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What's Inside This Issue:

- Henry Neufeld (z"l): Leaving a Legacy

- Charitable Giving and The New Tax Laws

- Dor L'Dor

- Friends Around the Region


Tova! Shana



Henry Neufeld (z"l), a self-made man, was a philanthropist. As the sole Holocaust survivor of his

immediate family, he understood the importance of fostering the next generation. This led him to

sponsor a nursery school in Herzliya, donate to build a playground in Riverside Park on the Upper West

Side of Manhattan and now, to leave a lasting legacy at the Hebrew University’s Edmond & Lily Safra

Brain Sciences Center, not only to honor his memory, but that of his parents; Esther and Shlomo

Neufeld and his brothers; Baruch and Menachem Neufeld.

Once a chemical importer, Mr. Neufeld’s desire was for his family to be remembered in Israel.

The Jewish Communal Fund of NY (JCF) made his wish a reality by establishing a JCF fund

with assets from his estate and his fund distributed almost $1 million in grants to educational

institutions in Israel between 2000 and 2019. His final wish was carried forth by the Jewish

Communal Fund in July of 2019, as they saw it to be well aligned with his wishes and a social

hub at the Goodman Brain Sciences Building now has a new name. The Neufeld Family Memorial

Fund will be honored with a ceremony in January of 2020, inscribing them on the Hebrew

University’s Wall of Benefactors on Mount Scopus, as well as a plaque honoring the family at

ELSC’s spacious new home in the Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building on

the Edmond J. Safra Campus. The Neufeld Social Hub is a modern, open concept space

designed to encourage intellectual collaboration and social interactions between faculty,

students and researchers.

Henry Neufeld Social Hub at the Edmond and Lily Safra

Center for Brain Sciences

The Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building's outer facade


Dear Friends,

You are receiving this publication as a supporter of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. With

another brilliant year of innovation, discovery, growth, and vision behind us, you can feel

proud to be a part of our Hebrew University community. Recently the Hebrew University

marked the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. Lord Edmund Allenby, Chaim

Weizmann, Zeev Jabotinsky, and James Rothschild, along with 6,000 other dignitaries

gathered on the summit of Mount Scopus in 1918 to lay the cornerstones for the foundation

of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They placed 12 stones - corresponding to the 12

Tribes of Israel - firmly into the ground and forever solidified their legacy.

As a patron of American Friends of the Hebrew University and a member of AFHU’s

Northeast Regional community, you too are keenly aware of the impact a gift or a legacy can

leave. With this inaugural issue of The Regional Review, we are laying the virtual

cornerstones for our community. With this quarterly publication, we aim to keep you

informed, inspired and connected with your fellow members of our AFHU community as well

as with the Hebrew University. There is a traditional Jewish blessing that’s purpose is to

mark a special occasion or milestone. In honor of this Jewish new year, 5780, and in honor of

this new initiative, let us recite a “shehecheyanu” to acknowledge the privilege we share to

be part of the Hebrew University’s centennial celebration, and the gratitude we all have as

we usher in a new year.

Shana Tova,

Pamela Nadler Emmerich

Neil D. Grossman


Pamela Nadler Emmerich

Neil D. Grossman

President Emeritus

John S. Siffert

Honorary President

Lawrence J. Zweifach

Board of Directors

Kenneth S. Abramowitz

Emily M. Altman

Paula S. Blumenfeld

Elana M. Bourkoff

Peter A. Chavkin

Dr. Henry Citron

Allen L. Finkelstein, DDS

Robert E. Friedman

Juliet Y. Gal

Paul M. Kaplan

Brad S. Karp

Frances R. Katz

Mark A. Kirsch

Meyer G. Koplow

Michael S. Kurtz

Susan Masri Lawi

Marc O. Mayer

Avner Mendelson

Jeremy Merrin

Gary P. Naftalis

Joshua M. Olshin

Yaakov A. Ringler

George A. Schieren

Dafna E. Schmerin

Ralph D. Sinsheimer

Ira Lee Sorkin

Elliott Z. Stein

Robin L. Topol

Richard D. Weinberg

Andrew R. Wilshinsky

Catherine D. Wood

Northeast Region Staff

Suzanne K. Ponsot

Executive Director

Jodi Popofsky

Associate Executive Director

Maura Milles

Associate Director

Michael Zimmerman

Senior Development Executive

Elaine Schneider

Events Coordinator

Ilana Fish

Development Assistant

Olivia Drummond

Office Manager

Joan Rambudhan

Administrative Assistant

D o r L ' D o r :

C e l e b r a t i n g M u l t i - G e n e r a t i o n a l

C o m m i t m e n t t o K n o w l e d g e

Some call it kismet or fate, while others call it

karma. Here at American Friends of the Hebrew

University, we call it beshert. We are referring

to the special relationship between current

Northeast board member, Andrew Shapiro, and

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. When

Andrew spent a year abroad at the Rothberg

International School in 1988 he never imagined

he would discover – albeit three decades later –

that he had deep ties to the university.

Andrew’s paternal grandfather, Ezra Z. Shapiro

z"l, was an attorney and leading American

Zionist who moved to Israel with his wife in the

late 1960s and became World Chairman of Keren

Hayesod. What Andrew didn’t know was that

Ezra served on the HU Board of Governors – or

that HU’s Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive

contains a home movie made by Ezra in 1930

during a visit to Israel, which includes footage of

the university. Andrew also didn’t know that the

family of his paternal grandmother, Ezra’s wife

Sylvia Lamport Shapiro, had donated land on Mt.

Scopus to HU in the late 1920s that became the

National Botanical Garden of Israel.

Ezra Shapiro (left) and his siblings

Andrew is the founder of Broadscale Group, an

investment firm working with leading

corporations, family offices, and other strategic

partners to invest in and commercialize

innovative technologies that transform

traditional industries in ways that benefit

society. Ever since connecting with American

Friends of Hebrew University, Andrew has been

an enthusiastic supporter of the Hebrew

University. He was among an illustrious group of

presenters at NEXUS:ISRAEL in 2017 and 2019

and is an active member of the NEXUS:ISRAEL

Advisory Board and a member of the Northeast

Regional Board.


NEXUS:ISRAEL and NexusTalks









Torch of Learning Award Luncheon








1: Guy Setton, Harley Frank, Robert Gerber; 2: Anna Pinedo, Phyllis and Joseph Korff; 3: Arianna Huffington, Aryeh Bourkoff; 4: Yaakov Ringer, Yossi Vebman; 5: Dan Senor, Avner

Mendelson; 6: Andrew Wilshinsky, Prof. Yaakov Nahmias, Scott Berrie; 7: Mindy Grossman, Richard and Renee Steinberg, Jon Steinberg, Neil Grossman; 8: Prof. Amnon Shashua,

Maxine Fassberg, Avner Mendelson; 9: Pamela and Adam Emmerich; 10: Jason Conti, Laura Handman, Jordan Lippner; 11: Bret Stephens addressing guests; 12: Dean Daphna Lewinsohn-

Zamir; 13: Mark Kirsch, Hon. Paul Engelmayer; 14: Mark Kirsch and Hilary Corman; 15: Lawrence Zweifach, Eleanor Grosz and their children

Learning from Hebrew University Professors and Alums

1 2




Visiting the Hebrew University






International Board of Governors and Innovation Forum




Professor Aron Troen, Mindy & Neil Grossman and AFHU

CEO Left Beth to right: McCoy HU Professor enjoy Food Aron for Troen, Thought Mindy at the & Neil

Grossman and Grossman's CEO of AFHU, home Beth McCoy pose for a

photo at the Food for Thought friends gathering

1: Prof. Aron Troen, Mindy and Neil Grossman, Beth McCoy; 2: Prof. Rachel Elior, Frances Katz; 3: Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund; 4: Kevin Dwarka; 5: Avner Mendelson, former Mayor of

Jerusalem Nir Barkat, Elana Bourkoff; 6: Prof. Hermona Soreq, Jeremy Merrin; 7: Patti and Daniel Lehrhoff; 8: The Musher Family ( David and Ruth center) with Shluchei Tzibur program

students; 9: Alexander and Erica Friedman with their children; 10: Meyer Koplow, Sandra Goodstein; 11: Juliet Gal, HU President Asher Cohen; 12: Catherine Wood (upper left), Sharon

Stern (upper right), HU President Asher Cohen (center); 13: Dr. Aviva Barzel, HU President Asher Cohen; 14: Rhoda Kaufman with her scholarship student


C o n t r i b u t i o n s o f N o t e . . .

$334,000 is supporting scholarships

in Computer Science

$100,000 is supporting Ph.D.

scholarships in Hebrew Literature

$300,000 is strengthening urban

development in Jerusalem's diverse


$100,000 is advancing Alzheimer's


$10,000 is helping to unearth

important archaeological discoveries

$50,000 is enabling HU to convene

a Legal Conference in Israel

$4,000 is supporting partial scholarships

for new immigrants to Israel pursuing

degrees in Business Administration

Charitable Giving Under New Tax Laws-

What Have We Learned?

by Neal Myerberg, Principal, Myerberg Philanthropic Advisers

There are many reasons to be philanthropic and support organizations that we believe in such

as American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU). Charitable giving can be personally

fulfilling when contributions pave the way for research achievements or contribute to the

success of talented, hard-working students. In particular, making a planned gift such as a

Hebrew University Gift Annuity (CGA) enables individuals to create legacies that will benefit the

Hebrew University community in future years, essentially “paying it forward” and helping new

generations while receiving high fixed-rate, lifetime income (much of which may be paid taxfree),

and tax-savings for itemizers.

Under the new tax laws, there are many opportunities for income tax savings when making

charitable gifts. Among these strategies are gifts of appreciated stock (to avoid capital gains

taxes), accelerated giving to reduce adjusted gross income to lower marginal tax rates, making a

gift using a tax-free withdrawal of the required minimum distribution from an IRA, or

transferring appreciated real estate to a charitable remainder trust (CRT) to eliminate initial

capital gains and receive fixed-rate income for life.

Charitable giving can provide tax benefits and lifetime income, contribute to sound estate

planning and furnish additional economic advantages. Equally important, philanthropic

investments support the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, enabling the University to conduct

pioneering research and meet global challenges now and in future years.

For further information, please visit or call us at 212.607.8510.

D i d Y o u K n o w ?

Your Generosity:

Recognized in Perpetuity in Israel

Establish an Endowed Chair: Gifts of $1.5 million or more will

ensure a living legacy for you and your loved ones, as well as

an inscription of your choice at the Mount Scopus Forum


Become a Benefactor: With cumulative gifts of $1 million or more

your generosity will be recognized with a special ceremony and an

inscription on the HU Benefactors’ Wall overlooking the Judean Hills.

Become a Guardian: With cumulative contributions of

$100,000 -$999,999, to ensure the university’s future, you

will be recognized with a ceremony and inscription on the

Wall of Life on the Mt. Scopus Campus

Become a Founder: Contributors of $25,000 – $99,999 will

be honored during the International Board of Governors on

the Mt. Scopus Campus where your name is inscribed on the

Founders’ Wall

Our Organization by the Numbers





The year American

Friends of the Hebrew

University was

founded. This makes

us the oldest friends

organization of the

Hebrew University.

The Northeast Region

stretches from Maine to

Philadelphia, encompassing

eight states.

The amount that

provides a one-year

scholarship for a

student pursuing an

undergraduate degree.

The percentage of funds

raised for the Hebrew

University in the U.S. that

come from the Northeast


The number of

technologies that the

Hebrew University

has licensed.

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