UK CAUSES AND PROJECTS
1. The Royal Albert Hall
On the 7th October 2003 Zvi Meitar was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Albert Hall in recognition of exemplary support at that stage of its restoration. On the re-opening of the Royal Albert Hall on the 30th March 2004, after eight years of refurbishment, Zvi and Ofra Meitar were presented to her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Albert Hall has a capacity of 5,300 seats and the lobby of the new south entrance bears the name the Meitar Foyer. On the outside of the outer wall at the south entrance four spaces were made available for the four major donors to the restoration fund to add their plaques. One of these four plaques bears the Zvi and Ofra Meitar coat of arms which includes a brief text, in Hebrew, from Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament of Bible.
The Royal Albert Hall underwent a second refurbishment; part of which was the restructuring of a space of over 450 square metres which became a new space for a bar and club with daily access also for people who do not have tickets for Royal Albert Hall performances. This space opened in May 2013 and was named the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Porch and Foyer, in recognition of the Family Fund’s further support. It has open seating for visitors and a space to meet and gather for public tours of the building.
The south porch (Door 12) serves as an entrance to the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Porch and Foyer, home to the Café Bar and the Box Office. It also acts as an entrance for Verdi, the Hall’s Italian restaurant.
2. National Maritime Museum
On the 6th June 2005 Zvi Meitar was appointed Honorary Commodore of the National Maritime Museum in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the institution; especially in relation to Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The exhibition ‘Nelson and Napoleon’ ran from July to November 2005 and had a very successful run, welcoming over 90,000 visitors. It was the centrepiece for the nationwide commemorations of the Battle of Trafalgar.
3. Magdalen College, Oxford
In 2005 Zvi Meitar was appointed Patron of the Magdalen College Boat Club for maintaining the Boat Club for five years. His donations also enabled the Club to purchase two boats named ‘Meitar I’ and ‘Meitar II’.
In the summer of 2011 the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Fund created the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Magdalen Graduate Scholarships awarded annually to five PhD graduates studying in the sciences.
The Zvi Meitar Family Fund is a major donor to Magdalen College Oxford and has developed a special relationship with this college. In recognition of this special relationship and donations, Zvi Meitar was made an Honorary Waynflete Fellow which, under a parliamentary statute, may be held by only eighteen persons at any one time.
4. Oxford University
Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors
In 2007 Zvi Meitar was elected to the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors headed by The Chancellor, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH at the University of Oxford.
Also in 2007 the Zvi Meitar Family Fund agreed with the University of Oxford to establish two annual scholarships / prizes for young PhD graduates, each in the amount of £35,000, under the name The Zvi Meitar Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize. The first two prizes were donated in March 2007.
Oxford University Women’s Boat Club (OUWBC)
In addition to the Magdalen College Boat Club, The Meitar Family Fund has also donated a boat, called ‘Zvi Meitar’, to the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club (OUWBC). This boat represented Oxford University in the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Women’s Boat Races.
5. Ashmolean Museum
The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund made a donation to the Ashmolean Museum and the four-storey central atrium of the museum where the old and new sections of the museum meet was named Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Atrium; in honour of the donations made to the Ashmolean Museum.
In 2009 Zvi Meitar lent to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford a marble statue of Sir George Cooke, weighing 4½ tons, which was sculpted in 1748 by Henry Cheere. This is sited in the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Atrium
Also, in recognition of extensive support, Zvi Meitar was presented with an Ashmolean Fellowship in 2010, the highest honour the Museum can bestow.
6. Bodleian Libraries
In 2011 the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford announced important improvements to SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries On-line) made possible by a donation from Zvi Meitar. As a result of his donation the catalogue improvements were made in a matter of months instead of the years it would have taken the Bodleian Library cataloguers to research and input data. The catalogue is the lifeblood of the library connecting readers worldwide with 11 million physical items in the Bodleian collections and an infinite number of electronic resources thus making it much quicker for academics to reach the materials they seek and also encouraging them to explore other recommended materials.
He has made several donations to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, including donations for the Bodleian/ Korean Project, a donation towards the purchase of Kafka’s ‘Letters to Ottla’ and a donation towards the Bodleian project for the digitization of Queen Victoria’s journals.
New Bodleian Library Gift Shop
The Zvi Meitar Family Fund made a donation to the Bodleian Library for the installation of the new Bodleian Shop in the new refurbished Bodleian Library which is named the Zvi Meitar Bodleian Libraries Shop.
7. Philharmonia Orchestra
The Meitar Family Fund is considered a main donor to the Philharmonia Orchestra and has been for many years.
8. Oxford Philomusica
For several years The Meitar Family Fund has been a major donor to the Oxford Philomusica, under the auspices of Oxford University, for many years.
9. The Sixteen
The Meitar Family Fund sponsored The Sixteen’s Handel in Oxford Festivals 2004, 2005 and 2006 and has continued to support them subsequently.