman told his grandchildren, who came to Jerusalem especially for the ceremony, "Your grandfather is a very important man".  
"What place more symbolic than this room, where David Ben-Gurion and the Zionist leadership decided on the creation of the State of Israel, could we find for our gathering today?" Hoffman asked rhetorically. 
"Continuity and the importance of Keren Hayesod's work: this is what you instilled in your children, as evidenced by your son Xavier's involvement in Keren Hayesod activities in France and the aliyah of your son Jérôme and his family here", added Greg Masel.
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Avi Pazner, a longtime friend of Pierre Haas, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the  organization, stressing that "40 years of work for Keren Hayesod make you, Pierre, one of its pillars."

Visibly moved, Pierre Haas said, "Thank you for this tribute, but I don't think that spending time and energy on a that one believes is worthy deserves any recognition".  He paid tribute to the memory of Akiva Arbel z "l, the Keren Hayesod representative in France for 40 years, who "infected  me with this bug that I always have".   He also paid tribute to the memory of Victor Nahmias z "l, who was then director of communications at KH: "He saved my life, by keeping me from jumping on a bomb during a mission to South  Lebanon over 35 years ago". 
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from l-r: Cynthia Haas; Marti Pazner; Jerome Haas; Pierre HaasAmb. Avi Pazner, former world chairman of Keren Hayesod; Nati Metuki, former KH director for Europe; Alan Hoffman, Directeur General of the Jewish Agency for Israel; Jonathan Joffe, KH director for Europe; Greg Masel, Keren Hayesod director general; Carole Ouaknine, Communications of Keren Hayesod ; In the front line: David, Rachel and Jeremie Haas.

The Yakir Award is given to leaders of Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal, in recognition of their commitment and volunteerism, as well as to those who have distinguished themselves by their contribution towards promoting the aims and goals of UIA, both in Israel and throughout the Jewish world. 

Dear Pierre, congratulations once again  on this highly-deserved distinction, and our best wishes for health, happiness and long years of continued activity.



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