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AFHU NEWS<br />

Volume <strong>18</strong> / <strong>2016</strong> – 17


CONTENTS<br />

Building the University of Tomorrow. ........................... 1<br />

The 79th Annual Hebrew University<br />

International Board of Governors Meeting. ...................... 2<br />

Hebrew University Research Highlights. ......................... 9<br />

Accolades & Honors. ......................................... 16<br />

Recruiting Rising Academic Stars .............................. 21<br />

Outstanding New Faculty. ....................................23<br />

AFHU Events: Honoring Our Own. ............................. 26<br />

Hebrew University Alumni News. ..............................30<br />

In Remembrance. ...........................................33<br />

AFHU Planned Giving: Deferred CGAs. .........................34<br />

Upcoming Events. ...........................................37<br />

<strong>2016</strong> AFHU<br />

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP<br />

Board of Directors Officers<br />

PRESIDENT<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD<br />

Michael S. Kurtz<br />

VICE CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD<br />

Mark R. Gordon<br />

Frances R. Katz<br />

Richard S. Ziman<br />

VICE PRESIDENTS<br />

Ernest Bogen<br />

Rita Bogen<br />

Charles H. Goodman<br />

Kenneth L. Stein<br />

Ronald M. Zimmerman<br />

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIR<br />

Marc O. Mayer<br />

TREASURER<br />

Joshua M. Olshin<br />

ASSISTANT TREASURER<br />

Frances R. Katz<br />

SECRETARY<br />

Pamela N. Emmerich<br />

ASSISTANT SECRETARY<br />

Richard D. Weinberg<br />

Board of Directors<br />

Honorary Presidents & Chairs<br />

HONORARY PRESIDENTS<br />

Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Harvey M. Krueger<br />

Barbara A. Mandel<br />

Keith L. Sachs<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />

HONORARY CHAIRMEN<br />

OF THE BOARD<br />

Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Harvey M. Krueger<br />

Keith L. Sachs<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />

HONORARY VICE CHAIR<br />

OF THE BOARD<br />

Lawrence E. Glick


At the American Friends of Hebrew University’s September <strong>2016</strong> national board meeting in Washington, D.C.,<br />

Hebrew University Vice President, Ambassador Yossi Gal, discussed “Building the University of Tomorrow,”<br />

citing some of the crucial ingredients that will contribute to future success. Ambassador Gal reminded us<br />

that “The Hebrew University has a tremendous heritage which we carry on our shoulders,” alluding to the<br />

legacy created by founders Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann and other leaders who worked to establish a<br />

powerhouse university that would serve the Jewish people and humanity.<br />

BUILDING THE UNIVERSITY<br />

OF TOMORROW<br />

Deeply aware of this legacy and determined to innovate and expand the<br />

boundaries of knowledge, our Hebrew University community is building<br />

upon existing achievements by spearheading transformative projects and<br />

programs. Researchers are pursuing basic and applied sciences with the goal<br />

of ameliorating disease, inventing new technologies, achieving agricultural<br />

sustainability and enriching the study of humanities, law and other fields of<br />

importance. Helping students to become scientifically literate, intellectually<br />

inquisitive and socially responsible are values that inform a Hebrew University<br />

education across every academic discipline.<br />

AFHU is proud of the university’s award-winning advances, and AFHU News<br />

showcases varied aspects of these forward-thinking efforts. Eager to do our<br />

part, AFHU’s leaders and professionals are partnering to propel campaigns that<br />

support the recruitment of outstanding new faculty, student scholarships and<br />

interdisciplinary research. Our campaign is also promoting STEM education in<br />

science, technology, engineering and mathematics.<br />

The Hebrew University has no shortage of vision and continually strives for<br />

relevance through cutting-edge scholarship, via meaningful forms of outreach<br />

within Israel and beyond, and by embracing globalization. Unique partnerships<br />

are being forged between Hebrew University and top educational and research<br />

institutions on every continent. An increasing number of HU academic programs<br />

are being offered in English, especially at the graduate level. The university<br />

is strengthening its dual position as Israel’s foremost institution and as an<br />

international institution with a broad-based perspective.<br />

Please enjoy AFHU News and accept our sincere appreciation for being part of<br />

these efforts. Together, we are making a positive impact.<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

President<br />

Beth Asnien McCoy<br />

National Executive Director<br />

AFHU NEWS / 1


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THE 79TH ANNUAL<br />

HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF<br />

GOVERNORS MEETING<br />

Jerusalem, June <strong>2016</strong><br />

Honorary Doctorates<br />

Mortimer B. Zuckerman accepts an<br />

Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew<br />

University President, Professor<br />

Menahem Ben-Sasson (L) and<br />

Rector, Professor Asher Cohen (R).<br />

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a<br />

graduate of HU’s Faculty of Law,<br />

received an Honorary Doctorate<br />

and delivered a keynote address.<br />

(L-R) Menahem Ben-Sasson,<br />

Reuven Rivlin and Asher Cohen<br />

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Victor J. Cohn<br />

Honorary Fellowships<br />

AFHU leaders and national board members received<br />

Honorary Fellowships during the 79th International Board<br />

of Governors.<br />

Ronald M. Zimmerman<br />

Herbert Sachs<br />

James Matanky<br />

Michael Lobel<br />

AFHU NEWS / 3


Benefactors<br />

Wall of<br />

Benefactors<br />

Alice and Herbert Sachs<br />

Keith and Kathy Sachs<br />

Ellen and Victor J. Cohn<br />

Jane and Ronald M. Zimmerman<br />

Mary Smart and the<br />

Smart Family Foundation<br />

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Benefactors<br />

Wall of Life<br />

Julie Gal<br />

Aviva Samet Matanky<br />

and James Matanky<br />

Annette Pakula and<br />

Jennifer Waldholz<br />

Ruth and David Musher<br />

AFHU NEWS / 5


Planned Giving: Creating a Legacy<br />

Victor J. Cohn<br />

During this year’s Board of Governors, the first Legacy Tree<br />

ceremony was held on Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus,<br />

paying tribute to philanthropic leaders who have established<br />

bequests of $100,000 or more in support of the university. These<br />

thoughtful planned gifts were recognized with inscriptions on<br />

leaves of the Legacy Tree.<br />

Linda Fish<br />

Carol and Michael S. Kurtz<br />

Robert E. Friedman<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin with Hebrew<br />

University Vice President, Billie Shapira<br />

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Recipients of Ph.D.s and Honorary Doctorates<br />

at the Board of Governors, <strong>2016</strong><br />

A presentation by Nir Barkat, Mayor of<br />

Jerusalem.<br />

(L-R) HU Vice President, Ambassador Yossi Gal,<br />

HU President, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson<br />

and Nir Barkat<br />

Professor Amnon Shashua (R),<br />

who created the pioneering<br />

Mobileye car navigation system,<br />

demonstrates his invention,<br />

OrCam Wearable Computer<br />

Vision, which helps people who<br />

are visually impaired.<br />

AFHU NEWS / 7


<strong>2016</strong> AFHU President’s Mission to Israel<br />

A Negev Holiday, co-chaired by Daniel and Marcy Schlessinger<br />

<strong>2016</strong> National Mission to Israel<br />

AFHU’s National Mission, co-chaired by national board members Marc Mayer and Patty Glaser, journeyed to Israel and<br />

The Hebrew University for VIP tours, receptions and meetings with Israeli dignitaries, entrepreneurs and leading scientists<br />

and scholars, during March <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Wall of Life:<br />

Jackie Tavelman and Michael Cypers<br />

Founders:<br />

(L-R) Allison<br />

and Tom Levyn,<br />

Lou Gramm,<br />

Steve Frankel<br />

and Dan<br />

Ricketts<br />

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HU RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS<br />

AFHU NEWS / 9


Biodesign Medical Innovation<br />

Biodesign is a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach<br />

to medical innovation created by Hebrew University<br />

and Hadassah Medical Center. The program accepts<br />

medical fellows, bioengineering and business<br />

graduate students; they study science and practice<br />

bringing a medical innovation to the market.<br />

During <strong>2016</strong>, Biodesign produced four medical<br />

innovations that improve medical procedures,<br />

including their accuracy. Among the innovations are<br />

a microfiber pad that improves UTI diagnostics and<br />

helps infant and elderly patients; intelligent socks,<br />

which when paired with smartphones, helps diabetic<br />

patients; an optical guide to help doctors perform<br />

orthopedic procedures; and a lifesaving device that<br />

shortens chest tube insertion from minutes to seconds.<br />

Covert Inflammation as a Cancer Trigger<br />

Research teams led by Professor Yinon Ben-Neriah, MD, Ph.D., of Hebrew University’s Lautenberg Center<br />

for General and Tumor Immunology, and Professor Atul Butte, MD, Ph.D., director of the Institute for<br />

Computational Health Sciences at UC San Francisco, identified a subtle and elusive form of “parainflammation”<br />

in cancer cells. Parainflammation, or low-grade inflammation, has been implicated in fast-growing cancers<br />

such as pancreatic and bladder cancers. At high levels, it is linked to increased mortality.<br />

This important finding enables a better understanding of how cancer develops: the recently discovered<br />

gene-expression signature is giving researchers a way to more closely study the link between inflammation<br />

and cancer. This joint research was published online in Genome Biology (July <strong>2016</strong>).<br />

A High-Tech Recovery Mission: The Scroll from Ein-Gedi<br />

By using advanced tomography technology, scientists<br />

at the University of Kentucky, collaborating with<br />

Hebrew University archeological experts, unlocked<br />

the hidden text of an ancient, damaged Ein-Gedi<br />

scroll. Hebrew University faculty discovered this rare<br />

treasure during an archaeological excavation they<br />

conducted in 1970 in the synagogue in Ein Gedi. A<br />

process known as “virtual unwrapping” revealed<br />

the verses on the ink-based scroll, enabling textual<br />

analysis of the biblical text. The unique reclamation<br />

process regarding a scroll that dates back to the first<br />

centuries made headlines in the New York Times and<br />

the Wall Street Journal (September <strong>2016</strong>).<br />

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Hebrew University Launches<br />

Israel’s First Academic<br />

Wine Degree<br />

In response to the growing need in Israel’s wine<br />

industry, Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith<br />

Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment opened<br />

Israel’s first academic degree program in wine: the<br />

International M.S. in Viticulture and Enology.<br />

Students will gain academic-level knowledge and<br />

skills consistent with leading programs in other<br />

wine-producing countries such as France, the U.S.<br />

and Australia, with special emphasis on the Israeli<br />

wine industry.<br />

New Molecules Protect Brain<br />

After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury<br />

Mild traumatic brain injury is a common<br />

occurrence and is especially frequent among<br />

children, athletes and the elderly. Scientists at<br />

Hebrew University demonstrated that a single dose<br />

of a new molecule they created can effectively<br />

protect the brain from inflammation, cell death<br />

and cognitive impairments that often follow a mild<br />

traumatic brain injury.<br />

Hebrew University Study Proposes New Way to Predict<br />

Heart Disease<br />

A new study by the Braun School of Public Health<br />

and Community Medicine gets to the heart of<br />

a problem. Conducted in Jerusalem, the study<br />

found that small- and medium-sized HDL (highdensity<br />

lipoprotein) particles in lab samples were<br />

more closely associated than HDL cholesterol with<br />

protection against coronary atherosclerosis.<br />

This work, led by Professor Jeremy Kark, was<br />

undertaken by Dr. Chobufo Ditah, a physician from<br />

Cameroon, as his thesis for the International Master<br />

of Public Health program at Hebrew University.<br />

Dr. Chobufo Ditah and<br />

Professor Jeremy Kark<br />

AFHU NEWS / 11


New Blood Test Detects Multiple<br />

Diseases Via DNA<br />

In a series of experiments involving 320 patients<br />

and controls, an international team of researchers<br />

developed a blood test that can detect multiple<br />

pathologies, including diabetes, cancer, traumatic<br />

injury and neurodegeneration, in a highly sensitive<br />

and specific manner. The cutting-edge method<br />

infers cell death in specific tissue from the<br />

methylation patterns of circulating DNA that is<br />

released by dying cells.<br />

Nanotech Delivery System<br />

Offers New Approach to Skin<br />

Disease Therapies<br />

Hebrew University researchers developed a<br />

nanotechnology-based delivery system that activates<br />

the body’s natural defense against free radicals<br />

efficiently, which may help to relieve a variety of skin<br />

pathologies and disorders.<br />

While researchers focused on the skin, the formulation<br />

could prove to be effective in enhancing the body’s<br />

natural protection against the damaging effects in<br />

other parts of the body, such as inflammation in<br />

patients with cardiovascular diseases, heart attack,<br />

cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.<br />

Hope for HIV Patients<br />

Two Hebrew University scientists believe they reached<br />

a breakthrough in destroying the HIV virus and have<br />

planned to begin clinical trials.<br />

The scientists believe that infected cells can be killed<br />

without harming the entire body, curing the HIV<br />

carrier. The researchers developed peptides, which<br />

caused an activation of the cell’s self-destruction<br />

mechanisms. These peptides, combined with current<br />

medications, were tested on cultures of human cells<br />

with HIV. Within two weeks of treatment, there was<br />

no sign of the virus DNA or infected cells, and the<br />

virus was undetectable in patients two weeks after<br />

completing treatment.<br />

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Israel’s First 3D and Functional<br />

Printing Center<br />

The Hebrew University launched Israel’s first 3D<br />

and Functional Printing Centers. Researchers will<br />

explore scientific and technological avenues in this<br />

emerging field, while exposing them to Israeli and<br />

international industry.<br />

Snails Bring Speedy Economic<br />

Empowerment to Africa<br />

Snails may be the fast track to economic growth<br />

and empowerment for women living in West Africa,<br />

thanks to a pair of Ghanaian research students<br />

heading a project sponsored by the Robert H. Smith<br />

Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment.<br />

AFHU Receives Top Ranking<br />

From Charity Navigator<br />

BriefCam Surveillance Used for<br />

Rio <strong>2016</strong> Olympics<br />

BriefCam helped Rio de Janeiro monitor its surveillance<br />

cameras and aided authorities in tracking streetlevel<br />

activity. BriefCam was founded on the strength<br />

of technology developed at Hebrew University by<br />

Professor Shmuel Peleg, a renowned computer vision<br />

researcher.<br />

American Friends of The Hebrew University<br />

received the highest ranking (four out of<br />

four stars) from Charity Navigator, the largest<br />

and most utilized charity evaluator in the<br />

United States.<br />

HHHH<br />

AFHU NEWS / 13


The Harvey M. Krueger Family<br />

Center for Nanoscience and<br />

Nanotechnology at The<br />

Hebrew University<br />

The Center for Transformative Nanomedicine (CTN)<br />

A Groundbreaking Research Collaboration Between<br />

Hebrew University and Cleveland Clinic<br />

Two promising joint CTN research projects recently<br />

received support thanks to AFHU’s fundraising<br />

campaign, in concert with Hebrew University<br />

and Cleveland Clinic, to establish a virtual center<br />

dedicated to developing therapies and drug<br />

delivery systems to treat cancer, heart disease and<br />

neurodegenerative diseases.<br />

A New Approach to Breast Cancer<br />

What if an imbalance in our microbiome, the trillions<br />

of bacteria that live in and on our bodies, is related to<br />

our likelihood of developing cancer? Preliminary data<br />

suggests that breast cancers may be associated with<br />

an imbalance within a specific bacterial community.<br />

Collaborating CTN researchers will investigate the<br />

impact of delivering antibiotics and antimetabolites<br />

within a nanoparticle directly to the site, potentially<br />

correcting such imbalances and stunting tumor<br />

progression while decreasing the harmful side effects<br />

often caused by traditional cancer treatments.<br />

Therapies for Brain Cancer<br />

Glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive<br />

form of brain cancer, has a high mortality rate and<br />

few therapeutic options. However, recent stem<br />

cell discoveries in the lab are enabling scientists to<br />

replicate brain tumors in patients, leading toward<br />

new testing opportunities. CTN scientists will<br />

leverage stem cell innovation and nanotechnology,<br />

using microchips to deliver therapies to the labgenerated<br />

tumor. The goal is to help develop<br />

effective treatments for glioblastoma and other<br />

brain tumors.<br />

For information about how you can support<br />

breakthroughs in nanomedicine, please contact<br />

Judith Shenkman, Executive Director of<br />

AFHU’s Midwest Region at jshenkman@<strong>afhu</strong>.org<br />

or 312.329.0032.<br />

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Hebrew University and University of Maryland<br />

Sign Collaboration Agreement<br />

The Hebrew University expanded its partnership with the University of Maryland, exploring new<br />

opportunities for joint research and student exchanges.<br />

(L-R) HU Vice President of<br />

Research Shy Arkin signs<br />

agreement with Maryland<br />

Governor Larry Hogan.<br />

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 22, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Key Session Themes<br />

n Scaling breakthroughs in nanotechnology<br />

n Tracking the future of cybersecurity<br />

n Agricultural technologies for a crowded planet<br />

n Medtech and the future of human life<br />

n Banking on financial technology<br />

An Interactive Conference Hosted<br />

by AFHU’s Northeast Region<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem plays an essential<br />

role in the discovery and development of life-changing<br />

solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.<br />

Join us in New York City for an interactive conference<br />

featuring industry leaders and world-class innovators<br />

from Israel and the United States.<br />

n Connectivity in the age of artificial intelligence<br />

n Self-driving cars and the future of transportation<br />

For further information, please contact<br />

Suzanne Ponsot<br />

Executive Director of the Northeast Region<br />

sponsot@<strong>afhu</strong>.org or 212.607.8510<br />

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ACCOLADES AND HONORS<br />

FOR HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

Professor<br />

Howard Cedar<br />

Dr. Yosef Buganim<br />

The Horwitz Prize in Biomedical<br />

Research<br />

Hebrew University Professor Howard Cedar,<br />

emeritus Professor Aharon Razin and Gary<br />

Felsenfeld, Ph.D. of the National Institutes of<br />

Health, received the <strong>2016</strong> Louisa Gross Horwitz<br />

Prize for their groundbreaking work that led to<br />

the formation of an entirely new research field<br />

known as cancer epigenetics.<br />

The Horwitz Prize is Columbia University’s highest<br />

honor in biological research; 43 previous Horwitz<br />

Prize winners have received the Nobel Prize.<br />

Among their other honors, Professors Cedar and<br />

Razin previously received the international Wolf<br />

Prize in Medicine.<br />

An Award for Research in<br />

Regenerative Medicine<br />

The American Association for the Advancement<br />

of Science (AAAS), Science and Science Translational<br />

Medicine and the Boyalife industrial research<br />

consortium honored Dr. Yosef Buganim.<br />

Dr. Buganim is a young researcher who recently<br />

joined Hebrew University’s Department of<br />

Molecular Biology and Cancer Research at The<br />

Faculty of Medicine.<br />

Awarded for the first time this year, the Boyalife<br />

Science & Science Translational Medicine Award<br />

in Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine honors<br />

researchers for outstanding contributions in stem<br />

cell research and regenerative medicine around<br />

the globe.<br />

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Pioneering Cancer Immunotherapy Research<br />

As a Ph.D. student at the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and<br />

Cancer Research, Dr. Pinchas Tsukerman studied the interaction<br />

between cancer cells and the immune system’s key cells that perform<br />

surveillance and elimination of tumor cells. Based on this research,<br />

he developed original products that can boost immune activity to<br />

eliminate cancer growths. His discovery, which earned him the Kaye<br />

Innovation Award, was made at the laboratory of Professor Ofer<br />

Mandelboim in collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Stipan<br />

Jonjic from the University of Rijeka in Croatia.<br />

Isaac Kaye congratulates Dr. Tsukerman<br />

France’s Highest Honor Awarded<br />

to HU Vice President<br />

Ambassador Yossi Gal, the Vice President for<br />

Advancement and External Relations at The<br />

Hebrew University, was named a Commander of<br />

France’s Legion of Honour. Established by Napoléon<br />

Bonaparte in <strong>18</strong>02, the Legion of Honour is the<br />

highest French order for military and civil merits.<br />

The Smith Vision Prize for Plant<br />

Sciences<br />

A Hebrew University Ph.D. student at the Robert H.<br />

Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment,<br />

Alon Can’ani, showed that increases in ambient<br />

temperature also lead to a decrease in the production<br />

of floral scents. For his body of research, Can’ani<br />

received the <strong>2016</strong> Smith Vision Prize.<br />

European Neuroscience Award Goes to<br />

ELSC Brain Sciences Center<br />

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at Hebrew University<br />

received the <strong>2016</strong> DAB-FENS Brain Awareness Week Excellence Award.<br />

The Dana Foundation and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain<br />

presented the award in collaboration with the Federation of European<br />

Neuroscience Societies.<br />

Dr. Rafi Aviram and Alona Shani-Narkiss<br />

AFHU NEWS / 17


In Recognition of Excellence<br />

<strong>2016</strong> ISRAEL<br />

PRIZE<br />

HU received 3 of 10<br />

prizes, the most out of all<br />

Israeli universities<br />

LINGUISTICS<br />

Edit Doron<br />

Professor, Department<br />

of Linguistics at the<br />

Language, Logic &<br />

Cognition Center<br />

RELIGIOUS<br />

STUDIES<br />

& PHILOSOPHY<br />

David Shulman<br />

Renee Lang<br />

Professor of Humanistic<br />

Studies<br />

NEAR EAST<br />

STUDIES<br />

Yohanan Friedmann<br />

Max Schloessinger<br />

Professor Emeritus of<br />

Islamic Studies<br />

<strong>2016</strong><br />

ROTHSCHILD<br />

PRIZE<br />

HU faculty earned<br />

3 of 5 prizes<br />

HUMANITIES<br />

Yohanan Friedmann<br />

Max Schloessinger<br />

Professor Emeritus of<br />

Islamic Studies<br />

LIFE SCIENCES<br />

Hagai Bergman<br />

Simone and Bernard<br />

Guttman Professor of<br />

Brain Research<br />

MATHEMATICS/<br />

COMPUTER<br />

SCIENCES &<br />

ENGINEERING<br />

Nathan Linial<br />

Professor, Rachel and<br />

Selim Benin School of<br />

Computer Science and<br />

Engineering<br />

<strong>2016</strong> EMET<br />

PRIZE<br />

HU received<br />

3 of 8 prizes<br />

LIFE SCIENCES<br />

AGRICULTURE<br />

Morris (Moshe) Soller<br />

Professor Emeritus of<br />

Applied Genetics<br />

LIFE SCIENCES<br />

AGRICULTURE<br />

Dani Zamir<br />

Professor, Robert H.<br />

Smith Institute of Plant<br />

Sciences and Genetics<br />

in Agriculture<br />

EXACT SCIENCES<br />

EARTH SCIENCE<br />

Daniel Rosenfeld<br />

Professor, the Fredy<br />

and Nadine Herrmann<br />

Institute of Earth<br />

Science<br />

<strong>2016</strong><br />

NANOTECHNOLOGY<br />

INNOVATION<br />

AWARD<br />

<strong>2016</strong><br />

JERUSALEM POST<br />

INNOVATION<br />

PRIZE<br />

A leader in nanocrystalline<br />

cellulose-based products<br />

Life-saving automotive<br />

technology<br />

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Four Hebrew University Faculty<br />

Members Elected to American<br />

Academy of Arts & Sciences<br />

Professor Robert Benny Gerber, The Saerree<br />

K. and Louis P. Fiedler Chair in Chemistry, in the<br />

Institute of Chemistry<br />

Professor Sergiu Hart, The Alice Kusiel and Kurt<br />

Vorreuter University Professor, and Professor of<br />

Mathematics and Economics, in the Federmann<br />

Center for the Study of Rationality<br />

Professor Menachem Magidor, Professor<br />

Emeritus of Mathematics, in the Einstein Institute<br />

of Mathematics, and a Former President of The<br />

Hebrew University<br />

Professor Zeev Sternhell, The Leon Blum Professor<br />

Emeritus of Political Science, in the Department of<br />

Political Science<br />

Dame Helen Mirren Meets<br />

Hebrew University Students<br />

In June, Dame Helen Mirren met with Arab and<br />

Jewish theater students in The Billy Crystal Program<br />

for Peace Through the Performing Arts at the<br />

Department of Theatre Studies.<br />

The Yitzhak Rabin<br />

Fellowship in Post<br />

Graduate Democracy<br />

Studies<br />

The Yitzhak Rabin Foundation recently<br />

partnered with The Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem to establish the Yitzhak Rabin<br />

Fellowship in Post Graduate Democracy<br />

Studies at the university. Generous support<br />

from the Rabin Foundation created this<br />

prestigious research fellowship, which<br />

constitutes a living legacy to an Israeli<br />

leader whose efforts served to advance<br />

democracy. “It has been 20 years since<br />

Rabin was assassinated. His legacy can only<br />

continue to thrive if we educate Israel’s<br />

youth on democracy,” said Professor<br />

Reuven Hazan.<br />

The first Rabin Fellow is Ofir Hadad,<br />

who graduated Magna Cum Laude<br />

from Hebrew University’s Amirim<br />

Interdisciplinary Honors Program and<br />

received an LLB in Law. Hadad, who has<br />

been mentored by Professor Menachem<br />

Hofnung, chairman of the Department<br />

of Political Science, studies multiple<br />

aspects of Israel’s immigration policy<br />

regarding Palestinians, taking into account<br />

the nation’s security policies and its<br />

commitment to human rights.<br />

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A top priority of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is to recruit outstanding new faculty involved in cuttingedge<br />

education and research. Approximately 260 eminent Hebrew University professors are scheduled<br />

for retirement by 2025, and in recent years, Israel has experienced a significant “brain drain.” Many Israeli<br />

postdoctoral researchers conduct their work at top overseas universities where they are frequently offered<br />

faculty positions. By providing these brilliant young professionals with a state-of-the-art academic and<br />

research environment, The Hebrew University gains a competitive edge in attracting these singular talents, so<br />

many of whom want to build their careers in Israel.<br />

RECRUITING RISING<br />

ACADEMIC STARS:<br />

A $7.5 MILLION MATCHING<br />

GRANT CAMPAIGN<br />

Buoyed by an anonymous $7.5 million matching<br />

grant secured by Patricia L. Glaser, Vice Chairman<br />

of AFHU’s Western Region, AFHU has launched<br />

an important fundraising campaign in support of<br />

new faculty recruitment. American Friends will<br />

see their philanthropy double in impact dollar-fordollar,<br />

contributing to Israel’s brain trust across the<br />

Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.<br />

“The University’s founders were smart enough to<br />

establish a university that is among the world’s<br />

finest despite its relatively young age,” stated Patty<br />

Glaser, a prominent attorney, Benefactor of Hebrew<br />

University and recipient of an honorary doctorate.<br />

“Israeli academics think outside the box—more<br />

so than at traditional research institutions. This<br />

campaign gives donors the power to provide them<br />

with the tools to do their very best.”<br />

Patty Glaser co-chaired an AFHU National Mission<br />

to Israel during March <strong>2016</strong> with fellow lay leader,<br />

Marc Mayer. Their delegation met with dynamic<br />

faculty, students and alumni across every discipline.<br />

“Israel needs to have the best educated and most<br />

innovative people in order to thrive,” she said. “These<br />

researchers are working to treat Parkinson’s and help<br />

feed the world. We should all be excited about what<br />

they have achieved.”<br />

When the matching grant campaign was launched,<br />

Barry Skolnick, a successful entrepreneur and<br />

philanthropist, provided a major gift through the<br />

Skolnick Family Foundation. As he explained: “I<br />

made a $1 million grant in support of The Hebrew<br />

University’s faculty recruitment in Nanotechnology<br />

because I strongly believe in investment philanthropy<br />

that yields widespread economic and social benefits,<br />

and stimulates innovation in medicine, technology<br />

and other crucial fields.”<br />

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation of Los<br />

Angeles, longstanding supporters of The Hebrew<br />

University, made a generous contribution that is<br />

helping to propel the campaign. Arthur Gilbert<br />

(z’l), the son of a Polish immigrant who made<br />

aliyah, was raised in London. At age 11, he had<br />

the rare privilege of attending the opening of The<br />

Hebrew University with his father. Lord Balfour<br />

presided over this milestone event in 1925. In later<br />

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“<br />

Israel needs to have the best<br />

educated and most innovative people<br />

in order to thrive.<br />

Patricia L. Glaser<br />

”<br />

years, Arthur and his wife Rosalinde (z’l), a fashion<br />

designer, established their own business in London.<br />

When the couple emigrated to Los Angeles in 1949,<br />

Arthur became a real estate industry leader and<br />

philanthropist. The Gilbert Foundation has varied<br />

interrelated priorities such as providing educational<br />

access to minority students, fostering the<br />

recruitment of new faculty at Israeli and American<br />

institutions and funding medical research.<br />

Martin Blank and Richard Ziman, trustees of the<br />

Gilbert Foundation, are attorneys and civic leaders<br />

who share the philosophy that higher education can<br />

improve and transform lives. “In our society and in<br />

Israel, education is required to achieve success,” said<br />

Marty. We want all young people, regardless of their<br />

backgrounds and economic circumstances, to have<br />

an equal chance to attend college and graduate.”<br />

Hiring rising academic and research stars is integral<br />

to this process. As Marty explains, “Any great<br />

university is only as good as its faculty.”<br />

“The best possible investment a university can make<br />

is to invest in attracting and retaining new faculty.<br />

This is essential for every academic institution and<br />

especially for public universities,” stated Dick Ziman,<br />

Chair of AFHU’s Western Region and the recipient of<br />

many honors, including an honorary doctorate from<br />

Hebrew University. “However, maintaining excellence<br />

can be an expensive proposition. The Gilbert<br />

Foundation takes the issue of faculty, especially the<br />

retention of faculty, very seriously and supports<br />

these forward-thinking efforts.”<br />

In addition to spearheading pioneering research<br />

projects, innovative new faculty tend to attract<br />

intellectually curious and highly motivated students.<br />

Their aptitude for teaching and willingness to mentor<br />

students in the laboratory can be influential factors<br />

when promising students choose their degree<br />

program.<br />

Outstanding faculty also can attract the attention<br />

of philanthropic leaders. Dick Ziman described<br />

how a Hebrew University professor visiting Los<br />

Angeles gave him his first glimpse of the university’s<br />

excellence. “Harvey Silbert was an awe-inspiring<br />

AFHU Western Region leader. He invited me to a<br />

lecture by an HU expert on the Holocaust. The<br />

professor’s breadth of knowledge was so dazzling<br />

that it led to my long-term involvement.”<br />

Patty Glaser had a similar assessment of HU faculty.<br />

“Either you can read twenty books about Israel’s<br />

democracy or you can talk to Professor Reuven<br />

Hazan for twenty minutes,” she said. “By supporting<br />

new faculty, we can ensure that Israel continues<br />

to produce remarkable achievements and remain<br />

preeminent globally.”<br />

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OUTSTANDING NEW FACULTY<br />

Dr. Igor Schapiro<br />

Dr. Igor Schapiro is affiliated with HU’s Institute of<br />

Chemistry and its Fritz Haber Center for Molecular<br />

Dynamics. He previously conducted research at<br />

the Universite de Strasbourg in France, at the<br />

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Engineering<br />

Conversion in Germany and at Ohio’s Bowling Green<br />

State University.<br />

Dr. Schapiro has received a highly competitive<br />

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for<br />

his work involving computer simulations of chemical<br />

reactions; his research utilizes original computer<br />

programs he has developed for this purpose.<br />

Currently, he is examining biological and biochemical<br />

processes activated by light, gaining new insights into<br />

the process of vision.<br />

In the human eye, light activates a small molecule<br />

that starts a chain reaction: this process essentially<br />

converts light to an electric signal. Dr. Schapiro is<br />

working toward designing artificial or man-made<br />

systems that can mimic the natural process of sight,<br />

helping people with visual impairments.<br />

Dr. Oren Ram<br />

Dr. Oren Ram joined the Silberman Institute of Life<br />

Sciences after fulfilling a five-year postdoctoral<br />

fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Broad<br />

Institute in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Ram, whose Ph.D. is<br />

in Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, is<br />

investigating gene expression in states of health and<br />

disease. He also participates in I-CORE: the Israel<br />

Center of Research Excellence, as part of a team<br />

examining chromatin and RNA gene regulation.<br />

The term epigenetics refers to heritable changes<br />

in gene expression (active versus inactive genes)<br />

that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA<br />

sequence. Epigenetic change is a regular, natural<br />

occurrence that allows cells with the same genetic<br />

code to develop into many different types of cells in<br />

a multi-cellular organism. Epigenetic mechanisms<br />

can be altered due to factors such as age, the<br />

environment, lifestyle and the presence of disease.<br />

Dr. Ram’s lab is developing cutting-edge technologies<br />

to probe chromatin and transcriptional output at the<br />

single cell level. These efforts will help to characterize<br />

chromatin mechanisms that affect cellular processes<br />

related to the onset of diseases such as cancer.<br />

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Dr. Ori Katz<br />

Dr. Ori Katz, a member of Department of Applied<br />

Physics, completed his postdoctoral research in<br />

Paris, at Institut Langevin and Laboratoire Kastler<br />

Brossel. He is an Azrieli Foundation Faculty Fellow<br />

and the recipient of an elite ERC Starting Grant.<br />

Dr. Katz’s Advanced Imaging Lab is developing<br />

new optics-based techniques that can look deeply<br />

into opaque samples as well as around corners<br />

by combining controlled light, sound and advanced<br />

computational approaches. His pioneering<br />

techniques exceed the capabilities of conventional<br />

cameras.<br />

Dr. Katz is challenging existing ideas about randomly<br />

scattered light by demonstrating that it is possible<br />

to extract information from scattered light for the<br />

purpose of high resolution imaging. His research<br />

aims to measure light scattering in ways that will<br />

enable progress in fields such as medicine and<br />

national defense.<br />

Dr. Katrina Ligett<br />

Dr. Katrina Ligett, a member of the Benin School<br />

of Computer Science and Engineering, previously<br />

served as an assistant professor at the California<br />

Institute of Technology. She has held visiting<br />

lectureships at the University of California, Berkeley<br />

and Cornell University, where she received a<br />

postdoctoral fellowship.<br />

Dr. Ligett investigates the mathematical foundations<br />

of computer science in relation to data privacy and<br />

game theory, using mathematics to understand and<br />

optimize trade-offs that create tensions between<br />

individual privacy and the larger benefits of sharing<br />

private information. One example might be a<br />

hospital’s desire to publish scientific findings derived<br />

from patients’ confidential medical data.<br />

She also explores how parties might act, given<br />

some formal specifications involving a game they<br />

are playing. An example: How high are the payoffs<br />

individuals can guarantee themselves if they have<br />

limited time in which to compute their actions?<br />

Dr. Ligett has studied the intersection of privacy<br />

and game theory, a case being how to incentivize<br />

individuals to participate in computations requiring<br />

access to their personal information.<br />

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Dr. Tawfiq Da’adli<br />

Dr. Tawfiq Da’adli recently joined Hebrew University’s<br />

Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies<br />

and the School of Arts. The Hebrew University<br />

alumnus conducted his postdoctoral research within<br />

the framework of Hebrew University’s prestigious<br />

Martin Buber Society of Fellows.<br />

Dr. Da’adli is conducting original research on<br />

Islamic material culture during the medieval<br />

period, with an emphasis on archaeology and<br />

art. His multidisciplinary approach incorporates<br />

visual, archaeological and literary sources, further<br />

relying on his knowledge of art history, poetics and<br />

anthropology. His work is enriching and expanding<br />

the University’s expertise in Islamic Studies.<br />

Professor Hagit Affek<br />

Professor Hagit Affek is studying the climate of<br />

the past in order to anticipate future trends. An<br />

environmental geochemist attuned to the impact of<br />

climate change, Prof. Affek is developing methods<br />

for measuring past temperatures and applying this<br />

information to the study of global temperature<br />

patterns over the last 60 million years. She examines<br />

regional climate change on land, such as by studying<br />

changes in rainfall.<br />

Prof. Affek joined the Fredy and Nadine Herrmann<br />

Institute of Earth Sciences at Hebrew University<br />

following a tenured position at Yale University. “The<br />

years I worked in the US gave me a new perspective<br />

on science and education,” she explains.<br />

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Throughout <strong>2016</strong>, AFHU celebrated the contributions of distinguished individuals whose commitment to<br />

Israeli-led higher education continues to make a positive impact. Events throughout the U.S. showcased<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s excellence, raising generous support for scholarships, fellowships<br />

and pioneering research.<br />

AFHU EVENTS:<br />

HONORING OUR OWN<br />

Scopus Award Galas<br />

Palm Beach<br />

Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, National Scopus Award recipients,<br />

were honored in Palm Beach on January 16. The elegant gala,<br />

themed “A Night in the Desert,” was hosted by AFHU’s Southeast<br />

Region at the Raymond F. Kravis Center.<br />

Washington, D.C.<br />

AFHU’s Mid-Atlantic Region paid tribute to Suzy and Robert Pence,<br />

who received the National Scopus Award at a gala on May 5.<br />

(Above L-R) William Kilberg, President of the Mid-Atlantic Region,<br />

Frandee Woolf, Executive Director Mid-Atlantic, honorees Robert and<br />

Suzy Pence, AFHU National Executive Director, Beth Asnien McCoy,<br />

and Gary Sinise, serving as master of ceremonies.<br />

(L) At the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Scopus gala, William Kristol, editor<br />

of The Weekly Standard, received a Leaders of Distinction Award.<br />

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90th Anniversary Scopus Award Gala in New York<br />

AFHU’s Northeast Region held its 90th Scopus Award gala at the New York Public Library on September 15, honoring the<br />

contributions and leadership of Stanley and Dr. Marion Bergman, Henry Schein Inc. and Kenneth and Nancy Stein.<br />

(Above L-R) A family celebration: Peter and Allison Stein, AFHU national board member Kenneth Stein with wife Nancy,<br />

Emily and John Sharko, and Rebecca and Eric Stein, president of the Pacific Northwest Region.<br />

(L-R) Scopus Award recipients<br />

Dr. Marion Bergman, Steven W.<br />

Kess, Vice President of Global<br />

Professional Relations for Henry<br />

Schein Inc., and Stanley Bergman,<br />

President of Henry Schein Inc.<br />

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Torch of Learning Award Events<br />

The 46th George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award<br />

AFHU’s Northeast Region honored two distinguished<br />

members of the legal profession in New York.<br />

(L-R) Honoree Meyer G. Koplow with guest speaker, New York<br />

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, and fellow<br />

honoree Theodore N. Mirvis.<br />

The Jerold S. Solovy Torch of Learning Award<br />

(L-R) James Matanky, AFHU national board member<br />

and Midwest Region President, with Torch of Learning<br />

Dinner Co-Chair, Kathleen Hart Solovy, and honoree,<br />

David Hoffman, recipient of the <strong>2016</strong> Jerold S. Solovy<br />

Torch of Learning Award. The event was hosted by<br />

AFHU’s Midwest Region.<br />

Dr. Brindell Gottlieb<br />

At this year’s Bel Air Affaire, Brindell Gottlieb, President<br />

of the Western Region, received an Honorary Doctorate<br />

from The Hebrew University as conferred by HU President,<br />

Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson. The festive September<br />

10 event was hosted by Brindell Gottlieb and raised<br />

scholarship support for Hebrew University students.<br />

Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award<br />

The Western Region’s September <strong>2016</strong> Bel Air Affaire<br />

featured a special tribute to Corie and Michael Koss, who<br />

received AFHU’s Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award.<br />

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A Joint Conference on Terrorism and the Role of Law<br />

Israeli Supreme Court<br />

former President,<br />

Dorit Beinisch and<br />

U.S. Supreme Court<br />

Justice, Ruth Bader<br />

Ginsburg.<br />

The Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law partnered with<br />

George Washington University’s Faculty of Law, bringing<br />

together leading attorneys, academics and government<br />

officials at GW University on September 26.<br />

William Kilberg, President of AFHU’s Mid-Atlantic Region,<br />

introduces keynote speaker, The Honorable Michael<br />

Chertoff (seated), former Secretary of Homeland<br />

Security.<br />

On Sunday, September 25, AFHU leaders and supporters<br />

dined in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court following<br />

a dialogue between U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and<br />

former President of Israel’s Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch.<br />

Annual Leadership Education Forum<br />

AFHU’s Southeast Region held its January <strong>2016</strong> Annual<br />

Leadership Education Program (ALEF) in Palm Beach.<br />

“Innovating for Tomorrow” showcased Hebrew University<br />

expertise and achievements.<br />

(L-R) Mitchell Shadowitz, President of AFHU’s Southeast<br />

Region, Ambassador Yossi Gal, HU’s Vice President of External<br />

Relations, Maxine Fassberg, CEO of Intel Israel, Beth Shadowitz,<br />

and HU President, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson.<br />

Among the many ALEF participants and guests were<br />

(L-R) Chad Abrams, Rina Frankel, HU Professor Yaakov<br />

Nahmias and Samuel Frankel.<br />

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HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

ALUMNI NEWS<br />

Our Hebrew University Alumni Have Been Busy This Year!<br />

Catch Up On the Action Throughout the U.S.<br />

1987-1988 Rothberg Class Reunion in New York<br />

July 10, <strong>2016</strong><br />

More than 45 members<br />

from the 1987-88 Hebrew<br />

University One-Year Program<br />

gathered for the first<br />

Rothberg International School<br />

class reunion.<br />

Is your class interested<br />

in planning a reunion?<br />

Contact our<br />

Alumni Relations office<br />

at alumni@<strong>afhu</strong>.org<br />

South Florida Alumni Gathering<br />

October 29, <strong>2016</strong><br />

Alumni including Gilad Amozeg ’93, Ariella Amozeg<br />

’93, and Jonathan Morton ’88 at the AFHU Southeast<br />

Region and Hebrew University alumni event at<br />

the home of Consul General of Israel to Florida<br />

and Puerto Rico, Mr. Chaim Shacham and his wife,<br />

Mishala. Professor David Weisburd, the Walter E.<br />

Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and 2015<br />

Israeli Prize recipient, spoke on how crime is affected<br />

by location.<br />

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Busy Bees in Chicago<br />

April 6, <strong>2016</strong><br />

The AFHU Midwest Region hosted an exciting evening at the<br />

Tortoise Club. Professor Guy Bloch, of Hebrew University’s<br />

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, spoke about<br />

the sociology of bees.<br />

Uncorking the Fun in Los Angeles<br />

May 5, <strong>2016</strong><br />

More than 70 alumni from the LA area gathered at the<br />

home of Beth Astor Freeman ‘85 and Rodney Freeman<br />

for an Israeli wine tasting. Keith Miller ’85, proprietor of<br />

d-cantor wines, led the tasting.<br />

(Top) Rodney Freeman, Marc Rosenbach ’85, Aaron Willis ‘85<br />

(Bottom) Beth Astor Freeman ’85, Natalie Weiss ‘85,<br />

Michelle Rosenbach ‘85<br />

Connecting Higher Education to Global Impact<br />

September 13, <strong>2016</strong><br />

The AFHU Southeast Region and Hebrew University Alumni held a wonderful<br />

event at Bank Leumi in South Florida, hosted by Akiva Segal ‘80. Bar Ben<br />

Yaacov, a Hebrew University student ambassador and student in the<br />

prestigious Philosophy, Politics and Economics program (PPE), spoke on how<br />

her experiences at HU inspired her to make a difference in the world.<br />

Second Annual Alumni Night<br />

at the D.C. Nationals<br />

August 9, <strong>2016</strong><br />

Take Hebrew U out to the ball game!<br />

Marla Lerner Tanenbaum ’78 hosted the second<br />

annual Alumni Night at the D.C. Nationals owner’s box in Washington, D.C.<br />

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American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

Inaugural Alumni Mission to Israel<br />

Inaugural Alumni Mission to Israel<br />

June 4-9,<br />

June <strong>2017</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the Inaugural Alumni Mission to<br />

The Hebrew University. Together, we will share an extraordinary adventure—returning to the<br />

campuses of Hebrew U we will have the opportunity to revisit the past, explore the present<br />

and imagine the future. The excitement of Israel will be evident as we discover the ways that<br />

Jerusalem and Hebrew U have changed, grown and yet stayed the same.<br />

Among the Highlights<br />

n Festive welcome reception in the Rothberg<br />

Amphitheatre<br />

n A ceremony honoring the alumni of 1966–67<br />

who defended and rebuilt the Hebrew<br />

U campus on the occasion of the 50th<br />

anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem<br />

n Tours of innovative labs, accompanied by<br />

world-renowned researchers<br />

n Choose your elective for a day—selecting from<br />

among legal, medical or innovation options,<br />

among other exciting choices<br />

n Wine tasting at Bravdo Winery<br />

n Dinner under the stars in the Herodian National Park<br />

Five nights in five-star hotels:<br />

JERUSALEM Mamilla Hotel / TEL AVIV The Carlton<br />

On our campus visits, we will visit professors and students, spend<br />

time with business and political leaders, meet Israeli HU alumni<br />

and have a wonderful time!<br />

For additional information visit alumni.<strong>afhu</strong>.org/event/<strong>2017</strong>Mission<br />

or contact Alana Cooper Director of Alumni Relations<br />

acooper@<strong>afhu</strong>.org or 212.607.8561<br />

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IN REMEMBRANCE<br />

Richard Abramson<br />

Mathilde Albers<br />

Clement C. Alpert<br />

Joseph Axelrad<br />

Norman Belfer<br />

Lynn Belz<br />

Mandell Berman<br />

Nancy Brizel<br />

Daniel Brown<br />

David T. Chase<br />

Willard “Bill” Cohodas<br />

Stuart Edwards<br />

Helen Eisenberg<br />

Rose Feith<br />

Howard L. Feldman<br />

Marjorie S. Fisher<br />

Howard Gimbel<br />

Lolita Goldstein<br />

Solomon Golomb<br />

Harvey Grace<br />

Sylvia Greenberg<br />

Edgar Gross<br />

Martin Hecht<br />

Arthur S. Hoffman<br />

Harold Joels<br />

Betty Kale<br />

William Kane<br />

Annette Kaufman<br />

Robert Kaufman<br />

Simon Konover<br />

Roma Korris<br />

Cecile Krausz<br />

Constance Krueger<br />

Doris Kukin<br />

Robert K. Low<br />

Zella Ludwig<br />

Joseph Mandel<br />

Ines Mandl<br />

Richard Mateles<br />

Claire Samuelson Meadow<br />

Sidney Moray<br />

Susie Oberwager<br />

Sylvia Olnick<br />

Sheila Pakula<br />

Harold Patinkin<br />

Lester Pollack<br />

Robert Price<br />

Lynda Raskin<br />

Gerald B. Rosenstein<br />

Jean Rothberg<br />

Sidney Rowen<br />

Lawrence Ruben<br />

Jack Rudin<br />

Fred Schwartz<br />

Norton Sherman<br />

Ed Snider<br />

Gideon Sorokin<br />

Eva Vollmer<br />

Melvin Wallerstein<br />

Joy Weinberger<br />

Leonora Weinblatt<br />

Walter Weiner<br />

Charles Wellner<br />

Martin Zelman<br />

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AFHU PLANNED GIVING<br />

Dear Friends of The Hebrew University,<br />

As a committed and longstanding supporter of Israel, I believe that advancing<br />

Israeli-led innovation promotes the nation’s strength. The Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem is Israel’s foremost institution of research and higher learning, and as<br />

a national board member of American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU),<br />

I am dedicated to Hebrew University’s long-term growth.<br />

That’s why I’d like to tell you about AFHU’s charitable gift annuity program and<br />

the benefits of creating a DEFERRED CGA (DGA). I recently established a DGA<br />

with AFHU. In doing so, I gained an immediate income tax charitable deduction<br />

and locked in a high fixed rate of return on annuity payments that I will start<br />

receiving a decade from now. By waiting to receive my annuity payments, I am<br />

guaranteed an even higher fixed lifetime rate than if I started receiving payments as<br />

of this year.<br />

When I compared the rate for my DGA with the rates expected from 10-20 year<br />

bonds, it was clear to me that I would be getting a substantially higher return<br />

from my DGA. The enclosed financial illustration provides just one example of<br />

how DGAs work. This type of planned gift can be particularly helpful for those<br />

of us who are not close to retirement age but who are thinking about the<br />

future—our own future, and the future of Israel.<br />

When I established my DGA with AFHU, I became a member of the Einstein<br />

Society, and my family will receive meaningful recognition at The Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem. Please contact AFHU’s National Director of Development,<br />

Monica Loebl, to obtain a customized financial illustration based on your own<br />

specifications. Monica can be reached toll-free at 855.207.2249 or 561.948.3342<br />

or via email mloebl@<strong>afhu</strong>.org.<br />

I am proud to support The Hebrew University and hope you will join me as one<br />

of our esteemed Einstein Society members.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Marc O. Mayer<br />

AFHU National Board Member<br />

Chair, AFHU Campaign Committee<br />

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Deferred CGA with American Friends of The Hebrew University<br />

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is an annuity with a charitable component—it combines a gift with an<br />

investment. A gift annuity agreement is a contract between the charity and the annuitant(s) under which the<br />

charity is obligated to make fixed, lifetime income payments to the annuitant(s). A CGA can benefit one or two<br />

individuals and can be established with a minimum gift of $10,000. The CGA is regulated by the state of New<br />

York and may also be regulated by the state of residence of the annuitant. It is subject to strict reserve<br />

requirements to protect annuitants.<br />

A Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity (DGA) is similar in all respects to a CGA except that annuity payments are<br />

deferred to begin at a date in the future. Although the payments are deferred, there is a current income tax<br />

charitable deduction. The deferral serves to raise the annuity rate considerably.<br />

For illustration, let’s assume a contribution of $100,000 in cash to establish a DGA to run for the lifetime of<br />

an individual, now age 55. Payments will be deferred to commence on December 31, 2026, at age 65.<br />

DEFERRED GIFT ANNUITY – ONE LIFE – AGE 55 – $100,000 – RATE: 7.8 %<br />

PAYMENTS TO COMMENCE ON DECEMBER 31, 2026 AT AGE 65<br />

Annuity Rate Charitable Deduction* Annuity Ordinary Tax-Free<br />

7.8% $10,080 $7,800/yr. $3,284 $4,516<br />

*Deduction may be claimed on the <strong>2016</strong> individual income tax return.<br />

To illustrate the one-life deferred gift annuity, payments commencing on 12-31-26:<br />

1. Amount Of Gift $ 100,000<br />

2. Annuity Rate 7.8%<br />

3. Annual Annuity Amount $ 7,800<br />

4. Taxation Of Annuity<br />

Ordinary Income Portion (42.1%) $ 3,284<br />

Tax-Free Portion (57.9%) $ 4,516<br />

5. Income Tax Charitable Deduction $ 10,080*<br />

6. Tax Savings From Charitable Deduction (@30% rate) $ 3,024*<br />

7. Net Cost Of Gift Annuity (Line 1 minus Line 6) $ 96,976*<br />

8. Return On Net Contribution (Line 3 divided by Line 7) 8.0%*<br />

[*If you itemize deductions and are in the 30% combined marginal rate tax bracket]<br />

In addition, 42.1% of the annual annuity amounts will be subject to income taxes once payments begin on<br />

December 31, 2026, making the effective rate of return even higher since 57.9% of the annuity is paid tax free<br />

for the first 19.9 years, the annuitant’s life expectancy once payments begin. After 19.9 years, the annual<br />

annuity is taxed as ordinary income.<br />

AFHU gift annuities are secured by the segregated gift annuity reserve account required under New York law.<br />

Please contact AFHU to obtain a customized DGA illustration that suits your needs.<br />

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AFHU Mission to<br />

April 19-23, <strong>2017</strong><br />

ISRAEL<br />

INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY and the MARKETPLACE<br />

AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS<br />

n Welcome dinner with Professor Shy Arkin,<br />

HU Vice President for Research &<br />

Development and a director of<br />

Yissum Technology Transfer Company<br />

n Reception with Erel Margalit,,Knesset<br />

member and hi-tech social entrepreneur<br />

n Meet Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, technology<br />

entrepreneur and venture capitalist<br />

n Tour the HU Center for Bioengineering<br />

and BioDesign with its director, Professor<br />

Yaakov Nahmias<br />

GLIMPSE THE FUTURE<br />

n Exclusive tour of Mobileye and Orcam with<br />

Professor Amnon Shashua, award-winning inventor<br />

n Explore HumanEyes Technologies with<br />

Professor Shmuel Peleg, founder of BriefCam<br />

n Visit the laboratory of Professor Oded Shoseyov,<br />

founder of the start-up CollPlant<br />

n Private tour of Intel Israel with Intel CEO,<br />

Maxine Fassberg<br />

Mission co-chairs:<br />

Steven and Heather Freidkin<br />

Participate in an unforgettable experience. Enjoy interactive<br />

visits with Israel’s leading entrepreneurs at incubators and<br />

cutting-edge startups. Meet the Hebrew University faculty<br />

and alumni who are globally recognized for their innovations<br />

in nanotechnology, cyber security and biomedicine.<br />

Experience Israel, including guided<br />

cultural and archeological tours, wine<br />

tasting at Bravdo Winery and trips<br />

to Masada and the Ramon Crater in<br />

the Negev.<br />

Six nights in five-star hotels<br />

JERUSALEM, MITSPE-RAMON<br />

and TEL AVIV<br />

For further information, please contact<br />

Frandee Woolf<br />

Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region<br />

fwoolf@<strong>afhu</strong>.org or 202.363.4600<br />

36 / AFHU NEWS


UPCOMING EVENTS IN <strong>2017</strong><br />

January 15 Southeast <strong>2017</strong> Palm Beach Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF)<br />

The Four Seasons – Palm Beach, Florida<br />

January 15 Southeast <strong>2017</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala<br />

Honoring Andrea and John Stark<br />

The Breakers – Palm Beach, Florida<br />

January 16 National AFHU National Board of Directors Meeting<br />

The Four Seasons – Palm Beach, Florida<br />

March 1 Western Harvey L. Silbert Torch of Learning Award Dinner<br />

Honoring Richard Pachulski & Michael Tuchin<br />

Beverly Wilshire Hotel – Beverly Hills, California<br />

April 19–25 Mid-Atlantic StartUP Mission to Israel<br />

Innovation, Technology and the Marketplace<br />

May 3 Northeast 47th Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award Luncheon<br />

Honoring Lawrence J. Zweifach, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP<br />

Cipriani – New York, NY<br />

May 21 National AFHU Annual Board of Directors Meeting<br />

New York, NY<br />

May 22 Northeast Nexus: Israel — Hybrid Solutions to Global Challenges<br />

An Interactive Conference<br />

New York, NY<br />

June 4–9 National Inaugural HU Alumni Mission to The Hebrew University<br />

Israel<br />

June 9–14 National The 80th Hebrew University International Board of Governors Meeting<br />

Jerusalem, Israel<br />

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