The KH-UIA family marks with great sadness the "shloshim" of the passing of Sami Bollag z"l, former president of KH-VIA German and Italian-speaking Switzerland.
Sami Bollag was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1942, into a religious family. He planned to become a rabbi, but eventually changed course and entered the clothing business after completing his military service. He studied business and gained practical experience in Great Britain, after which he joined his father's business. In 1974, he decided to move the company's offices to Zurich. At the same time, he became involved in the community as a member of the synagogue's board.Sami Bollag z"l with the Yakir Award and from left to right: Greg Masel, KH Director general ; Julia Koschitzky, KH Honorary President ;Eliezer (Moodi) Sandberg, KH World Chairman and Yohanna Arbib-Perugia, then Chairman of KH World Board of Trustees.
Sami's involvement with KH began in 1980, when former IDF Chief Rabbi, Mordechai Piron, then Chief Rabbi of Zurich, put him in contact with the KH representative there. This was the beginning of decades of ongoing dedication and outstanding generosity, which were reflected at the Kedma Youth Village, as well as in projects in Beersheva, Rehovot and all over Israel.
A highly successful businessman in the fashion sector, Sami joined the local KH board and was KH German and Italian-speaking Switzerland Chairman in the years 2001-2016, exemplifying our organization's highest values. He was Chairman of the KH 2005 World Conference Steering Committee, sat on Keren Hayesod Executive and on the JAFI Board of Governors and was also co-President of the P2G Partnership in Rehovot.
Sami Bollag z"l, first from left, with all other 2012 Yakir Award recipients and President Peres z"l.
On June 18, 2012, Sami was awarded the 2012 Yakir Keren Hayesod Award by then President Shimon Peres z"l and KH leadership.
He was a model worthy of emulation and a source of inspiration for all those who were privileged to know him, and will be sorely missed. We extend sincerest condolences to his wife Anette, his daughters and the entire family. Sami z"l and Anette, an inspiring source of optimism (Photo: Jack Smorgon AO)
May his memory be blessed.