The Founders

A group of Jewish and non-Jewish persons came together with a passion to safeguard the Jewish Heritage in Malta.

Julius Nehorai

Julius Nehorai

Chairperson

Julius is a retired International businessman with a background in real-estate. He moved to live permanently in Malta in 2003. He is a Malta Vice-president of the Commonwealth Jewish Council.dvanced settings.

Reuben Ohayon

Reuben Ohayon

President of the Jewish Community of Malta

Reuben represents the Jewish Community of Malta and has been the Acting Rabbi for the community for some time.  You will find him faithfully providing spiritual guidance at the synagogue as well as directing all other activities of Jewish life in Malta. 

Dr. Sarah Azzopardi-Ljubibratic

Dr. Sarah Azzopardi-Ljubibratic

Executive Secretary

Sarah holds a Ph.D. of Arts (History of Religions) of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Her thesis focuses on the religious conversions of the Jews in Hospitaller Malta from a comparative perspective. Her research interests include the history of the Jews in Malta, history of minorities, integration processes and issues of building identities. She is currently coordinator and historical consultant in the media and communication sector. Sarah is co-founder and executive secretary of the Tayar Foundation for Jewish Heritage in Malta and has a broad experience of the voluntary sector in Malta and abroad.

Dr. Dennis Mizzi

Dr. Dennis Mizzi

Projects Director

Dennis is a senior lecturer in Hebrew and Ancient Judaism at the University of Malta. He teaches biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Judaism in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods, with a focus on both texts and archaeology. He is the assistant director of the Huqoq Excavation Project and the Einot Amitai Archaeological Project. Dennis is also a network partner in the Leverhulme International Network Project for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources, and co-founder and project manager of the Tayar Foundation for Jewish Heritage in Malta. Currently, he is completing a comprehensive, multi-volume monograph on the archaeology of Qumran in which he analyses in detail all aspects of the site, including its chronology, architecture, and material assemblages (i.e., pottery, glass and chalkstone vessels, metal artefacts, small finds, coins, animal bones), the surrounding caves and adjacent cemeteries, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls as archaeological artefacts.

Damon Camilleri Allan

Damon Camilleri Allan

Treasurer and Public Relations

Damon’s interest in the Jewish Heritage of Malta stems from his work in tourism.  Since 2010, Damon and his company, Exclusively Malta, has had the pleasure of hosting cultural enthusiast with little awareness of what the Maltese Islands have to offer.  Over time he helped to establish a Jewish historical travel product in consultation with the Maltese Jewish community and scholars including Dr. Azzopardi-Ljubibratic. He takes great pride in having revived efforts to restore the Kalkara “Slave” Cemetery. 

The  Board of Administrators

Julius Nehorai, Sarah Azzopardi-Ljubibratic, Damon Camilleri Allan and Dennis Mizzi are also administrators of the TFJHM.

Daniel Pariente

Daniel Pariente

Fundraising

Daniel is an Israeli and Italian national living in Malta, with an engineering background. He came to Malta in 2005 for a major water resources project and environmental development. He is presently working with the Curia of Gozo as the Project Manager for the development of the Diocese’s real-estate and other resources, for the benefit of the people of Gozo. 

Dr. Mario Siteri

Dr. Mario Siteri

Legal Advice

A former environmental health officer and a retired Police Deputy Commissioner.  Mario is also a warranted lawyer.

Gilles Pinto

Administrator

UK businessman and CFO of Stock Exchange International Groups including STMicroelectronics, Malta,  Gilles has lived in Malta and been active in the Jewish community for many years and is a vice-president for Malta of the Commonwealth Jewish Council.