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AFHU NEWS

Vol. 22 - Winter/Spring 2019

KNOWLEDGE

MOVES

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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY

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Letter from Leadership

Dear Friend,

Our latest edition of AFHU News spotlights the Hebrew University

of Jerusalem’s (HU) spirit of academic and research

innovation. Research highlights reflect advances from new

cancer treatments to archaeology. Articles focus on diverse

centers of excellence, including the Rothberg International

School and the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives, and

an overview of HU’s recently-launched billion-dollar, Centennial

Campaign provides a glimpse into the university’s plans for future

growth and development.

We are pleased to offer an interview with Professor Avi Loeb,

the acclaimed astrophysicist who launched his career through

the elite Talpiot program, as well as a profile of HU Benefactor,

Joyce Brandman, a former president of AFHU’s Western

Region. The generosity of the Saul and Joyce Brandman

Foundation continues to build capacity in the sciences and propel

teaching and state-of-the-art research.

Through the sharing and promotion of these and other news

stories, AFHU supports HU’s objectives to expand international

research and academic partnerships, increase agricultural

sustainability, achieve medical breakthroughs, and create cultures

of respect and inclusiveness. Our leadership, philanthropy, and

efforts to develop the university’s U.S. network of Friends moves

this agenda forward.

Please share AFHU News with family, friends and colleagues.

Visit our website to explore the latest videos, special

features, and information about upcoming programs. Thank you

being part of our Hebrew University-AFHU family. We look

forward to another year filled with academic and research

milestones.

Sincerely,

Beth Asnien McCoy

Chief Executive Officer


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AFHU National

Leadership

PRESIDENT

Marc O. Mayer

VICE CHAIRS OF THE BOARD

Frances R. Katz

Richard S. Ziman

VICE PRESIDENTS

Kenneth L. Stein

Ronald M. Zimmerman

HONORARY PRESIDENTS

Stanley M. Bogen

Barbara A. Mandel

George A. Schieren

Daniel I. Schlessinger

Ira Lee Sorkin

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIR

James Matanky

TREASURER

Joshua M. Olshin

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Frances R. Katz

HONORARY VICE

PRESIDENTS

Ernest Bogen

Rita Bogen

Michael G. Jesselson

Herbert L. Sachs

Charles A. Stillman

Stanley R. Zax

SECRETARY

Pamela N. Emmerich

ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Richard D. Weinberg

HONORARY VICE CHAIR

OF THE BOARD

Lawrence E. Glick

HONORARY DIRECTOR

Charles H. Goodman

HONORARY CHAIRS

OF THE BOARD

Stanley M. Bogen

Michael S. Kurtz

George A. Schieren

Ira Lee Sorkin


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Introducing

Jane Larkin

Leadership Profile:

Joyce Brandman

Alumni Spotlight:

Avi Loeb

AFHU’s Alumni

Annual Fund

Planned

Giving

Updates from HU

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HU Spotlight:

Rachel Elior

Research Highlights

From Our Regions

In Remembrance

Upcoming Events

Regional Offices

Contents


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SPOTLIGHTS


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Introducing Jane Larkin

Director for New Dallas Office

This August, AFHU appointed Jane Larkin,

former Director for Small Groups and Community

Engagement at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas,

as Director for its new office serving the Dallas/

Fort Worth Metroplex. Jane expressed her delight in

joining AFHU and working on behalf of the Hebrew

University of Jerusalem.

“I come from a corporate background, having spent

two decades working for GE in finance, public

relations, and other capacities. By becoming a

development professional in the nonprofit sphere,

I found I could practice tikun olam. The Hebrew

University is an academic and research powerhouse,

embodying excellence in a spectrum of fields. I am

excited to connect individuals and organizations in

Dallas-Fort Worth to the cutting-edge work that is

changing people’s lives for the better.”

A longtime resident of Dallas, Jane grew up in New

Jersey. She received an M.B.A. from Fordham

University and her undergraduate degree from

Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public

Communications. Her first visit to Hebrew University

occurred at age 10: Jane participated in a NFTY

teen tour to Israel, where two group members had

bat mitzvah ceremonies on Mount Scopus. This

experience gave Jane a glimpse into a special, rather

magical new world. She said: “Years later, I feel as if I

am reconnecting with Hebrew University in a deeper

way. It’s interesting how life comes around.”

While serving as Community Engagement Director

for Temple Emanu-El, Jane promoted inclusivity and

relationship-building, initiating the formation of new

groups, developing new ways to connect unaffiliated

people to Jewish life, and reaching out to interfaith

Jane Larkin

households. Drawing upon her personal experience,

she authored From Generation to Generation: A

Story of Intermarriage and Jewish Continuity (2014),

dedicating the thoughtful memoir to her husband

Cameron, and son Sammy.

Nature lovers, Jane, Cameron, and Sammy are avid

hikers and skiers. The family has hiked in Vermont,

New Mexico, Washington, Alaska, and Romania,

among other locales. Jane added: “Texas is a great

place for vacationing outdoors.”

Jane also embraces volunteerism, currently serving

on the boards of the Jewish National Fund in Dallas

as well as the National Council of Jewish Women.

She and Sammy volunteer at Volgel Alcove, which

provides free early childhood education services to

homeless children.

During her career, Jane has learned lessons that

guide her approach to many aspects of life. “I’m

often reminded that how you get things done is as

important as what you accomplish,” she shares. “And

relationships drive us forward—it’s people working

together that propels progress.”


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Leadership Profile: Joyce Brandman

Hands-on Leadership, Transformational Philanthropy

“The Saul and Joyce Brandman Foundation is a

loyal supporter of the Hebrew University,” says its

president Joyce Brandman, who stepped into the

leadership role after her beloved husband Saul (z”l)

passed away in 2008. “Saul taught me everything and

I still hear his advice. He worked hard, establishing

businesses in the fashion industry and a real estate

investment firm. He was also very philanthropic.

It can take a lifetime of work to be in a position to

provide for others.”

Expanding the Brandman Foundation launched by

Saul in 1973, Joyce provides resources directed mainly

toward causes related to health care, education and

social services. The widely respected businesswoman

and civic leader from Los Angeles funds initiatives

at institutions such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

and UCLA. She participates in Helps International

missions to Guatemala, assisting doctors and nurses

in the field and surveying the impact of her gifts.

At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU), the

family name is associated with academic and research

excellence on multiple campuses. The Brandman

Foundation Chair in Cardiac and Pulmonary Diseases

is held by Professor David Gertz, who also heads

HU’s Institute for Research Military Medicine in

cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces. The

Koret School of Veterinary Medicine relies on hightech

diagnostic and research equipment furnished

by the Foundation. Scholarships enable student

achievement, and the Manya and Morris Brandman

Garden graces the Scopus Student Village.

The Edmond J. Safra campus, a hub for science

teaching and research, is anchored by the Saul and

Joyce Brandman Science Laboratories. Pragmatic in

her approach to funding construction projects, Joyce

established an endowment fund that contributes to

ongoing infrastructure maintenance and equipment

acquisition. “At least every other year I walk through

the corridors, floor by floor, with the professors. I

meet the students and observe what’s happening,”

she states.

Joyce Brandman

While attending HU’s International Board of Governors

during June 2018, Joyce toured the building and

perceived a pressing need. “Students and faculty had

outgrown the building, which is in use morning, noon,

and night,” she remarked. Partnering with university

leaders to expand physical capacity, Joyce pledged a

generous new gift of $ 10 million to construct a multistory

building adjacent to the existing labs, facilitating

studies in chemistry and physics.

A past president of AFHU’s Western Region and

a national board member, Joyce is dedicated to

the organization’s mission. “I have a great deal of

admiration for our board in the U.S.,” she shares.

“I know many of these individuals: they are smart

and loyal.” Joyce will be co-chairing AFHU’s 2020

National Mission, along with Richard Goodman, HU

International Campaign Chair, and his wife Kitzia. A

riverboat cruise through Germany, Switzerland, and

the Netherlands is on the itinerary.

The daughter of an electrician, Joyce worked

diligently to develop a successful career in the fashion

industry. She did not expect to become a leading

philanthropist, yet fulfills the position with distinction.

Her grounded values have led her to appreciate

people who apply themselves and “take nothing for

granted,” attitudes she ascribes to HU faculty. “I only

give to institutions who control how they spend the

money,” she remarks. “As a very visual person, I need

to see the impact of the gift and meet the individuals

involved. I want to look into their eyes, because it

says a lot. I read reports and ask questions about

how to make further improvements.”

The Saul & Joyce Brandman Science Laboratory Building

In 2010, Joyce received an Honorary Fellowship from

Hebrew University, and she has advice for the next

generation of leaders. “Our world is changing, and

there is a generation behind me that must step up

and become involved. For example, I didn’t always

fund medical research. After a point, I realized that

without groundbreaking discoveries there will be no

effective new treatments or cures.”

She adds: “I am very fond of the Hebrew University,

and encourage everyone I can to visit Jerusalem.

Israel’s people have drive and resourcefulness; they

shoulder significant responsibility from an early age,

including military service for women and men alike.

Since we know that great innovations come out of

Israel, we need to create a chain of support.”


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Alumni Spotlight: Avi Loeb

An alumnus out of this world

“I’ve been emotionally connected to Jerusalem

since the time I attended the Hebrew University of

Jerusalem (HU),” stated renowned astrophysicist

Professor Abraham (Avi) Loeb, incumbent of the

Frank B. Baird Chair in Science at Harvard University

and chairman of the Department of Astronomy.

University. Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study

offered Avi a prestigious five-year fellowship, with a

unique twist: he would have to switch his specialty

from plasma physics to astrophysics. Avi recalls, “I was

told that it would be very interesting for my career to

study at Princeton, where Einstein used to be.”

Israeli-born, Avi was raised on his family’s farm

in the village of Beit Hanan in central Israel. He

became absorbed by philosophy from an early age,

spending hours outside reading works by existential

philosophers. When the time for military service

arrived so did the possibility of a new direction.

“When I entered the Israel Defense Forces (IDF),

I wanted to do something intellectual. Since I was

good in physics, I was recruited to join the Talpiot

program at Hebrew University, where I studied

physics and mathematics in addition to my military

training.” The highly selective Talpiot program only

accepts approximately 24 students each year, and

focuses on defense-related research.

After fulfilling his IDF service and earning a bachelor’s

degree, Avi enrolled in a joint M.S. and Ph.D.

program in plasma physics at HU. His days combined

on-campus courses with defense research. “I excelled

at my military training, so I was allowed to explore

a project at the Soreq Nuclear Research Center,”

Avi explained. “The project was eventually funded

by the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) in the U.S.

and I was the theorist who co-led the work with an

experimentalist. The project grew, and we became a

department of about 25 people. I remember briefings

with U.S. Air Force General James Abrahamson.” A

physics superstar, Avi, received his Ph.D. at age 24.

His work on behalf of the SDI often brought Avi to

Washington D.C. On a side trip to Princeton, New

Jersey, he became acquainted with Princeton

Avi Loeb

Photo: Shawn G. Henry (January 4, 2019)

“I had a wonderful experience at Hebrew University,

and it played an important role in my career,” he

shared. “Having a non-conventional path and

eventually ending up in astrophysics has shaped the

way I coach my leadership positions. I try to promote

diversity as well as innovation. I like to bring together

people from different backgrounds that are not

necessarily traditional.”

Avi has published four books and more than 700

papers on challenging, intriguing topics such as the

first stars, the future of the universe, and the search

Avi Loeb with other members of the Talpiot program.

for extraterrestrial life. “I direct the only center in the

world that focuses on black holes,” remarked Avi, a

Founding Director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative.

“Stephen Hawking came to the inauguration. The

special thing about this center is that in addition to

physicists, we have mathematicians, astronomers,

and philosophers at the table. This completes the

circle for me.” He also chairs the Advisory Committee

for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative.

International media outlets, including Forbes, The

Smithsonian, Scientific American, and NBC News

have featured Avi’s work. In 2012, Time Magazine

named him one of the 25 most influential people in

space.

He directs the Institute for Theory and Computation

at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,

and is the Science Theory Director for all initiatives

of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. He also chairs

the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National

Academies.

Despite his demanding schedule, Avi remains close

to the HU community, participating in the Jerusalem

Winter School in physics and giving colloquiums and

lectures. “I have a long-term relationship with Hebrew

University and have very fond memories of my alma

mater,” he said. “And of course, HU students come to

Harvard for postdoctoral fellowships or to collaborate

with me.”

A leading figure in the world of astrophysics, Avi

still appreciates what the university offered him as

a student. “Looking back, I remember how strongly

motivated I was,” he says. “I was willing to do

anything to learn more and justify the privilege I was

given to study and do research at the same time. The

professors and deans were amazing.”

Admitting that he still likes the humanities,

particularly philosophy, which “addresses the most

important problems in life,” Avi added, “Life is a

learning experience. Every day I learn new things

and never feel that I’m accomplished.” Honors such

as the Kennedy Prize (1987) and the Guggenheim

Fellowship (2002) might suggest otherwise of a

Hebrew University graduate who continues to make

his mark on space and beyond.


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AFHU’s Alumni Annual Fund

The Alumni Annual Fund is an ongoing fundraising effort managed by AFHU’s Alumni

Relations team and realized through the dedication of our donors.

Last fiscal year, 316 alumni contributed to the first-ever Alumni Annual Fund.

Your tax-deductible gift to AFHU’s Alumni Annual Fund helps provide scholarships for

deserving students at Hebrew University. Thank you for your support!

152

SUSTAINING ALUMNI

DONORS

68

NEW ALUMNI

DONORS

96

RE-ENGAGED

ALUMNI DONORS*

$123,805

RAISED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

30+

FULL SCHOLARSHIPS

FOR HU GRADUATE

AND UNDERGRADUATE

STUDENTS FUNDED

Bubbe

Following the success of AFHU’s “Bubbe”

Facebook video campaign in 2017 (‘It’s

Cold!,’ ‘Mensch on Wheels,’ and ‘Would

it Kill You to Call?’), AFHU released three

new videos this past summer (‘Sleepaway

Schlep No More,’ ‘You Should Eat!,’ and

‘Bubbe’s VR Vacation’).

To date, the campaign has generated

over 12 million views.

In addition to driving awareness for

the Hebrew University, the creative

attracted the attention of the ad

industry, garnering a “finalist” spot in

the Shorty Social Good Awards this

fall. The awards honor the best content

creators and producers on social media:

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr,

Instagram, Snapchat, and the rest of

the digital world. AFHU’s campaign was

one of six finalists in the ‘Comedy Video’

category. Most recently, the “Bubbe”

campaign was awarded the top prize in

the video fundraising category at the

CASE awards.

To make a gift to the Alumni Annual Fund please visit www.afhu.org/donate/alumni-fund

or call Miryam Greene, Director, Marketing and Alumni Affairs at 212.607.8531.

*Re-engaged donors are those who have not made a gift during the past 3 years.


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Planned Giving

Leave a Permanent Legacy -

How to Establish an Endowment Fund with AFHU

by Neal Myerberg

Establishing an endowment fund is often misunderstood

by individuals, particularly when someone hopes to

make a charitable gift during his/her lifetime or by will

for a designated purpose or program (e.g., scholarships,

in the case of an educational institution such as the

Hebrew University). With an endowment, the principal

of the fund remains intact and grants are made for the

purposes set out in the fund agreement based upon the

organization’s spending policy for its endowment funds

from year to year. In effect, an endowment fund may

exist in perpetuity, providing annual funds to fulfill its

purposes well beyond the lifetime(s) of the donor(s).

The questions to be resolved when contemplating the

establishment of an endowment fund are subject to a

wide range of issues:

What is the minimum amount the organization

requires for a permanent endowment?

A contribution of at least $100,000 would establish an

AFHU endowment fund.

May there be provisions in the endowment

agreement for the use of portions of principal

from time to time for the purposes of the

endowment?

Endowment agreements can allow for flexibility in the

use of fund principal. Provisions can be made that,

under certain circumstances or guidelines, principal in

either a specific amount or a percentage of the then

value of the fund can be applied in addition to income

to carry out the purposes of the fund.

May the endowment be funded during the donor’s

lifetime and supplemented by distributions from

the donor’s will, trust or qualified plan - so that

the donor can see how the endowment fund

works during his/her lifetime?

For individuals who would like to have the fund carry

out its purposes during their lifetimes yet be funded in

a major amount in their estates, they may make annual

gifts to establish and operate the fund. For example,

a fund might be established by gift agreement to be

endowed by will in the amount of $1,000,000. Based

upon a 5% spending policy, there would be allocations

of $50,000 each year. The donors may decide to make

annual gifts of $50,000,00 during their lifetimes to

enable their fund to provide those sums to carry out its

purposes. At the end of their lifetimes, or sooner if they

wish, the fund would have principal in the amount of

$1,000,000 through their estates and would thereafter

provide a continuous amount of $50,000 each year

thereafter as an endowed fund.

May the endowment agreement provide for the

naming of the endowment fund?

One of the meaningful benefits of an endowment fund

is the ability of the donor(s) to select its name. Most

often an endowment fund is named for the donor(s) or

for others they may wish to honor or memorialize. The

name will be in perpetuity.

And the question for most individuals contemplating

providing significant support for the future of the

organization—how can this all be accomplished? To learn

how to establish endowment funds now for the future

of AFHU and the Hebrew University, please contact

Monica Loebl, National Director of Development, for

information and planning ideas. She may be reached at

mloebl@afhu.org or by phone at 212.607.8502.


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Donor-Advised Funds

Q & A with Meyer Bodoff

Meyer Bodoff, President and CEO of the Dallas

Jewish Community Foundation, has more than three

decades of professional experience in the nonprofit

sector. Mr. Bodoff spoke with AFHU News about

Donor-Advised Funds as a mechanism for giving.

What is the role of a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

as exemplified by the activities of the Dallas

Jewish Community Foundation?

Meyer: “The role of a DAF is to promote and expand

philanthropy, and to help make it impactful. The

Dallas Jewish Community Foundation works with fund

holders looking to support worthy causes. Sometimes

individuals are certain of their philanthropic priorities

and we facilitate their chosen grants to eligible

nonprofits. We can also recommend projects that we

feel reflect donors’ expressed interests. Last year, our

foundation distributed over $18 million to help 2,000

projects. We offer six different investment models

geared to individual patterns of giving. Fund holders

may choose their own time horizon for giving.”

What is the minimum contribution to

establish a DAF?

Meyer: “Our fund holders can create a DAF with the

minimum amount of $5,000, and supplement their

contributions as time goes by. This minimum amount

can vary by foundation. My belief is that philanthropy

doesn’t have to be just for the wealthy: many of us

can experience the pleasure of giving and make a

difference in someone’s life.”

Could you provide an example

of how DAFs work?

Meyer: “Let’s say you have stock you bought 10 years

ago at $10 per share, and today its valued at $50 per

share. You would pay capital gains upon selling the

stock. By contributing the stock directly to a charity or

to a DAF for charitable purposes, you can obtain a tax

deduction based on the full benefit of the stock sale.

Donating cash is always an option, and fund holders

can authorize us to disburse these charitable dollars

immediately, or let their DAF earn income, creating

incremental growth. We partner with donors to fulfill

their short and longer-term giving plans.”

Does planned giving factor into a DAF?

Meyer: “Planned gifts can be an important element

of a DAF and helpful to tax-advantaged estate

planning. You can set up an endowment, with checks

disbursed in perpetuity to your favorite charity. You

may decide that you want your children involved in

Next-Gen giving by having them provide DAF grants

to charities even after your death. It’s possible to

do something wonderful for a charity during your

lifetime and beyond.”

How do donors interact with administrators

of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation

to select projects, and how do you work with

nonprofits to identify projects that resonate

with donors?

Meyer: “We value fund holders as unique people.

A donor may come to us and say, I want to make a

gift to AFHU in support of the Hebrew University of

Jerusalem. They are certain about their grantmaking

intentions. Others may say more generally, I’d like

to support disease research, help feed the hungry,

assist the visually impaired or provide educational

opportunity to deserving students. Our foundation

vets all charities under consideration, ensuring they

are legitimate and effective. My staff and I work

with development professionals such as AFHU’s Jane

Larkin, Director of the Dallas Office. Jane shares the

latest initiatives and cutting-edge innovations. To

further aid the decision-making process for funders,

our foundation publishes a Funders File featuring

new projects.”

Do you see any particular trends in the

Dallas community?

Meyer: “Our fund holders have diverse interests;

they come from throughout the U.S. That being

said, Dallas cares deeply about feeding the hungry

and supporting medical research. Many Dallas

Foundation Relations

International Support

Jewish Community Foundation fund holders are

committed to Israel, the Jewish community and

higher education.

Do you have any special words of advice

to our readers?

Meyer: “Never underestimate the value of a gift—

even a small gift. And I’d like to share one of my

favorite quotes: ‘We all know we can’t take it with us

when we go, but no one ever said you can’t send it

on ahead.’”

Did you know that the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has international Foundation partners supporting

innovative research in varied fields from medicine to nanotechnology? Among these leading research

supporters are: the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and

the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Please visit here to learn more.


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UPDATES

FROM HU


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Shaping the Future

Hebrew University’s Centennial Campaign

Recently, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU)

launched a $ 1 billion, seven-year Centennial Campaign

to help shape its future and create state-of-the-art

campuses fully equipped for interdisciplinary research

and educational needs. To enhance its position as

a leading global institution, Hebrew University’s

Tradition of Innovation campaign focuses on major

areas of growth: “High-tech Jerusalem,” “Human

Health,” “Leadership for Tomorrow,” “Building

Capacity,” “A Better World,” “Internationalization,”

and “the Sustainability of our Planet.”

In aggregate, the campaign reflects today’s broader

trends. High-tech Jerusalem strives to leverage

nanoscience and nanotechnology as a driver of

innovation, especially in fields such as cybersecurity

and 3-D printing. The Human Health focus aims to

increase funding for pioneering initiatives in precision

medicine, cannabinoid research, autism, and dental

medicine, among other life-enhancing research.

The Hebrew University educates approximately

23,000 students annually and produces the majority of

Israel’s Ph.D.’s, hence the need to upgrade and expand

physical facilities. Educating leaders for tomorrow

has always been the university’s prime mandate;

accordingly, the campaign will help to establish

innovative new graduate degree programs in the

social sciences and humanities, and incisive research

centers in the fields of education and advanced legal

studies. A substantial ongoing priority continues to

be the recruitment of talented young faculty in every

discipline, offering the best preparation for sustained

achievement on both academic and research fronts.

A Better World reflects a deeply-felt commitment

to inclusion, diversity, and knowledge-sharing. The

Centennial Campaign will increase access to needbased

scholarships, including agricultural scholarships

for overseas students. Dedicated funds will benefit

unique programs such as GLOCAL, a master’s degree

program that brings students to developing countries,

and the Clinical Legal Education Center, which provides

pro bono legal services to underserved minorities in

Israel. The university has begun working on creating

an enhanced student experience and prides itself on

creating a socially connected academic community,

inclusive of Israeli and international students. These

objectives will receive continued support.

Hundreds of research partnerships and academic

exchanges currently flourish between HU and global

institutions. This campaign intensifies the quest for

new collaborations; more student exchange programs

will be initiated and the Rothberg International School

will gain additional support in recognition of its

excellence. New opportunities for Israel and global

partners will open up through heightened emphasis on

business and entrepreneurship activities originating

in Jerusalem.

In an era marked by climate change and a scarcity

of natural resources, sustainability is a pervasive

challenge. Attentive to the needs of our planet,

Hebrew University excels at protecting and preserving

natural resources, developing healthful food supplies,

and improving food safety and security within and far

beyond Israel. A campaign priority entails expanding

resources for the scientists who are dedicated to

saving lives and fostering human and animal health.

AFHU and its leaders and supporters are crucial to the

progress of the Centennial Campaign and devoted to

HU’s long-term growth. American Friends constitute

the largest source of private philanthropy within the

constellation of international Friends groups.

The Center for

Transformative Nanomedicine

New Approaches to Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease,

and Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Center for Transformative Nanomedicine (CTN),

a pioneering research collaboration between the

Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Cleveland Clinic,

held a symposium in Cleveland on September 4-5,

2018, to celebrate its third anniversary. The CTN is

dedicated to pursuing medical advances focused on

three global health threats: cancer, cardiovascular

disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. Scientists

gathered to discuss their respective areas of expertise

and initial findings from two joint cancer research

projects. In addition, four new research cohorts

were formed with the hope of receiving philanthropic

support to expand the scope of CTN investigations.

At the conference, a research update was provided

by Cleveland Clinic’s Chris Hubert, Ph.D., and Yaakov

(Koby) Nahmias, Ph.D., of Hebrew University. Hubert

and Nahmias are examining laboratory-generated

“mini brain tumors” to determine what types of

cancer cells are present in different patients’ tumors

and what types of therapies might ameliorate the

disease. Their goal is to create customized therapies

for individual patients suffering from aggressive,

often intractable, brain tumors.

The second project is progressing through a

partnership between Arieh Moussaieff, Ph.D. and

Chezy Barenholz, Ph.D., of Hebrew University, and

Stephen Grobmyer, M.D. and Charis Eng, M.D. Ph.D.

of Cleveland Clinic. A proof of concept paper was

published in the medical journal Oncotarget, outlining

discoveries in the microbial composition of healthy

and cancerous breast tissue. This is the first study of

its kind to compare tissue from the breast and distant

sites of the body for significant bacterial differences.

This research aims to facilitate new cancer-fighting

treatments that would be delivered through loaded

nanoparticles.

For more information about current and future CTN

projects, please contact Judith Shenkman, Executive

Director of Midwest Region, by phone at 312.329.0332

or email jshenkman@afhu.org.


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The Rothberg International School

Celebrating and Encouraging Diversity

New International HU

Master’s Degree Programs

A Global Approach to Higher Education

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is placing

increased emphasis on internationalization, inviting

students from throughout the world to enroll in

unique master’s degree programs taught in English

on HU campuses. Among the new offerings are

timely, interdisciplinary M.S. programs offered by the

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and

Environment in Rehovot, Israel.

Master in Development Practice, Resource,

and Development Economics

The Smith Faculty, in collaboration with the Jerusalem

Institute’s Milken Innovation Center, designed this

new program in alignment with UN Sustainable

Development Goals for a global audience. Graduate

students explore, and learn how to develop, marketbased

solutions to agricultural, environmental,

economic, and business challenges related to

sustainable development. This pragmatic, project-

driven program helps students to create finance tool

kits that can galvanize economic growth, particularly

in developing countries.

Master in Viticulture and Enology

This new academic program leverages Israeli

expertise in mastering the soil, climate, and local

conditions needed for grape cultivation and beyond–

from the vineyard to the bottle. The first master’s

degree of its kind in the country, HU’s program

is designed for people already working in the wine

industry as well as a new generation of skilled wine

professionals. Thorough training enables students

to acquire knowledge of fundamental plant sciences

and provides degree candidates with hands-on

experience in aspects of grape production and winemaking.

Students hear from international experts,

and may participate in a professional workshop

abroad or intern at a commercial winery in Israel.

At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, diversity

is welcomed, with concerted efforts being made

to assure a multicultural, pluralistic environment

that extends to classrooms, laboratories, and field

work. This philosophy and conscious practice of

encouraging inclusion is evident at the Rothberg

International School (RIS).

Located on the Mount Scopus campus, RIS has been

accepting international students since 1956. Today,

RIS averages an annual student population of 2,300

from as many as 90 countries. The school celebrates

and fosters inclusion, creating a climate where all

students, regardless of race, gender identity, religion,

or ethnicity, can thrive and enjoy positive academic

and social experiences. RIS efforts also take into

account the needs of students with disabilities

and military veterans. Increasingly in recent years,

RIS has been focused on LGBTQ rights, leadership

cultivation, and social justice.

In 2016, RIS’s Office of Student Activities adapted for

changing times, becoming the Office of Student Life

and Diversity. The school is dedicated to providing

a a fair, equal, safe, and encouraging environment

for all.

RIS is succeeding and emerging as a leader for

LGBTQ equality in higher education nationally and

internationally. The Hebrew University, thanks in

large part to measures being taken through RIS, is

the first and only educational institution outside of

North America to be recognized by the Consortium

of Higher Education-LGBT Resource Professionals.

The Consortium, a member-based organization,

advocates for the inclusion of LGBTQ people in

every sphere of higher education, and Hebrew

University and RIS get high marks for cultivating a

culture of respect. Rothberg’s measures have also

included opening the first gender-neutral bathrooms

on Hebrew University’s campus, and providing an

extensive, thoughtfully planned network of student

life resources for underrepresented identities.

Hebrew University is the first and only Israeli university

to offer scholarships in partnership with the

Diversity Abroad Consortium, whose mission is to

create equal access and educational opportunities

for students from varied economic, ethnic, and

social backgrounds. This groundbreaking partnership

is helping to position RIS as a study-abroad destination

for students across diverse backgrounds. The

initiative reflects the university’s desire to reach out

to under-represented groups and demonstrate the

former’s commitment to having a student body that

mirrors our modern world.

To learn more about the Rothberg International

School please visit overseas.huji.ac.il.


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The Steven Spielberg

Jewish Film Archive

History in Motion

Films illustrating the development of the State of the

Israel and patterns of immigration. Holocaust survivors’

testimonies from the Eichmann trial. Portraits

of Jewish communities throughout the world

before the Diaspora. David Ben-Gurion proclaiming

the Declaration of Independence of the State

of Israel on May 14, 1948. These and thousands

of other historical treasures are part of the Steven

Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at HU. To ensure these

extraordinary historical documents can be widely

shared and preserved, the archives created an online

virtual cinema, making hundreds of films available

for viewing.

American Friends have been avid supporters of the

archives, contributing to the breadth and scope of this

unique global resource. In 1987, American filmmaker

Steven Spielberg lent his generous support to the

archive, which was renamed in his honor. Additional

support was provided by a network of American

Friends in the Western Region who honored Jack

Valenti (z”l), former chairman of the Motion Picture

Association of America, with a Scopus Award in

2000. The gala event raised funds to digitize 800

films, and the Spielberg Archives are housed in what

is now called the Jack Valenti Pavilion on the Mount

Scopus campus.

The Steven Spielberg Archive was established

in the late 1960s by Professor Moshe Davis, the

first American to earn a doctorate at the Hebrew

University. Professor Davis, who taught at HU and

held the Stephen S. Wise Chair of American Jewish

History and Institutions, joined with his colleagues

in the history department to launch a repository

of Jewish documentary films related to Jewish

community life in many parts of the world before and

after the Holocaust. Israel’s struggles and triumphs

became a vital aspect of the archive as filmmakers

worked to capture the experiences of diverse people,

including new immigrants, whether working and living

on a kibbutz, or adjusting to city life in Tel Aviv.

The Spielberg Archive is jointly administered by the

Abraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at

Hebrew University and the Central Zionist Archives of

the World Zionist Organization. Each year, new Jewish

and Israeli films are acquired by, or donated to, the

Spielberg Archive, complementing the approximately

16,000 titles in the current collection. Film research

represents another element of archival work, with

press clippings and photographs compiled to shed

light on the film production process. Organizations

such as the Jewish National Fund, the World Zionist

Organization, and Hadassah have shared their

collections of films, as have documentary filmmakers

and private sources.


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HU Faculty Spotlight:

Rachel Elior

HU Student Ambassador

Profile: Lee Shmulevitz

This summer, American Friends in Chicago and

New York got a glimpse into the mystical world of

Kabbalah, courtesy of Hebrew University Professor

Emeritus Rachel Elior.

Renowned for her expertise in the history of Jewish

mysticism, Professor Elior has conducted research

on Kabbalah spanning from the Jewish expulsion

from Spain and its development through Safed, to

early Jewish mysticism known as Merkavah and

Heikhalot. Her research extends to Sabbatianism

and Hasidism in the modern era, as well as the

role of women in Jewish culture. Delving deep into

sacred texts, Professor Elior examines the hidden

meaning of myths, symbols, dreams, visions, and

poetic language.

A Hebrew University alumna, Professor Elior has been

a visiting professor at international universities such

as Princeton, the University of Chicago, Lomonosov

Moscow State University, Doshisha University, Tokyo

University, the University of Sydney, University College

London, and Amsterdam University. She is a senior

research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, a

major think-tank that fosters interdisciplinary studies.

Professor Elior has published 16 books, edited 10

books, and published numerous articles. She is the

recipient of the Friedenberg Award of Excellence

of the Israel National Academy of Sciences and

Humanities, the Yigal Alon-Brecha fellowship, the

Warburg Prize, the Sir Isaac Wolfson Foundation

Award, and the Gershom Scholem Prize for Research

in Kabbalah granted by the Israel National Academy of

Sciences and Humanities. Professor Elior is also the

recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris

causa, presented to her by Hebrew Union College.

Actively involved in Israeli academia, Professor Elior

chaired Hebrew University’s Committee for Gender

Equality and has served as the chairperson of the

academic committee for the Center for Jewish Art.

Watch Professor Elior’s video to

learn more.

Lee Shmulevitz is a Hebrew University student ambassador.

In September, Lee traveled to Los Angeles to

attend the AFHU board weekend and speak at the 10th

annual Bel Air Affaire. She also shared her experiences

at HU with supporters in New York.

Watch the video to learn more about Lee and

how she is making moves, in more ways than

one!

How has one of the oldest

cities in the world

become one of the hottest

cities for startups?

SUPPORT AFHU'S MISSION

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s research has

led to over 130 life-enhancing commercial ventures

that provide revolutionary products and services to

people everywhere. Our most successful technology

venture is integrated in over 25 million vehicles

worldwide. Since 1925, American Friends of the

Hebrew University has connected the passions of

Americans with innovation at the Hebrew University.

KNOWLEDGE MOVES US.


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Research Highlights

A Cure for Acute Leukemia

within Reach

After 40 years of little progress for leukemia

patients, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers

are offering a glimmer of hope. Professor Yinon

Ben-Neriah and his team at HU’s Faculty of Medicine

developed a new biological drug with a cure rate of

50% for biological models with acute leukemia.

Acute myeloid leukemia is one of the most aggressive

cancers, making treatment exceptionally difficult.

However, the drug Ben-Neriah and his team developed

overcomes several hurdles that current medications

can’t tackle.

BioTheryX, a drug development company, recently

bought the rights to this promising drug from HU’s

Professor Yinon Ben-Neriah and Team

technology transfer company Yissum. Together with

Ben-Neriah’s research team, they are now applying

for FDA approval for Phase One clinical studies.

Oren Gutfeld and his team investigating Beit Lehi-Beit Loya.

Breaking Barriers on

Brain Cancer

A Lost Village of Ancient Israel

Now Found

Glioblastoma is a serious and incurable brain cancer.

Patients who receive this diagnosis typically have

only 11-20 months to live because cells quickly build

up a resistance to chemotherapy. In a recent issue

of Nucleic Acids Research, Professor Rotem Karni

and his team at Hebrew University’s Institute for

Medical Research share promising results for a new

glioblastoma treatment with the potential to improve

and extend patients’ lives.

Karni and Ph.D. student Maxim Mogilevsky designed

a molecule that inhibits glioblastoma tumor growth by

regulating the proteins it produces. “Not only can this

breakthrough molecule kill tumor cells on its own, but

it also has the power to help former chemotherapyresistant

cells become chemotherapy-sensitive once

again,” shared Professor Karni.

Professor Karni with student Maxim Mogilevsky

A patent for this technology has been registered

and granted in the United States and Europe

through Yissum.

A vanished village, buried for centuries, is beginning to

emerge in the lowlands southwest of Jerusalem. The

work of revealing Beit Lehi-Beit Loya mixes painstaking

manual labor with cutting-edge technology.

First settled by Jews around the late sixth century

BCE, then abandoned and rebuilt by successive

populations through the 13th or 14th century CE, the

remains of Beit Lehi-Beit Loya were first discovered

in 1899.

The site went unexplored until the 1980s, when

Hebrew University archaeologist Yoram Tsafrir

uncovered the remains of a Byzantine church with

intact mosaic floors. Tsafrir’s work then shifted to

the vast Roman ruins at Beit She’an and it wasn’t

until 2005 that his former student Oren Gutfeld, now

director of the Salvage Excavation Program at HU’s

Institute of Archaeology, resumed exploring Beit Lehi-

Beit Loya. Gutfeld says less than 20 percent of the

village has been excavated so far because of limited

access, which means there is still much to explore

and learn about the ancient city.


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On the Express Track

Yissum, the technology transfer company of Hebrew

University, launched its pioneering Express Licensing

Campaign at the ITTN’s 5th biennial conference: Tech

Transfer 4.0: Reinventing Technology Transfer. Yissum

CEO and President Dr. Yaron Daniely introduced

the campaign which aims to make the cuttingedge

research conducted at the Hebrew University

of Jerusalem more accessible to industry partners

by dramatically simplifying technology licensing or

acquisition.

Yissum currently dominates academic tech transfer

in Israel, and in 2017 was responsible for nearly half

of all tech transfer licensing agreements signed

by Israeli universities as well as new company

formations. The Express Licensing Campaign is

yet another channel initiated by Yissum to broaden

industry reach into Intellectual Property (IP) born out

of translational academic research, by offering close

to 70 technologies alongside ready-to-sign license

contracts, drafted in collaboration with several

leading law firms in Israel.

Dr. Daniely explained that with the Express Licensing

Campaign, Yissum aims to create more transparency

and clarity in the tech transfer process, making it

easier for industry and entrepreneurs to identify and

pursue groundbreaking innovations.

At Hebrew University,

All Students Will Study

Entrepreneurship

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem wants to make

entrepreneurship part of the staple diet of all its

students — including historians, engineers and

philosophers. The university plans to strengthen its

curriculum with project-based learning, including

courses and entrepreneur workshops. Students who

have developed an idea and want to take it forward,

in any field, will be encouraged to join accelerator

programs and may also get university funding for

their initiatives. The highest level will see the studententrepreneurs

build companies within the university

and then take them to the market.

“Our vision is that each and every student, from

semester one in year one, will learn something about

innovation,” said Amnon Dekel, the new managing

director of HUJI Innovate, the Hebrew University

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, in an

interview with The Times of Israel. “In this century,

as you go forward in life, whether you work in tech

or in services, you need to be innovative and an

entrepreneur.”

Dekel will lead Hebrew University’s push to spearhead

the development of technology from the huge amount

of research within its ivory towers while at the same

time helping the university become an integral part of

Jerusalem’s tech ecosystem.

“The Hebrew University had an image perhaps of an

old, not progressive environment,” he said. “I have

met with our researchers at our labs, and there are

seriously innovative world-changing technologies that

are being developed. The researchers… were hungry

to collaborate, they want to create more startups and

take our technologies out into the world.”


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FROM

OUR

REGIONS


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Northeast Region

NEXUS:ISRAEL

is an innovation conference that

brings together leaders from

the investment and finance

world with the scientists and

innovators from the Hebrew

University who are creating

new technologies to address

some of the most challenging

global issues of the 21st century.

Visionaries such as Amnon

Shashua, Co-Founder and

CEO, Mobileye, Ariana Huffington,

CEO and Founder, Thrive

Global, and Maxime Fassberg,

VP, Intel israel, are just a few

people from the trend-setting

list of thought leaders speaking

on May 6, 2019 at the Times

Center in NYC.

Register now at

www.nexusisrael.org

SAVE THE DATE

On Tuesday, May 21, AFHU’s Northeast Region Lawyers Division will honor Mark A. Kirsch of Gibson,

Dunn & Crutcher LLP with the 49th Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award.


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Mid-Atlantic Region

Hebrew University’s Tzameret Students

Driving the Future

On Sunday November 18, 2018, several outstanding

Hebrew University of Jerusalem medical students

spoke about their experiences in Tzameret, the Elite

Military Medicine Track developed in 2009 through a

unique partnership between the Hebrew University

and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Tzameret is

Israel’s only training program to address the strategic

importance of military medicine in saving lives on the

battlefield and in response to homeland terror.

The morning reception was sponsored by American

Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU)’s

Mid-Atlantic Region, and hosted by Jim Blum, an

AFHU National Board member, at the Suburban Club

in Baltimore, MD.

Guest speakers from Israel included Jessie

Oppenheimer, Stav Gazal, and Karina Labes. All are

Philadelphia Office

Start-Up Sukkah

A Taste of Israeli Innovation was held September 27

in the sukkah of Philadelphia’s historic Congregation

Mikveh Israel, featuring HU Professor Gad Yair, HU

Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Enjoying

Philadelphia’s first alumni program in more than 20

years, guests included (from left): HU alum Sharona

Durry, Paula Goldberg, Arlene Fickler, HU alum Rabbi

Michael Beals, Co-Chair, Rabbi Albert Gabbai, Mikveh

Israel, Gad Yair, and HU alum Jan and Marilyn Fertig.

currently training at the R. Adams Cowley Shock

Trauma Center, which is part of the University of

Maryland Medical Center.

Designed to alleviate the shortage of military

physicians in Israel, Tzameret integrates high-caliber

educational and practical training into the standard

medical school curriculum. Screened through a

demanding admissions process, qualified students

enroll in the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical

School. They undergo seven years of rigorous

coursework, a standard rotating medical internship,

plus 300 hours of training in military subjects. Upon

graduating, these young physicians serve in the IDF

medical corps for a minimum of five years. To date,

the Tzameret program has educated and trained

more than 460 students.

Sharona Durry, Paula Goldberg, Arlene Fickler, Rabbi Michael Beals,

Co-Chair, Rabbi Albert Gabbai, Mikveh Israel, Prof. Gad Yair, Jan Fertig,

Marilyn Fertig.

AFHU’s Mid-Atlantic Region/Philadelphia held

several community programs that culminated with an

exclusive reception featuring HU Professor Amnon

Shashua, founder of Mobileye. On December 4th,

Susan and Jim Meyer graciously hosted Professor

Shashua and 50 guests in their Center City

Philadelphia home. Professor Shashua led with a

thought-provoking presentation followed by a lively

conversation moderated by Herb Sachs, Chair,

Mid-Atlantic Region/Philadelphia, and member of

AFHU’s National Board.

Titled “Driving the Future,” Professor Shashua’s

presentation discussed advances in the driverless

car marketplace, and wearable technology

designed to assist the blind and visually impaired.

Hebrew University and

Israel Defense Forces:

Elite Military Programs

Harris Baum, Mid-Atlantic Region/Philadelphia

Honorary Advisory Board member hosted a unique

program featuring current and past members of

the HU/IDF elite programs Talpiot and Tzameret.

On November 27 friends gathered at the offices of

Zarwin Baum. Speakers included Baruch Ben Dor, a

graduate of the Talpiot program, Dr. Zvi Grunwald,

HU alumnus and Director of the Israel Center at

Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Baum, and

Tomer Marko. Marko is a seventh year HU medical

student representing HU’s Tzameret program during

his rotation at Jefferson University.

H2o-ly Land

Susan & Jim Meyers (co-hosts), Alice & Herb Sachs

Professor Shashua is the Sachs Family Professor of

Computer Sciences at the Rachel and Selim Benin

School of Engineering and Computer Science at

Hebrew University.

Baruch Ben Dor, Dr. Zvi Grunwald, Harris Baum, and Tomer Marko

HU Professor Benny Chefetz, Dean of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture,

Food, and the Environment, presented “Solving the World’s Water Crisis” in Wilmington,

DE. Chefetz conducted this leadership briefing for the Jewish Federation of Delaware.


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Southeast Region

“We are excited to bring dynamic faculty and Hebrew University

leaders to Florida. From Student Ambassador Shirley Lukin, to

our popular Annual Leadership Education Forum, to the elegant

Scopus Award Gala honoring Marjorie and Robert Emden, we

strive to build a network of friends and supporters for the

Hebrew University.”

Alan P. Fiske, Southeast Region President

Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala

and Annual Leadership

Education Forum

AFHU’S Southeast Region hosted its Palm Beach

Scopus Award Gala on Sunday, January 19, 2019, at The

Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. AFHU paid tribute to this

year’s Scopus Award recipients, Marjorie and Robert

Emden, for their commitment to humanitarianism

and their dedication to the continued growth of the

Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Guests were treated

to a star-studded performance by Tony Award winner,

LaChanze, from The Color Purple and Summer: The

Donna Summer Musical on Broadway.

The Israel-Asia

Connection

AFHU’s Southeast Region was proud

to host The Israel-Asia Connection on

October 11, 2018, welcoming Eli Gil,

Consul and Head of Administration for the

Consulate General of Israel in Miami, and

Hebrew University Student Ambassador

Shirley Lukin. Over 50 people attended

the event, hosted by Dr. Myles Krieger

and Yaffa Reznik.

Left to right: Consul General Eli Gil, Yaffa Reznik,

Dr. Myles Krieger, and Shirley Lukin.

Dinner Chairpersons included Mickey and Larry Beyer,

Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Marjorie and Stephen

Fiverson, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Michelle and

Joseph Jacobs, Judy and Robert Snyder, and Robbi

and Bruce Toll. Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, Roberta

and Paul Kozloff, Barbara and Richard Rothschild and

Andrea and John Stark served as event chairs.

Scopus Gala Dinner Chairs: Sherry and Kenneth Endelson,

Roberta and Paul Kozloff, Barbara and Richard Rothschild and

Andrea and John Stark

Marjorie and Robert Emden with HU President Asher Cohen.

The following day, AFHU hosted the Annual Leadership

Education Forum (ALEF). The event showcased

groundbreaking research and practical applications

emerging from the Hebrew University. Professor

Hermona Soreq shared how her revolutionary

research has led to a greater understanding of

neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and

Parkinson’s, while Professor Shmuel Peleg and his

colleague, Johnmichael O’Hare, showcased BriefCam

video technology and how it transforms hours of

surveillance footage into actionable data. Keynote

speaker Professor Eugene Kandel, CEO of the

Start-Up Nation Central, spoke about the intricacies

of Israel as the Start-Up Nation, and Dr. Yaron

Daniely highlighted the most innovative and exciting

products emerging from HU’s technology transfer

company. Professor Asher Cohen, President of

the Hebrew University, and Ambassador Yossi Gal,

Hebrew University’s Vice President for Advancement

and External Relations, shared news from Jerusalem

and their vision for the future.


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Midwest Region

AFHU’s Midwest Region is delighted and honored to announce the

addition of three new regional board members for 2018:

Jane and Dr. Peter Feinstein at ALEF.

Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala Event Chairs.

Clive Kabatznik and Dr. Yaron Daniely at ALEF.

Robert (“Bobby”) Gerber is a partner in the

Corporate & Securities practice group at Neal Gerber

Eisenberg, a Chicago-based law firm providing legal

business solutions in connection with domestic and

global corporate transactions and litigation. Bobby

counsels public and private companies on transaction

and governance matters impacting their operations

around the world, including mergers and acquisitions,

private equity investments, joint venture transactions,

divestitures, corporate restructurings and succession

planning. He is also a strategic advisor to wealthy

families and entrepreneurs concerning critical

business decisions and personal matters including the

maximizing of revenues and preserving personal wealth.

Committed to serving his community, he is a member

of the Development Committee of Chicago Legal Aid

Clinic and was recently appointed to the Alumni Board

of the College of Arts & Sciences of Indiana University.

Additionally, he serves as a member of the Governing

Commission of the Hillels of Illinois and on the Board

of Regents and Midwest Board of American Friends

of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bobby has been

listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2016 in the

area of Corporate Law. He graduated from the John

Marshall Law School (J.D., 1998) and Indiana University

Bloomington (B.A., 1994).

Robert (“Bob”) S. Harris is a successful entrepreneur

and dedicated humanitarian who is committed to

the well-being of Israel’s finest institutions of higher

learning and research. Through his service on the

Associate Board of Governors and his establishment

of the Robert S. Harris Graduate Student Scholarship

Endowment Fund at the Hebrew University, Bob’s lmark

of leadership on the university is indelible. Bob developed

his extensive career in the paper packaging industry,

fulfilling numerous leadership roles for other companies

and establishing his own company, Robert S. Harris and

Associates. He served as an international consultant to

the packaging industry, traveling to approximately 200

countries for business and for pleasure with his wife,

Brigita. Due to his expertise, Bob served as a shortterm

specialist for AID, US State Department, in the

Federal Republic of Somalia and in Afghanistan. He is

also involved in hotel development through the Kimpton

Hotel Group, in which he is a partner. Bob graduated

from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Chandler D. Robinson, MD, has a passion for

leveraging his interests in medicine, science, and

finance to help bring new therapeutics to patients. A

compound Dr. Robinson researched at Northwestern

University as an undergraduate, and published on in

Science, is currently entering a Phase III clinical trial

for Wilson Disease. In 2010, Dr. Robinson co-founded,

and was CEO of, Tactic Pharma. He helped lead Tactic

through a successful sale of its lead compound. In

2008, Dr. Robinson worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals

in their Nexavar marketing division. From 2008-2009

he was a co-manager of a healthcare clinic in San Jose

CA and from 2004 to present, serves as the Founder

and President of an undergraduate research focused

non-profit. From 2006 to 2007, he was at Bear Stearns

investment bank. He was previously on the board of

Wilson Therapeutics, and is currently on the board of

Northwestern University’s Chemistry of Life Processes

Institute. Dr. Robinson graduated summa cum laude

from Northwestern University, earned a master’s degree

in International Health Policy and Health Economics

from the London School of Economics on a Fulbright

Scholarship, an MBA from Cambridge University on a

Gates Scholarship, and an MD from Stanford University.

Please join us in welcoming these accomplished

individuals to the AFHU family.


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Pacific Northwest Region

Introducing Erez Podoly, Pacific Northwest Region

HU Alumni Association Chair

Thanks to a matching grant from the AFHU Pacific Northwest

Regional Board, all donations made from November 26 through

December 31, 2018 were matched dollar-for-dollar up to

$25,000. This generous grant acted as a major incentive for

online donations.

AFHU’s Pacific Northwest Region’s

Newly Created Alumni Association Committee

The Pacific Northwest region recently created

a committee for its Alumni Association efforts.

Members include Erez Podoly ‘08, Eric Stein ’89, and

Chagit Ofir ’82. Working in tandem with the national

HU Alumni Association, the Pacific Northwest regional

alumni committee seeks to reach, serve, and engage

all Hebrew University alumni in the region with the

goal of fostering a lifelong intellectual and emotional

connection to the university, and to connect fellow

alumni in the region, around the country, and across

the globe.

Erez Podoly ‘08 was introduced to the Hebrew

University of Jerusalem (HU) as a young man. “I

remember a beautiful, black and white photo of my

mom, next to the National Library of Israel and her

stories about student life on HU’s Givat Ram campus

and in Jerusalem.” His mother’s experiences left a big

impression on him, and Erez hoped one day he too

would attend HU and have his own stories to tell.

Erez more than fulfilled those plans by receiving his

B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at HU. A gifted student,

Erez received several awards and scholarships

including the Kaye Innovation Prize and the Israeli

Ministry of Science Eshkol Ph.D. fellowship. While

working on his Ph.D., Erez served as the Assistant

Executive Director of BioJerusalem, an initiative of

the Jerusalem Development Authority where he

helped bring biotech opportunities to the city.

After receiving his Ph.D., Erez began a postdoctoral

fellowship at Stanford University with Nobel Laureate

and HU Visiting Professor Roger Kornberg. During

his academic career, Erez co-authored many peerreviewed

papers and book chapters.

He is an experienced entrepreneur who integrates

the lessons he learned at HU into everything he

works on. He is the founder and former CEO of

ArcheroMetric and his current venture is Slive Inc.,

a start-up impacting healthcare through technologies

that monitor signals of diseases and other

physiological conditions.

Erez Podoly.

“Our main goal is to build a

community of alumni, which

shares roots and ideas that

were seeded early on in the

Hebrew University.”

-Erez Polody

Erez believes HU played a key role in his entrepreneurial

life – it expanded his knowledge base and offered

different perspectives. He said, “Today, I am able to

turn ideas into start-ups and contribute to shaping

our future society.”

Erez is excited to give back to HU as the chair of the

HU Alumni Association’s Pacific Northwest Region.

He is thrilled to support the university through

volunteerism and to build and strengthen the alumni

community in the area.


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Western Region

An Evening with Nobel Laureate Professor

Roger Kornberg

Nobel Laureate and Hebrew University Professor Roger Kornberg spoke

to 50 guests in Los Angeles on November 15, 2018. Kornberg shared

his background and ground-breaking research in structural biology and

macromolecules, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 2006. The event

was hosted at Valentino restaurant by Western Region board members

and spouses: Cindy and Gary Frischling, Abigail Goldman and Jonathan

Anschell, Ellen and Mark Genender, and Jessica and Matt Babrick.

Guests left the evening excited for future AFHU events and eager to become

more involved.

Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg.

Western Region Mission

to Amsterdam and Israel

From October 7-17, AFHU’s Western

Region Mission, chaired by board

members Patricia Glaser and Sharon and

Mark Vidergauz, journeyed to Amsterdam

and Israel for VIP tours, receptions,

and meetings with dignitaries including

Ambassador Aviv Shir-On, Israel’s

Ambassador to The Netherlands and

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Mission attendees with the iconic “I Amsterdam” sign in front of the Rijksmuseum

The Bel Air Affaire 2018

Come Together for a Night to Remember

The groovy vibes of the sixties came back to Bel Air

on Saturday, September 15, 2018, as Brindell Gottlieb

graciously hosted the 10thAnnual Bel Air Affaire at

her home, “The Milton.” Nearly 200 guests were

transported back in time to when the Beatles were

king, singing along to an energetic performance by

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.

Mission attendees enjoy a visit to Hebrew University’s Mt Scopus campus.

Guests were welcomed by AFHU Western Regional

President Mark Genender and the Hebrew University

President Professor Asher Cohen, who brought warm

greetings from Israel.

Bel Air Affaire Event Chair Helen Jacobs-Lepor, HU President Asher

Cohen, Host Brindell Gottlieb, 2018 Humanitarian Torch of Learning

Honorees Hella and Chuck Hershson, Event Chair Renae Jacobs-Anson

AFHU’s Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award was

presented to Hella and Chuck Hershson in celebration

and recognition of their devotion, passion, and

commitment to the Hebrew University and the State

of Israel. This remarkable evening raised $950,000

for student scholarships at the Hebrew University.

Bel Air Affaire Event Chairs: Regional Board Member

Renae Jacobs-Anson and husband Dr. David Anson,

Regional Board member Helen Jacobs-Lepor and

husband Dr. Norman Lepor.

Regional Chairman Richard Ziman and wife May Ziman with honorees

Hella and Chuck Hershson

Honorary Chairs: Regional Vice Chair Patricia L.

Glaser and husband Sam Mudie, Regional Chairman

Richard Ziman and wife May Ziman

Mission attendees were honored to meet with Israel’s President, Reuven Rivilin, in his home.


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In Remembrance

Lorraine Abramson

Andre Friedman

Jack Levins

Alice Schuster

Robert Arnow

Sarita Dizik Gantz

Marjorie Boas Levins

Saul Singer

Abraham Bades

Margaret Gert

George L. Lindemann

Suse Seegall Smetana

Sidney Barsky

Floraine Gitell

Nathan Lustman

Arthur Stein

Ronnie Kay Bendheim

Vivian K. Gluss

Jesse Margolin

Jean Steinberg

Phyllis Berkett

Mark R. Gordon

Beatrice “Buddy” Mayer

Gerald Stempler

Martin L. Berman

Eugene M. Grant

Tillie Molho

Harry Sugarman

Harvey Blau

Sylvia K. Greenberg

Linda Moscow

Adelaide Suplin

Adele Block

Virginia Grumbach

Dorothy Novatt

Melvin S. Taub

Ruth Braslow

Kathleen Heller

William Osterman

Julia Taubman

Marvin S. Caligor

Claudia Hellmann

Marjorie Peress

Max Webb

D. Walter Cohen

Lenore Jacoby

Peter G. Peterson

Harold Whitman

Louis Cohen

Carolyn Kaplan

Marilyn B. Pollans

Jan Winkler

Nita L. Corre

Jay Kislak

Sylvia Rachesky

Harold Wolfson

Ellen M. Cypers

Paul D. Kramer

Miriam Rothstein

Nathaniel Zelazo

Norman Cypers

Shirley Kravitz

Keith Sachs

Ruth Ziegler

Ira A. Eichner

Lee Lasker

Alan L. Sagner

Harriet Zweifach

Stephanie Eisenberg

Jacques Leviant

Clarence Salzberg


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Upcoming Events

Regional Offices

MON. MAR 18

Florida Israel Institute Lecture Series

Southeast Region

Northeast Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

Philadelphia Office

One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor

5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 250

2100 Arch Street

New York, NY 10004

Washington, DC 20016

Philadelphia, PA 19103

THURS. MAR 21

Dinner with US Against Alzheimers

Mid-Atlantic Region

T: 212.607.8510

T: 202.363.4600

T: 215.330.6722

E: northeast@afhu.org

E: midatlantic@afhu.org

E: philadelphia@afhu.org

TUES. APR 9

Ittai Ben Porath Breast Cancer Forum

Mid-Atlantic Region

Southeast Region

Midwest Region

Dallas Office

100 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 865

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2020

8600 Thackery Street, Suite 131

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Chicago, IL 60606

Dallas, TX 75225

WED. APR 10

Ittai Ben Porath on Precision Medicine

Mid-Atlantic Region

T: 561.750.8585

T: 312.329.0332

T: 469.862.0257

E: southeast@afhu.org

E: midwest@afhu.org

E: dallas@afhu.org

MON. MAY 6

NEXUS:ISRAEL – Hybrid Solutions to Global Challenges

Northeast Region

Pacific Northwest Region

Western Region

180 Grand Avenue, Suite 955

16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 715

Oakland, CA 94612

Encino, CA 91436

WED. MAY 8

Imagination Israel

Southeast Region

T: 415.299.8691

T: 310.843.3100

E: pacificnorthwest@afhu.org

E: western@afhu.org

THURS. MAY 16

Harvey Silbert Torch of Learning Award Gala

Western Region

TUES. MAY 21

49th Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning

Northeast Region

Award Luncheon

WED. JUN 12 –

NEXUS: ISRAEL Innovation Forum

National

SAT. JUN 15

FRI. JUN 14 –

82nd International Board of Governors

National

WED. JUN 19

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