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In Gratitude: Sergio Oberlander Sum

2019 Yakir Award recipient

Montevideo, Uruguay

Sergio Oberlander, from Montevideo, Uruguay, has always been passionate about Jewish causes. As a youth, he was deeply involved in the Betar movement, eventually becoming head of the Uruguayan branch, and subsequently, the Latin American coordinator of World Betar. He was also active in the struggle for Soviet Jewry.

From 1986 to 1993, Sergio lived in Israel. He studied mechanical engineering and received a masters degree summa cum laude in robotics and industrial automation from the Technion. His outstanding academic success was recognized with a Knesset award in 1989. He went on to help found RobTec, the leading 3D printing company in Latin America, and today is an investor in several startups and is helping them expand in Latin America

Sergio joined Keren Hayesod in 2005 and from 2010 to 2014, was campaign president. Since then, he has served as president of the Keren Hayesod Foundation , helping to position Keren Hayesod as a key leader in the community.

A leader in the Jewish community, Sergio works to strengthen Jewish education in Uruguay and to bolster the relationship with Israel. He established the Fondo Comunitario, which promotes Zionist education in schools and youth movements, and supports the Betar and Maccabi Hatzair youth movements. Sergio and his wife Iael Waintraub, have two children: Tali and Sol.

For his leadership, generosity and unswerving devotion to Israel and its people, Sergio Oberlander is most deserving of being a Yakir Keren Hayesod Award recipient.

At the Yakir Award 2019 ceremony. from l-r: Greg Masel, then Keren Hayesod Director General and CEO; Sam Grundwerg, Keren Hayesod World Chairman; Sergio Oberlander holding the Yakir Award; Steven Lowy AM, Keren Hayesod Chairman, World Board of Trustees; David Koschitzky, then Keren Hayesod Chairman, World Board of Trustees; Julia Koschitzky; Keren Hayesod Honorary President.