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

Vol. 28 / <strong>March</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

KNOWLEDGE<br />

MOVES<br />

US


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 3<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> National Leadership<br />

Letter from Leadership<br />

PRESIDENT<br />

Clive Kabatznik<br />

CHAIR OF THE BOARD<br />

Marc O. Mayer<br />

VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD<br />

Richard S. Ziman<br />

VICE PRESIDENTS<br />

Kenneth L. Stein<br />

Ronald M. Zimmerman<br />

HONORARY PRESIDENTS<br />

Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Marc O. Mayer<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />

NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIR<br />

James Matanky<br />

TREASURER<br />

Joshua M. Olshin<br />

ASSISTANT TREASURER<br />

Michael S. Kurtz<br />

HONORARY VICE<br />

PRESIDENTS<br />

Ernest Bogen<br />

Rita Bogen<br />

Michael G. Jesselson<br />

Herbert L. Sachs<br />

Charles A. Stillman<br />

Stanley R. Zax<br />

SECRETARY<br />

Pamela N. Emmerich<br />

ASSISTANT SECRETARY<br />

Richard D. Weinberg<br />

HONORARY DIRECTORS<br />

Charles H. Goodman<br />

Brindell Gottlieb<br />

Marvin Jubas<br />

Brad Karp<br />

HONORARY CHAIRS<br />

OF THE BOARD<br />

Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Michael S. Kurtz<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />

Dear Friend,<br />

Welcome to the <strong>March</strong> <strong>2022</strong> issue of <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

<strong>News</strong>. This issue includes news about recent<br />

happenings and events at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem and here at American<br />

Friends, as well as updates on changes, both<br />

expected and unexpected. The arrival of the<br />

omicron variant brought unwelcome changes<br />

to our calendar, leading to the postponement<br />

of planned events and the need to convene<br />

our seventh virtual Board of Directors<br />

meeting. Happier changes include the recent<br />

appointment of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s new CEO, Joshua W.<br />

Rednik (read more about Josh on page 4) and<br />

the welcome addition of new <strong>AFHU</strong> staff.<br />

Change is nothing new to the university or<br />

her American Friends. From its founding<br />

a century ago, the Hebrew University has<br />

grown to become Israel’s premier university,<br />

a globally recognized leader in academics,<br />

research, and innovation. We recognize<br />

that change always brings with it exciting<br />

opportunities, and we know that HU has<br />

an established tradition of using these<br />

opportunities to support Israel and benefit<br />

people worldwide.<br />

The professors, researchers, students, and<br />

staff of HU have met the daunting challenges<br />

in the university’s past, continue to meet the<br />

challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,<br />

and stand ready to face the challenges of the<br />

future. Whatever the changes, whatever the<br />

challenges, we remain committed to HU and<br />

optimistic about the future.<br />

In my new position as CEO Emerita, I look<br />

forward to supporting CEO Josh Rednik,<br />

the entire <strong>AFHU</strong> team, and all our American<br />

Friends as we continue our enthusiastic<br />

support for Israel’s premier university, the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

Please, enjoy this issue of <strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong> and be<br />

sure to share it with friends and family.<br />

With warm wishes and continued optimism,<br />

Beth Asnien McCoy<br />

CEO Emerita


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 5<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University Appoints Joshua W.<br />

Rednik as Chief Executive Officer<br />

Veteran nonprofit and former Hadassah<br />

development executive Joshua W. Rednik has<br />

been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO)<br />

of American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

(<strong>AFHU</strong>). The national organization is based in<br />

New York City, and has seven regional offices<br />

around the country.<br />

Rednik succeeds longtime CEO Beth A. McCoy,<br />

who served <strong>AFHU</strong> for nearly two decades, and<br />

will become CEO Emerita.<br />

“Josh is a highly experienced nonprofit executive<br />

and successful fundraiser, who will lead our<br />

organization to a successful future,” says Clive<br />

Kabatznik, President of the <strong>AFHU</strong> national<br />

board of directors. “Under Josh’s leadership,<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> will continue to build a broad community<br />

of Hebrew University supporters committed to<br />

educating future leaders, producing scientific and<br />

technological breakthroughs and building a better<br />

world through its outstanding contributions.”<br />

He added, “We are grateful to Beth McCoy for<br />

her 19 years of extraordinary leadership, and her<br />

role in <strong>AFHU</strong>’s strong fiscal and organizational<br />

position.”<br />

Greater MetroWest. Previously, Rednik held senior<br />

leadership roles in planned giving, endowment<br />

development, and major gift development at<br />

UJA-Federation of New York and The Jewish<br />

Federation of Greater Washington (Rockville,<br />

MD), where he began his career as Campaign<br />

Associate.<br />

“I’m thrilled and honored to lead <strong>AFHU</strong> into<br />

the future as the University approaches the<br />

centennial of its opening in 2025,” Rednik says.<br />

“Few organizations have accomplished so much<br />

and left such an indelible mark on humanity with<br />

award-winning research, visionary leadership,<br />

extraordinary facilities, brilliant faculties and<br />

dedicated students.”<br />

Rednik received his master’s degree in Social<br />

Service from Bryn Mawr College and graduated<br />

from Washington University with a bachelor’s<br />

degree in Psychology. A Certified Financial<br />

Planner professional, he received his Executive<br />

Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown<br />

University. Rednik lives in South Orange, NJ, with<br />

his wife and two children.<br />

Rednik brings more than 20 years of experience<br />

as an exceptional leader in the nonprofit sector<br />

to his role at <strong>AFHU</strong>. In his previous position,<br />

he served as Chief Development Officer at<br />

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization<br />

of America, where he supervised fundraising<br />

efforts in support of its programs and advocacy<br />

efforts in the U.S. and the Hadassah Medical<br />

Organization in Israel. Prior to that, he served<br />

as President and CEO of the Diabetes Research<br />

Institute Foundation and Executive Director of<br />

The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

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SPOTLIGHTS


PAGE 10<br />

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 11<br />

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas<br />

Nides Visits Hebrew University<br />

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides visited the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) on <strong>March</strong><br />

15, <strong>2022</strong>, his first visit to an Israeli academic institution. During the visit, Ambassador Nides met<br />

with senior University leaders – including the university’s President, Prof. Asher Cohen, its Vice-<br />

President Amb. Yossi Gal and its Rector, Prof. Barak Medina – as well as with prominent researchers<br />

and scientists. Ambassador Nides also met with university students and professors who take part in<br />

Embassy-sponsored programs and chatted with them about the importance of diversity and higher<br />

education.<br />

Following the visit, President Cohen shared, “Ambassador Nides met today with a wide array of<br />

Hebrew University students—ultra-orthodox men doing engineering degrees, East Jerusalem Arab<br />

women pursuing PhDs in the sciences, a political science class on Gender and Politics. This is what<br />

the United States of America and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem do best: provide people from<br />

all backgrounds the opportunity to succeed in life and to pursue their dreams of higher education.<br />

We are delighted the Ambassador came to visit and look forward to future engagements.”<br />

John Bauman and Sherry Norris<br />

New York, the city with eight million stories! John<br />

and Sherry share one of the better ones. They<br />

were both rent stabilized tenants in the same<br />

building when it was sold to a developer who was<br />

going to convert it to a cooperative. That’s how<br />

they met. John was president of the tenants’<br />

committee and, long story short, it had a happy<br />

ending: John and Sherry got married and they<br />

bought both of their apartments.<br />

John was very impressed with the people on the<br />

developer’s side of the conversion, all business<br />

people with law backgrounds. So, at age 34,<br />

he went to law school and graduated with<br />

honors. Then he called the developer and said,<br />

“Remember me?” He knew they would. They hired<br />

him and within three years, he was head of real<br />

estate for this real estate organization.<br />

Perhaps it was Beshert (Yiddish for “destiny”).<br />

After all, Sherry and John were both born in the<br />

same Brooklyn hospital!<br />

they have hosted numerous <strong>AFHU</strong> events, and<br />

welcomed many Hebrew University professors<br />

into their home. In addition, John has served<br />

on the <strong>AFHU</strong> National Board of Directors, the<br />

National Campaign Committee, the <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Southeast Region Advisory Committee, and<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Board of<br />

Governors.<br />

What has prompted this generosity of time and<br />

talent? “To be able to help young people in need is<br />

a great joy,” Sherry said. John added, “Look how<br />

fortunate life has turned out for us! Who would<br />

have thought that we would be in a position to<br />

support an institution like HU? Not in our wildest<br />

dreams!”<br />

And why HU? John stated, “There is no better<br />

way to support Israel than through support of<br />

education.” Sherry agreed, saying, “He said it<br />

perfectly. This is how we help Israel, and this is<br />

how our friends can help Israel too.”<br />

L-R: U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Thomas R. Nides, HU President, Prof. Asher Cohen, HU Rector, Prof. Barak Medina<br />

John grew up in Brooklyn: “I lived on a dead-end<br />

street... we didn’t have cul de sacs.” Sherry was<br />

raised in Queens. Her parents were European<br />

immigrants who eventually got to America<br />

via Ecuador. Sherry went on to have a very<br />

successful career as a teacher and special needs<br />

guidance counselor. She worked for 35 years in a<br />

New York City high school in Queens, where she<br />

was honored several times for her outstanding<br />

work.<br />

Both Sherry & John realize the value of a good<br />

education and they both share a love of Israel.<br />

John’s family has been involved in <strong>AFHU</strong> since the<br />

1950’s. Those ties and interests prompted them<br />

to support the Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

through <strong>AFHU</strong>. While Sherry and John’s giving<br />

has been primarily focused on scholarships, they<br />

have been generous with their time as well. They<br />

will soon lead a second <strong>AFHU</strong> mission to Israel,<br />

L-R: Sherry Norris, John Bauman, and their grandchildren


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 13<br />

William Schwab: A Study in Commitment<br />

later earned a Ph.D. in 1951 in English from the<br />

University of Wisconsin. Bill first traveled to<br />

Israel in 1955. “It was one of the greatest thrills<br />

to see Jewish sailors, airmen, and paratroopers—<br />

one of the most enriching moments of my<br />

life,” he said, adding. “As Jews, we must be<br />

very proud of what has been accomplished.”<br />

Bill started an academic career at Purdue<br />

University, was awarded three Fulbright grants,<br />

transitioned to Michigan State University, and<br />

helped open Oakland University in Michigan,<br />

where he taught English Literature and<br />

Linguistics. He later traveled to the Philippines<br />

to continue teaching, a time he regards<br />

as one of the most enriching and exciting<br />

opportunities of his life. “It was a wonderful<br />

career, and I was very happy in it,” Bill shared.<br />

After retirement, Bill moved to South Florida,<br />

having fallen in love with the area after several<br />

visits. It was there he began his passionate<br />

commitment to making the world a better<br />

place through philanthropy. “When I moved, I<br />

realized that I wanted to get more involved. It<br />

was a natural thing to do, knowing that there<br />

are people who desperately need help,” he said.<br />

His generosity began with the Jewish Federation<br />

of Broward County and expanded to other local<br />

organizations, as well as various Israeli institutions,<br />

including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

At 98, Bill continues to be a committed<br />

philanthropist and dedicated Zionist, always<br />

looking for ways to build a better future. “It is<br />

important for me to have a source of donating<br />

money to promote Jewish values, and above all<br />

to be able to resist and counter anti-Semitism.”<br />

That is why he chose to establish a bequest<br />

endowment in support of scholarships at the<br />

Hebrew University and why he encourages<br />

others to join him in supporting Israel’s premier<br />

university. Bill wants his support for Hebrew<br />

University students to continue for generations<br />

to come, knowing that support of HU students<br />

brings with it a commitment to a prosperous and<br />

secure future for Israel. As Bill said: “For the<br />

Jewish people, Israel is our hope for the future.<br />

There is nothing else—Israel is our country.”<br />

For William Schwab, Ph.D., a love of study<br />

and a commitment to the worldwide Jewish<br />

community motivate his wholehearted support<br />

for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “I always<br />

knew I wanted to establish a relationship with<br />

the Hebrew University from the time I learned<br />

of the Hadassah medical convoy massacre<br />

of 1948,” Bill said. “My mother belonged to<br />

Hadassah, so I knew of the hospital on Mt.<br />

Scopus. When I heard of the doctors, nurses, and<br />

others who were killed, I knew I had to support<br />

the hospital and the university,” Bill added.<br />

Commitment to the Jewish community is a<br />

tradition in Bill’s family. Born in 1923 in the<br />

German town of Bad Kreuznach, Bill has fond<br />

memories of his childhood, but these memories<br />

are overshadowed by the anti-Semitism that<br />

faced the town’s Jewish community and the<br />

threat of Nazism that continued to grow as Bill<br />

grew older. Despite the extremely low quota for<br />

Jewish refugees, Bill and his family were able<br />

to move to the United States when Bill was 14,<br />

escaping Germany shortly before Kristallnacht.<br />

They moved to Niagara Falls, settling in a<br />

duplex that was left to his mother by a family<br />

member. Bill realized his good fortune, feeling,<br />

“… a mixture of happiness that my parents<br />

made it, but sadness that many people did not.”<br />

Entering an American junior high school without a<br />

word of English, Bill knew that he had to learn the<br />

language to truly fit in, “I mastered pronunciation,<br />

and it worked,” he said. He attended college and<br />

L-R: William Schwab and Laura Abrams, <strong>AFHU</strong> Leadership Development Director


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 15<br />

Bob Harris Visits HU<br />

Isabell Adler: Worth The Wait<br />

Bob Harris, <strong>AFHU</strong> Midwest board member and HU<br />

Benefactor, visited Hebrew University on Sunday,<br />

January 24, <strong>2022</strong>. Standing beside him in the Mt.<br />

Scopus Botanical Garden are Hebrew University<br />

students: Ruti Lubin, Ortal Yerushalmy, Idan<br />

Carmon, and Sangita Roy Chowdhu (from left to<br />

right). These hardworking and achieving students<br />

are scholarship recipients of the Robert S. Harris<br />

Graduate Student Scholarship Endowment Fund,<br />

supporting graduate-level students in the faculties<br />

of Medicine, Science, and Dental Medicine,as well<br />

as at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain<br />

Sciences, and The Robert H. Smith Faculty of<br />

Agriculture, Food and Environment. Bob said “I<br />

wanted to catch up with the students. I had<br />

been visiting Hebrew University annually to<br />

meet with the students I have been helping.<br />

And with the pandemic I hadn’t been to Israel<br />

for while. I was so glad to catch up and be<br />

with the students; it was important for all<br />

of us to be together and the students were<br />

so grateful. You don’t want to miss that!”<br />

Bob also met with Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri,<br />

Vice President for Strategy and Diversity and Yossi<br />

Gal, Vice President for International Relations, to<br />

learn more about how the university is promoting<br />

diversity on campus. He said, “I was lucky enough<br />

to meet with Interesting people. Promoting<br />

diversity is so important for the future.”<br />

It’s never too late to pursue a dream, or to make<br />

a change for the better, as Isabell Adler proved<br />

last year.<br />

Isabell is a member of the <strong>AFHU</strong> Board, a longtime<br />

supporter of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,<br />

a beloved member of the <strong>AFHU</strong> family, and a<br />

respected member of the Jewish communities of<br />

New Jersey and South Florida.<br />

And on her 90th birthday, she became a Bat<br />

Mitzvah.<br />

Girls usually become a Bat Mitzvah at the age<br />

12 or 13. Much like the Bar Mitzvah for boys,<br />

becoming a Bat Mitzvah indicates that a young<br />

woman has learned Jewish ethics and tradition<br />

and that she is now expected to observe ritual<br />

law and participate in Jewish community life.<br />

With a full family life, personal involvement in<br />

her synagogue, and deep concern for Israel and<br />

her local communities, Isabell has led a rich and<br />

fulfilling life and, for most of that life, she did not<br />

feel that something was missing. As someone who<br />

has been so deeply involved in the synagogue<br />

and the community, however, Isabell found that<br />

becoming a Bat Mitzvah was a declaration of<br />

her lifelong commitment to making the world a<br />

better place and confirmation of her status as<br />

a student of the Torah with a deep love for her<br />

Jewish heritage.<br />

Click here to read the New Jersey Jewish <strong>News</strong><br />

article on this delightful story.


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 17<br />

Robert Efroymson: A Passion for Music<br />

If you were a former assistant district attorney<br />

with a background in computer science and an<br />

interest in nurturing innovative start-ups, what<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem program would<br />

ignite your passion? Why musicology, of course.<br />

Robert Efroymson has always had a passion for<br />

music: “I’m an alumnus of Washington University<br />

in St. Louis and was funding a program there,<br />

Visiting Israeli Professors, when I met Assaf<br />

(Prof. Assaf Shelleg, Senior Lecturer at the<br />

Department of Musicology at HU), who was<br />

the visiting professor at that time. We got to<br />

know each other and became friendly. On a<br />

later trip to the United States, Assaf visited me<br />

in New Mexico, accompanied by Yossi Maurey<br />

(Prof. Yossi Maurey, Chair of the Department<br />

of Musicology). We discussed musicology and<br />

the ideas behind the planned music cognition<br />

lab, but I couldn’t quite see the point.”<br />

A visit to Jerusalem and the Hebrew University’s<br />

Mt. Scopus campus established the need for the<br />

new lab: “Roni Granot (Prof. Roni Granot, Senior<br />

Lecturer of Musicology and researcher in music<br />

cognition) was able to clearly explain what was<br />

being researched and what was needed in the lab.<br />

Previous studies had focused on the responses<br />

of Western research subjects who were studied<br />

by Western researchers. Music is global, but<br />

styles vary greatly. Arab music, for example,<br />

doesn’t have our standard chord progression.<br />

What we call musical embellishments are, in<br />

fact, essential parts of a musical performance.”<br />

Robert added, “Once you realize the limitations<br />

of past studies, fundamental questions arise: Are<br />

there universal emotion-driven factors in music?<br />

How do we physically process emotional points<br />

in music? How does our cultural background<br />

influence our responses? After Roni explained<br />

the research and I was shown the current<br />

facilities—a windowless basement with a loud<br />

HVAC system nearby—I knew that I wanted<br />

to fund the lab and support its research.”<br />

The new Robert Efroymson Music Cognition<br />

Lab will pursue answers to those questions and<br />

many others. With a perspective that includes<br />

non-Western music studied by non-Western<br />

researchers, the lab hopes to cultivate the first<br />

generation of Israeli-Palestinian music cognition<br />

scholars. The cultural, emotional, and physical<br />

effects of music on performers and listeners will<br />

be studied. Incorporating the interdisciplinary<br />

approach that is a hallmark of HU studies, the lab’s<br />

research may yield exciting new insights in the<br />

fields of mental and physical therapy, neurological<br />

studies, and cross-cultural understanding.<br />

In addition to a career in law followed by software<br />

engineering, Robert is a patented inventor, an<br />

angel investor, and a musician/composer with<br />

a special interest in electronic music. Robert<br />

explained, “There used to be an electronic<br />

music lab at the Department of Musicology and<br />

when I visited, I saw a very early Moog modular<br />

synthesizer—probably the first in Israel, if<br />

not the first in the Middle East, but it’s sorely<br />

in need of repair. When travel circumstances<br />

are right, I’m going to grab my voltmeter, my<br />

oscilloscope, and my soldering iron, jump on a<br />

plane to Jerusalem and refurbish that instrument.<br />

I can’t wait to hear that Moog play music again!”<br />

Robert is a committed and generous supporter of<br />

the Department of Musicology, but he has relatives<br />

who preceded him in their support for HU: “My<br />

great uncle Clarence was a supporter of the<br />

Hebrew University; it’s a bit of a family tradition.”<br />

With such a varied background and having<br />

previously served as Chair of the New Mexico-<br />

Israel Business Exchange, it’s not surprising that<br />

Robert is also interested in medical research, the<br />

Talpiot program (the university’s training program<br />

in the sciences for elite Israeli Defense Forces<br />

(IDF) recruits), and the exciting technological<br />

innovation that stems from HU research.<br />

“The breadth of HU research<br />

fascinates me. It reminds<br />

me of the quote from the<br />

Roman playwright Terence:<br />

“Homo sum, humani nihil a<br />

me alienum puto,—I am a<br />

man, I consider nothing that<br />

is human alien to me. But<br />

I guess that is kind of the<br />

point of a university: to have<br />

a variety of things going on.<br />

And there’s so much going<br />

on at HU; it’s amazing.”<br />

- Robert Efroymson


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 19<br />

Steven Freidkin: Education is Key<br />

Proud of his Jewish heritage, Steven Freidkin<br />

recognizes the value of learning and places<br />

great importance upon education. Helping others<br />

benefit from an education plays a central role in<br />

his philanthropic work in the United States and in<br />

Israel through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

Steven’s connection with the Hebrew University<br />

was several years in the making: “About seven<br />

years ago, an <strong>AFHU</strong> regional board member<br />

reached out to me, suggesting that it might be a<br />

good idea for me to get involved. I began learning<br />

about <strong>AFHU</strong> and HU, then discovered that HU’s<br />

academic programming is particularly strong in<br />

science, technology, and entrepreneurship—<br />

three things I’m passionate about.”<br />

Steven appreciates the Jewish traditions of<br />

educational achievement and asking questions.<br />

These values are the motivation for his support of<br />

scholarships for Jewish students at the Hebrew<br />

University: “My grandmother was a Holocaust<br />

survivor. She wasn’t traditionally religious, but<br />

she placed great value on her Jewish identity. It<br />

was her legacy to me and to future generations.<br />

Yet, I find that many younger American Jews<br />

treat this legacy as an afterthought or may<br />

even be ashamed of it. My wife and I want<br />

to encourage people to be proud Jews—to<br />

share their heritage and to learn from their<br />

traditions and values. Supporting the university<br />

achieves this goal. We wanted to help those<br />

who cannot afford an education, regardless of<br />

religious background. We have been fortunate<br />

to be able to provide support for people who<br />

lack funding and or access to education due<br />

to culture strictures and life circumstances.”<br />

Steven added, “In the Middle East, women<br />

and minorities are often denied access to<br />

education, but the Hebrew University is open<br />

to all those who wish to learn. HU is a firstclass<br />

educational institution, centrally located<br />

in Israel. It is an inclusive university open to<br />

Jews and non-Jews from Israel, the Middle<br />

East, and the world. The Hebrew University is<br />

raising the standard of education in the region<br />

while helping to create the next generation of<br />

proud Jews, and the innovation coming out of<br />

HU is changing lives for the better. Keep the<br />

innovation coming and share it with the world!”<br />

Steven is also committed to promoting<br />

education in the United States. Having<br />

an interest in technology from a young<br />

age, Steven began working at age 13,<br />

eventually becoming CEO of Ntiva, which<br />

provides managed IT services, hosting,<br />

cybersecurity, and compliance for thousands<br />

of commercial and non-profit organizations.<br />

As CEO of Ntiva, Steven and his team are helping<br />

to bring educational and job opportunities to<br />

regions in the U.S. where the culture has not<br />

nourished the value of education. “In large parts of<br />

our country beautiful places full of good people—<br />

plants and mills have shut down, opioid addiction<br />

has shot up, and there seems little hope for the<br />

future,” said Steven, adding, “The few people who<br />

have received a decent education leave for jobs<br />

outside the region. We want to stop this drain<br />

upon communities located across the country.”<br />

The Ntiva team realizes they must begin early<br />

to make a real difference and currently have<br />

programming in two wonderful West Virginia<br />

communities: “Starting in middle school, we<br />

show students the value of an education. Once<br />

they receive their high school diplomas, we<br />

encourage them to move on to the University<br />

of West Virginia and participate in the Learn<br />

and Earn program, where they are taught about<br />

IT infrastructure, earn a two-year degree, and<br />

participate in an internship program that provides<br />

on-the job training with wages that more than<br />

offset the cost of their degree. If participants<br />

earn their degree and have a good performance<br />

record with Ntiva, we will guarantee them a job<br />

that will allow them to remain in the area. Our goal<br />

is to help develop talented people who can build<br />

careers in their own communities.” Steven added,<br />

“We’ve been very pleased with the program’s<br />

results in West Virginia. In the next five years,<br />

we plan on expanding the program to at least<br />

10 additional locations across the United States.”<br />

Steven’s comments about Ntiva’s corporate and<br />

philanthropic philosophy are applicable both to the<br />

Learn and Earn program in the United States and<br />

to his support of Hebrew University scholarships:<br />

“We’re here for the long run. We’re not just trying<br />

to do the right thing by being a phenomenal,<br />

nationwide IT services provider, we’re trying to<br />

grow people. That’s the real reason why we exist.”


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Gathering with Israel Consul General<br />

to the Midwest<br />

On Tuesday, <strong>March</strong> 1, Consul General of Israel<br />

to the Midwest, Yinam Cohen, convened local<br />

officials, senior executives, and administrators<br />

for a discussion led by Professor Mona Khoury-.<br />

Kassabri, Vice President of Strategy and Diversity<br />

at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the<br />

Frances and George (z”l) Katz Family Chair at the<br />

Paul Baerward School of Social Work and Social<br />

Welfare, to offer and exchange best practices<br />

focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.<br />

“We are all facing a reality where we need to<br />

get innovative about how to bridge gaps among<br />

the different groups that make up our countries<br />

and societies. Not because it is good for the<br />

economy, but because it is the right thing to do,”<br />

shared Cohen.<br />

Chicago Mayor’s office, World Business Chicago,<br />

Sterling Bay, University of Chicago, City Colleges<br />

of Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University,<br />

Northwestern University, University of Illinois at<br />

Urbana Champaign, and more than a half dozen<br />

top universities across the Midwest attended.<br />

Marquis Miller, Chief Diversity Officer of the<br />

City of Chicago shared, “The Israeli Consulate<br />

in Chicago has been a leader in the community<br />

for convening community partners to address<br />

trauma, justice, and healing.”<br />

“At the end of the day, there is no need to<br />

agree on everything in order to partner in the<br />

abundant work ahead of us in Diversity, Equity,<br />

and Inclusion,” added Cohen.<br />

Prof. Kassbari was recently appointed the firstever<br />

Arab woman to serve as Vice President at<br />

the institution. More than 40 attendees convened<br />

to hear about the innovative strategies Israel<br />

implements to integrate minorities: Christian and<br />

Muslim Arabs, Ethiopian Jews, ultra-orthodox,<br />

and people with disabilities into campus life and<br />

society.<br />

L-R: Judith Shenkman, Daniel Schlessinger, Professor Mona Khoury-Kassbari, Matt Cohen<br />

“From Jerusalem to Chicago we share different<br />

challenges yet many of them are relevant to<br />

Chicago as integration is a universal goal. If you<br />

want to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion,<br />

you should speak the language of the other by<br />

knowing their values, their beliefs, and letting<br />

them practice what they believe in” shared Prof.<br />

Kassbari.<br />

The forum created an open channel to discuss<br />

both local and global opportunities and<br />

challenges, as DEI professionals from the City of<br />

L-R: Deputy Consul General Daniel Aschheim, Marquis Miller, Consul General Yinam Cohen, Professor Mona<br />

Khoury-Kassbari, Daniel Schlessinger


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Lighting The Way<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> leaders are catalysts for progress at the<br />

Hebrew University. Some are HU alumni, others<br />

give to Israel’s leading university to continue<br />

family traditions, but all are moved by the<br />

tremendous work happening on campus. And<br />

like the university, these leaders inspire and<br />

illuminate, lighting the way for us today and for<br />

generations to come. Meet Renae Jacobs-Anson,<br />

one of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s inspiring leaders, and learn what<br />

motivates her to help advance HU’s tradition of<br />

innovation.<br />

We are always looking for more leaders to<br />

highlight. If you know someone we should profile<br />

or would be willing to help us by taking a few<br />

minutes to participate yourself, please contact<br />

us at info@afhu.org.<br />

www.afhu.org/lighting-the-way<br />

Matt Cohen: Associate Executive<br />

Director, Midwest Region<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University is<br />

pleased to welcome Matt Cohen as the new<br />

Associate Executive Director of the Midwest<br />

Region. A life-long Chicagoan, Matt is an<br />

experienced fundraiser who has been fortunate<br />

to work with many accomplished development<br />

professionals, most recently as Director of<br />

Development at the American Committee for the<br />

Weizmann Institute of Science. He has a master’s<br />

degree in Biochemistry from the University of<br />

Wisconsin – Madison and received High Honors<br />

for his dual B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Cell &<br />

Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan<br />

– Ann Arbor. Matt’s passions include outdoor<br />

hiking, biking, and camping; watching trash TV<br />

with his wife, Amy; and coaching soccer and<br />

wrestling with his three children, Ezra, Audrey,<br />

and Emerson.<br />

Matt approaches life with enthusiasm and good<br />

humor, and that includes becoming a part of<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>’s Midwest team: “I am thrilled to be a<br />

part of a collaborative and dynamic team in the<br />

Midwest. In the immortal words of Michael Scott,<br />

‘They say on your deathbed you never wish you<br />

spent more time at the office – but I will.’”<br />

Welcome, Matt!


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Sparking Change and Igniting Impact<br />

Remembering Secretary Colin Powell z”l<br />

Awarded by the Harry S. Truman Research<br />

Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the<br />

Truman Peace Prize is presented to select<br />

individuals who contribute to the high ideals<br />

of human rights and international partnership.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>’s Mid-Atlantic Region was honored to<br />

present the award to former US Secretary of<br />

State, Colin Powell z”l in 2006.<br />

Igniting Impact: Supporting Social Initiatives<br />

at HU, is your a chance to support Tikkun<br />

Olam programs at the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem.<br />

The campaign propels three initiatives with<br />

direct social impact, including the Ethiopian<br />

Farmers Outreach Project, the Legal Clinic for<br />

Representation of Marginalized Communities,<br />

and GLOCAL: MA in Community Development<br />

Internships and seed funding for alumni projects.<br />

With a fundraising goal of $150,000 for the three<br />

initiatives, <strong>AFHU</strong> is 20% of the way there, thanks<br />

to Igniting Impact Committee members Julie<br />

Leizman, Emma Joels, Shanti Ariker ‘90, Josh<br />

Smith ‘07, <strong>AFHU</strong> President Clive Kabatznik ‘80,<br />

and Mindy Mann ‘76. Committee members, along<br />

with other <strong>AFHU</strong> supporters, created individual<br />

fundraising pages and reached out to their<br />

networks encouraging them to choose a project<br />

to support.<br />

On January 19, the program leaders hosted a<br />

webinar where participants had the opportunity<br />

to learn more about each program and the impact<br />

they make in Israel and around the world.<br />

To learn how you can support Igniting<br />

Impact and get involved, please visit: afhu.<br />

org/igniting-impact.<br />

L-R: Secretary Colin Powell (z”l), and <strong>AFHU</strong> Scopus<br />

Award recipients Amb. Stuart and Wilma Bernstein<br />

Throughout his distinguished career, and in a<br />

wide variety of roles and positions, Secretary<br />

Powell contributed to these goals and their<br />

implementation around the world. His endeavors<br />

to manage and solve conflicts in such areas as<br />

the Middle East, Sudan, Congo, the Balkans,<br />

Cyprus, and Northern Ireland have had a lasting<br />

effect on the stability and possibilities for peace<br />

and prosperity in these areas.<br />

The Mid-Atlantic Region mourned his passing<br />

in October 2021. Together with his wife, Alma,<br />

Secretary Powell was a true Friend of the<br />

Hebrew University and to Israel.


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• Demonstrate willingness to be a Change<br />

Agent, driven to do well by doing good<br />

• Are between 35-50 years of age (with possible<br />

exceptions)<br />

Visit afhu.org/nextgeneration<br />

to learn more.<br />

The premier cohort of <strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD, our leadership<br />

empowerment and development initiative<br />

established to develop the next generation of<br />

leaders for American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University, has been a resounding success<br />

despite facing many pandemic-related logistical<br />

challenges. The LEAD experience was designed<br />

to include workshops, leadership training,<br />

educational seminars, and a curated trip to Israel,<br />

where participants would learn the dynamics of<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> and Hebrew University operations. Even<br />

in the face of COVID lockdowns and travel<br />

restrictions, a dynamic and dedicated group of<br />

women and men completed the LEAD program<br />

and are now implementing the lessons learned<br />

across the United States:<br />

In the Western Region, LEAD participant Milan<br />

Chatterjee has established a six-part Continuing<br />

Legal Education (CLE) webinar series in<br />

partnership with <strong>AFHU</strong>, the Hebrew University<br />

Faculty of Law, and the American Association<br />

of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists (AAJLJ). Milan<br />

serves on the Executive Committee of American<br />

Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists and is the<br />

Regional Vice President of the Western Region of<br />

AAJLJ. This new series, featuring HU Faculty of<br />

Law professors speaking on diverse legal topics,<br />

has attracted hundreds of new participants from<br />

across the country.<br />

The Southeast Region has been fortunate to<br />

add three LEAD participants to its Advisory<br />

Committee: Julie Leizman, Dr. Daniel Leizman, and<br />

Shlomo Nizahon. These members add valuable<br />

input and ideas to the region’s activities and we<br />

look forward to their continued leadership roles<br />

within the organization. In addition, Julie Leizman<br />

joined <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Igniting Impact Committee,<br />

designed to expand support for Tikkun Olam<br />

programs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

Jorge Cohen, based in the Pacific Northwest<br />

Region, is an active member of the regional<br />

board. Jorge serves as the lead on the regional<br />

Marketing and Events Workgroup and takes an<br />

active role in engaging his Google colleagues with<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>. Jorge’s expertise has proven extremely<br />

useful in both the Pacific Northwest as well as in<br />

the LEAD group.<br />

To expand and strengthen the next generation of<br />

leadership, LEAD member Sam Rank, Mid-Atlantic<br />

Region, recently met with Executive Director<br />

Maggie Bolstad and CEO Beth McCoy. Sam<br />

spoke of his understanding of the role a board<br />

can and should play in an organization’s success.<br />

This insightful meeting helped pave the way for<br />

new ideas and growth in the region.<br />

At the Northeast Region’s recent board meeting,<br />

LEAD member Marty Pollak provided an update<br />

on the LEAD group. Along with his LEAD mentor,<br />

George Schieren, Marty spoke to the board<br />

about the importance of the LEAD program and<br />

the steps needed to recruit and engage the next<br />

generation of leaders.<br />

Nominations for <strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD Cohort II are now<br />

open. If you or someone you know meet the<br />

following criteria, please consider submitting an<br />

application. Qualifications:<br />

• Possess the drive and capacity to assume a<br />

leadership position<br />

• Express commitment to and interest in Israel,<br />

innovation, and global solutions that will<br />

change the world<br />

• Willing to spend time on designated LEAD<br />

activities, including three U.S.-based seminars<br />

and a week-long group trip to Israel to visit<br />

the Hebrew University.<br />

Members of LEAD Cohort I


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NEWS & UPDATES


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HU <strong>News</strong> & Updates<br />

University Of Illinois System and Hebrew<br />

University Launch Second Round of Joint<br />

R&D Teams<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the<br />

University of Illinois System awarded $200,000 to<br />

four new interdisciplinary research teams to drive<br />

innovation and advance collaboration between the<br />

universities. This is the second round of a seedgrant<br />

program that began in 2019.<br />

This joint research initiative was created to<br />

accelerate economic development by advancing<br />

innovative technologies at the two universities.<br />

The funded projects will focus on medical and<br />

agricultural breakthroughs that: prevent and<br />

cure infectious diseases while reducing antibiotic<br />

resistance; prevent chronic tissue injuries and<br />

improve cell therapy; modify bitter tastes in food<br />

while maintaining the healthy bitter compounds;<br />

and boost photosynthetic efficiency to increase<br />

crop yields.<br />

Future Meat Raises $347 Million to Make<br />

Cell-Grown Meat in U.S.<br />

In December 2021, Future Meat Technologies<br />

raised $347 million in a Series B round to build<br />

a U.S. production facility to make its cell-grown<br />

meat products.<br />

The investment was co-led by ADM Ventures,<br />

part of agriculture giant Archer-Daniels-Midland<br />

Co., and an unnamed global tech investor,<br />

according to Hebrew University professor and<br />

Future Meat founder and Chief Executive Officer<br />

Yaakov Nahmias. Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest<br />

U.S. meat company, also participated.<br />

New Blood Test Detects Immune and<br />

Inflammatory Activity in Tissues<br />

When our immune systems are weakened, we’re at<br />

risk for illnesses and dangerous infections; when<br />

they’re overactive, we’re at risk for inflammation<br />

and autoimmune diseases. Therefore, accurate<br />

monitoring of our immune systems’ activity is vital<br />

to our health.<br />

Currently, the main way to test immune system<br />

health is via blood testing. However, these blood<br />

tests often fail to catch immune system activity in<br />

the body’s remote tissues, such as those found in<br />

bone marrow, lymph nodes, and other organs. In<br />

those cases, patients must follow up with invasive<br />

measures, such as biopsies and expensive<br />

imaging modalities such as PET/CT scans and<br />

MRIs. Even then, such advanced testing doesn’t<br />

always detect the problem.<br />

A group of scientists, led by Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem MD/Ph.D. student Ilana Fox-Fisher and<br />

Professor Yuval Dor at HU’s Institute for Medical<br />

Research developed a novel method to monitor<br />

remote immune processes within those remote<br />

tissues and organs. Their work was published in<br />

eLife, a selective, not-for-profit peer-reviewed<br />

open access scientific journal for the biomedical<br />

and life sciences.<br />

Hebrew University Physicist Wins Physics<br />

World’s 2021 Breakthrough of the Year<br />

Award<br />

Physics World, the leading physics magazine<br />

published by the UK-based Institute of Physics,<br />

awarded the 2021 Breakthrough of the Year<br />

prize to two research teams who advanced the<br />

understanding of quantum systems. Physics<br />

World editors chose the winners from nearly 600<br />

published research articles that demonstrated<br />

“important work for scientific progress and/or<br />

the development of real-world applications.” One<br />

of the teams, noted for their breakthrough of<br />

entangling two macroscopic vibrating drumheads,<br />

was led by Dr. Shlomi Kotler, now at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem’s Department of Applied<br />

Physics, along with John Teufel and colleagues<br />

at the US National Institute of Standards and<br />

Technology (NIST).<br />

Hebrew University Researchers Discover<br />

Bacterial State That May Lead to New Drugs<br />

While the battle to annihilate the coronavirus<br />

continues to dominate headlines, it’s important to<br />

remember there are also many types of bacteria<br />

threatening human health – our survival depends<br />

on the constant quest for new antibiotics that<br />

can destroy them. Recent research provides an<br />

important insight into the complex response of<br />

bacteria to antibiotics and opens the possibility<br />

of developing a novel and more effective class of<br />

drugs to combat major bacterial diseases.<br />

Antibiotics fall into two categories: bactericidal<br />

drugs that kill the bacteria and bacteriostatic<br />

drugs that disrupt the bacteria’s ability to multiply,<br />

allowing our immune system to provide the lethal<br />

blow. Both antibiotics push bacteria to a neardeath<br />

state before their final elimination. Under<br />

this life-threatening stress, according to research<br />

led by Professor Nathalie Q. Balaban and Ph.D.<br />

student Yoav Kaplan at the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem, bacteria enter a “disrupted”<br />

state where they function very differently from<br />

normal bacteria. The breakthrough findings were<br />

published in Nature.<br />

Hebrew University Uncovers Ancient Warfare<br />

and the Assyrian Conquest of Lachish<br />

In ancient times, the Assyrians were one of<br />

the Near East’s superpowers, controlling a<br />

landmass that stretched from Iran to Egypt. They<br />

accomplished this feat with military technologies<br />

that helped them win any open-air battle or<br />

penetrate any fortified city. During the ninth to<br />

the seventh centuries BCE, the siege ramp, an<br />

elevated structure that enabled the Assyrians to<br />

haul battering rams up to the enemy’s city walls<br />

and let soldiers wreak havoc on their enemies,<br />

was the key to their success.<br />

In Israel, a team of archaeologists reconstructed<br />

the Assyrian siege ramp at Lachish. The team, led<br />

by Professor Yosef Garfinkel and Dr. Madeleine<br />

Mumcuoglu of the Institute of Archaeology at the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professors<br />

Jon W. Carroll and Michael Pytlik of Oakland<br />

University, U.S., recreated methods that the<br />

Assyrian army may have used to build the ramp<br />

that helped conquer the city of Lachish. The<br />

team drew on a number of sources about this<br />

historical event, using the outstanding amount<br />

of data in biblical texts (2 Kings 18:9–19:37;<br />

2 Chronicles 32; Isaiah 36–37), iconography<br />

(stone reliefs depicting Assyrian battle scenes),<br />

Akkadian inscriptions, archeological excavations,<br />

and 21st-century drone photographs. They<br />

published their findings in the Oxford Journal of<br />

Archaeology.<br />

Generic, Cancer-Killing Israeli Drug<br />

Approved for Marketing by FDA<br />

The American Food and Drug Administration<br />

approved a groundbreaking, complex, generic<br />

drug indicated for the treatment of ovarian<br />

cancer, multiple myeloma, and Kaposi’s Sarcoma.<br />

Ayana’s Doxorubicin-HCI Liposomal Injection will<br />

now be available in the U.S. market. The drug is<br />

a modified chemotherapy treatment that targets<br />

cancer cells directly, thereby reducing side<br />

effects.<br />

The drug was developed by Hebrew University<br />

Prof. Yechezkel Barenholz, winner of the 2020<br />

EMET Prize for exact sciences and a global<br />

expert in biochemistry, nanotechnology, and drug<br />

development. Barenholz is also the inventor of<br />

Doxil, the world’s first nanotechnology drug, that<br />

was approved by the FDA in 1995. Doxorubicin-<br />

HCI is the generic version of Doxil, which was<br />

first produced by Johnson & Johnson.


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ASPER – HUJI Innovate, the Hebrew<br />

University Center for Innovation<br />

& Entrepreneurship, Receives the<br />

“Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship<br />

Center” Award<br />

ASPER – HUJI Innovate, the Hebrew University<br />

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship,<br />

received the 2021 award for Outstanding<br />

Emerging Entrepreneurship Center alongside Yale<br />

University and East Carolina University. The award<br />

was announced during the Global Consortium of<br />

Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) conference,<br />

an event organized by top academic innovation<br />

organizations from around the world. GCEC<br />

comprises entrepreneurship centers from more<br />

than 300 universities and presents awards to the<br />

leading centers on an annual basis.<br />

HU Congratulates Former Faculty Member<br />

Joshua Angrist on Winning Nobel Prize in<br />

Economics<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem congratulated<br />

Professor Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens,<br />

along with David Carr, on being awarded the 2021<br />

Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in<br />

Memory of Alfred Nobel. The award was given for<br />

their methodological contributions to the analysis<br />

of causal relationships and empirical contributions<br />

to labor economics, respectively. Angrist spent<br />

several years at HU, serving as a Senior Lecturer<br />

in Economics from 1991-1995 and Associate<br />

Professor at HU’s Economics Department from<br />

1995-1996 before returning as a Lady Davis Fellow<br />

in 2004-2005.<br />

Hebrew University’s Eliezer Rabinovici<br />

Elected President of Cern Council—<br />

European Nuclear Research Organization<br />

The CERN Council announced the election of<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) physicist<br />

Professor Eliezer Rabinovici as its 24th President<br />

effective January <strong>2022</strong>. Based in Geneva,<br />

Switzerland, CERN is the largest nuclear particle<br />

research center in the world.<br />

Professor Rabinovici is a professor at HU’s<br />

Racah Institute of Physics and the Louis Michel<br />

visiting chair at the Institut des Hautes Études<br />

Scientifiques (IHES). He received his Ph.D. in<br />

high-energy physics at the Weizmann Institute<br />

of Science in 1974 before working as a research<br />

associate at Fermilab and at Lawrence Berkeley<br />

Radiation Laboratory. In 1977, Rabinovici returned<br />

to Israel and the Hebrew University as a senior<br />

lecturer, where he later served as Racah’s<br />

Director from 2005 to 2012.<br />

Newly Found Ancient Human Rewrites Story<br />

of Evolution<br />

A team of researchers, including Dr. Yossi Zaidner<br />

from Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology,<br />

discovered a previously unknown type of ancient<br />

human in Israel. The archaeological finds include<br />

part of a skull and jaw from an unknown group<br />

of hominins who lived alongside our species<br />

approximately 140,000 years ago. The study<br />

suggests that this ancient human, Nesher Ramla<br />

Homo, was the direct ancestor of Neanderthals.<br />

Bruno Award<br />

The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS)<br />

established the Michael Bruno Memorial Award<br />

in 1999 in memory of Professor Michael Bruno,<br />

after his untimely death in 1996. Professor Bruno<br />

served as Governor of the Bank of Israel from<br />

1986-1991, was awarded the Israel Prize for<br />

Economics, and served as Board Chair of the<br />

Rothschild Prizes Organization.<br />

This annual award seeks to identify and honor<br />

three outstanding young Israeli scholars who<br />

symbolize not only the excellence of scholarship<br />

but also possess leadership that has the potential<br />

to positively impact academic life in Israel beyond<br />

their specific fields of research. Each laureate is<br />

expected to present a proposal that details how,<br />

in conjunction with the IIAS, they will continue<br />

to pursue new fields of research to fulfill their<br />

academic goals.<br />

Last year, Mona Khoury-Kassabri, VP of Strategy<br />

and Diversity, was among the award recipients<br />

for her research at HU’s School of Social Work &<br />

Social Welfare.<br />

Hebrew University Scientist’s Autism<br />

Research Provides Potential for Earlier<br />

Pediatric Diagnosis<br />

Dr. Haitham Amal, Head of the Laboratory of<br />

Neuromics, Cell Signaling, and Translational<br />

Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,<br />

is conducting crucial research into brain and blood<br />

alterations that are often markers for the onset<br />

of autism.<br />

Recently identified by The Marker magazine as one<br />

of the most promising Israelis under age 40, Amal<br />

has a string of accolades to his name. Both he and<br />

his research team continue to push the boundaries<br />

of what is known about this mysterious—and<br />

increasingly prevalent—syndrome.<br />

Prof. Amal is one of many researchers considering<br />

THC’s possible use as a therapeutic for the<br />

treatment of autism. His research shows that<br />

the incidence of autism in children has risen to<br />

approximately 1 in 56 births, and his research<br />

is attempting to gain greater understanding of<br />

autism as well as potential treatments.<br />

New Hebrew University Scholarship<br />

Announced in Honor of Prince Charles’<br />

Grandmother<br />

During a recent visit to the UK, Israeli President<br />

Isaac Herzog met with Prince Charles to discuss<br />

climate change, regional threats, and Holocaust<br />

education.<br />

Herzog also announced a Hebrew University<br />

scholarship dedicated to Prince Charles’<br />

grandmother, Princess Alice. Yad Vashem has<br />

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In Case You Missed It<br />

HU Professor Wins Massry Prize<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>’s pride was showing on December 18,<br />

when Prof. Liran Carmel of the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem’s Alexander Silverman Institute of<br />

Life Sciences received the 2021 Massry Prize<br />

in a ceremony held at Beverly Hills City Hall.<br />

Prof. Carmel was awarded the Massry Prize in<br />

recognition of his contributions to the study of<br />

ancient DNA. He is a professor of computational<br />

biology at the Hebrew University, where he<br />

researches various topics in molecular evolution,<br />

with a focus on human evolution and what makes<br />

us human. Prof. Carmel is one of the founders of<br />

paleo-epigenetics, a a field of study dedicated to<br />

the reconstruction of epigenetic signals in ancient<br />

genomes with the goal of providing insight into<br />

how ancient environments and cultural practices<br />

may have affected the health of our ancestors.<br />

He has been a professor at the Hebrew University<br />

since 2008.<br />

Established by Dr. Shaul Massry, professor<br />

emeritus of medicine at the Keck School of<br />

Medicine of the University of Southern California,<br />

the Meira and Shaul G. Massry Foundation’s<br />

mission is to promote education and research<br />

in nephrology, physiology, and related fields.<br />

The Massry Prize was established by the<br />

Foundation in 1996 to acknowledge outstanding<br />

contributions to the biomedical sciences and<br />

the advancement of health. The Massry Prize<br />

is awarded each year to researchers who have<br />

contributed to a specific topic, with ancient DNA<br />

the topic for 2021. Awardees are selected by a<br />

committee of distinguished professors from the<br />

University of Southern California (USC) and the<br />

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Only<br />

three Israelis are among the previous Massry<br />

Prize awardees, including 12 recipients who have<br />

gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.<br />

Homer Simpson Was Right<br />

HU’s Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain<br />

Sciences pioneered one of the most promising<br />

continuous attractor networks (CAN) theories in<br />

neuroscience, helping us understand how neuron<br />

activity helps us form our capacity mental maps.<br />

Surprisingly, after researching a network of grid<br />

cells, neuroscientists have found that the pattern<br />

of neural activity is shaped like the surface of a<br />

doughnut!<br />

Women Make Gains<br />

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants<br />

provide needed support to younger researchers<br />

who are launching their projects. This year,<br />

female recipients won 43% of the approximately<br />

400 grants awarded. Among them were two HU<br />

researchers: Dr. Yonit Hochberg, of the Faculty<br />

of Mathematics & Sciences, and Dr. Mor Nitzan,<br />

School of Computer Science and Engineering.<br />

Animal-Free Drug Testing<br />

Israel startup Quiris—a partner with Hebrew<br />

University drug-discovery spinoff NewStem—has<br />

unveiled the first AI platform-based, animal-free<br />

method to evaluate the safety and efficacy of<br />

new drugs.<br />

Bronze Age Shipwreck Reveals Ancient Trade<br />

Routes<br />

HU researchers find a 3,200-year-old shipwreck<br />

that has revealed an elaborate Bronze Age trading<br />

network in the Mediterranean basin.<br />

Plant-Based “Seafood” isn’t a Fishy Idea<br />

HU Prof. Berta Sivan is among several Israeli<br />

scientists who are developing tasty alternatives<br />

to the world’s dwindling fish stocks.<br />

I’m Great at Making Decisions! …Or am I?<br />

Hebrew University alumnus and professor, and<br />

2002 Nobel Prize winner in economics, Daniel<br />

Kahneman tells you why you’re making bad<br />

decisions and how you can make better ones.<br />

A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom<br />

With California adopting legislation to bring more<br />

women into corporate boardrooms, HU Prof.<br />

Miriam Schwartz-Ziv, shares some of the positive<br />

effects of a similar Israeli law.<br />

Do you Want (Me to Print) Fries with That?<br />

Vegan burgers made to order via a 3D printer?<br />

Coming right up!<br />

HU professors Oded Shoseyov and Ido<br />

Braslavskof are among the founders of Israelibased<br />

firm SavorEat, and they are ready to print<br />

a custom burgers just for you.<br />

Rx: Cannabis<br />

Canonic Ltd., an Israeli company developing<br />

medical Cannabis products through<br />

Computational Predictive Biology (CPB),<br />

announced positive results in possible treatments<br />

for inflammation and pain. The studies were<br />

conducted at Hebrew University/Hadassah<br />

Medical Center and the Migal - Galilee Research<br />

Institute.<br />

HU Researchers Say Pontius Pilate Built<br />

Aqueduct<br />

New evidence suggests that Jerusalem’s ancient<br />

Biar Aqueduct was built by Roman prefect<br />

Pontius Pilate.<br />

Trying to Make Black Holes a Bit Less of a<br />

“Black Hole”<br />

Prof. Tsvi Piran of the Hebrew University’s Racah<br />

Institute of Physics shares his insights into recent<br />

NASA studies on the nature of black holes.<br />

Psychedelics as Medicine<br />

Using a bioreactor invented at HU’s The<br />

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

and Environment, the Israeli startup PsyRx is<br />

producing psychedelic botanic extracts to treat<br />

illness like depression and PTSD.


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ESTATE PLANNING


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Estate Planning with an IRA:<br />

Elimination of the Stretch<br />

Neal Myerberg<br />

Principal, Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors<br />

THE SECURE ACT – ELIMINATION OF THE<br />

“STRETCH” IRA<br />

Inherited retirement account distributions to<br />

a large category of beneficiaries must now be<br />

taken within 10 years and the holder can no<br />

longer stretch out the withdrawals and required<br />

tax payments on each distribution over the<br />

beneficiary’s life expectancy. Thus, the annual<br />

amounts payable to heirs who inherit the IRA will<br />

be larger and the tax costs greater.<br />

For those who wish to leave retirement plan<br />

assets to their spouse or children, there are<br />

limited exceptions to the elimination of the stretch<br />

IRA inherited beneficiary rules:<br />

• Surviving spouse of original owner<br />

• Minor child (not grandchild) of original owner<br />

(10- year term applies once the child reaches<br />

majority)<br />

• Less than 10 years younger than original owner<br />

• Disabled/chronically ill (as defined)<br />

Given the elimination of the “Stretch” IRA, a<br />

charitable remainder trust (CRT) ought to be<br />

considered to provide an alternative plan. The<br />

IRA/401(k) assets would be transferred to the<br />

trust after the owner’s lifetime. Annual lifetime<br />

annuity or unitrust amounts will be made payable<br />

to beneficiaries at a qualified fixed lifetime/s<br />

rate. Payments will be taxed to the beneficiaries<br />

annually as reported on Forms K-1. Some of the<br />

annual payments may be tax preferred.<br />

If exceptions to the elimination of the “stretch”<br />

rules do not apply, a charitable remainder trust<br />

can expand the payment term beyond the 10-year<br />

term and provide estate and tax planning benefits.<br />

A CRT is an irrevocable, tax-exempt entity that<br />

provides fixed rate payments for the life or lives of<br />

named individuals. Alternatively, some CRTs may<br />

run for a term that cannot exceed twenty years.<br />

With a term of years CRT, the beneficiaries, for<br />

example, may be grandchildren born before the<br />

CRT is funded and becomes operational and<br />

grandchildren born after the CRT commences.<br />

One of the advantages in funding a CRT with<br />

highly appreciated property is the avoidance of<br />

taxable gains at the time of contribution. The<br />

withdrawal and distribution of qualified plan<br />

assets to a CRT would not be susceptible to<br />

capital gains tax.<br />

There are two types of CRTs. One, a charitable<br />

remainder annuity trust (CRAT), provides lifetime<br />

annual payments to individual beneficiaries based<br />

upon the fixed rate set out in the trust multiplied<br />

by the value of the assets contributed to the<br />

trust. Thus, if the value of the transfer from the<br />

IRA after the owner’s lifetime is $1 million and the<br />

rate is fixed at 6%, the CRAT will make annual<br />

payments in the amount of $60,000 throughout<br />

its term. These payments are not adjusted.<br />

They are fixed for the life/lives of the individual<br />

beneficiaries.<br />

The other, a charitable remainder unitrust<br />

(CRUT), has a feature that allows for the<br />

annual adjustment of payments to the individual<br />

beneficiaries. By law, the trust’s assets are<br />

revalued at the close of the calendar year (or<br />

early into the next year); and the revaluation<br />

amount is multiplied by the trust’s fixed rate to<br />

determine the succeeding year’s payments. If the<br />

trust investment returns for the year are greater<br />

than the required payout, the excess is added to<br />

trust principal and is included in the revaluation.<br />

For example, if the CRUT is initially funded with<br />

distributions from the IRA in the amount of $1<br />

million, and the unitrust rate is fixed at 7%, the<br />

payments for the first year (or a proration for the<br />

first year) would be $70,000. Assuming at the<br />

end of the year that the trust, after making its<br />

payments for that year, is revalued at $1.2 million,<br />

the payments to the individual beneficiaries<br />

for the immediately succeeding year would be<br />

$84,000 (7% of $1.2 million). It is important to<br />

recognize that there may be an annual revaluation<br />

that is lower than the entry value of the trust<br />

for the prior year, making payments for the next<br />

succeeding year lower than the preceding year.<br />

It is anticipated that the trust will keep pace with<br />

inflation.<br />

How is the CRT established and funded?<br />

The CRT may be established by directions in<br />

the owner’s will or trust or as an unfunded trust<br />

established during the owner’s lifetime, which<br />

will become effective once the trustee receives<br />

the retirement plan distributions. Either by direct<br />

beneficiary designation in the plan documents or<br />

by way of a distribution from the will or trust of<br />

the owner, a CRT will receive all or a portion of<br />

the assets in the plan after the owner’s lifetime.<br />

The challenge is fixing a rate for the CRAT or<br />

CRUT. Language would be required to set out<br />

a formula to determine the rate at the time the<br />

trust will be funded (i.e., as of the end of the<br />

owner’s lifetime). At present, there are IRS tests<br />

that must be met in order to fix a rate. The rate<br />

cannot be lower than 5%.<br />

A CRAT must pass two calculation tests when<br />

funded:<br />

• The 10% test – the present value of the<br />

charitable portion of the CRAT must be equal<br />

to or greater than 10% of the amount of the<br />

contribution to the trust<br />

• The 5% probability test – there cannot be a<br />

probability greater than 5% that the trust will<br />

run out of funds before its term ends<br />

A CRUT must only pass the 10% test. A CRUT can<br />

never mathematically run out of funds because<br />

it adjusts each year based on the revalued asset<br />

value.<br />

What we cannot know until the end of the<br />

owner’s lifetime is the IRS §7520 rate (known as<br />

the monthly Applicable Federal Rate or AFR) that<br />

influences the calculation of the fixed rate in the<br />

CRT. The AFR can change from month to month.<br />

Since we cannot know the month, after the death<br />

of the owner, that the trust will receive funding<br />

from the IRA, we must use language that sets<br />

out a formula that will take into account what the<br />

§7520 rate will be at that time.<br />

There will undoubtedly be a variety of planning<br />

possibilities to compensate for the elimination of<br />

the “stretch” IRA. The use of a CRT has been<br />

applicable in estate planning even before the<br />

“stretch” elimination, and estate and tax planning<br />

using a type of CRT is even more applicable for<br />

certain families now.<br />

With a CRT, the remainder interest (i.e., the<br />

amount in the trust when it ends) is paid over<br />

to named charitable organizations either without<br />

restrictions as to use or designated for a particular<br />

program or purpose. The remainder provision<br />

may direct that the charitable distributions be


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endowed. <strong>AFHU</strong> may be named as the remainder<br />

beneficiary of a CRT.<br />

Deciding upon a trustee for the CRT is a key<br />

component of the plan. The trustee may be<br />

an individual/s, a trust company, and even a<br />

charitable organization. If the charity is named<br />

as the trustee, it would require an irrevocable<br />

interest in a substantial portion of the remainder.<br />

The charity would engage a fiduciary agent (e.g.,<br />

a trust company) to administer the trust. The<br />

charity would not charge a commission or fee for<br />

trustee services.<br />

Partnering with a charity may prove to be of<br />

significant benefit to taxpayers going forward,<br />

particularly if they are not only interested in tax<br />

savings and succession planning but also in the<br />

importance of philanthropy. <strong>AFHU</strong> will be pleased<br />

to partner with you and to provide you with<br />

planning ideas to review with your legal, tax, and<br />

investment advisors.<br />

NOTE: ESTATE PLANNING IN <strong>2022</strong><br />

To date, the unified estate and gift tax credit will<br />

be $12.06 million per person for <strong>2022</strong>. Whether<br />

there will be a substantial reduction in the credit<br />

amount is still under consideration.<br />

For more information, please contact us at<br />

plannedgiving@afhu.org or 212.607.8524.


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Zack Bodner: Why Do Jewish<br />

travel. Even with a condensed schedule, he<br />

remembers loving his classes. In Hebrew class,<br />

Zack became close with many Argentinian<br />

students, especially after the Buenos Aires<br />

JCC bombing. During the class, not only did<br />

his Hebrew improve greatly, but he also used<br />

his Spanish to help translate. The Archaeology<br />

of Jerusalem was his favorite course because<br />

every week the class would take field trips to<br />

various archaeological sites around the city.<br />

Classes on Halakhah and the American media’s<br />

reporting on the Middle East conflict were also<br />

memorable for Zack. The impact was so strong<br />

that he still remembers papers he wrote at<br />

Hebrew University. He explains, “I was just talking<br />

to my daughter who’s 17 and a high school senior.<br />

She’s taking a biology class where they started<br />

to study eugenics, and it reminded me of a paper<br />

I wrote on eugenics for my Halakhah class.”<br />

After his semester at HU, Zack shifted his focus<br />

to studying the psychology of religion; a change<br />

inspired by his time at Rothberg. His first job after<br />

graduating from Yale was as a counselor on the<br />

same teen tour that took him to Israel. He later<br />

began working with teens at Los Angeles JCCs.<br />

Graduate school came next for Zack at<br />

Claremont Graduate University, where he<br />

studied philosophy of religion and theology.<br />

Zack later worked in Sacramento for California<br />

State Senator Tom Hayden. He remembers, “It<br />

was an incredible experience working for him,<br />

learning politics from the inside, and I parlayed<br />

that experience to working for AIPAC. I always<br />

knew I was going to do something with Israel, and<br />

I became the number two in the San Francisco<br />

AIPAC office for about a year.” He then became<br />

AIPAC Regional Director for 13 years before<br />

becoming the President and CEO of the Palo<br />

Alto JCC. Being in this position provides an<br />

opportunity to expand and experiment with<br />

‘Jewishness’ and allows Zack to have a positive<br />

influence on the future of American Jewish life.<br />

In October 2021, Zack released Why Do Jewish?<br />

A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood.<br />

Zack Bodner’s first trip to Israel was in high school<br />

on an 8-week long teen tour from LA. He fell in<br />

love with the country during the visit and knew he<br />

had to return. One of his trip counselors, whom<br />

he saw as a role model, had just finished studying<br />

at Hebrew University. As Zack recalls, “I looked<br />

up to him and said, ‘I’m going to come back.’” He<br />

continues, “There was no other option. I have a lot<br />

of respect for all the Israeli institutions of higher<br />

education, but I wasn’t looking to go anywhere<br />

else. I just wanted to go to Hebrew U and I wanted<br />

to go to Jerusalem. It was that clear in my mind.”<br />

He was true to his word. In 1994, Zack studied<br />

abroad at the Rothberg International School at<br />

Hebrew University and considers it a life changing<br />

experience. Until arriving in Jerusalem, he was<br />

struggling with what he wanted to do with his life.<br />

He explains, “It was really my experience in Israel<br />

where it clicked for me. I said, ‘…I want to do<br />

something impacting the Jewish people and Israel.<br />

That is my future.’ It was really my experience<br />

at Hebrew U that clarified that for me. Number<br />

one, professionally, but two, personally; it’s where<br />

I met not only the best friends of my life to this<br />

day, but the woman (Ronit) I ended up marrying.”<br />

While studying at Hebrew University, they<br />

both lived off campus in Kiryat HaYovel: Zack<br />

with five men and Ronit with five women. The<br />

group of 12 became best friends; they are still in<br />

touch with each other, and their children have<br />

become friends. Despite distance, they still<br />

try to get together as frequently as possible.<br />

Zack and several friends arranged their class<br />

schedule to be from Tuesday through Thursday,<br />

allowing for long weekends when they would<br />

Zack (second from right) and Ronit (second from left) with friends at Shabbat dinner.


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Zack talking about Zionism 3.0<br />

The book has three main components: “Why<br />

Do Jewish?”, “What is Jewish?”, and “How to<br />

Do Jewish?”. According to Zack, “In my mind,<br />

everything that we are doing and want to engage<br />

in, must enable us to answer the question: Why<br />

do Jewish? Why is it so important that we pass<br />

this on to our kids and our grandkids? Why do<br />

we really want them to get connected to Israel?<br />

I wanted to be able to answer that for myself,<br />

for my family, for my community.” He continued,<br />

“To me, we need a formula that will allow people<br />

to feel included. I didn’t just want to lay out the<br />

problems, I wanted to be able to provide solutions.<br />

We have to evolve to keep up with changing<br />

ethnographies, technologies, and sciences.”<br />

Zack believes we’re on the eve of a turning point<br />

in Judaism in America, which he discusses in the<br />

book. “I talk about the five factors that I think are<br />

contributing to why we are in this new moment,<br />

as well as how to respond to them. Then, the last<br />

section of the book is the “how?” I use the word<br />

TACHLIS, the “doing,” to create a framework for<br />

how to do Jewish, turning the word itself into<br />

an acronym. The T stands for tikkun olam, the<br />

A is art and culture, the C is community, the<br />

H is holidays and rituals, the L is learning, the I<br />

is Israel, and the S is Shabbat and spirituality.”<br />

If there’s one takeaway from his book, it’s to<br />

do ‘Jewish.’ For Zack, it doesn’t have to be<br />

overtly Jewish. He says, “Take Tikkun Olam—<br />

you can get involved with social justice or<br />

environmental justice, for example. Just don’t<br />

keep your Jewishness in the closet. Immigration<br />

issues right now are on people’s minds. Make<br />

sure people know you’re doing that because<br />

of your Jewish nashama (soul), right? Art and<br />

culture is another easy entry point. So many of<br />

us love bagels and lox, Jewish deli, the paintings<br />

of Chagall or Philip Roth books, for example.<br />

Start there and explore what comes next.”<br />

When thinking about the future, Zack hopes his<br />

three children spend a year at Hebrew University<br />

for several reasons. “I am a huge believer in gap<br />

years. I end my book with the next big Jewish<br />

idea, what I’m calling the ‘leap’ year. It’s a gap<br />

year, and ‘leap’ is an acronym for learning,<br />

experience, action, and peoplehood. For the<br />

Jewish people, one of the biggest challenges<br />

we’re facing today is the Israel diaspora rift, and<br />

one of the greatest ways to overcome that is<br />

by building real relationships. Israelis are already<br />

doing their gap year – the mechina programs –<br />

and it needs to be exported to diaspora Jews. We<br />

need to work into our ethos that a gap year is as<br />

normative as the bar/bat mitzvah. What’s unique<br />

about this leap year idea is that part of the time<br />

is spent in Israel and in the diaspora. The group is<br />

made up of Israelis and diaspora Jews. With this<br />

formula, our kids could be exposed to Israel and<br />

Israelis for a real, formulative experience. You’re<br />

also exposing Israelis to non-Orthodox Judaism.<br />

They get to see what American Jews have<br />

brought to Judaism over the last 70 years and<br />

can bring that back to Israel. Plus, it’s giving them<br />

time before college. A gap year experience, if<br />

made part of the normative way that Jews think,<br />

could be a game changer over the next 20 years.”<br />

The second reason Zack wants his kids and<br />

others to study at Hebrew University is because<br />

of Jerusalem, which he considers the heart<br />

and soul of the Jewish people. To understand<br />

Jewish history and Israel, you must start in<br />

Jerusalem. “I love Tel Aviv and spend lots of<br />

time there but, at its core, Jerusalem is what<br />

the Jewish people are all about. Hebrew U is<br />

the oldest and most prestigious university in<br />

Israel. It’s got great stories…and there’s so much<br />

history - I want my kids to have that experience<br />

too. I want them to feel it, not just be told... I<br />

want them to experience it for themselves.”<br />

Zack and Ronit<br />

Zack and Ronit with Hebrew U friends with spouses and kids in Brooklyn in 2011


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Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

International Alumni Association:<br />

Get more out of HU than just a world-renowned degree<br />

We never get tired of watching the first sparks<br />

of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: over the<br />

first days of each academic year, we see over<br />

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

countries come together at the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem’s six campuses. They are much more<br />

than that year’s class – they are, almost instantly,<br />

a new, unique, and vibrant community.<br />

You remember your first encounters: you<br />

looked around the room at people from diverse<br />

backgrounds, cultures, religions, and educational<br />

frameworks – all in Jerusalem, a city famous for<br />

its history, that also exudes that same exciting<br />

fusion. With your new classmates, you broke the<br />

ice, introduced yourselves perhaps with a shy<br />

smile, spoke English as a bridge between your<br />

own languages, and suddenly, the bonds began<br />

to form.<br />

Whether sitting in your Hebrew ulpan “crash<br />

course,” strolling through the Botanical Gardens,<br />

climbing Masada, or simply eating lunch in the<br />

Boyar courtyard, you quickly learned that – like all<br />

communities – you and other HU students shared<br />

a lot of common traits. You all came to Jerusalem<br />

with an eagerness to excel through the thrilling<br />

experience of studying abroad and a desire to<br />

expand your horizons beyond the predictable<br />

As one of our international recruiters has always<br />

said, “If we could bottle the energy and ‘vibe’ of<br />

those first weeks, we’d serve it in shot glasses at<br />

our recruitment fairs and, we would need to only<br />

offer just a sip!”<br />

So many ways to stay connected<br />

The International Alumni Association is dedicated<br />

to ensuring you don’t lose that momentum, those<br />

connections, and the relationships you built and<br />

enjoyed. While many of those bonds were social<br />

at their core, you’ll quickly discover that most<br />

turn out to yield professional opportunities along<br />

your future career path, such as networking,<br />

career opportunities, becoming an ambassador<br />

for HU, and more.<br />

Our International Alumni Association features<br />

several easy ways to help you stay connected,<br />

with our alumni database the most important. Get<br />

in touch with us today at intlalumni@savion.<br />

huji.ac.il, to keep your records updated. This<br />

lets us know how to contact you, your current<br />

areas of focus in academics or professionally, and<br />

where you are living and working.<br />

Once you provide this information, we can<br />

actively share updates with your class including<br />

alumni profiles, university news, networking<br />

opportunities, event, and other relevant updates.<br />

When our alumni keep us updated about their<br />

locations, we can also offer mentorship and<br />

leadership programs – via HU international<br />

offices around the world or online, conveniently<br />

scheduled by time zone – to provide additional<br />

resources and support in their respective fields.<br />

At the same time, we are, naturally, proud of<br />

each of our program graduates. We’re eager<br />

to hear your successes as you develop your<br />

expertise and apply what you’ve learned with us<br />

to challenges in your own country or around the<br />

world. More importantly, we want to help share<br />

that progress with your fellow students, the<br />

faculty members who can proudly recall guiding<br />

you along your path, and the global community<br />

of Hebrew University supporters who are always<br />

delighted to learn about the positive impact of<br />

their contributions to our institution. During our<br />

recruitment process, potential candidates often<br />

ask for names of alumni in their own countries<br />

who they can talk to and better understand the<br />

“ambiance” and specific challenges and benefits<br />

of coming to study in an international forum<br />

like ours. As an experienced graduate, you can<br />

help inform and guide these next-generation<br />

candidates, with just a quick chat.<br />

Think of us as a social platform!<br />

HU isn’t only about academic excellence and work<br />

paths – it’s about creating lifelong friendships.<br />

Our International Alumni Association is dedicated<br />

to helping you remember your experiences on and<br />

off campus and keeping in touch with friends.<br />

Whether through a “digital yearbook” or live/<br />

online reunions, we serve as a central touchpoint<br />

for you and your classmates as you complete<br />

your education, join the workforce, and move<br />

from one opportunity to the next. Additionally,<br />

we can host a social event or make it easy for<br />

you to reconnect on your own. No matter which<br />

option you choose, we’re happy to help maintain<br />

and strengthen those relationships for a strong,<br />

proud, and global HU community.<br />

We look forward to helping you reconnect<br />

with faculty, friends, and the broader Hebrew<br />

University community. While the time you<br />

spent on campus is in the past, we hope your<br />

connection to Israel and the university endures<br />

a lifetime.<br />

Find us on Social media:<br />

Facebook, LinkedIn or email us at: intlalumni@<br />

savion.huji.ac.il<br />

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SIGNATURE EVENTS


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

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NEXUS:ISRAEL <strong>2022</strong> Virtual Summit<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30, <strong>2022</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala<br />

April, 4 <strong>2022</strong><br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>), in keeping with its tradition of recognizing<br />

outstanding individuals, will present <strong>AFHU</strong>’s prestigious Scopus Award to Florence Kaufman on<br />

Monday, April 4th at The Breakers Palm Beach, 7 PM.<br />

The NEXUS:ISRAEL conference brings together thought leaders and the most innovative thinkers<br />

from across the United States, Israel, Europe, and Asia — with a special focus on sustainability —<br />

whose ideas and influence have the capacity for real change.<br />

Centered around the latest innovations and investment dynamics across key industries and technology<br />

trends, especially related to our collective sustainable future, the program will deliver fresh insights<br />

and a behind-the-curtain peek into Food Systems & Food Security, Health & Wellness, Climate & the<br />

Environment, ESG, Web 3.0, and more. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, we are focused on<br />

cutting-edge innovation and scientific discovery, a dedication that has put Israel at the forefront of<br />

sustainability research.<br />

LEARN MORE HERE<br />

In conferring its highest honor upon Florence, <strong>AFHU</strong> pays tribute to her and her family’s legacy.<br />

The Kaufman family has benefited so many in New York, Florida, and Israel and demonstrated a<br />

longstanding commitment to education and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

We invite you to be among the leaders who will help make our Scopus Gala an exciting and truly<br />

notable event.<br />

LEARN MORE HERE


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 55<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Mid-Atlantic Scopus Award Gala 52nd Annual George A. Katz Torch of<br />

Learning Award Luncheon<br />

FEATURING A DISCUSSION BETWEEN INVITED SPEAKERS<br />

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates and Ambassador Michael Herzog, Israel<br />

WITH PRESENTATION OF THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR PHILOSOPHIAE HONORIS CAUSA<br />

TO<br />

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG Z”L<br />

EVENT CHAIRS<br />

SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL & SENATOR NORM COLEMAN<br />

LEARN MORE HERE<br />

EVENT CO-CHAIRS<br />

H. Rodgin Cohen | Stephen M. Cutler | Adam O. Emmerich | Robert J. Jossen<br />

Brad S. Karp | Alan Levine | Martin Lipton | Jonathan L. Mechanic | James P. Rouhandeh<br />

John S. Siffert | Ira Lee Sorkin | Charles A. Stillman | Staci Yablon<br />

Celebrate Bob for a lifetime of distinguished service and recognize Stephanie for her leadership in<br />

the legal and business community. Your generosity will benefit the Hebrew University Faculty of<br />

Law, educating our future leaders, and the mission of its American Friends. The Torch of Learning<br />

Award, dedicated in memory of George A. Katz (z”l), honors outstanding lawyers who have made a<br />

significant impact in the legal profession and in the broader community.<br />

LEARN MORE HERE


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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 28 PAGE 57<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Mid-Atlantic Leaders of<br />

Distinction Award Gala<br />

May 18, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Regional Offices<br />

Northeast Region<br />

Mid-Atlantic Region<br />

199 Water Street, 11th Floor<br />

11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 640<br />

New York, NY 10038<br />

Rockville, MD 20852<br />

T: 212.607.8510<br />

T: 202.363.4600<br />

E: northeast@afhu.org<br />

E: midatlantic@afhu.org<br />

Philadelphia Office<br />

PO Box 2147<br />

Philadelphia, PA 19103<br />

T: 215.330.6722<br />

E: philadelphia@afhu.org<br />

Southeast Region<br />

100 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 865<br />

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309<br />

T: 561.750.8585<br />

E: southeast@afhu.org<br />

Midwest Region<br />

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2020<br />

Chicago, IL 60606<br />

T: 312.329.0332<br />

E: midwest@afhu.org<br />

Pacific Northwest Region<br />

548 Market Street, PMP 90944<br />

San Francisco, CA 94104<br />

T: 415.299.8691<br />

E: pacificnorthwest@afhu.org<br />

Western Region<br />

16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 715<br />

Encino, CA 91436<br />

T: 310.843.3100<br />

E: western@afhu.org<br />

Save the Date<br />

HONOREES<br />

Zev Davis, M.D.<br />

Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon<br />

Steven A. Kanner<br />

Founding Partner, Freed Kanner London & Millen, LLC<br />

DINNER COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS<br />

Lewis Collens | Michael J. Freed | Barry Golin | Karen Herbst | Sara Crown Star | Mary Ann Tuft<br />

The Leaders of Distinction Award reflects our honorees’ outstanding professional and personal achievements,<br />

commitment to humanity, and dedication to Israel and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as<br />

Israel’s foremost institution of higher learning and research.<br />

LEARN MORE HERE<br />

<strong>March</strong> 30, <strong>2022</strong><br />

April 4, <strong>2022</strong><br />

April 28, <strong>2022</strong><br />

May 10, <strong>2022</strong><br />

May 18, <strong>2022</strong><br />

June 10-15, <strong>2022</strong><br />

November 5, <strong>2022</strong><br />

NEXUS:ISRAEL <strong>2022</strong> VIRTUAL SUMMIT<br />

<strong>2022</strong> PALM BEACH SCOPUS AWARD GALA<br />

<strong>2022</strong> MID-ATLANTIC SCOPUS AWARD GALA<br />

52ND ANNUAL GEORGE A. KATZ TORCH OF LEARNING AWARD LUNCHEON<br />

<strong>2022</strong> MIDWEST LEADERS OF DISTINCTION AWARD GALA<br />

85TH INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF GOVERNORS<br />

WESTERN REGION MISSION TO PARIS AND ISRAEL


THANK YOU<br />

FOR YOUR<br />

SUPPORT!<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

199 Water St, 11th Floor | New York, NY 10038<br />

Tel. 212.607.8500 | www.afhu.org | info@afhu.org

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