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WHAT<br />

MOVES US?<br />

Turning theory into practice. Transforming<br />

prototypes into patents. Translating research<br />

into cures. Since 1925, American Friends of the<br />

Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) has connected the<br />

passions of Americans with innovation at the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU). From<br />

medicine, to agriculture, to energy, to tech,<br />

our support has yielded success—including<br />

seven Nobel Prizes in one decade.<br />


MOVES US<br />


HEBREW<br />



E<br />

instein. Buber. Freud. Bialik. Weizmann.<br />

Some of the world’s most renowned<br />

intellectuals and innovators set out to establish<br />

a first-class university in Israel. They fulfilled<br />

their aspirations when the Hebrew University<br />

opened in 1925.<br />

Einstein believed the success of Israel would depend<br />

on its ability to produce influential intellectuals and experts.<br />

Lawyers, doctors, philosophers, and scientists combined their<br />

smarts and ideas to build the foundation for the university.<br />

Ultimately, the work produced by these brilliant and ingenious<br />

scholars created the blueprint for Israel.<br />

Today, HU stands as one of the finest research institutions<br />

in the world. It is home to inspirational educators<br />

who provide knowledge and brilliant scientists who create<br />

cutting-edge innovations that improve and save lives.<br />

Admission ticket to opening ceremony


Join us in creating a smarter world.<br />

Support the quest for knowledge by<br />

giving to American Friends of the<br />

Hebrew University.<br />

At <strong>AFHU</strong>, we connect people’s passions<br />

to the global impact of the Hebrew University.<br />

Guided by the illumination of curious minds, we<br />

support those seeking knowledge. In darkness,<br />

we ignite brilliance; in the midst of strife, we<br />

find solutions. And we will never stop.<br />

Because Knowledge Moves Us.<br />



Attracting Top Talent<br />

Each year, the university loses about 50 senior faculty<br />

members who reach mandatory retirement age. Prime<br />

candidates to fill these positions include Israeli postdoctoral<br />

researchers conducting cutting-edge work at leading<br />

institutions in the U.S. and Europe. <strong>AFHU</strong> helps the university<br />

by raising funds to compete for top international<br />

candidates.<br />

These outstanding new faculty members don’t just<br />

enhance the university’s reputation through their research<br />

and publications. They mentor students in classrooms and<br />

laboratories and bring fresh perspectives to the academic<br />

environment. <strong>AFHU</strong>’s goal is to provide resources for these<br />

rising stars in basic and translational sciences, the social<br />

sciences, and humanities.<br />

Making an Impact:<br />

Establishing Named Faculty Chairs<br />

Establishing a named Faculty Chair supports<br />

the highest level of scholarship, research, and<br />

teaching by senior professors. Those selected<br />

have extensive records of achievement and international<br />

reputations for academic and research<br />

excellence. By offering these Chairs, Hebrew<br />

University attracts and retains distinguished<br />

scholars—the kind whose work propels discovery<br />

and progress.

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S<br />

cholarships help defray tuition<br />

and living expenses and enable<br />

qualified women and men from every<br />

socioeconomic and cultural background<br />

to pursue a degree in their field of<br />

choice. Despite HU’s relatively low<br />

tuition costs versus American universities,<br />

more than two-thirds of students<br />

request financial assistance during their<br />

time at the university. <strong>AFHU</strong> raises<br />

funds in support of all HU scholarships,<br />

including:<br />

Jerusalem Scholarships<br />

A general scholarship pool from which the university<br />

distributes partial and full scholarships to B.A. and M.A.<br />

students based upon merit and need, according to<br />

university criteria.<br />

Scopus Scholarships<br />

Need-based aid for B.A. and M.A. students facing<br />

financial challenges.<br />

Ph.D. Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships<br />

For students pursuing advanced degrees.<br />

Scholarships for International Programs<br />

ALUMNI<br />



T<br />

For students, usually from developing countries, enrolled<br />

in one of the Hebrew University’s acclaimed international<br />

master’s degree programs.<br />

he <strong>AFHU</strong> Alumni Relations Program reconnects HU<br />

graduates in the U.S. and Rothberg International<br />

School alumni, creating a robust national association of<br />

accomplished HU alumni.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>’s program is an alumni-driven initiative that<br />

brings people together to share experiences and network<br />

with HU friends, old and new. Through the efforts of our<br />

alumni lay leaders, in tandem with <strong>AFHU</strong> development<br />

professionals, the alumni program cultivates support for<br />

the university’s advancement.




Supporting Research at Hebrew University<br />

Initiating, developing, and commercializing research<br />

are crucial goals for Hebrew University. The university<br />

conducts close to 3,500 research projects a year and has<br />

generated nearly 10,000 patents through Yissum, its tech-<br />

nology transfer company. With over 100 research centers<br />

spread across six campuses, HU is a hub of innovation that<br />

generates lifesaving products, therapies, and technologies<br />

with global applications.<br />

HU has always played a significant role in fields such<br />

as biotechnology, medicine, and agriculture. This research<br />

expands human knowledge, contributing to the greater<br />

social welfare. The process itself also contributes to the edu-<br />

cation and training of students, enabling them to become<br />

highly qualified professionals with state-of-the-art skills.<br />

They learn to think imaginatively and create solutions for<br />

local, national, and international challenges.<br />


GIVING<br />

Research breakthroughs by university faculty have<br />

been extraordinary and diverse. They range from:<br />

• Effective new drugs and drug<br />

delivery systems<br />

• Eco-friendly agricultural technologies<br />

• Devices for the visually impaired<br />

• New ways of harnessing solar energy<br />

• A deeper understanding of ancient<br />

civilizations and human behavior<br />

Philanthropic support for research at HU drives<br />

discoveries that advance knowledge and contribute<br />

to human health and well-being.<br />

It Pays to Pay It Forward:<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Planned Giving<br />

When Albert Einstein joined colleagues in 1918 to<br />

establish the Hebrew University, he envisioned a university<br />

characterized by an unceasing quest for knowledge. Einstein<br />

knew even in a world marred by conflict and injustice, inquisitive<br />

minds would illuminate paths to human progress.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> continues to expand upon Einstein’s dream in<br />

many ways, especially through planned gifts. Each year, supporters<br />

help to provide for the future of HU. They make a<br />

bequest, create a charitable gift annuity, or designate <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

as a beneficiary on a qualified retirement plan or insurance<br />

policy. Planned gifts have a long-term impact on students<br />

striving for academic achievement and faculty whose transformative<br />

research and ability to educate new generations<br />

of future leaders is supported by these meaningful gifts.<br />

Bequests, charitable gift annuities, and other forms<br />

of planned giving provided through <strong>AFHU</strong> are honored<br />

on HU’s Legacy Tree on the Mount Scopus campus, overlooking<br />


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HEBREW<br />



Faculty of Law, Mt. Scopus campus<br />

Faculty of Agriculture<br />

Israel’s only academic degree programs in<br />

agriculture and only schools of Nutritional Science<br />

and Veterinary Medicine are found at the Robert<br />

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

The Smith Faculty encompasses several<br />

research centers and institutes that collaborate<br />

globally to drive advancements in agriculture, nutrition,<br />

and environmental conservation; decrease<br />

infectious diseases in animals and humans; and<br />

protect wildlife and endangered species.<br />

Faculty of Humanities<br />

The Faculty of Humanities focuses on the study of<br />

human civilization: the development of individual cultural<br />

traditions as well as the ongoing interaction and mutual influence<br />

between different peoples and cultures. More than 20<br />

academic departments are organized under the aegis of<br />

Arts, History, Language Sciences, Literatures, and Philosophy<br />

and Religion. The Faculty of Humanities also operates unique<br />

interdisciplinary programs that bring together humanities<br />

scholars and colleagues across disciplines for joint research<br />

projects.<br />

Faculty of Dental Medicine<br />

The Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of<br />

Dental Medicine was founded as a joint initiative<br />

by Hebrew University, Hadassah, and the Alpha<br />

Omega International Dental Fraternity. The Faculty<br />

practices a comprehensive approach to dental<br />

medicine, spearheading the training of dentists<br />

and dental auxiliary professionals and large-scale<br />

community outreach programs. Innovative research<br />

addresses dental diseases and includes extensive<br />

studies of the craniofacial complex. Dental<br />

clinics provide free care to Holocaust survivors<br />

and new immigrants.


Faculty of Law<br />

Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law is the<br />

oldest and most prestigious law school in Israel,<br />

with notable alumni including two Israeli Prime<br />

Ministers, most justices on Israel’s Supreme Court,<br />

numerous ministers and members of the Knesset,<br />

prominent legal academics, Attorneys General, and<br />

leading attorneys. The Faculty maintains extensive<br />

contacts and relations with international researchers,<br />

students, and academic institutions. Eighteen<br />

institutes and centers specialize in specific areas<br />

of law including the Clinical Legal Education Center<br />

(CLE). The CLE provides high quality legal aid,<br />

free of charge, to underprivileged individuals and<br />

groups while encouraging law students to embrace<br />

social responsibility as a fundamental pillar of legal<br />

professionalism.<br />

Faculty of Science<br />

The Faculty of Science follows in the steps<br />

of the original group of brilliant scientists who<br />

founded Hebrew University. The Faculty encompasses<br />

research institutes and teaching departments<br />

in the major fields of Earth Sciences, Life<br />

Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics,<br />

together with the School of Engineering and<br />

Computer Sciences, and a Science Teaching Unit.<br />

Among its research institutes are those that<br />

specialize in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,<br />

Applied Structural Biology, Marine Biogeochemistry,<br />

Computational Quantum Chemistry, Mathematical<br />

Analysis, and Molecular Dynamics. More<br />

than 600 innovations and 2,000 patents have<br />

emerged from the Faculty of Science, which is<br />

home to 90 research groups. Faculty members<br />

have been awarded five Nobel Prizes and one<br />

Fields Medal in recent years and have received six<br />

Wolf Prizes over the past three decades.<br />

Faculty of Social Sciences<br />

The Faculty of Social Sciences comprises nine departments:<br />

Geography, International Relations, Economics, Political<br />

Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Statistics, Psychology,<br />

Communication and Journalism, and the Integrative<br />

Interdepartmental Program in Philosophy, Economics, and<br />

Political Science. The Faculty of Social Sciences is HU’s<br />

largest faculty and aims to illuminate a wide range of issues<br />

related to human societies. Emphasis on providing students<br />

with knowledge and practical tools is a core tenet of the<br />

Faculty of Social Sciences, which fosters groundbreaking<br />

research and a spirit of communal and societal commitment.<br />

Faculty of Medicine<br />

Established by HU and the Hadassah Medical Organization,<br />

the Faculty of Medicine educates leaders in the<br />

medical community and propels cutting-edge interdisciplinary<br />

research. Medical professionals from over 90 countries<br />

are trained within the five schools: the Medical School, the<br />

School of Occupational Therapy, the School of Public<br />

Health, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Nursing.<br />

Individual research centers and institutes engage in pioneering<br />

international partnerships, such as the HU and Cleveland<br />

Clinic Center for Transformative Nanomedicine. Other<br />

fundamental and applied research focuses on biomedicine,<br />

with the aim of unlocking the mysteries of diseases and<br />

finding the keys to their causes, treatments, and prevention.<br />

Drug research and development takes place at the Institute<br />

for Drug Research (IDR), one of the top 10 drug science<br />

research institutes in the world.

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Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies<br />

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

I<br />

n addition to its seven faculties, Hebrew<br />

University has a wide array of schools,<br />

institutes, and centers, where vital teaching<br />

and research activities are creating a lasting<br />

impact upon Israeli society and our world. The<br />

following reflect a sampling of what HU offers: *<br />

Edmond and Lily Safra Center<br />

for Brain Sciences<br />

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

(ELSC) is Israel’s foremost institute for interdisciplinary brain<br />

research and an intellectual powerhouse at the forefront<br />

of the revolution in neuroscience. Utilizing their strength in<br />

computational neuroscience, ELSC researchers work to better<br />

understand the human mind. ELSC scientists are creating<br />

brain-machine interfaces that enable paralyzed patients<br />

to activate robotic limbs; developing treatment for Parkinson’s<br />

patients; enabling the blind to see through sensory<br />

substitution devices; and developing therapies to ameliorate<br />

symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, among other innovations.<br />

The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies coordinates<br />

all teaching departments and research<br />

centers devoted to the pursuit of Jewish Studies<br />

at the university and oversees the publication of<br />

a wide variety of journals and publications representing<br />

a broad range of academic disciplines.<br />

The Institute’s eight teaching departments—<br />

Bible, Talmud, Hebrew Literature, Jewish History,<br />

Jewish Thought, Hebrew Language, Jewish and<br />

Comparative Folklore, and Yiddish—serve a combined<br />

student body of more than 1,200 students.<br />

Jerusalem School of Business<br />

Administration (JSBA)<br />

The Jerusalem School of Business Administration<br />

(JSBA) is Israel’s premier academic business<br />

school. It fulfills a central role in shaping the<br />

“Start-Up Nation’s” business and management<br />

leadership ecosystem. The JSBA ranks among the<br />

top 100 business programs worldwide. It offers<br />

first-class undergraduate, graduate, executive, and<br />

international M.B.A. programs.<br />

Seymour Fox School of Education<br />

The Seymour Fox School of Education is a<br />

leader in academic instruction, professional training,<br />

and research. Faculty members advance new ways<br />

of thinking about education by using an interdisciplinary<br />

approach and taking into account today’s<br />

social and cultural challenges in Israel and beyond.<br />

Rothberg International School<br />

The Rothberg International School attracts<br />

more than 2,000 students annually from over 90<br />

countries around the globe to its diverse undergraduate<br />

and graduate programs. The school<br />

provides students with an opportunity to pursue<br />

intellectual challenges, while immersing themselves<br />

in Israeli culture.<br />

Students at the Rothberg Amphitheater



T<br />

he city of Jerusalem and beyond<br />

benefit when academic and research<br />

activities flourish on HU campuses. HU is<br />

Jerusalem’s second largest employer,<br />

launching start-up ventures, conducting<br />

research, and providing the services needed<br />

to foster a positive living environment.<br />

Ein Kerem<br />

• Faculty of Medicine<br />

• Faculty of Dental Medicine<br />

Mount Scopus<br />

• Faculty of Humanities<br />

• Faculty of Law<br />

• Faculty of Social Sciences<br />

Rehovot<br />

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture,<br />

Food, and Environment<br />

Beit Dagan<br />

The Veterinary<br />

Teaching Hospital<br />

of the Koret School<br />

of Veterinary Medicine<br />

Edmond J. Safra<br />

Faculty of Science<br />

* A complete listing of all HU faculties,<br />

schools, centers, campuses, and institutes<br />

can be found at afhu.org<br />

Eilat<br />

H. Steinitz Marine<br />

Biology Laboratory<br />

at the Interuniversity<br />

Institute for<br />

Marine Sciences

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H<br />

ebrew University’s Board of Governors oversees<br />

financial and budgetary matters involving the functions<br />

and operations of the university. Members include<br />

university leaders, a select number of faculty, alumni,<br />

students, and representatives from international Friends<br />

organizations. The first Board of Governors included the<br />

university’s founders, Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann,<br />

Martin Buber, Chaim Bialik, and Sigmund Freud.<br />

HU doctoral degrees are awarded to Ph.D. candidates during the<br />

Board of Governors annual spring meeting in Jerusalem. At this time,<br />

the honorary degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa is bestowed<br />

upon academic, government, and philanthropic leaders. Additional<br />

ceremonies confer prestigious research and academic awards upon<br />

faculty and students who have achieved distinction in fields from the<br />

sciences to the humanities. Recognition ceremonies pay tribute to<br />

the philanthropic leadership of HU supporters from throughout the<br />

world. Special programming enables attendees to engage with the<br />

academic community and experience the university firsthand.<br />

Attendance at the annual meeting of the HU Board of Governors<br />

is open to all members of the <strong>AFHU</strong> community.<br />

Michael S. Kurtz receiving<br />

his Honorary Doctorate at<br />

the 2017 BOG



E<br />

ach year, <strong>AFHU</strong> leads international<br />

missions culminating in visits to<br />

Hebrew University campuses. These<br />

illuminating, customized itineraries<br />

attract long-standing American Friends<br />

and newcomers alike. Participants mix<br />

and mingle with faculty, students, and<br />

Israel’s leaders in diversified fields. They<br />

gain unique opportunities to experience<br />

the university’s breadth and scope of<br />

endeavors and to absorb HU’s positive<br />

impact on our world.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> missions are multifaceted and knowledge-based.<br />

They may focus on scientific and hightech<br />

innovation, Israel’s history and geopolitics,<br />

Jerusalem as a business incubator, law and democracy<br />

studies, or Hebrew University’s successful<br />

efforts to increase agricultural and environmental<br />

sustainability across continents.<br />

Our trips offer unparalleled opportunities for<br />

delegations to enjoy Israel in special ways and to<br />

understand Hebrew University’s role in shaping<br />

the country’s contributions to global progress.<br />

2016 President’s Mission participants<br />

in Mitzpe Ramon with a geologist<br />

“The decision to travel to Israel<br />

with <strong>AFHU</strong> put meaningful<br />

context around my support of<br />

the university and deepened my<br />

appreciation for the incredible<br />

advancements taking place there.”<br />



The 2015 President’s Mission to Greece,<br />

Bulgaria, and Israel in Veria, Greece

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DONOR<br />


A<br />

FHU honors philanthropic<br />

individuals, families, foundations,<br />

and corporations whose support<br />

benefits the university, Israel, and<br />

the world. Those who support <strong>AFHU</strong>’s<br />

mission have their deeply valued<br />

gifts recognized in a variety of ways:<br />

Wall of Benefactors<br />

Wall of Benefactors ($1MM+)<br />

Inscriptions on the Wall of Benefactors<br />

recognize Benefactor-level cumulative<br />

giving of $1 million or more.<br />

Wall of Life ($100K-$999K)<br />

Inscriptions on the Wall of Life recognize<br />

Guardian-level gifts of $100,000-$999,999<br />

in support of scholarship and research.<br />

The Legacy Tree<br />

The Legacy Tree provides on-site recognition<br />

to supporters who designate the university or<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> as an estate plan beneficiary with gifts<br />

of $100,000 or more.<br />

Founders Wall ($25K-$99K)<br />

Inscribed plaques on the Founders Wall recognize<br />

Founder-level gifts of $25,000-$99,999<br />

in support of scholarships and research.<br />

Wall of Endowed Chairs<br />

The Wall of Endowed Chairs recognizes<br />

the generosity of donors who establish a<br />

named chair in one or more of the seven<br />

academic faculties.<br />

Legacy Tree


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

AWARDS<br />

Judah L. Magnes Award<br />

Named for Rabbi Judah L. Magnes—HU’s<br />

first President—the Judah L. Magnes Award<br />

is conferred upon individuals for outstanding<br />

contributions to education and cultural life in<br />

the United States and Israel.<br />

Maimonides Award<br />

The Maimonides Award honors philanthropic<br />

commitment to pioneering medical research at<br />

HU and achievements in the field of medicine.<br />

Einstein Award<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>’s Einstein Award pays tribute to leaders<br />

and innovators who have made a profound,<br />

far-reaching impact on the course of modern<br />

science and technology and whose philanthropic<br />

activities improve the lives of people around<br />

the world.<br />

Leaders of Distinction Award<br />

Torch of Learning Award<br />

National Scopus Award<br />

The National Scopus Award is the highest honor<br />

conferred by <strong>AFHU</strong>. Named for Mount Scopus,<br />

where Hebrew University’s first cornerstones<br />

were laid in 1918, the award has come to symbolize<br />

the university’s highest ideals and recognizes<br />

humanitarian and philanthropic leadership.<br />

This honor is awarded to leaders and<br />

humanitarians who have made an impact<br />

within their local communities and on behalf<br />

of the State of Israel. The award recognizes<br />

their efforts to uphold Jewish values and<br />

benefit humanity in lasting ways.<br />

Torch of Learning Award<br />

The Torch of Learning Award reflects a meaningful<br />

and sustained commitment to humanitarian,<br />

civic, and Jewish communal causes, recognizing<br />

esteemed individuals distinguished by their<br />

exemplary professionalism, dedication to the<br />

highest levels of scholarship, and philanthropic<br />

leadership. This award honors leading individuals<br />

who have influenced the course of higher<br />

learning in the United States and Israel.<br />

National Scopus Award

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1. Pacific Northwest Region<br />

2. Western Region 3. Midwest Region<br />

T: 415.299.8691<br />

E: pacificnorthwest@afhu.org<br />

T: 310.843.3100<br />

E: western@afhu.org<br />

T: 312.329.0332<br />

E: midwest@afhu.org<br />

4. Northeast Region<br />

T: 212.607.8510<br />

E: northeast@afhu.org<br />

5. Philadelphia Office<br />

T: 215.330.6722<br />

E: philadelphia@afhu.org<br />

6. Mid-Atlantic Region<br />

T: 202.363.4600<br />

E: midatlantic@afhu.org<br />

7. Southeast Region<br />

T: 561.750.8585<br />

E: southeast@afhu.org<br />

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National Office<br />

One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor<br />

New York, NY 10004<br />

T: 800.567.2348<br />

E: info@afhu.org<br />

facebook.com/AmFriendsHU<br />

twitter.com/AmFriendsHU<br />

youtube.com/AmFriendsHU<br />

instagram.com/AmFriendsHU<br />

WWW.<strong>AFHU</strong>.ORG<br />


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