Guiora Esrubilsky (Z”L)

In Their Own Words

Immediate Past President, Maccabi World Union (MWU)

Treasurer, MWU Latin America Department (’79 – ’82)
Treasurer, MWU (’82 – ’86)
Treasurer, 1985 World Maccabiah Games (’82 – ’86)
President, MWU Finance Commission (’98 – ’02)
Past President, Confederation of Latin American Maccabi Clubs

An international investment advisor and private banker with extensive experience in many countries, Guiora was elected MWU President in May 2010, bringing to this position more than 50 years of volunteer service to the worldwide Maccabi Movement.

Born in Argentina in 1948, he was a Buenos Aires University School of Economics graduate associated for many years with Banque Safdie and Safdie Investment Services Corporation as an Executive and Senior Vice President. He would always cheerfully say that his personal athletic prowess never quite matched his enthusiasm for sports. His primary inspiration was always Maccabi’s Jewish and Zionist educational and cultural work and the global role in ensuring the future of Jewish continuity.

His long career in the Maccabi Movement began as a youngster in Buenos Aires. A natural and dedicated leader, Guiora’s executive skills and organizational talent propelled him into important positions of responsibility: President of BAMI Youth Center at the age of 17 and Treasurer of the Argentine Maccabi Federation at 21.
Established professionally in Israel, he was active in MWU’s Latin America Department and was elected to the World Executive in 1980, taking on many executive responsibilities as demanding as his professional career. Guiora relocated to Brazil for his career and became a two-time President of Maccabi Latin America amongst other roles.

One of his greatest achievements, as President of MWU, was moving the Opening Ceremony to Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, where it will remain in the future.

Guiora passed away unexpectedly in November 2013. He is survived by his wife Marta, two sons Yair (Adela) and Michael (Tatiana) and four grandchildren – Emil, Eric, Maximiliano and Rebecca.