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About Beit Issie Shapiro

Beit Issie Shapiro is a pioneering leader and innovator for people with disabilities, providing services that change lives and exporting technologies and best practices for a more inclusive society around the world; impacting 500,000 people annually.

To learn more, please visit en.beitissie.org.il

Canadian Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro (CFOBIS) is dedicated to supporting the amazing work of Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel and around the world.


Beit Issie Shapiro’s vision is that every person with a disability is entitled to full equal rights, and to be included and active in community life. We work with all sectors in Israel – Jewish, Arab and others.


Beit Issie Shapiro’s Mission is to pioneer Israeli innovation to improve the quality of life and ensure the full rights of people with disabilities.

BIS reaches over 30 countries around the world with expertise, and has Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012.

“For people without disability, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, it makes things possible”  

Executive Director Jean Judes at a United Nations event in Geneva, April 2016.

Canadian Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro Board of Directors


President Gilad Epstein
Vice President Darron Hill
Treasurer Jonathan Breido
Board members

Michelle Barish

Ben Eder

Howard Esakov

Lauren Korzinstone

Reuben Klein

Gabi Krug

Errol Singer

Harel Shachar

Joan Starkman

National Manager Johanna Samuel
Event Coordinator Rebecca Sarfatti


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