The IPO Foundation


The IPO Foundation was founded in 1981 with the goal of helping the orchestra balance its budget, expand its music education and community programs and ensure its future. To this end, the Foundation raises money for its endowment fund, which is used to finance the needs of the orchestra and enable it to meet the challenges of the day.


The history of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is a story of vision, creativity, initiative and imagination. The IPO Foundation aims to continue and expand upon this rich history.


The Orchestra began before the birth of the state with Bonislaw Huberman’s call Jewish musicians in Europe to immigrate to the land of Israel and contribute to what he termed “the realization of Zionist culture in the land of our forefathers.” Today, the Israel Philharmonic is a first-class symphony orchestra and cultural emissary which represents the best of the State of Israel and conveys a message of peace, harmony and excellence to every corner of the world.



The IPO Foundation was founded with the goal of supporting and promoting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel and abroad. The IPO Foundation is guided by the following objectives:

  • To create a large endowment fund capable of financing the future needs of the orchestra;
  • To uphold the orchestra’s artistic excellence and provide its musicians with financial security;
  • To support the IPO’s music education programs and community outreach through the Keynote and Sulamot Music for Social Change Programs;
  • To sponsor special concerts in Israel and abroad;
  • To purchase quality instruments and improve the sound of the orchestra


Board of Directors

Honorary Chairman: Frank Lowy

Chairman: Michael Zellemayer

Executive Director: Tali Gottlieb

Members: Yair Hamburger, Sara Lahat, Josianne Zvia Meitar,  Rami Nussbaum, Tova Sagol, Sarah Sela, Rivka Saker, Irith Rappaport, Ami Sagi, Ruth Sheetrit ,Michal Mossek, Aharon Yaron and Yoel Abadi.

Resource Development: Orna Asher

IPO Foundation Subscribers and Family: Amit Rousso

Office Manager: Hagar Elor-Bourla

International Relations: Stephanie Mardler

Honorary Members, IPO Foundation and American Friends of the IPO:

Carlos Abolsky, Mario Adler, Josef Buchman, Gerda and Joseph Brender, Ruth and Charles Gold, Heide Wolf, Elaine and James Wolfensohn, David Weissman, Avi Ziv, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai, Raya Jaglom, Sir Ronald and Lady Cohen, Chaim Katzman, Jane and Don Lebell, Shirley and Frank Lowy, Tova and Sammy Sagol, Linda and Eli Streit, Lynn Syms, Suki Sandler, Rivka Saker, Maja and Aaron G. Frenkel, Faigie and Rubin Zimmerman, Morris Kahn, Judith and Kobi Richter, Ruth Rappaport, Kenna and Zalman Shoval, Fred Stein, Ruth Sheetrit.




Heichal Hatarbut Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Lowy Concert Hall

1 Huberman, P.O.B. 23500, Tel Aviv 6123401

Tel: 03-6296266 Fax: 03-6296267