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In Memoriam: Nissan Limor

Tuesday, December 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Wehrlin
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Nissan Limor (1944-2017)

We mourn the death of Nissan Limor, a distinguished government official who became a distinguished academic, research and policy specialist. Nissan mentored several generations of specialists on nonprofits and philanthropy, in Israel and beyond, and worked to strengthen respectful and appropriate relationships between the Israeli state and its nonprofit sector.

Nissan worked for many years to improve nonprofit management and sensible regulation of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in Israel, recommending more rational policies and criticizing – often severely criticizing -- proposals that would weaken the sector and its roles.  He was a key figure in promoting and expanding research on nonprofits and philanthropy in Israel; at his death, Nissan was senior research fellow at the Institute for Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University, and a faculty member of the College for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, where he chaired the Center for Civil Responsibility. He served as Chair of the Board of the Guidestar initiative in Israel from the beginning of the initiative until his death. Earlier he participated actively in the Israeli Center for Third Sector Research (ICTR) at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Nissan’s warm personality, clear vision, unerring sense for right and wrong, commitment to dialogue and mentorship, and professional prominence made him the key figure in Israel working for more sensible state-nonprofit relations and on nonprofit regulatory issues. 

Earlier Nissan served as senior research fellow and head of the Van Leer Forum for Civil Society Organizations at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.  He taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Ben-Gurion University.  Still earlier in his distinguished career, Nissan served as Director General of the Office of the President of Israel, and Director General of the Israeli Council for Higher Education.  He wrote six books and many articles and policy and position papers in Hebrew and English on nonprofit management, nonprofit regulation, self-regulation, higher education policy, and related themes.

All who knew Nissan or who came into contact with his warmth, commitment and vision, deeply mourn his passing, whether their contact with him was through his teaching, mentorship, writing, policy advocacy and coalition building, active participation at ISTR, and other events.  He will be deeply missed.  We offer our deepest condolences to his beloved wife Ariella and his family, friends and colleagues.

Mark Sidel
University of Wisconsin-Madison and ICNL

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