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

Vol. 30 / <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


MOVES<br />


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

Letter from Leadership<br />




Dear Friends,<br />

Clive Kabatznik<br />


Marc O. Mayer<br />


Richard S. Ziman<br />


Kenneth L. Stein<br />

Ronald M. Zimmerman<br />


Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Marc O. Mayer<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />


James Matanky<br />

Joshua M. Olshin<br />


Michael S. Kurtz<br />



Ernest Bogen<br />

Rita Bogen<br />

Michael G. Jesselson<br />

Herbert L. Sachs<br />

Charles A. Stillman<br />

Stanley R. Zax<br />


Pamela N. Emmerich<br />


Richard D. Weinberg<br />

Alan Fiske<br />

Charles H. Goodman<br />

Brindell Gottlieb<br />

Brad Karp<br />

Ellen Klersfeld Hechtman<br />

Marla Lerner Tanenbaum<br />

Mark Vidergauz<br />



Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Michael S. Kurtz<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />

Whether it’s been cold and snowy or wet<br />

and windy, our long winter has now yielded<br />

to spring, and <strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong> reflects the<br />

upcoming season of new hopes and new<br />

beginnings.<br />

This issue includes news of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s future<br />

and its recent past, with an introduction<br />

to participants in the second cohort of our<br />

highly successful LEAD program and a recap<br />

of the Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala, where<br />

CEO Emerita Beth McCoy was fêted. <strong>News</strong><br />

of alumni activities, recent missions to Paris<br />

and the UAE, new directions in dentistry,<br />

and the story of the struggles and progress<br />

of Iraqi Jews are included in our stories and<br />

donor profiles. Also included are introductions<br />

to some of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s newest staff and, of<br />

course, this issue brings you the latest<br />

updates on the innovations flowing from the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s globally<br />

recognized research.<br />

Each issue of <strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong> reflects our<br />

commitment to the world-class academics<br />

and dynamic research found at HU, along<br />

with our support of the important role the<br />

university plays in Israeli society, a role that it<br />

has played since its founding nearly a century<br />

ago.We hope you enjoy this issue of <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

<strong>News</strong> and invite you to share it with friends.<br />

Thank you for your support of <strong>AFHU</strong> and<br />

for sharing our commitment to the Hebrew<br />

University. By working together with our<br />

dedicated partners at HU, we can help build<br />

a brighter future for Israel and a better<br />

tomorrow for people around the world.<br />

With best wishes,<br />

Joshua W. Rednik<br />

Chief Executive Officer

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 7<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Names Senior Fundraising<br />

Executive Alison Freed as Chief<br />

Development Officer<br />

Wilhelmina Waldman Joins <strong>AFHU</strong>’s<br />

Northeast Region<br />

Prior to joining <strong>AFHU</strong>, Freed was Executive<br />

Director of Development at Penn Medicine, the<br />

University of Pennsylvania Health System, where<br />

she supervised a 10-person team. Before that, she<br />

served as Senior Director for Fund Development<br />

at the Westchester Medical Foundation.<br />

Previously, she served as Vice President at CCS<br />

Fundraising, a leading fundraising consulting firm<br />

based in New York City.<br />

“I am thrilled to join the <strong>AFHU</strong> team,”<br />

Freed says. “It is exciting to lead a talented<br />

fundraising team and partner with a dedicated<br />

board as we prepare to celebrate the Hebrew<br />

University’s 100th year.”<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

(<strong>AFHU</strong>) has appointed fundraising management<br />

executive Alison (Ali) Freed as Chief Development<br />

Officer (CDO). She will report to <strong>AFHU</strong> Chief<br />

Executive Officer Joshua Rednik.<br />

“Ali is uniquely qualified for the new role of Chief<br />

Development Officer at <strong>AFHU</strong> with well over 20<br />

years of experience,” Rednik says. “Her skills as a<br />

major and principal gifts fundraiser coupled with<br />

her management expertise will be of great value<br />

in supporting the mission of Hebrew University.”<br />

Freed has prior experience in the Jewish<br />

community having worked at United Jewish<br />

Communities (now the Jewish Federations of<br />

North America) earlier in her career.<br />

She graduated from Columbia University with<br />

a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2004<br />

and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human<br />

Development and Family Studies from Penn State<br />

University in 1999.<br />

Veteran fundraising executive Wilhelmina Waldman<br />

was appointed philanthropic officer of American<br />

Friends of the Hebrew University’s Northeast<br />

Region. She is located in the New York office.<br />

Waldman has more than 20 years of management<br />

experience specializing in philanthropy and strategic<br />

planning. She works with the existing Northeast<br />

team, reporting to regional executive director Maura<br />

Milles.<br />

“Wilhelmina is a seasoned philanthropic<br />

executive who is an excellent addition to our<br />

Northeast Region team,” says Milles. “We<br />

welcome her to <strong>AFHU</strong> and look forward to her<br />

significant contributions to our organization.”<br />

Prior to joining <strong>AFHU</strong>, Wilhelmina served as the<br />

founding executive director of Well/Beings, a next-<br />

gen nonprofit focused on climate change. Prior<br />

to that, she was Vice President of Philanthropy<br />

for the ASPCA. In addition, Waldman has worked<br />

for a variety of Jewish and Israeli organizations<br />

throughout her career and currently serves on<br />

the advisory board of JIFA (Jewish Initiative for<br />

Animals).<br />

Waldman earned an MBA from New York<br />

University’s Wagner School of Public Service and<br />

a B.A. in International Relations with a focus on<br />

Middle Eastern and Judaic studies from The George<br />

Washington University. She lives with her family in<br />

Glen Ridge, N.J.

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 9<br />

Anonymous, but Not Silent: A Savvy<br />

Philanthropist Discusses the Hebrew<br />

University and Israel<br />

A supporter for more than four decades, a<br />

special, anonymous donor to <strong>AFHU</strong> enjoys a<br />

hands-on approach to philanthropy. “Support<br />

for HU and Israel is a very personal issue for<br />

me. Some may be content to provide financial<br />

support alone, while others may be content with<br />

direct involvement in the university’s work—I<br />

prefer both.”<br />

Our donor began his philanthropic relationship<br />

with the Hebrew University through scholarship<br />

support 40 years ago and recently made<br />

a $1 million donation to Agrinnovation, the<br />

underlying investment fund focused on<br />

agricultural innovations. Launched in 2015 by<br />

Yissum, the university’s technology-transfer<br />

company, Agrinnovation invests in the research<br />

breakthroughs developed at HU’s Robert H. Smith<br />

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

working closely with university scientists and<br />

researchers to thoroughly test the applicability<br />

and scalability of each new discovery.<br />

Over the years, this donor has funded innovative<br />

work beyond agriculture and the environment,<br />

including the medical research of Prof. Nataly<br />

Kravchenko-Balasha, Chief Investigator in the<br />

Laboratory of Biophysics and Cancer Research.<br />

Prof. Kravchenko-Balasha analyzes the molecular<br />

variations between cancerous tumors. Each<br />

person’s cancer grows in its own way; exploring<br />

the individual variations in cell growth can aid<br />

in the development of tumor-specific drug<br />

combinations tailored to fighting specific<br />

malignancies.<br />

Prof. Nataly Kravchenko-Balasha<br />

Our donor has also supported the research<br />

of Prof. Ofra Benny, Head of the Lab for<br />

Nanomedicine and Tumor Microenvironment in<br />

Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine. As the<br />

Harry W. and Charlotte Ullman Labov Chair in<br />

Cancer Studies and Director of the Fraunhofer<br />

Project Center for Drug Discovery and Delivery,<br />

Prof. Benny’s research focuses on novel therapies<br />

and drug-delivery systems. By using an approach<br />

which combines bioengineering, nanomedicine,<br />

and theoretical models, her lab designs selective<br />

nano-therapies for cancer targeting, including a<br />

unique “tumor on a chip” for the development of<br />

personalized cancer therapies. This technology<br />

is the basis for a new start-up that will enable<br />

healthcare professionals to select the optimal<br />

medication for each patient.<br />

Prof. Ofra Benny<br />

Prof. Isaiah (Shy) Arkin’s research has also<br />

benefited from our donor’s support. Prof. Arkin<br />

is the Arthur Lejwa Professor of Structural<br />

Biochemistry at the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem Institute of Life Sciences, Department<br />

of Biological Chemistry, as well as HU’s former<br />

Vice President for Research and Development. He<br />

is the Founder and CEO of ViroBlock, a healthcare<br />

solutions company developed with the support of<br />

Yissum. ViroBlock targets and exploits a particular<br />

vulnerability in viruses: ion channels. Channels<br />

are critical components that enable viruses<br />

to regulate salinity and acidity, so inhibiting<br />

ion channels is a promising route to curbing a<br />

virus’s ability to spread infection. ViroBlock has<br />

used their findings to<br />

develop rapid screening<br />

approaches that can<br />

identify inhibitors from<br />

thousands of chemicals<br />

in a matter of weeks<br />

and has already shown<br />

promising results in several<br />

disease such as COVID-19,<br />

Influenza, Zika, and others.<br />

Prof. Isaiah (Shy) Arkin<br />

Whether supporting start-up companies or<br />

university-based research, our donor feels<br />

that universities must look towards the future:<br />

“My work with <strong>AFHU</strong> and HU is just one of<br />

my charitable concerns. I like to be personally<br />

involved, actively participating in promising projects.<br />

Nonprofits need to think like—and act like—a<br />

business in order to prosper. They can no longer rely<br />

on annual contributions, but must engage in short-,<br />

mid-, and long-term planning. Israel lacks natural<br />

resources, except for the most important natural<br />

resource: her people. HU and Israel must encourage<br />

creativity, innovation, and the development of talent.<br />

They need these skills to survive and thrive.”<br />

Advantageous tax planning helps our donor<br />

achieve charitable goals. Donations are made to<br />

a tax deductible Donor Advised Fund (DAF), from<br />

which distributions are directed to causes that<br />

demonstrate a business mindset. It is important that<br />

recipients operate with the goal of becoming selfsufficient<br />

and self-perpetuating. “My philanthropy is<br />

not limited to donating dollars but includes sharing<br />

my business expertise.” While not every financial<br />

need at the Hebrew University is suited for this type<br />

of benefactor/recipient relationship, those that are<br />

provide a win-win situation for this donor.<br />

For those considering support for Hebrew<br />

University, our donor shares: “Giving to HU<br />

through American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University enables me to pursue my interests in<br />

innovative agriculture, cancer diagnostics, and<br />

cancer prevention. HU not only offers causes<br />

worthy of support, but encourages a business<br />

mindset that helps a good cause develop into a<br />

self-sufficient and self-perpetuating business.<br />

That’s a must—researchers must become<br />

entrepreneurs and launch successful enterprises.”

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 11<br />

Susan Lawi: A Family History of<br />

Supporting Disadvantaged Students<br />

wanted to find the best university to support,<br />

and he was told that HU was the best university<br />

in Israel.”<br />

Susan is deeply satisfied with the good things<br />

that her family’s tradition of generous support<br />

has brought forth. She said: “I am delighted to<br />

meet the scholarship recipients and I am always<br />

touched by the graduation ceremony for the<br />

Ph.D. candidates, held during the annual Board<br />

of Governors meeting in Jerusalem. The young<br />

people are inspiring—especially the many young<br />

women who are graduating with doctorates. It is<br />

very gratifying.”<br />

Region Board of Directors. On her board<br />

experience, Susan said, “You get to meet other<br />

board members, plan events, suggest worthy<br />

honorees, review HU progress and <strong>AFHU</strong> financial<br />

reports. It’s interesting and rewarding—a great<br />

way to meet interesting, important people and a<br />

great way to help HU and Israel.”<br />

For her service to the university and to Israeli<br />

higher education, HU awarded Susan with an<br />

Honorary Fellowship. Unfortunately, she was<br />

unable to visit Jerusalem to receive the honor<br />

at the Mount Scopus campus. Undaunted<br />

by the challenge, Hebrew University and the<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

held a presentation event in September 2022 at<br />

Susan’s home. “(Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

Vice President for University Advancement and<br />

External Relations) Amb. Yossi Gal came. My<br />

children were there, and Prof. Magdassi attended<br />

via Zoom, as did a student I help support. It was a<br />

special moment. I felt I shared the award with my<br />

father, and I hope to pass the torch of generosity<br />

to my children.”<br />

Susan is not planning to rest on her laurels,<br />

however. She said, “You see, my father really<br />

believed in the power of education to improve<br />

people’s lives. In the future, I’d like to support<br />

students from Ethiopia—there’s a real need<br />

there. Supporting education for disadvantaged<br />

people is just the way I was raised.”<br />

Susan Lawi’s father left her with an important<br />

legacy, one she hopes to pass down to her<br />

children: support for those who are struggling<br />

to better themselves through education. Susan<br />

shared: “My father, Saleh Masri (z”l), was born<br />

in Iraq, and he knew that many of his Jewish<br />

contemporaries had been uprooted from their<br />

homes in Arab countries. He also knew that<br />

those who sought to build new lives in Israel often<br />

faced discrimination. To fight this discrimination<br />

and help them build better futures, my father<br />

started a Hebrew University scholarship fund for<br />

disadvantaged students of Iraqi descent in 1970.<br />

I was proud of my father’s contribution to Israeli<br />

education and, in 2005, decided to continue<br />

his legacy of providing support to students of<br />

Iraqi descent.” As for why Saleh Masri chose<br />

to support HU, Susan commented, “My father<br />

One particularly significant event occurred at a<br />

Board of Governors meeting when Susan asked<br />

to meet a professor of Iraqi descent. She was<br />

introduced to Prof. Shlomo Magdassi. Prof.<br />

Magdassi’s research group focuses on applied<br />

research, with a focus on nanotechnology.<br />

The group formulates inorganic and organic<br />

nanomaterials for application in a variety of<br />

fields including 3D printing, solar energy, and<br />

bio-medical systems, with current projects<br />

including transparent conductive electrodes,<br />

coatings and inks for solar energy applications,<br />

and nanoparticles for bio-imaging and drug<br />

delivery. Speaking of Prof. Magdassi, Susan<br />

added, “I was very impressed and began<br />

supporting his lab—and was delighted to discover<br />

that support from my father had helped Prof.<br />

Magdassi to pursue his studies when he was a<br />

student at HU!”<br />

In addition to her generosity, Susan has served<br />

the university through her membership on the<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Board of Regents and the <strong>AFHU</strong> Northeast<br />

Amb. Yossi Gal, Vice President for University Advancement<br />

and External Relations together with Susan Lawi during<br />

the presentation of her Honorary Fellowship.

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 13<br />

Dr. Allen Finkelstein: A Commitment<br />

to Compassionate, First-Rate Dental<br />

Healthcare for All People<br />

From his days as a dental student at Philadelphia’s<br />

Temple University, Dr. Allen Finkelstein has been<br />

committed to serving others by providing quality<br />

dental care that respects the patient’s dignity<br />

while meeting their medical needs. As president<br />

of Temple’s chapter of the Alpha Omega<br />

International Dental Society in the late 1960s, Dr.<br />

Finkelstein became acquainted with the Hebrew<br />

University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine<br />

through his relationship with Dr. D. Walter Cohen<br />

(z”l), a longtime advocate for HU’s dental faculty.<br />

“Dr. Cohen was my mentor and one of the most<br />

incredible and influential people in my life,” Dr.<br />

Finkelstein shared.<br />

Dr. Cohen was the driving force behind the<br />

creation of the D. Walter Cohen Middle East<br />

Center for Dental Education at the Hebrew<br />

University in Jerusalem. Established in 1997,<br />

the Center offers an exchange program<br />

between HU dental students and students<br />

from other universities. Dr. Finkelstein’s<br />

commitment to dignified, compassionate care<br />

is evident in his support for the new Robert<br />

I. Schattner Oral Health Center for People<br />

with Disabilities, a state-of-the-art facility<br />

that will provide accessible, optimal care to<br />

patients with special needs. At present, a<br />

single location with specially designed dental<br />

facilities, adaptive equipment, and trained<br />

dental care providers does not exist to serve<br />

the more than 1.5 million Israelis who live<br />

with physical, cognitive, and developmental<br />

disabilities. “This is an area of really desperate<br />

need throughout the Middle East, including our<br />

beloved Israel,” Dr. Finkelstein shared.<br />

Situated on the ground floor to ensure<br />

accessibility, the multi-disciplinary, holistic<br />

care center is part of an overall planned five<br />

floor renovation, construction, and equipment<br />

upgrade for the Hebrew University-Hadassah<br />

Faculty of Dental Medicine. The new center<br />

will include six operation rooms that are<br />

designed to accommodate wheelchairs and<br />

gurneys and can also function as operating<br />

room-style sedation suites. The facility will also<br />

house an advanced dental simulator room, a<br />

recovery room, and a spacious family reception<br />

area.<br />

In addition, the new facility will provide<br />

customized treatment to meet a wide<br />

variety of needs and offer people with<br />

disabilities specialized training for work in<br />

dental care services, enabling them to become<br />

economically independent. The Center will house<br />

groundbreaking research by scientists from the<br />

school’s seven clinical departments specializing in<br />

dental medicine. American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University is leading the $4.5 million fundraising<br />

campaign to construct and fully equip the center,<br />

with a planned opening in 2025.<br />

Dr. Finkelstein shared, “At the plaza in<br />

front of the dental faculty, you will find the<br />

Tree of Peace donated in honor of my parents.<br />

It is a vivid example of l’dor v’dor, the passing<br />

of my parents’ values of compassion and helping<br />

others to me, and then to my children and<br />

grandchildren.” He added, “There is a quote<br />

there from Elie Wiesel, ‘It only takes a moment<br />

to tell your fellow man you love them, and by<br />

doing so you’ve won a certain victory over<br />

destiny.’ That is what the Robert I. Schattner<br />

Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities<br />

is all about: winning a victory over destiny<br />

by showing this vulnerable population the utmost<br />

respect and treating them with the finest<br />

quality dental care in the world.”<br />

Learn about the Hebrew University-Hadassah School Of Dental Medicine’s<br />

Robert I. Schattner Oral Health Center For People With Disabilities

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 15<br />

The “Father of Cannabis Research”<br />

Prof. Raphael Mechoulam Dies at 92<br />

Professor Raphael Mechoulam, known as the<br />

“Father of Cannabis Research,” died in Israel at<br />

age 92 in March.<br />

A professor in the Hebrew University School of<br />

Pharmacy, Mechoulam began his cannabinoid<br />

experiments in the 1960s in Israel. His research<br />

team was the first to isolate delta9-THC (THC),<br />

the psychoactive component of cannabis,<br />

which affects the brain, consciousness, and<br />

creativity as well as Cannabidiol (CBD), the most<br />

important substance in the plant with medical<br />

benefits. Among Mechoulam’s many other<br />

achievements are the design and synthesis of<br />

numerous important novel cannabinoids that have<br />

therapeutic potential as pharmaceutical drugs.<br />

Mechoulam also helped form The Hebrew<br />

University Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid<br />

Research (MCCR) in 2017 based on his significant<br />

discoveries in this field over the past 55 years.<br />

Hebrew University President Asher Cohen said,<br />

“Most of the human and scientific knowledge<br />

about cannabis was accumulated thanks<br />

to Prof. Mechoulam. He paved the way for<br />

groundbreaking studies and initiated scientific<br />

cooperation between researchers around the<br />

world. Mechoulam was a sharp-minded and<br />

charismatic pioneer. This is a sad day for the<br />

academic community and for the university. I send<br />

my sincere condolences to his family.”<br />

“The world has lost a giant in the scientific<br />

research community and a pioneer in the medical<br />

cannabis field,” says Joshua Rednik, American<br />

Friends of the Hebrew University CEO. “We send<br />

our condolences to Prof. Mechoulam’s family.<br />

The Hebrew University has become a global<br />

leader in cannabis research thanks to his efforts;<br />

his significant contributions will live on in future<br />

research and exciting new discoveries in Israel<br />

and beyond.”<br />

Since the inception of his research in the 1960s,<br />

Professor Mechoulam has been nominated for<br />

over 25 academic awards, including the Heinrich<br />

Wieland Prize (2004), an honorary doctorate from<br />

Complutense University (2006), the Israel Prize<br />

in Exact Sciences – Chemistry (2000), the Israel<br />

Chemical Society Prize for excellence in research<br />

(2009) and EMET Prize in Exact Sciences –<br />

Chemistry (2012). Mechoulam is one of the<br />

founding members of the International Association<br />

for Cannabinoid Medicines and the International<br />

Cannabinoid Research Society. In 1994, he was<br />

elected as a member of the Israel Academy of<br />

Sciences and Humanities.<br />

Mechoulam was born in Bulgaria in 1930 and<br />

immigrated with his family to Israel in 1949,<br />

where he later studied chemistry. He received his<br />

Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot (1958),<br />

with a thesis on the chemistry of steroids. After<br />

postdoctoral studies at the Rockefeller Institute,<br />

New York (1959–60), he was on the scientific<br />

staff of the Weizmann Institute (1960–65),<br />

focusing on the isolation, structure elucidation<br />

and total synthesis of the main active principles<br />

of cannabis.<br />

Mechoulam moved to the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem and became a full professor (1972) and<br />

then the Lionel Jacobson Professor of Medicinal<br />

Chemistry (1975). Between the years 1979-1982<br />

he served as the University’s Rector.

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 17<br />

Marvin Jubas (z”l)<br />

Marvin Jubas was born and raised in Los Angeles<br />

by parents who were devoted supporters of the<br />

Jewish community and the State of Israel. They<br />

instilled in him the importance of tzedakah and<br />

tikun olam. Marvin received his B.S. degree from<br />

UC Berkeley and his JD from UCLA.<br />

After service in the U.S. Army, he co-founded the<br />

law firm of Spensley, Horn & Jubas, and served as<br />

its managing partner for nearly 40 years. Marvin<br />

served as the managing partner of a mobile home<br />

park business.<br />

In addition to Marvin’s distinguished service as<br />

a member of the regional and national boards<br />

for American Friends of the Hebrew University,<br />

his vast community involvement has included<br />

leadership positions at the Jewish Federation,<br />

United Jewish Fund, Cedars Sinai Medical<br />

Center, LACMA, American Friends of the Israel<br />

Philharmonic Orchestra, Jewish Home for the<br />

Aging, The Guardians, Israel Bonds and the UCLA<br />

Foundation. In 2010, Marvin became a Benefactor<br />

of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

First married to the late Fern Jubas, Marvin is the<br />

proud father of two children, Howard and Andrea,<br />

and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by<br />

his second wife, Jacqueline Davis Jubas, and is<br />

survived by his beloved wife of nine years, Janet<br />

Wald Jubas.

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<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 30 PAGE 19<br />

Award-Winning HU Professor Shares<br />

<strong>News</strong> on Autism and Alzheimer’s<br />

Research<br />

Golda Meir Lectureship Award, and the Brettle<br />

Center for Research Award, as well as funding<br />

grants from the U.S. Department of Defense and<br />

the Israel Science Foundation.<br />

His research team has made significant progress<br />

in identifying genetically based autism—estimated<br />

to be 20% of all cases—but the causes of most<br />

autism cases remain a mystery. Prof. Amal’s lab<br />

is conducting research into possible pre-natal<br />

and environmental factors and working on new<br />

diagnostic tools to provide earlier identification<br />

and diagnosis of the illness. With the number of<br />

autism cases now standing at one in 30 births in<br />

the U.S. and one in 50 in Israel, hope for further<br />

progress is strong. Prof. Amal also spoke of his<br />

team’s success with Alzheimer’s disease. Recently,<br />

the Amal Lab found novel shared mechanisms<br />

between autism and Alzheimer’s, and Prof.<br />

Amal believes these findings may lead to new<br />

treatments for autism and Alzheimer’s patients.<br />

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Man and His Mind<br />

An unprecedented visual biography of the<br />

iconic pioneer of modern physics, with signed<br />

photographs, letters, manuscripts, and more.<br />

The contributors to the book include Gary<br />

Berger, who assembled the collection over<br />

the past three decades; Michael DiRuggiero,<br />

owner of the Manhattan Rare Book Company,<br />

who specializes in the history of science with<br />

an emphasis on Einstein materials; and Hanoch<br />

Gutfreund, professor emeritus of theoretical<br />

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

where he is also the academic director of the<br />

Albert Einstein Archives.<br />

Prof. Haitham Amal is the recent recipient of a<br />

$400,000 research grant from the Philadelphia<br />

Eagles Autism Foundation. The grant was<br />

awarded to Prof. Amal for his groundbreaking<br />

research on the role of nitric oxide (NO) in<br />

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pathology.<br />

NO is a multifunctional signaling molecule and a<br />

neurotransmitter that plays an important role in<br />

physiological and pathophysiological processes,<br />

and Prof. Amal published the first research paper<br />

linking nitric oxide to ASD, a key step towards<br />

identifying a drug target for the disorder. Prof.<br />

Amal is the first researcher outside the U.S. to<br />

be awarded the prestigious grant and one of only<br />

nine grant recipients selected by a distinguished<br />

panel of nationally recognized U.S. researchers.<br />

In addition to the Philadelphia Eagles research<br />

grant, Prof. Amal is the recipient of the Wolf<br />

Foundation’s prestigious Krill Prize, the Prusiner-<br />

Abramsky Research Award in Clinical and Basic<br />

Neuroscience, the Kaye Innovation Award, the<br />

On Tuesday, January 31 Prof. Amal gave an update<br />

on his research during a dinner event hosted by<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University and<br />

Cyma and Ed Satell at the Satell’s home in Jupiter,<br />

FL. In his presentation, the professor pointed out<br />

that little is understood about autism’s origins,<br />

triggers, or its location in the brain.<br />

Prof. Haitham Amal and Ed Satell<br />

Ph.D. students Shashank Kumar Ojha and Maryam Kartawy<br />

With his recognition from the Philadelphia Eagles<br />

Autism Foundation and his team’s impressive<br />

record of research breakthroughs, Prof. Amal<br />

remains optimistic, believing that further<br />

advances may be within our grasp.<br />

“Imagination is more<br />

important than knowledge.<br />

Knowledge is limited.<br />

Imagination encircles the<br />

world.” -Albert Einstein

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Awards and Prizes<br />

Prof. Nir Friedman<br />

Congratulations to Professor Nir Friedman of the Lautenberg<br />

Center for Immunology and Cancer Research for receiving<br />

the prestigious Landau Prize from the Mifal HaPais Council<br />

for Culture and the Arts.<br />

This award recognizes Professor Friedman’s exceptional contributions<br />

to the field of computational biology, particularly in the development<br />

of machine-learning techniques for analyzing human genomes in<br />

the medical field. His pioneering work, which has allowed for highly<br />

sensitive measurements of DNA fragments in blood samples and has<br />

been widely cited in scientific research, has helped pave the way in<br />

the emerging field of personalized medicine.<br />

Congratulations to Dr. Yotam Drier of the Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer<br />

Research on receiving the prestigious Krill Prize for his outstanding contributions to<br />

scientific research.<br />

The Krill Prize is awarded to outstanding academic faculty members and promising researchers from<br />

research universities in Israel who have demonstrated significant research breakthroughs and who<br />

are expected to lead research and academia in Israel in the future in the fields of exact sciences, life<br />

sciences, and medicine, engineering, and agriculture.<br />

Meet the Professor:<br />

Dr. Avigail Manekin-Bamberger<br />

Dr. Avigail Manekin-<br />

Bamberger is a historian<br />

of Jews in antiquity,<br />

focusing on social<br />

and cultural history<br />

and on the study of<br />

ancient Jewish magic.<br />

By integrating rabbinic<br />

sources, non-Jewish<br />

sources and material<br />

Dr. Avigail Manekin-Bamberger evidence, she attempts<br />

to reconstruct the everyday lives of Jews beyond<br />

the rabbinic class.<br />

An important source for her study is<br />

archaeological findings of Jewish magical texts<br />

and artifacts from antiquity. Early scholarship on<br />

the subject often disregarded Jewish magical<br />

sources, preferring to paint ancient Judaism as<br />

rational and non-superstitious, and magical acts<br />

as a marginal practice limited to the uneducated.<br />

However, in the last few decades, as more texts<br />

and artifacts have been discovered, scholars<br />

have rejected these apologetic tendencies and<br />

recognized the central role that magic played<br />

in the ancient Jewish world. For example, a<br />

discovery of hundreds of magical texts from<br />

the time of the Babylonian Talmud inscribed on<br />

ceramic bowls demonstrates how Jews protected<br />

their households from demons, curses, and<br />

malice. A Jewish scribe wrote incantations, divine<br />

names, curses and spells in ink, on the surface of<br />

an earthenware bowl, usually in a spiral fashion,<br />

and later the bowl was buried. In her research,<br />

Manekin-Bamberger demonstrates how careful<br />

study of these “bowl texts”, alongside rabbinic<br />

literature and other non-Jewish sources, can<br />

reshape our understanding of ancient Jewish<br />

society, such as the daily lives of Jewish men<br />

and women, their rituals and institutions, the<br />

boundaries between Jewish communities and<br />

non-Jews and much more.<br />

Click here for her recent blog post on the<br />

subject.<br />

Prof. Yotam Drier

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



The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) School<br />

of Engineering and Computer Science and Yissum,<br />

HU’s technology transfer company, announced a<br />

new research partnership with Meta AI.<br />

Meta AI’s research advances state-of-the-art<br />

artificial intelligence through fundamental and<br />

applied research in open collaboration with the<br />

community.<br />

This partnership stems from Hebrew University’s<br />

initiatives to strengthen the ties between<br />

academia and the tech industry. Ph.D. students<br />

who are accepted into the program will have<br />

the opportunity to merge theory with actual<br />

work experience, gain a better understanding of<br />

emerging fields, and develop new technologies.<br />



The alphabet was invented around 1800 BCE<br />

and was used by the Canaanites and later by<br />

most other languages in the world. Until recently,<br />

no meaningful Canaanite inscriptions had been<br />

discovered in Israel, save only two or three<br />

occasional words. Now an amazing discovery<br />

presents an entire sentence in Canaanite, dating<br />

to about 1700 BCE. It is engraved on a small ivory<br />

comb and includes a spell against lice.<br />

A team from HU and Southern Adventist University<br />

in the United States, under the direction of<br />

Professors Yosef Garfinkel, Michael Hasel, and<br />

Martin Klingbeil unearthed the comb at Tel Lachish<br />

in Israel. The inscription was deciphered by Semitic<br />

epigraphist Dr. Daniel Vainstub at Ben Gurion<br />

University (BGU). The ivory was tested by HU Prof.<br />

Rivka Rabinovich and BGU Prof. Yuval Goren and<br />

was found to originate from an elephant tusk. Their<br />

findings were published in the Jerusalem Journal<br />

of Archaeology.<br />


FOUND<br />

Researchers from the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and Bar-Ilan<br />

University, in collaboration with the Steinhardt<br />

Museum of Natural History, Oranim Academic<br />

College, the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological<br />

Research institution, the Natural History Museum<br />

in London, and the Johannes Gutenberg University<br />

in Mainz made a remarkable discovery.<br />

A close analysis of the remains of a carp-like fish<br />

found at the Gesher Benot Ya’aqov archaeological<br />

site in Israel shows that the fish was cooked<br />

roughly 780,000 years ago. Cooking is defined<br />

as the ability to process food by controlling the<br />

temperature at which it is heated and includes a<br />

wide range of methods and until now, the earliest<br />

evidence of cooking dates to approximately<br />

170,000 years ago. The question of when early<br />

man began using fire to cook food has been the<br />

subject of much scientific discussion for over a<br />

century. These findings shed new light on the<br />

matter and were published in Nature Ecology and<br />

Evolution.<br />



An international team led by Professor Hagai<br />

Levine of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s<br />

Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, with Prof.<br />

Shanna Swan at the Icahn School of Medicine,<br />

Mount Sinai, New York, along with researchers<br />

in Denmark, Brazil, Spain, Israel, and the U.S.,<br />

published the first meta-analysis to demonstrate<br />

declining sperm counts among men from South<br />

and Central America, Asia, and Africa.<br />

Alarmingly, this study also shows that the decline<br />

in sperm counts in North America, Europe, and<br />

Australia—reported by this team in 2017—has<br />

continued and even accelerated in the 21st<br />

century. Sperm count is not only an indicator of<br />

human fertility; it also is an indicator of men’s<br />

health, with low levels being associated with<br />

an increased risk of chronic disease, testicular<br />

cancer, and a decreased lifespan. The authors<br />

say the decline reflects a global crisis related to<br />

our modern environment and lifestyle, with broad<br />

implications for the survival of the human species.<br />



Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health<br />

concern with global implications. Antibioticresistant<br />

infections affect over 2.8 million<br />

individuals each year in the United States alone,<br />

resulting in more than 35,000 annual deaths. New<br />

resistance mechanisms constantly emerge and<br />

spread globally, threatening our ability to treat<br />

common infectious diseases, such as pneumonia,<br />

tuberculosis, and sepsis.<br />

Gentamicin is a commonly used antibiotic,<br />

considered an essential medicine by the World<br />

Health Organization (WHO). Antibiotics of this kind<br />

(aminoglycosides) cause kidney damage in up to<br />

25% of hospitalized patients using the medicine.<br />

This is a major problem for more than 37 million<br />

Americans estimated to suffer from chronic kidney<br />

disease, according to the Centers for Disease<br />

Control (CDC). In fact, the American Federal Drug<br />

Administration (FDA) considers the development<br />

of antibiotics for patients with chronic kidney<br />

disease to be a national priority.<br />

A group of researchers, led by Professor Yaakov<br />

Nahmias, Director of the Grass Center for<br />

Bioengineering at the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem, and founder of the biotechnology startup<br />

Tissue Dynamics, found a new mechanism of<br />

antibiotics-induced kidney damage, never previously<br />

identified.“This is a dramatic demonstration<br />

that bionic technology, which blends sensors<br />

with human tissue, could rapidly propel drug<br />

development forward,” shared Nahmias, whose<br />

company Tissue Dynamics was recently selected<br />

as one of the top five organ-on-chip companies<br />

in the world.<br />




Excavating ancient DNA from teeth, an<br />

international group of scientists peered into the<br />

lives of a once-thriving medieval Ashkenazi Jewish<br />

community in Erfurt, Germany. The findings,<br />

shared recently in the journal Cell, show that the<br />

Erfurt Jewish community was more genetically<br />

diverse than modern-day Ashkenazi Jews.<br />

About half of Jews today are identified as<br />

Ashkenazi, meaning that they originate from Jews<br />

living in Central or Eastern Europe. The term was<br />

initially used to define a distinct cultural group of<br />

Jews who settled in the 10th century in Germany’s<br />

Rhineland. Despite much speculation, many<br />

gaps exist in our understanding of their origins<br />

and demographic upheavals during the second<br />

millennium.<br />

“Today, if you compare Ashkenazi Jews from<br />

the United States and Israel, they’re very similar<br />

genetically, almost like the same population<br />

regardless of where they live,” shared geneticist<br />

and co-author HU Professor Shai Carmi. But unlike<br />

today’s genetic uniformity, it turns out that the<br />

community was more diverse 600 years ago.<br />

Digging into the ancient DNA of 33 Ashkenazi Jews<br />

from medieval Erfurt, the team discovered that the<br />

community can be categorized into what seems<br />

like two groups. One relates more to individuals<br />

from Middle Eastern populations and the other to<br />

European populations, possibly including migrants<br />

to Erfurt from the East. The findings suggest that<br />

there were at least two genetically distinct groups

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in medieval Erfurt. However, that genetic variability<br />

no longer exists in modern Ashkenazi Jews.<br />





The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a world<br />

leader in cannabis research and development, is<br />

launching a 13-session medical cannabis course to<br />

better educate doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and<br />

other medical professionals about new cannabinoid<br />

treatments, practices, and the latest research.<br />

“The importance of medical cannabis education is<br />

undisputed,” says Prof. Yossi Tam, director of the<br />

Multidisciplinary Center for Cannabinoid Research.<br />

“As cannabis is becoming legalized in an increasing<br />

number of countries, it is more important than<br />

ever for doctors to understand this drug, its<br />

myriad uses, its benefits, as well as its current<br />

shortcomings. Our course reflects the expertise<br />

and extensive knowledge at the university. Medical<br />

practitioners will be able to learn from our leading<br />

cannabis researchers, gaining the knowledge to<br />

treat and advise with confidence.”<br />



Recent excavations in the Ophel area south of<br />

the Temple Mount uncovered the remains of a<br />

monumental public building from the Second<br />

Temple period, which was destroyed in 70 CE.<br />

In the destruction layer, dozens of Jewish coins<br />

were found from the period of the Great Revolt<br />

(66–70 CE), most of them of bronze. This<br />

assemblage also included a particularly rare<br />

and unusual find – a silver coin in a half-shekel<br />

denomination originating from 69/70 CE.<br />

The dig was carried out by a team from the Hebrew<br />

University, led by Prof. Uzi Leibner of the Institute<br />

of Archaeology, in partnership with the Herbert W.<br />

Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma, and with<br />

the support of the East Jerusalem Development<br />

Company, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and<br />

the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. The rare<br />

coin was identified by Dr. Yoav Farhi, the team’s<br />

numismatic expert and curator of the Kadman<br />

Numismatic Pavilion at the Eretz Israel Museum<br />

in Tel Aviv.<br />




MEAT<br />

A new process that significantly improves<br />

manufacturing efficiency and lowers the cost of<br />

producing cultured chicken was just published<br />

in the journal Nature Foods. In the study led by<br />

Hebrew University’s Prof. Yaakov Nahmias, who is<br />

also the Founder, President, and Chief Technology<br />

Officer of Believer Meats, researchers produced<br />

immortal cell lines of chicken fibroblasts using a<br />

process of spontaneous immortalization patented<br />

by the company last year. In contrast to others<br />

in the field, the process does not require genetic<br />

modifications, and thus the product is uniquely<br />

non-GMO.<br />

Consumer research studies show that American<br />

consumers are eager to try cultured meat, without<br />

fully understanding its method of production.<br />

Regretfully, most cultured meat companies hold<br />

their methods of production as trade secrets,<br />

disclosing little information on product composition<br />

and safety.<br />

“We strongly believe that honesty is the best<br />

policy,” said Prof. Nahmias. “As a parent, I am<br />

eternally worried about the nutrition of my<br />

children. I want to know that what I give them to<br />

eat is safe, healthy, and preferably sustainable. We<br />

wanted to ensure that everyone knows where our<br />

cell lines came from, how stable and safe they are,<br />

and that our efficiency is made a matter of public<br />

information, leading to the robust and sustainable<br />

production of lab-grown meat that everyone can<br />

afford.”<br />



In a recently published study by a team of<br />

researchers from Hebrew University and Hadassah<br />

Hospital in Jerusalem and the biotechnology<br />

company GRAIL, the team shared a novel<br />

epigenetic database and reported major advances<br />

in our understanding of how different cells in the<br />

human body control their unique characteristics<br />

and functions.<br />

The study reveals a broader view of the<br />

constellations of DNA methylation signatures<br />

present in the human body across dozens of cell<br />

types, including cells from the immune, blood,<br />

respiratory, cardiac, digestive, and vascular<br />

systems. This vast database will be a valuable<br />

resource for the scientific and medical community<br />

and will make it possible to answer fundamental<br />

questions in biology and promote new approaches<br />

to diagnosing diseases.<br />

Tommy Kaplan, Yuval Dor, Benjamin Glaser, Judith<br />

Magenheim, and Ph.D. students Netanel Loyfer<br />

and Ayelet Peretz from HU led the team.<br />




In a study led by Ph.D. student Arnon Fluksman<br />

in Prof. Ofra Benny’s laboratory at Hebrew<br />

University’s School of Pharmacy in the Faculty<br />

of Medicine, and Dr. Borja Sepúlveda and his<br />

team at the Instituto de Microelectronica de<br />

Barcelona, researchers developed metal iron-based<br />

biodegradable magnetoplasmonic nanocapsules<br />

(MAPSULES) to eradicate tumors via remotecontrolled<br />

local delivery of chemotherapy at<br />

ultralow drug concentrations.<br />

“Creating an ‘Iron Dome’ of sorts for cancer,<br />

MAPSULES not only kill cancerous cells but also<br />

protect the patient from unnecessary damage to<br />

healthy tissue, thus augmenting cancer treatment<br />

outcomes,” said Prof. Benny.<br />

Results also showed that laser irradiation of<br />

MAPSULES could increase therapeutic impact<br />

by generating heat locally in the tumor site.<br />

These findings introduce the first design of a<br />

full nano-scale carrier containing large doses of<br />

chemotherapeutics with a thin external metal<br />

coating, effectively delivering chemotherapy to a<br />

solid tumor site.<br />



During the six decades between 1960 and 2020,<br />

Israel’s water consumption rose from 1.3 to 2.4<br />

billion m 3 , an 85% increase over 60 years. By 2065,<br />

water demand will increase by 160% under the<br />

high-growth scenario. Increasing water supplies<br />

by this amount in just 35 years would constitute<br />

a quadrupling in the rate at which national water<br />

demand grew from 1960 to 2020.<br />




Optical communication fibers could provide an<br />

earlier warning of devastating earthquakes of up<br />

to 30 seconds, according to a new study by an<br />

international team of researchers led by Dr. Itzhak<br />

Lior from the Institute of Earth Sciences at Hebrew<br />

University.<br />

According to the study, published in Nature’s<br />

Scientific Reports journal, earthquake early warning<br />

(EEW) systems provide seconds to tens of seconds<br />

of warning time before potentially damaging ground<br />

motions are felt. Seismic sensors should be installed<br />

as close as possible to expected earthquake<br />

sources for optimal warning times. However, most<br />

seismological stations are located on land, while<br />

the most hazardous earthquakes occur underwater.

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Hebrew University and University of Kentucky<br />

researchers are exploring whether a new type<br />

of protein substantially increases the molecular<br />

complexity in the brain and improves its function.<br />

This may have implications for the study of<br />

neurological diseases such as schizophrenia,<br />

epilepsy, and autism.<br />

The researchers received a $1 million joint grant<br />

from the American National Science Foundation<br />

(NSF) and the United States-Israel Binational<br />

Science Foundation (BSF) to study new aspects<br />

of RNA biology.<br />

The team of researchers, led by Prof. Ruth Sperling<br />

of the Hebrew University Alexander Silberman<br />

Institute of Life Sciences, together with Prof.<br />

Stephen Stamm from the School of Medicine<br />

in Lexington, Kentucky, hypothesize that a new<br />

type of primate-specific proteins, translated from<br />

molecules of circular RNA, improves the brain’s<br />

function in relation to other organisms with a<br />

similar number of genes.<br />

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SECURE ACT 2.0<br />

Neal Myerberg<br />

Principal, Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors<br />

• The benefits provided for in the CGA and/or<br />

CRT may not be assigned.<br />

• If both spouses have IRAs and desire to<br />

establish a joint and survivor CGA and/or CRT,<br />

they may apply $100,000 ($50,000 each) to<br />

establish the life income plan.<br />

And, of consequence in the IRA owner’s planning,<br />

the QCD withdrawal of up to $50,000 in <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

for example, may count toward the RMD amount.<br />

We can provide some strategies for you to<br />

consider as well as an analysis of a QCD CGA vs.<br />

a CCG funded with after-tax cash.<br />

Internal Revenue Code section 408(d)(8) was<br />

made permanent in 2015. It provides that an<br />

individual may make direct Qualified Charitable<br />

Distributions (QCD) from an IRA to section<br />

170(b)(1)(a) public charities in any calendar year<br />

up to the aggregate amount of $100,000 free<br />

of any income tax. Among the benefits this<br />

produces is the ability of an individual to take<br />

Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) tax-free<br />

by directing them as gifts to public charities. The<br />

distributions to public charities have to be made<br />

directly from the IRA and cannot be distributed<br />

tax-free to a donor-advised fund, a supporting<br />

organization or a private foundation.<br />

The charitable sector sought thereafter to have<br />

legislation enacted to enable individuals to use<br />

QCDs from IRAs to establish charitable gift<br />

annuities (CGA) based upon certain rules. Initially,<br />

the proposal was that anyone age 59 ½ or older<br />

would be able to make QCDs from IRAs up to<br />

the amount of $400,000 to establish CGAs. This<br />

amount would not be subject to income taxes.<br />

The CGAs would pay fixed rate lifetime income all<br />

of which would be taxed as ordinary income. For<br />

years, there were attempts to get this concept<br />

out of Congressional Committees to no avail.<br />

Even offering lower thresholds than $400,000 did<br />

not generate affirmative Congressional action. It<br />

wasn’t until the Secure Act 2.0 effective January<br />

1, <strong>2023</strong>, was enacted into law that section 307<br />

(the Legacy IRA ACT) allowed individuals with<br />

IRAs to use a portion of their IRAs via QCDs to<br />

establish CGAs. That’s where we are now.<br />


There are now specific rules to follow in order to<br />

use QCDs from IRAs, tax-free, to establish life<br />

income plans which include CGAs and charitable<br />

remainder trusts (CRTs). CRTs include charitable<br />

remainder annuity trusts (CRAT) and charitable<br />

remainder unitrusts (CRUT). Beginning in <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

an individual at least age 70 ½ may use up to<br />

a maximum of $50,000 in a single calendar<br />

year to establish one or more CGAs and/or<br />

CRTs. This is a lifetime limitation. $50,000 in<br />

the aggregate, in a single calendar year. Since<br />

the $50,000 maximum threshold will adjust<br />

annually based upon an inflation factor, one<br />

might elect to wait until 2024 or thereafter to<br />

take advantage of the opportunity to, perhaps,<br />

apply more than the initial $50,000 maximum<br />

amount to establish life income plans during<br />

that calendar year.<br />

Among additional rules are the following:<br />

• The beneficiary/ies of the CGA or CRT may<br />

only be the IRA owner and/or spouse.<br />

• All of the annual payments made to the<br />

beneficiary/ies must be taxed as ordinary<br />

income.<br />

• There will be no income tax charitable<br />

deduction for any portion of the amount<br />

contributed from the IRA to establish the CGA<br />

and/or CRT. That is the same rule that applies<br />

generally to any QCD.<br />

• The CGA or CRT established with QCD<br />

distributions cannot be added to, nor<br />

have added to it, funds that are not QCD<br />

withdrawals.<br />

• The use of $50,000 in QCDs to establish a<br />

life income plan will be counted toward the<br />

$100,000 QCD limitation for <strong>2023</strong> or for<br />

whatever calendar year the QCDs are used.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> has a team of experts available to work<br />

with you and your professional advisers to develop<br />

plans for your consideration. All discussions are<br />

confidential and without obligation.<br />

By partnering with <strong>AFHU</strong>, you not only assure<br />

benefits to you and your family for your lifetime<br />

but also contribute to the future work of the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

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Event Recaps<br />

VP for Strategy & Diversity Mona Khoury Visits the<br />

United States<br />

LEAD Participants Take Part in <strong>AFHU</strong> Board’s Palm<br />

Beach Weekend<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> welcomed its Leadership Empowerment and Development Program (LEAD) Cohort II<br />

participants in Palm Beach during the <strong>AFHU</strong> board weekend. Beginning on Saturday, January 14,<br />

fourteen members of the new LEAD class gathered for three days of stimulating and engaging<br />

conversation and education.<br />

Highlights of the program featured sessions with HU leadership and professors, including HU President<br />

Professor Asher Cohen, Chancellor Menahem Ben-Sasson, Professor Shy Arkin, and Professor Ori<br />

Adam. LEAD members also had a chance to meet with and learn about <strong>AFHU</strong> through a series of<br />

programs with with key members of the <strong>AFHU</strong> leadership team.<br />

The exclusive, 18-month immersive program is designed to develop a new generation of <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

leaders who will serve as ambassadors for the university and its mission, as well as promoters of<br />

Israel’s bright future.<br />

LEAD Cohort II Participants<br />

On March 22, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Vice<br />

President for Strategy and Diversity Prof. Mona<br />

Khoury began a wide-ranging tour that included<br />

stops in Los Angeles, South Florida, and New York.<br />

Prof. Khoury, who also serves as dean of the<br />

university’s Paul Baerwald School of Social Work<br />

and Social Welfare, started her visit in Southern<br />

California, where she participated in a speaker<br />

series co-hosted by <strong>AFHU</strong> and Sinai Temple, Los<br />

Angeles. Prof. Khoury joined UCLA Prof. Ron Avi<br />

Astor for a lecture on “Diversity, Inclusion, and<br />

Collaboration Through School Safety,” where they<br />

shared information on a program that plans joint<br />

projects and exchanges between schools in Los<br />

Angeles and Israel. She returned to Sinai Temple<br />

later in her trip to join Sinai Temple Rabbinical<br />

School Fellows in a discussion on Israeli-Arab<br />

coexistence.<br />

While in Los Angeles, Prof. Khoury was a guest<br />

speaker at the <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Board<br />

Meeting, spoke with <strong>AFHU</strong>/HU foundation<br />

partners, participated in a UCLA-HU collaborative<br />

luncheon, met with UCLA academics, and shared<br />

information on Hebrew University initiatives for<br />

Orthodox and Arab students to an invited audience<br />

at Glaser Weil LLP.<br />

On March 30, Prof. Khoury visited South Florida<br />

to share “The Hebrew University: A Model for<br />

Coexistence in Israel Society.” Hosted by alumna<br />

Marian Kruss and her husband, Paul Kruss,<br />

Professor Khoury spoke to HU alumni and friends<br />

at the couple’s eatery, Mo’s Bagels, in Aventura,<br />

FL. Later that evening, she met with the <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Southeast Region Advisory Committee. The<br />

following day, <strong>AFHU</strong> supporters Hedy and Arnold<br />

Kanarick hosted Prof. Khoury at Frenchman’s Creek<br />

Beach and Country Club for a lively discussion.<br />

L-R: Hedy Kanarick, Prof. Mona Khoury, Arnie Kanarick<br />

Prof. Khoury concluded her U.S. stay with a visit to<br />

New York City from March 31 to April 4. During her<br />

time in NY, she met with advertising executive and<br />

talent developer Jonathan Russo, food distributer<br />

Steve Wils, and European real estate developer<br />

Amnon Bar Tur. The group discussed Arab Israeli<br />

student development, along with other efforts to<br />

build a more inclusive campus.<br />

Additional engagements included a meeting with<br />

Andres Spokoiny, President and CEO of the Jewish<br />

Funders Network, and dinner with Northeast<br />

Region Board Executive Committee members<br />

Jeremy Merrin, Founder and CEO of the Havana<br />

Central Restaurant Group, and HU Alumna Dafna<br />

Schmerin.<br />

Before her departure for Israel, Prof. Khoury<br />

visited the <strong>AFHU</strong> National Office. She shared<br />

with staff the progress the Hebrew University<br />

has made in building a welcoming environment<br />

for a variety of marginalized groups as well as the<br />

challenges that remain in creating a more diverse<br />

university community.

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HU School of Medicine Head Dina Ben-Yehuda<br />

Visits South Florida<br />

Prof. Reuven Hazan Visits Southern California<br />

During a recent visit to Southern California, HU Prof. Reuven Hazan<br />

spoke at several <strong>AFHU</strong>-sponsored events. He is a professor in, and<br />

former Chair of, the Hebrew University’s Department of Political<br />

Science, where his research focuses on the interplay between<br />

electoral systems, political structures, and legislative studies. On<br />

February 6, <strong>2023</strong>, Prof. Hazan spoke to nearly 100 attendees as<br />

part of the Sinai Temple Speaker Series on the topic, “Navigating<br />

the Labyrinth of Israeli Politics,” and on February 7, Prof. Hazan<br />

joined 40 guests at a luncheon held at Glaser Weil, LLP, where he<br />

spoke on “The New Israeli Government: Democracy and Judicial<br />

Reform.” Later that evening, the Israel Consul General to Los<br />

Angeles hosted 30 individuals at his private residence for a lecture<br />

titled, “Five Elections in Three and a Half Years.”<br />

On February 9, Prof. Hazan joined Professor Dov Waxman of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel<br />

Studies and Nazarian research fellow, Dr. Tamar Hofnung, for a discussion titled, “Understanding<br />

Israel’s Current Political and Constitutional Crisis: An Urgent Discussion.” This timely event, cohosted<br />

by the UCLA Hillel chapter took place at the university’s Gindi Auditorium. Finally, on February<br />

13, the Jewish Federation of the Desert in Rancho Mirage hosted Prof. Hazan at an intimate lecture<br />

with 20 people in attendance.<br />

American Friends Ellen and Sheldon Hechtman and Talia and Danny Bejarano hosted an introductory<br />

event for forty guests on February 2, <strong>2023</strong> at Akoya at Boca West, a new community in Boca Raton,<br />

FL. CEO Joshua Rednik opened with a brief overview of American Friends of the Hebrew University,<br />

followed by Dean and Head of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of Medicine, Prof. Dina<br />

Ben-Yehuda, who gave a comprehensive update on HU’s Faculty of Medicine and its computational<br />

medicine initiative. HU’s new Center for Computational Medicine will bridge the gap between data<br />

science and patient care, replacing the “one size fits all” model of medical treatment with datadriven,<br />

personalized healthcare.<br />

The following day, recent UAE-Israel mission participants Hedy and Arnie Kanarick hosted Prof. Ben-<br />

Yehuda for a morning discussion with a group of over twenty new <strong>AFHU</strong> event attendees. Later<br />

that evening, Ellen Levine and Jane Feinstein hosted Professor Ben-Yehuda for a women’s wine<br />

and cheese event. The event took place at the Levine’s home, where participants learned about the<br />

Faculty of Medicine, computational medicine, and the power and importance of women in medicine.<br />

The <strong>AFHU</strong> Southeast Region is pleased to continue its outreach to the Frenchman’s Creek community<br />

and all South Florida as a part of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s mission to expand knowledge of, and support for, Israel’s<br />

premier institution of higher learning, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

Prof. Reuven Hazan at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles<br />

Israeli Consul General welcomes <strong>AFHU</strong> to his private residence

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HU Professor Provides<br />

South Floridians with<br />

Insights into Proposed<br />

Judicial Changes<br />

law and religion and law and social norms. Her<br />

academic background and research experience<br />

provided event attendees with up-to-date<br />

information on the political events taking place<br />

in Israel, offered unique insights into the reasons<br />

behind the proposed changes, and explored the<br />

motivations of those opposing the government’s<br />

proposals.<br />

Ambassador Yossi Gal at<br />

Frenchman’s Creek<br />

Prof. Netta Barak-Corren<br />

With headlines focusing on the Netanyahu<br />

government’s planned changes to Israel’s<br />

justice system, the lectures given by Netta<br />

Barak-Corren, Director of the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem’s Center for the Study of<br />

Multiculturalism and Diversity, provided timely<br />

updates on this evolving story.<br />

On March 20, Elaine and Dr. Beno Michel hosted<br />

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

for Advancement & External Relations at<br />

Frenchman’s Creek Beach and Country Club.<br />

Supporters for over 50 years, the Michels invited<br />

a group of friends to dine with Ambassador Gal<br />

for discussion and dinner. From HU updates to<br />

an engaging Q&A session, the conversation and<br />

dinner was enjoyed by all.<br />

On March 3, Prof. Barak-Corren spoke at North<br />

Miami’s Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community<br />

Center on, “Changes in the Israeli Judicial System<br />

and the Separation of Powers in Israel,” and<br />

again shared her insights with the congregation<br />

of Boca Raton’s B’nai Torah after the March 4<br />

morning service.<br />

A legal scholar, Hebrew University Professor<br />

of Law, and cognitive scientist, Prof. Barak-<br />

Corren conducts research on the empirical and<br />

behavioral analysis of constitutional and public<br />

law, with a focus on the interaction between<br />

L-R: Morry and Judy Weiss, Elaine Michel, Amb. Yossi Gal, Dr. Beno Michel

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Frenchman’s Creek Mission<br />

Late October witnessed a delegation of<br />

American supporters of the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem take part in a much-anticipated event:<br />

the <strong>AFHU</strong> Southeastern Region’s Frenchman’s<br />

Creek Mission to the UAE and Israel.<br />

The mission, which took place from October<br />

24 through November 1, 2022, was led by<br />

Elaine and Dr. Beno Michel, Sherry Norris and<br />

John Bauman, and Hedy and Arnold Kanarick.<br />

During the Dubai and Abu Dhabi legs of the<br />

trip, participants received expert briefings on<br />

the impact of the Abraham Accords; enjoyed a<br />

visit with the Israeli ambassador to Abu Dhabi;<br />

dined with the Jewish and Israeli communities<br />

of Dubai; and experienced tours of the Sheik<br />

Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre Museum<br />

in Abu Dhabi.<br />

The Israeli leg of the trip included a welcome<br />

dinner with HU Rector Prof. Tamir Shaefer,<br />

Vice-President and Director-General Mr. Yishai<br />

Fraenkel, and Prof. Aharon Palmon, Vice President<br />

for Research and Development. A visit to the<br />

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

and Environment at the university’s Rehovot<br />

campus featured a discussion about Israeli<br />

start-ups and the food tech industry with Prof.<br />

Eugene Kandel, renown economist, past CEO of<br />

Start-Up Nation Central, and former Head of<br />

the National Economic Council and Economic<br />

Adviser to the Prime Minister, followed by lunch<br />

at SavorEat, a revolutionary food tech company,<br />

with co-founder Prof. Oded Shoseyov.<br />

Sunday saw a visit to the Edmond J. Safra<br />

Campus and included a briefing by professor of<br />

Structural Biochemistry Isaiah (Shy) Arkin, an<br />

update on the elite military ‘Talpiot’ program,<br />

and a visit to the Edmond and Lily Safra Center<br />

for Brain Research (ELSC).<br />

The Monday visit to Ein Kerem included an<br />

informative meeting with the Dean of the Faculty<br />

of Medicine, Prof. Dina Ben-Yehuda, and lunch<br />

with students from the IDF’s Tzameret Program<br />

for Military Medicine. This was followed by a<br />

Founder’s Wall ceremony at the Mount Scopus<br />

campus and dinner with former speaker of the<br />

Knesset, Avrum Burg, at the home of Hebrew<br />

University Chancellor Prof. Menahem Ben-<br />

Sasson.<br />

The final day in Jerusalem included a private<br />

briefing with HU Vice President for Strategy<br />

and Diversity Prof. Mona Khoury, and a farewell<br />

lunch that featured former Mossad director<br />

Ephraim Halevy.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> missions provide high-level networking<br />

opportunities, grow support for the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem’s thriving academic<br />

program and research community, and<br />

strengthen ties that link the American Jewish<br />

community to Jewish communities and people<br />

of goodwill throughout the world.<br />

Frenchman’s Creek Mission Group in Jaffa<br />

L-R: Arnold and Hedy Kanarick, John Bauman, Khalid Al Ameri<br />

Frenchman’s Creek Mission Group in Jerusalem<br />

L-R: Dr. Peter and Jane Feinstein, Amb. Yossi Gal at Founders Wall Ceremony<br />

A day trip to Tel Aviv included a tour of the ANU<br />

Museum of the Jewish People and a visit to the<br />

Milk and Honey Whiskey Distillery, while a trip to<br />

the Golan Heights included a tour of the Syrian<br />

border with Brigadier General Ilan Lavi and lunch<br />

at the Golan Heights Winery.<br />

Frenchman’s Creek Mission Group at the Israeli Embassy with Amb. Amir Hayak<br />

Frenchman’s Creek Mission Group at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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<strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Mission to Paris and Israel<br />

From the City of Lights to the Old City, American<br />

friends enjoyed a busy, enjoyable adventure as<br />

part of the <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Mission to<br />

Paris and Israel, held from November 5–14, 2022.<br />

A special moment of the Paris leg included a visit<br />

to the Shoah Memorial, including the privilege<br />

of meeting one of the last witnesses of the Vél<br />

d’Hiv, the notorious round-up by French police of<br />

thousands of Jewish men, women, and children<br />

during the Holocaust. Highlights included a visit to<br />

the Nissim de Camondo Museum, home to a private<br />

collection of 18th century art; a tour of Fondation<br />

Louis Vuitton’s exceptional contemporary arts<br />

collection; a visit with the Israeli ambassador to<br />

France; a tour of the Grande Synagogue de la<br />

Victoire, France’s largest; a meeting with Brigitte<br />

Macron, wife of the President of France; and a<br />

meeting with former French president Francis<br />

Hollande. Throughout the mission, participants<br />

had the opportunity to meet prominent members<br />

of the French Jewish Community.<br />

While several participants had to leave the<br />

mission due to a COVID-19 outbreak, travelers<br />

on the Israeli leg of the mission enjoyed tours<br />

of Haifa, the beautiful Baha’i Gardens, and the<br />

historic city of Acre (Akko); a trip to IDF posts on<br />

Israel’s northern border; wine-tasting at a Galilee<br />

vineyard; tours of the Old City of Jerusalem;<br />

a meeting with Isaac Herzog, President of the<br />

State of Israel; and visits to the Israeli Supreme<br />

Court and Knesset.<br />

During their time in Israel, mission participants<br />

met with several HU leaders, including Harel<br />

Beit-On, Chairman of the Board of the Executive<br />

Committee of the Hebrew University; HU<br />

President Asher Cohen; Vice President for<br />

Diversity and Strategy, Prof. Mona Khoury;<br />

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Dina Ben-<br />

Yehuda; Vice President for Advancement and<br />

External Relations, Amb. Yossi Gal; Chancellor<br />

Menahem Ben-Sasson; bestselling author, Prof.<br />

Yuval Noah Harari; and members of the Hebrew<br />

University Executive Committee.<br />

Together, the group celebrated several American<br />

friends who were honored during this mission,<br />

including Michael Cypers, whose brother Ron<br />

accepted Michael’s Honorary Fellowship on his<br />

behalf; Sami Freedman and Marilyn Wallace,<br />

honored as Benefactors and included on the<br />

Legacy Tree; Rusty Gregory, honored in a<br />

Founders ceremony; Hella and Chuck Hershson,<br />

whose names were included on the Legacy Tree<br />

and inscribed on the Wall of Life; Larry Lyttle,<br />

honored in a Founders ceremony; and Stanley<br />

Schneider, honored in a Founders ceremony.<br />

Despite the disruption caused by COVID-19,<br />

the mission to Paris and Israel proved to be an<br />

enjoyable, moving, and educational opportunity<br />

for participants—an opportunity to build and<br />

strengthen relationships in France and Israel<br />

and a moment to honor devoted friends of the<br />

Hebrew University.<br />

Grande Synagogue de la Victoire of Paris<br />

Western Region Mission Group at Hebrew University<br />

Israel Prime Minister Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal in their residence with HU President Asher Cohen and Western Mission Mission Group

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CEO Emerita Beth Asnien McCoy Honored With<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award<br />

The Southeast Region of American Friends of<br />

the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) celebrated Chief<br />

Executive Officer Emerita Beth Asnien McCoy’s<br />

dedication to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

and commitment to Israeli higher education at<br />

the <strong>2023</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala, held on<br />

Friday, January 13 at The Breakers in Palm Beach.<br />

The event raised more than $1.1 million for the<br />

Hebrew University’s Center for Computational<br />

Medicine in Jerusalem.<br />

Named for Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, the<br />

National Scopus Award is <strong>AFHU</strong>’s highest honor<br />

and has come to symbolize the university’s highest<br />

ideals of achievement and leadership. Beth was<br />

honored with the Scopus Award for her leadership<br />

of <strong>AFHU</strong> since joining in 2003. She became CEO<br />

in 2014 and was succeeded by Joshua Rednik last<br />

year.<br />

“Tonight, we awarded the prestigious <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Scopus Award to Beth McCoy in recognition<br />

of her dedication to Israel and her significant<br />

achievements in support of the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem,” said National President Clive<br />

Kabatznik. “Under Beth’s leadership, <strong>AFHU</strong> has<br />

immeasurably improved in all key metrics, most<br />

notably fundraising and the public profile of the<br />

university in the United States.”<br />

Upon accepting the award, Beth remarked “<strong>AFHU</strong><br />

has been my professional home for two decades,<br />

and tonight I feel fortunate and honored to be<br />

fêted by my friends, relatives, and my Hebrew<br />

University family. I can’t think of a better way to<br />

celebrate my tenure at <strong>AFHU</strong> than to help advance<br />

one of Hebrew University’s signature initiatives,<br />

the Center for Computational Medicine. I thank<br />

everyone who donated and participated in one of<br />

the most memorable evenings of my life.”<br />

Computational Medicine is a transformative<br />

approach to understanding and combatting disease<br />

by integrating computational data analysis and<br />

artificial intelligence methodologies into medical<br />

research and practice. The Hebrew University’s<br />

Center for Computational Medicine will stand at<br />

the forefront of Israeli healthcare, bridging the gap<br />

between data science and patient care by replacing<br />

a ‘one size fits all’ model of medical treatment with<br />

data-driven personalized health solutions. The<br />

new Center will provide vital insights into disease<br />

genesis, identify potential targets for therapy, and<br />

define protocols for prevention, all while preparing<br />

the next generation of computationally trained<br />

doctors and researchers.<br />

“Beth has had an illustrious career at <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

and over 30 years as an accomplished leader in<br />

the nonprofit arena,” said Joshua Rednik, Chief<br />

Executive Officer of <strong>AFHU</strong>. “I have been fortunate<br />

to have her guidance and insight during my<br />

initial tenure as CEO and value the relationships<br />

she has helped me establish amongst our U.S.<br />

donor family,” he said, adding, “I would also like<br />

to thank our Dinner Chairs for their leadership<br />

and generosity: Roberta and Stanley Bogen,<br />

Sherry (z”l) and Kenneth Endelson, Lori and<br />

Bruce Gendelman, Michelle and Joseph Jacobs,<br />

Florence Kaufman, Roberta and Paul Kozloff,<br />

Elaine and Beno Michel, Annette Pakula, Lisa and<br />

Michael Rome, Barbara and Richard Rothschild,<br />

Judy and Robert N. Snyder, as well as Robbi and<br />

Bruce Toll. In addition, I thank our Event Chairs for<br />

their dedication and contributions: Marjorie and<br />

Robert Emden, Marjorie and Stephen Fiverson,<br />

Tina and Michael Lobel, as well as Jane and Ron<br />

Zimmerman.”<br />

L-R: Clive Kabatznik, Asher Cohen, Beth Asnien McCoy, Stanley Bogen and Roberta Bogen

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Regional Offices<br />

Northeast Region<br />

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New York, NY 10038<br />

T: 212.607.8510<br />

E: northeast@afhu.org<br />

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Rockville, MD 20852<br />

T: 202.363.4600<br />

E: midatlantic@afhu.org<br />

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PO Box 2147<br />

Philadelphia, PA 19103<br />

T: 215.330.6722<br />

E: philadelphia@afhu.org<br />

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Hollywood, FL 33020<br />

T: 561.750.8585<br />

E: southeast@afhu.org<br />

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Chicago IL 60606<br />

T: 312.329.0332<br />

E: midwest@afhu.org<br />

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San Francisco, CA 94104<br />

T: 415.299.8691<br />

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Los Angeles, CA 90013<br />

T: 310.843.3100<br />

E: western@afhu.org<br />

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