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

Vol. 29 / <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


MOVES<br />


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


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 />

Marvin Jubas<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 />


James Matanky


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Letter from Leadership<br />

Dear Friends,<br />

Welcome to the <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2022</strong> edition of<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong>. This newsletter reflects the<br />

educational and research dynamism found<br />

at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

and documents the many ways American<br />

Friends of the Hebrew University provides<br />

enthusiastic support to the university and its<br />

programs.<br />

This issue features news on the June meeting<br />

of the Board of Governors in Jerusalem,<br />

the first in-person board meeting in three<br />

years. Other articles in this issue include<br />

introductions to new team members, a<br />

feature on the new <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region<br />

President, a profile of a devoted <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

family, an update on the first cohort of the<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD program, links to news you may<br />

have missed, and memorials to three dear<br />

American friends.<br />

We hope you enjoy reading about the worldclass<br />

research and innovation that make lives<br />

better for people around the globe, and the<br />

many ways <strong>AFHU</strong> aids the Hebrew University<br />

in its mission to expand the boundaries of<br />

knowledge.<br />

Thank you for your interest, advocacy,<br />

and generosity. The quality educational<br />

opportunities and creative innovations found<br />

at the university depend upon funds provided<br />

by American friends, and <strong>AFHU</strong> is deeply<br />

grateful for your continued support.<br />

With best wishes,<br />

Joshua W. Rednik<br />

Chief Executive Officer

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MONICA LOEBL AT 305.336.5775 OR MLOEBL@<strong>AFHU</strong>.ORG OR<br />

JUDITH SHENKMAN AT 847.533.5247 OR JSHENKMAN@<strong>AFHU</strong>.ORG

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The Weber Family: How Respect for<br />

Tradition Informs a Love of Nature<br />

and Respect for Others<br />

“There are so many life lessons to learn if we<br />

are thinking of others and not just ourselves.”<br />

This quote from Wallace Weber summarizes the<br />

Weber family’s approach to life, careers, and<br />

philanthropy.<br />

Wally and his sister, Cheryl, grew up on a farm in<br />

Central Kansas that has been in their family for<br />

generations. “We are Czech—our grandmother<br />

immigrated to America when she was very small.<br />

She learned English when my mother came home<br />

from school and helped her learn,” Cheryl said.<br />

Wally added: “As a part of Austria-Hungary, our<br />

great-grandfather wanted to keep his sons out of<br />

‘those crazy European wars,’ as he would say, so,<br />

despite the hardships found settling in Kansas,<br />

they chose a new life in post–Reconstruction<br />

America.”<br />

Growing up on the farm wasn’t easy: there was<br />

no indoor plumbing, and the groundwater was<br />

undrinkable. “Rainwater from the roof–brought in<br />

one bucket at a time–was our household water,”<br />

Cheryl said. Drinking water was typically obtained<br />

from their grandmother’s home by refilling gallon<br />

glass jugs. The family outhouse, built through the<br />

Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935–<br />

which created the Works Progress Administration,<br />

more commonly called the WPA, currently resides<br />

at the Kansas Museum of History. The family’s<br />

Czech and Jewish heritage has always been an<br />

important part of their lives: “Judaism began as a<br />

religion of agriculturalists, of course, and during<br />

Torah study, I could always chime in with the<br />

agricultural aspects at the root of our holidays,”<br />

Wally shared. “My first trip to the Czech Republic<br />

was during my honeymoon,” Cheryl continued. “I<br />

always feel at home there.” A later trip proved<br />

especially moving: “When my husband and I were<br />

in Prague, we saw a gravestone that had our<br />

grandmother’s family name and the Star of David<br />

on it. That made it seem much more real.”<br />

While college took them away from the farm, the<br />

lessons of interconnectedness and responsibility<br />

for others never left them. “I started out as a<br />

social worker in Abilene, determining welfare<br />

benefits,” Cheryl said. “I remember going to a<br />

fair and saying hello to many people—welfare<br />

recipients—I knew through my job. A friend<br />

asked in amazement, ‘How do you know all<br />

these people?’ I later became manager of a<br />

large project which would take the Kansas state<br />

government from pencil and paper to state-ofthe-art<br />

computers. It went very well—the federal<br />

government held us as an example of a successful<br />

transition. I later worked as a project manager in<br />

Alaska and loved it! I didn’t want to leave. People<br />

are wonderful there. Everyone pulls together—<br />

you have to—the weather is unforgiving,” she<br />

added. Wally adds: “What Cheryl didn’t mention<br />

is that she’s a Master Gardener and writes for the<br />

state county extension service newsletter. She’s<br />

the go-to person for any questions about growing<br />

things.”<br />

Wally has had three different, but interconnected,<br />

careers: in addition to a lifetime of farming,<br />

Wally became an ROTC cadet in 1961, was<br />

commissioned in 1965, and retired from the U.S.<br />

Army in 2003. He served in the First Gulf War as<br />

a flight surgeon with the 82nd Airborne Division,<br />

and, later, as commanding officer of the 410th<br />

U.S. Army Reserve Evacuation Hospital in Topeka,<br />

Kansas. As a physician, Wally qualified for board<br />

certifications in dermatology as well as special


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competency in dermatopathology. Responsibility<br />

for others has proven to be the common thread<br />

through Wally’s career: “On the farm, you’re<br />

always in service to your animals; a commander’s<br />

primary responsibility is to his or her troops; and,<br />

as a physician, you’re definitely in service to other<br />

people. All three of my careers were in service to<br />

others,” he said.<br />

It was Wally’s career as a dermatologist that led<br />

to his involvement with Hebrew University, when<br />

fellow dermatologist and <strong>AFHU</strong> board member Dr.<br />

Beno Michel reached out to colleagues, inviting<br />

them to learn more about <strong>AFHU</strong> and HU. Wally<br />

was convinced, “If it’s good enough for Beno<br />

Michel, it’s good enough for me,” Wally stated.<br />

Visits to the university, especially the Robert<br />

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

Environment, highlighted the important research<br />

occurring at Hebrew University, prompting<br />

years of generous support from the Webers.<br />

Overuse and misuse of resources, along with<br />

the challenges of climate change, are important<br />

issues in agriculture, and especially important to<br />

the Webers.<br />

“On one trip to the Rehovot Campus, I saw bees<br />

on a sort of turnstile,” Cheryl said. “The idea is<br />

to use the instinct of bees and other creatures<br />

to prompt them to do what is needed, rather<br />

than using force to get what you want. That’s<br />

a philosophy we’ve practiced for many years,”<br />

Wally said, adding, “Here in the United States,<br />

we’ve lost 30% of our topsoil. I’ve had a longtime<br />

interest in regenerative agriculture—moving<br />

beyond conservation to help build back the soil,<br />

put back a balance in nature by reintroducing<br />

predatory insects to take care of disease, and<br />

using soil to sequester carbon. These are the<br />

things that matter to me, and they are the sort<br />

of research occurring at the Smith Faculty of<br />

Agriculture.” As Cheryl likes to say, “Don’t mess<br />

with Mother Nature—she’ll win every time.”<br />

But the Smith Faculty of Agriculture isn’t the<br />

only thing to admire at Hebrew University:<br />

“The diversity found at HU—including different<br />

people from all over the world—is an inspiration,”<br />

Cheryl said. Wally added, “Some of the things I<br />

admire are the university’s outreach to third<br />

world countries, especially their work in water<br />

reclamation and desalination. But that’s not all, of<br />

course: the university excels in so many different<br />

fields. There’s truly something for everyone at<br />

HU.”<br />

L-R: Wallace Weber and Cheryl Weber

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85th Annual Board of Governors<br />

Highlights<br />

Held from June 10 to June 15, <strong>2022</strong>, those who<br />

attended the 85th annual meeting of the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem Board of Governors (BOG)<br />

labeled it a complete success. Under the theme<br />

Leadership for Tomorrow, the Jerusalem event<br />

was the first fully in-person meeting in three years.<br />

The BOG also featured important milestones in<br />

medical research at HU, including the dedication<br />

of the Barry Skolnick Biosafety Level 3 National<br />

Laboratory,dedication of the Bradley and Sheryl<br />

Schwartz Live Tissue Wing of the Biosafety Level<br />

3 Laboratory, and the laying of the cornerstone<br />

for the new Institute for Computational Medicine.<br />

Festive Gala - “Celebrating Together in Jerusalem”<br />

In his report to the governors, Hebrew University<br />

President Asher Cohen shared news of a year<br />

that saw the university’s return to in-person<br />

classes while maintaining flexibility for remote<br />

learning accessibility. Expanded academic<br />

activity included several new interdisciplinary<br />

research centers, including the Center for Urban<br />

Innovation, the Center for Sustainability, and the<br />

Center for Human Evolution and Ancient DNA.<br />

(L-R) HU President Prof. Asher Cohen, Barry Skolnick and Missy<br />

Brody<br />

(L-R) HU President Prof. Asher Cohen, Sheryl and Brad Schwartz<br />

HU President Prof. Asher Cohen


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On June 16, the university marked the dedication<br />

of the Bogen Family Department of Economics<br />

with a ceremony in honor of Roberta and Stanley<br />

Bogen. Over the years, the Bogens have been<br />

inspiring supporters of the department, funding<br />

lectureships, an endowed Chair, and numerous<br />

scholarships. The naming of the department is an<br />

affirmation of the couple’s longstanding and vital<br />

connection to the university and will enable the study<br />

of economics to flourish at HU for years to come.<br />

Devorah Jacobs-Lepor, William J. Kilberg,<br />

Barry I. Skolnick, and Evelene Wechsler.<br />

Honorary Doctorate recipients and the recipients of the<br />

Bublick and Rothberg Prizes<br />

(L-R) Chairman of the HU Board of Governors Daniel I. Schlessinger,<br />

Prof. Eric Gould, Stanley and Roberta Bogen, HU President Prof.<br />

Asher Cohen<br />

This year’s meeting witnessed the official launch<br />

of the 100 Legacies Bequest Campaign. Timed to<br />

coincide with the centenary of the opening of the<br />

university’s doors in 1925, the worldwide campaign<br />

seeks 100 of Hebrew University’s most dedicated<br />

supporters to become a part of the university’s<br />

future through a bequest intent of $1 million or more.<br />

The BOG also saw the completion of the first<br />

cohort of the <strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD program. The program<br />

is designed to prepare a cadre of dedicated <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

leaders to meet the opportunities and challenges<br />

of the 21st century. The return to an in-person<br />

event allowed HU to celebrate the contributions of<br />

noted friends of the university. Ceremonies were<br />

held for Honorary Doctorate recipients including<br />

filmmaker Quentin Tarantino as well as <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

supporters Stanley M. Bergman, Jose Mugrabi,<br />

and Joseph Neubauer. <strong>AFHU</strong> supporters among<br />

the newly named Honorary Fellows include Helen<br />

William J. Kilberg speaking on behalf of Honorary Fellowship<br />

recipients<br />

HU President Prof. Asher Cohen presenting an Honorary<br />

Fellowship to Helen Devorah Jacobs-Lepor<br />

The 85th annual meeting of the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem Board of Governors<br />

was a time to celebrate dedicated supporters<br />

of the university, meet new acquaintances,<br />

renew old friendships, and learn the latest<br />

HU news from the university’s leadership.

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In loving tribute to Dr. Lawrence and Sheila Pakula<br />

Robert I. Schattner Foundation<br />

Henry Schein Cares<br />

Schwartz Family in Loving Memory of Dr. Harold & Judy Wittman<br />

Skolnick Family Charitable Trust Barry Skolnick<br />


Family of Paula Blumenfeld & Joe Gantz<br />

Steve Frankel & Dan Ricketts<br />

Robert Elliot Friedman & Family<br />

Elliot S. & Faye Deborah Gershon<br />

Patricia Hewitt & Sarah Ellin Siegel<br />

Rhoda E. Kaufman<br />

Bill and Bobbie Kilberg<br />

The Sanford and Gabriella Kuvin Foundation<br />

Norman, Helen, and Marissa Lepor<br />

Maurice Amado Foundation<br />

Stacy Mandel Palagye and Keith Palagye<br />

Schwartz Family in Loving Memory of Dr. Harold & Judy Wittman<br />


Mintz & Gold LLP<br />

Gideon Goldstein and Dr. Nirit Goldstein Peer in memory<br />

of Sara Nissenbaum Goldstein<br />

In loving memory of Esther & Bension Spack by Monica Loebl<br />

Dr. Samuel and Miryam Tarica<br />


Dennis & Beth McCoy in memory of Barbara Mandel<br />

Annette E. Pakula<br />

Patricia Hewitt & Sarah Siegel<br />

Dr. Wallace N. Weber M.D. and Cheryl Weber


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Hebrew University Awards an Honorary<br />

Fellowship to Evie Wechsler<br />

On June 15, <strong>2022</strong>, in a ceremony held in New York<br />

City, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem presented<br />

celebrated artist, photographer, and philanthropist<br />

Evelene (Evie) Wechsler with an Honorary<br />

Fellowship.<br />

Evie earned her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra<br />

University and, following careers in fashion<br />

and interior design, became a celebrated artist<br />

and photographer. Her photographs are held in<br />

numerous private collections and by the Museum of<br />

Modern Art in New York. She became involved with<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University in 2005<br />

and continued funding for the Wechsler Student<br />

Dormitory that had been established by Abraham<br />

and Pauline Wechsler, parents of her then-husband.<br />

Recognizing the importance of the university’s<br />

leading role in Israeli higher education, Evie’s<br />

commitment to Hebrew University has been<br />

expressed by donations made through the Wechsler<br />

Foundation and membership on the <strong>AFHU</strong> Board<br />

of Regents and Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s<br />

Board of Governors. She generously sponsors annual<br />

scholarships for international graduate students at<br />

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

and Environment, has contributed to the Professor<br />

Menahem Ben-Sasson Chair for the Study of<br />

Judaism and Islam, and is an avid supporter of the<br />

Koret School of Veterinary Medicine. In recognition<br />

of her many contributions to the university, her<br />

name was inscribed on the Wall of Life in 2012.<br />

with gratitude for her meaningful support and<br />

maintenance of the Wechsler School dormitories;<br />

in recognition of her sponsorship of annual<br />

scholarships at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of<br />

Agriculture, Food, and Environment for international<br />

graduate students; in acknowledgment of her<br />

generosity towards human rights, animal rights, and<br />

environmental organizations in the U.S., connecting<br />

her passion for animals with her concern for<br />

improving the well-being of people.”<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> extends warm congratulations to Evie and<br />

thanks her for her leadership, dedication, and<br />

generous support.<br />

L-R: HU Chancellor Menahem Ben-Sasson and Evie Wechsler<br />

Paying tribute to Evie, HU Chancellor Menahem<br />

Ben-Sasson welcomed her into the elite group<br />

of Honorary Fellowship members “in sincere<br />

appreciation of her long-term commitment and<br />

devotion to the Hebrew University alongside her<br />

success as a celebrated artist and photographer;

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LEAD in Israel<br />

On June 7, <strong>2022</strong>, 11 <strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD participants made<br />

their long-awaited trip to Israel. Despite delays<br />

caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, members of<br />

Cohort I became a true team, ready to tackle<br />

the leadership challenges ahead. These future<br />

leaders are enthusiastic supporters of <strong>AFHU</strong> and<br />

its mission of support for the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem.<br />

Participants began their visit with a dinner<br />

that included Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

President Asher Cohen; Hebrew University Vice<br />

President and Director General Yishai Fraenkel;<br />

and Isaiah (Shy) Arkin, CEO and founder of<br />

ViroBlock, professor of biological chemistry at HU,<br />

and former HU Vice President for Research and<br />

Development. The event was typical of evenings<br />

to come, where HU leadership visited LEAD<br />

participants, offered greetings from the university,<br />

and got to know <strong>AFHU</strong>’s future leaders.<br />

During their trip, LEAD members visited HU<br />

campuses, starting with Mt. Scopus, where<br />

they met a delegation of Student Diversity<br />

Ambassadors, visited international development<br />

students in the GLOCAL International<br />

Development Program, and learned about<br />

assistance offered by Faculty of Law students as<br />

a part of the Clinical Legal Education Center.<br />

At the Hebrew University Edmond J. Safra<br />

campus, the LEAD team met Professor Naomi<br />

Habib of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for<br />

Brain Sciences and learned about her research<br />

into aging-related pathologies. Participants<br />

later engaged in “startup speed dating,” where<br />

entrepreneurs from ASPER-HUJI Innovate<br />

described their businesses and sought feedback<br />

from the group.<br />

Agriculture included a stop at the Bravdo Winery<br />

as well as an introduction to the research of<br />

bees, farming, and more. The day after their<br />

visit to Rehovot, they enjoyed a special event<br />

with Hebrew University alumni and food tech<br />

startups held at the Peres Center for Peace and<br />

Innovation.<br />

The week featured further meetings with program<br />

leaders, including an introduction to Alon Granot,<br />

commander of the HU/IDF elite training program<br />

Talpiot, an opportunity to visit the university’s<br />

Institute of Archaeology, as well as a meeting<br />

with Professor Yossi Tam at the Multidisciplinary<br />

Center for Cannabinoid Research.<br />

In addition to learning about the first-rate<br />

educational opportunities and world-class<br />

research found at HU, the schedule included<br />

sightseeing, allowing the LEAD team to enjoy<br />

Jerusalem nightlife. The team participated in<br />

a graduation ceremony held during the <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Leadership Dinner, an occasion that capped<br />

their experience as Cohort I of the <strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD<br />

program.<br />

Over the duration of the program, the members<br />

of Cohort I developed into a cohesive team,<br />

fast friends who have come to realize that their<br />

graduation ceremony was not the end of a<br />

program, but the beginning of a future committed<br />

to <strong>AFHU</strong>, HU, and Israel.<br />

The LEAD team’s visit to HU’s Smith Faculty of


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LEAD Visit to the Peres Center for<br />

Peace and InnovationIsrael

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American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University Announces Northeast<br />

Region Executive Appointments<br />

Maura Milles was promoted to Executive Director<br />

of the <strong>AFHU</strong> Northeast Region in September<br />

<strong>2022</strong>. The region encompasses the tri-state New<br />

York Area and the northeastern states. Maura is<br />

a fundraising leader with more than 20 years of<br />

experience in higher education, arts and culture,<br />

healthcare, and social change organizations.<br />

Prior to joining <strong>AFHU</strong> in 2015, Milles worked with<br />

organizations including NYU Langone Medical<br />

Center, the New York Botanical Garden, and the<br />

Jewish Museum. She received a Bachelor of Arts<br />

degree in Psychology from Boston University and<br />

attended Tel Aviv University’s Overseas Student<br />

Program.<br />

Maura Milles<br />

Also joining the Northeast Region office is Robin<br />

Milich as senior philanthropic officer. Prior to joining<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>, Milich served as the New York Tri-State<br />

executive director for the American Committee for<br />

the Weizmann Institute of Science. Prior to that,<br />

she was president of the NYC-SNY and LI Chapters<br />

of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where<br />

she worked for 20 years.<br />

Milich earned master’s degrees in social work<br />

and public health from Columbia University and a<br />

Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from SUNY<br />

Binghamton. She resides in Morristown, New<br />

Jersey with her family.<br />

Robin Milich<br />

“We’re pleased to enrich our presence in the Northeast Region with two<br />

highly talented individuals eager to engage our existing donor base and expand<br />

support for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,” says <strong>AFHU</strong> CEO Josh Rednik.<br />

“Maura and Robin are a great team and I look forward to working with them.”


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<strong>AFHU</strong> Welcomes Justin Pressman as<br />

Western Region Executive Director<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University is<br />

pleased to welcome Justin Pressman as <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Western Region executive director. Justin has a<br />

varied fundraising background in both the arts<br />

and Jewish community organizations, primarily<br />

on the West Coast.<br />

Prior to joining <strong>AFHU</strong>, Justin worked at American<br />

Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

(AFIPO), where he served as executive director<br />

for the West Coast. During his tenure, Justin<br />

mobilized national and regional leadership<br />

cohorts to exceeded ambitious fundraising<br />

goals, launched new chapters in San Diego and<br />

Dallas to expand the institution’s donor base,<br />

and leveraged the Philharmonic’s virtual and<br />

live programming to reach new and diverse<br />

audiences. Prior to his time at AFIPO, Justin<br />

worked in development at the Los Angeles LGBT<br />

Center and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.<br />

Justin received his Bachelor of Music in Trumpet<br />

Performance from the University of Miami. As a<br />

Fulbright Scholar at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov<br />

St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Justin<br />

researched the concertgoing culture of Russian<br />

musical institutions and was a conducting<br />

student at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory<br />

and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.<br />

Justin—an avid gardener, beekeeper, and<br />

proficient amateur baker—makes his home in<br />

Los Angeles.

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<strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Welcomes<br />

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz as New<br />

Regional President<br />

American Friends in Southern California were<br />

delighted to welcome Barbara Natterson-<br />

Horowitz, M.D., as the new <strong>AFHU</strong> Western<br />

Region President during the Evening of Tribute<br />

Recognition Reception, held on May 25, <strong>2022</strong> at<br />

the Brentwood Country Club.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Chairman Richard Ziman<br />

presented Dr. Natterson-Horowitz with the<br />

president’s gavel and welcomed her as the new<br />

regional president, initiating her term of office.<br />

She acknowledged outgoing <strong>AFHU</strong> Western<br />

Region President Mark Genender, thanking him<br />

for his five years of service in the role, adding,<br />

“I am hopeful that I can make a difference as<br />

regional president to continue our wonderful<br />

achievements and make the <strong>AFHU</strong> Western<br />

Region even stronger than it already is.”<br />

Dr. Natterson-Horowitz has been a member<br />

of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Western Region Board of Directors<br />

since 2015. She is a cardiologist and evolutionary<br />

biologist whose research explores the natural<br />

world and evolution for insights into human health<br />

and development. The New York Times bestselling<br />

author of Zoobiquity and Wildhood, Dr.<br />

Natterson-Horowitz is on the faculties of Harvard<br />

Medical School, David Geffen School of Medicine<br />

(UCLA), and Harvard Department of Human<br />

Evolutionary Biology. She served as elected<br />

director for Harvard University; president of the<br />

International Society of Evolution, Medicine, and<br />

Public Health; and trustee for Southern California<br />

Public Radio.


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May Their Memories Be a Blessing<br />

It is with heavy hearts we share with you the loss of three dear <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

colleagues. We miss their friendship, professionalism, and passion, and<br />

we extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends.<br />

Jenna Julien<br />

Executive Office<br />

Administrative Coordinator<br />

Jodi Perlmuth (z”l)<br />

Associate Executive Director,<br />

Northeast Region<br />

Seth Bloom (z”l)<br />

Seth Bloom, former Director,<br />

Philadelphia Office

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



The Israeli government announced the<br />

establishment of a new Albert Einstein Museum<br />

at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Edmond<br />

J. Safra Campus with $18 million in funding (64<br />

million NIS).<br />

One of the Hebrew University founders, Einstein<br />

bequeathed his archives to the university, which<br />

houses the world’s most extensive collection of<br />

his documents.<br />





A $650,000 grant from The Rosalinde and<br />

Arthur Gilbert Foundation will support a new<br />

partnership between UCLA and the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem (HU). Experts from<br />

both institutions will work together to develop<br />

strategies to prevent school violence.<br />

The program will operate in both California and<br />

Israel under the leadership of two internationally<br />

recognized experts in school safety: UCLA<br />

Prof. Ron Avi Astor and HU Prof. Mona Khoury-<br />

Kassabri.<br />



The Hebrew University maintained its status as<br />

the leading academic institution in Israel and<br />

was ranked number one in half of the academic<br />

subjects assessed by Shanghai Ranking’s Global<br />

Ranking of Academic Subjects. Further, Hebrew<br />

University was ranked among the 50 best<br />

academic institutions in the world in mathematics,<br />

law, communications, and public policy.<br />



WITH 20% MORE THC<br />

A higher power: researchers at the laboratory of<br />

Professor Alexander (Sasha) Vainstein at HU’s<br />

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

and Environment, in partnership and with funding<br />

from Mariana Bioscience Ltd., successfully<br />

engineered a cannabis plant with higher levels<br />

of medically important substances, such as THC.<br />

Prof. Vainstein said, “These study results will be<br />

valuable both to industry—to increase the yield of<br />

active substances—and to medical researchers—<br />

to cultivate and develop new strains for medical<br />

cannabis users.”<br />



HU’s Senate chose Professor Tamir Sheafer as<br />

the university’s new rector. For the last six years,<br />

Sheafer has served as Dean of HU’s Faculty of<br />

Social Sciences, and his field of expertise is digital<br />

and comparative communications. Over the past<br />

two decades, Sheafer has led several international<br />

research groups to study the impact of political<br />

systems and the strength of a democracy on a<br />

country’s political processes and communications.<br />



Do you see what I see? Attempts to build a<br />

more equitable and inclusive society took a step<br />

forward with the discovery of a “diversity illusion”<br />

by a team of researchers at Hebrew University.<br />

Their findings clearly show that within a social<br />

setting, most people significantly overestimate the<br />

presence of a minority—and this overestimation<br />

is made not only by the majority, but also by the<br />

minority themselves.


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AWARDED <strong>2022</strong> KRILL PRIZE FOR<br />


Dr. Moran Yassour of the Hebrew University<br />

Department of Microbiology and Molecular<br />

Genetics and Dr. Haitham Amal, from HU’s<br />

Institute for Drug Research and the School of<br />

Pharmacy received the prestigious Krill Prize for<br />

Excellence in Scientific Research, administered<br />

by the Wolf Foundation. The Krill Prize is awarded<br />

each year to 10 outstanding young researchers<br />

who have not yet been granted tenure.<br />




Lights, camera, action! Filmmaker Quentin<br />

Tarantino received the honorary Doctor<br />

Philosophiae Honoris Causa from the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem at a festive ceremony<br />

during the 85th annual Board of Governors<br />

meeting.<br />




New research from Hebrew University may<br />

provide insight into infertility. In HU’s Faculty of<br />

Medicine, Dr. Yaniv Elkouby’s lab focused on the<br />

development of the immature egg cells (oocytes)<br />

of zebrafish. Dr. Elkouby used zebrafish because<br />

humans share about 70 percent of genes with<br />

these small transparent fish in addition to other<br />

similarities that make it an ideal animal model for<br />

the study of many human diseases and biological<br />

processes.<br />




The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is launching<br />

a new academic course that’s out of this world,<br />

Israel’s first university course for space medicine<br />

focused on drug development research in orbit.<br />

Hebrew University Professor Sara Eyal, a clinical<br />

pharmacist who also heads the Space Lab,<br />

focuses on microgravity and how it affects human<br />

biology. Nearly 40 students enrolled from a variety<br />

of disciplines that include medicine, pharmacy,<br />

nursing, and biology.<br />


UNIVERSITY’S <strong>2022</strong> ASPER PRIZE FOR<br />


Founded by scientists Drs. Dalia Feldman, Jasmin<br />

Ravid, and Hadar Shohat, Kinoko-Tech is the<br />

<strong>2022</strong> winner of Hebrew University’s Asper Prize<br />

for Emerging Startups. The 100,000 NIS cash<br />

prize was awarded by ASPER-HUJI Innovate, the<br />

Innovation Center of the Hebrew University—a<br />

center created to nurture an entrepreneurial<br />

spirit among students, researchers, and alumni at<br />

Hebrew University.<br />



A bath from the past! From the Middle Bronze<br />

Age, Egypt played a crucial role in the appearance<br />

of calcite-alabaster artifacts in Israel. However,<br />

new research from HU showed that such calcitealabaster<br />

objects as Herod the Great’s alabaster<br />

bathtubs were quarried in Israel rather than Egypt.<br />




During a special video address to the Hebrew<br />

University community in June, Ukrainian President<br />

Volodymyr Zelensky said Israel must join the<br />

international sanctions against Russia and allow<br />

visa-free entry for refugees fleeing Moscow’s<br />

aggression. The speech was live-streamed on the<br />

university’s social media channels and followed by<br />

a Q&A. Watch the recorded Livestream on the<br />

Hebrew University YouTube and Facebook pages.

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Financial Planning<br />

in Volatile Times<br />

Neal Myerberg<br />

Principal, Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors<br />

When inflation is evident and recession may be a<br />

byproduct, it is a difficult challenge to undertake<br />

active measures for secure financial planning. If<br />

inflation generates rising interest rates, one ought<br />

to expect that yields on cash investments—for<br />

example, money market and saving accounts<br />

or certificates of deposit — should rise as well.<br />

Unfortunately, while consumers are quickly<br />

subject to higher costs for essential goods, higher<br />

interest rates on credit card debt, and higher<br />

interest rates for capital purchases, there is no<br />

concomitant increase in returns on their cash in<br />

banks. Banks are charging higher rates for lending,<br />

but consumers are not yet receiving a reasonable<br />

return on the money banks hold in their savings<br />

accounts. It’s no wonder that consumers are<br />

struggling with the economic implications of rising<br />

interest rates, and the inflation they are intended<br />

to ease.<br />

What happens, therefore, if we fall into any depth<br />

of recession? Where will prices go for consumer<br />

goods? Will we have lost the opportunity to<br />

generate yields on our cash investments because<br />

we didn’t take advantage of current offers of term<br />

CDs, albeit at still low rates?<br />

Finally, what about the stocks, money market<br />

funds, cryptocurrency, and other investments<br />

we hold that, while lower in value due to current<br />

market turmoil, still have embedded gains?<br />

Let’s summarize some choices, mindful that<br />

they involve a “partnership” with a charitable<br />

organization to be most productive.<br />

Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)<br />

• CGA rates have risen in light of interest rate<br />

increases and other assumptions effective<br />

July 1, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

• Income tax deductions for contributions to<br />

establish CGAs have also increased because<br />

of the substantial increase in the monthly IRS<br />

applicable discount rate.<br />

• A substantial percentage of the annual annuity<br />

amount will be paid to you tax-free.<br />

• A CGA can run for one or two lives. It may<br />

begin immediately or, for a higher return,<br />

be deferred through a deferred gift annuity<br />

(DGA) to begin at a date in the future.<br />

• This may be an opportune time for you to<br />

have a customized calculation of a CGA or<br />

DGA to help you decide whether the financial<br />

and tax advantages may be important to you<br />

now.<br />

Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)<br />

• Appreciated assets you want to sell now that<br />

will generate taxable gains, albeit lower than<br />

they would have been had you sold them<br />

before the downturn in investment markets,<br />

can be transacted in a way that the gain is not<br />

initially taxed and fixed payments are made<br />

to you (and others) for life. Most often used<br />

for appreciated securities, CRTs may also be<br />

effective when funded with appreciated real<br />

estate that you have held over the years as


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an investment.<br />

• The income tax deduction for contributions<br />

to a CRT are quite high considering the IRS<br />

applicable discount rate now in effect.<br />

• CRTs may be customized in a variety of<br />

ways to accomplish financial, tax, and estate<br />

planning goals.<br />

• Conversion of capital assets into higher rates<br />

of return for life at full value (not reduced by<br />

capital gains taxes when contributed) may<br />

prove to be a hedge against inflation and<br />

protect against recessionary downside.<br />

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

consider that make use of Charitable Remainder<br />

Trusts in financial and estate planning, and in<br />

particular to help you carry out your plans for<br />

passing your IRA to your heirs and maximizing<br />

your estate for yourself and others.<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 teaming 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 />

For more information, please contact us at<br />

plannedgiving@afhu.org or 212.607.8524.

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D.J. Gugenheim<br />

With 20 years of production and development<br />

experience, D.J. Gugenheim recently finished<br />

producing Billy Porter’s feature directorial<br />

debut, Anything’s Possible, for Orion/MGM.<br />

While president of Andrew Lauren Productions,<br />

Gugenheim produced Claire Denis’ High Life,<br />

starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche,<br />

and Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux, starring Natalie<br />

Portman and Jude Law. Previously, he was EVP<br />

of production at Lotus Entertainment, where he<br />

executive produced Kidnap, starring Halle Berry,<br />

as well as November Criminals with Chloë Grace<br />

Moretz and Ansel Elgort, among other films.<br />

He has also held positions at Universal-based<br />

Captivate Entertainment, where he worked on<br />

Robert Ludlum titles including The Bourne Legacy,<br />

as well as at Paramount Vantage, CAA, and for<br />

director Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).


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Recent Alumni Events<br />


Together with the Israeli and International Hebrew<br />

University Alumni Associations we joined other<br />

Hebrew University alumni from around the<br />

world on May 1st for an early celebration of Yom<br />

Ha’atzmaut with a live virtual tour of Jerusalem.<br />

Led by experienced guide Ram Kaplan, we<br />

explored the cobbled streets near the Jaffa Gate<br />

with stops to explore unique religious sites, biblical<br />

graffiti, modern street art, and much more.<br />


Earlier this year, we had an authentic<br />

conversation with three leading Hebrew<br />

University alumni about insights we can gain<br />

when things don’t go as expected: Micah Hart<br />

‘00 creator of the hit game show “Who Knows<br />

One?,” Erez Podoly ‘99, ‘02, ‘08 from Cleveland<br />

Clinic Ventures, and Lilach Rapaport ‘12 from<br />

Google.<br />


On April 10th, the HU Alumni Association hosted<br />

a special presentation of the hit Facebook game<br />

“Who Knows One?” featuring Hebrew University<br />

alumni and <strong>AFHU</strong> friends Saul Korin ‘94, Sam<br />

Rank, Rabbi Shalom Kantor ‘98, Paula Shoyer<br />

‘85, David Ochs, and Abby Pitkowsky ‘88. “Who<br />

Knows One?” is a hilarious game show that<br />

became a cultural hit in the Jewish community<br />

during the COVID-19 pandemic, reuniting old<br />

friends and creating new ones with an innovative<br />

game that combines Six Degrees of Separation<br />

and Jewish geography.

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Hebrew University Cultivates<br />

Tomorrow’s Skilled Wine Professionals<br />

By Keri Rosenbluh<br />

On the picturesque Rehovot campus of Hebrew<br />

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

Food, and Environment, participants in the M.S.<br />

program in Viticulture and Enology gather together<br />

for the first time under the canopy of a spring sky.<br />

Eager to embark on their studies, they are given a<br />

personalized gift, equally sentimental and practical—a<br />

set of pruning shears engraved with their names,<br />

marking the start of their vineyard cultivation and<br />

winemaking journeys and the pursuit of their passion<br />

for years to come.<br />

In Israel, mountains, fertile plains, and desert are<br />

often located minutes apart, bringing about diverse<br />

topography and soil compositions and creating a vast<br />

range of microclimates. It’s a winemaker’s utopia.<br />

Situated in the cradle of wine civilization, Israel is one<br />

of the oldest wine producing regions on Earth, dating<br />

back to more than 5,000 years ago. While the country<br />

spans a mere 263 miles from north to south, it boasts<br />

five vine-growing regions, from the coastal plain to<br />

the central mountains, and from the Upper Galilee<br />

to the Negev desert. With over 300 wineries, Israel<br />

harvests 60,000 tons of wine grapes and produces<br />

over 40 million bottles of wine annually.<br />

Rooted in an ancient world wine-producing region,<br />

Israel’s winemaking industry has undergone a new<br />

world wine revolution in recent decades. The result<br />

is a dynamic, hip, and thriving industry that is qualitydriven<br />

and diverse. From boutique to medium-size<br />

and commercial wineries, Israeli winemakers are<br />

raising the bar. By experimenting with indigenous<br />

grape varieties and novel blends, and integrating<br />

ancient and innovative winemaking techniques, their<br />

distinctive wine is grabbing the spotlight on the<br />

global winemaking stage. Israeli varietals are raking in<br />

distinguished international awards and rave reviews,<br />

and the business of growing grapes (viticulture) and<br />

making wine (enology) in Israel is more relevant than<br />

ever before.<br />

In response to this surge in wine production and<br />

the growing demand for skilled wine professionals,<br />

Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of<br />

Agriculture, Food, and Environment launched Israel’s<br />

first-ever master’s degree program in viticulture and<br />

enology in 2017. The four-semester program attracts<br />

connoisseurs, newcomers, and industry workers<br />

seeking to take their passion for wine one step<br />

further into practice.<br />

Headed by Professor Zohar Kerem, a world expert<br />

in food chemistry, wine, and olive oil research, the<br />

master’s program explores the growth, production,<br />

and analysis of wine as well as the profitable<br />

management of wineries. Winemaking in the Israeli<br />

context—from an environmental and climatic<br />

perspective—is central to the program’s curriculum.<br />

Drip irrigation and other Israeli techniques that were<br />

developed to tackle extreme climate conditions<br />

have become increasingly relevant to leading global<br />

winemaking regions that are coping with rapid<br />

climate changes. As such, the program attracts a<br />

widely international audience.<br />

And that’s not all. Participants in this innovative<br />

program are prepared to get their hands dirty<br />

and their palates wet. The program complements<br />

theoretical studies with hands-on learning at the<br />

Soreq Winery and Vineyard, providing practical<br />

expertise from one of Israel’s leading wineries.<br />

Throughout the program, students tend their own<br />

row in a vineyard, testing the impact of different<br />

irrigation levels or whether a varietal can thrive<br />

in certain soils and climatic conditions. Moreover,<br />

students participate in a professional workshop in<br />

Bordeaux, France, and intern at a commercial winery


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in Israel or abroad. These experiences lend exposure<br />

to diverse winemaking cultures, and the opportunity<br />

to develop a priceless global network of fellow vine<br />

and wine professionals.<br />

Lihi Hoch, alumna of the viticulture and enology<br />

program, is an active member of HaShizra,<br />

dedicated to enhancing the presence of women in<br />

Israel’s male-dominated wine industry. With a B.Sc.<br />

in Biotechnology and Plant Sciences and an M.Sc.<br />

in Brain and Behavioral Sciences, Hoch has always<br />

been intrigued by winemaking. She caught wind<br />

of the master program’s development as early<br />

as her undergraduate studies, when her interest<br />

immediately piqued. Once she discovered the<br />

program would launch, she shifted her academic<br />

focus and submitted her application. “I couldn’t let<br />

the opportunity pass me by,” shared Hoch. Through<br />

the program’s curriculum, Hoch engaged with<br />

entrepreneurs and winemaking professionals who<br />

later became friends and colleagues. It was through<br />

this network that she learned of a job opening at<br />

Bright Up, an Israeli company that imports raw<br />

materials and equipment for wine production. Today,<br />

Hoch is employed by Bright Up as a consultant to<br />

wineries on the equipment and materials they use<br />

in their wine production. “Although the program<br />

is academic in nature, it is significantly integrated<br />

with Israel’s local industry. I believe that the M.Sc.<br />

program greatly contributed to my career path by<br />

opening doors and preparing me for success, and I’m<br />

extremely grateful.”<br />

further recognition. At the end of the day, the M.Sc.<br />

in Viticulture and Enology is not only growing grapes.<br />

It’s cultivating the next generation of skilled wine<br />

professionals.<br />

The Faculty of Agriculture will welcome its next<br />

cohort of winemaking entrepreneurs in March<br />

2023. For more information on the M.S. in<br />

Viticulture and Enology, visit here.<br />

Like Hoch, entrepreneurs of all walks of life are drawn<br />

to the master’s program in viticulture and enology in<br />

pursuit of something grand: the opportunity to bottle<br />

their passion for wine in an inspiring location, learning<br />

from renowned experts and honing skills that infuse<br />

the ancient art of winemaking with Israel’s innovative<br />

technology and environmentally sound techniques.<br />

As Israel’s industry earns its place on the world’s<br />

winemaking stage, Hebrew University is doing its<br />

part. Alumni are leveraging their acquired expertise<br />

to carve a way into the industry, contributing to<br />

the global emergence of Israeli wine and earning it

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<strong>2022</strong> Bel Air Affaire<br />

The 13th Annual Bel Air Affaire, hosted at the<br />

iconic Papillon Estate in Beverly Hills, raised<br />

more than $2 million for student scholarships<br />

at Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

At the Sept. 10 event, presented by the<br />

Western Region of American Friends of the<br />

Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>), <strong>AFHU</strong> presented<br />

two philanthropic Los Angeles couples with<br />

the Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award:<br />

Dr. Jaye-Jo Portanova and Bruce Cooperman<br />

along with Cindy and Gary Frischling.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region President Barbara<br />

Natterson-Horowitz called the honorees<br />

“two couples who exemplify what it means<br />

to be actively and ceaselessly engaged in the<br />

philanthropic community. We thank them for<br />

their magnanimous generosity in support of<br />

scholarships and for continuing to be vibrant<br />

members of <strong>AFHU</strong>.”<br />

the evening featured remarks by Hebrew<br />

University President Asher Cohen and student<br />

ambassador Timna Wharton Kleinman, a<br />

recipient of a past scholarship and a master’s<br />

degree candidate in the School of Computer<br />

Science and Engineering.<br />

Addressing the guests, Wharton Kleinman<br />

discussed the importance of helping her<br />

and other students complete their degree<br />

studies.<br />

World-renowned illusionist Adam Trent<br />

provided the evening’s entertainment, and<br />

catering was by Michelin Star chef Curtis<br />

Stone.<br />

Honorary event chairs were Patricia Glaser<br />

and Sam Mudie along with May and Richard<br />

Ziman.<br />

Co-chaired by Joyce Brandman, Renae<br />

Jacobs-Anson, and Helen Jacobs-Lepor,<br />

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me<br />

pursue my goals. I hope that I will be able to pass the benefit<br />

onto others, whether advancing academic research or by<br />

educating the next generation."<br />

-Moti, Ph.D., Economics; Faculty of Social Sciences


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(L-R) <strong>AFHU</strong> honorees Bruce Cooperman and Dr. Jaye-Jo Portanova along with Cindy and Gary Frischling<br />

(L-R) <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Executive Director Justin Pressman; event Co-chairs Helen Jacobs-Lepor, Joyce Brandman, and Renae<br />

Jacobs-Anson with Hebrew University President Asher Cohen

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Northeast Region Einstein Visionaries<br />

Society Luncheon<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Northeast Region hosted its annual Einstein Visionaries Society Luncheon on September 13 at<br />

The Harmonie Club in midtown Manhattan. This celebratory luncheon recognizes generous donors<br />

who have made a legacy gift to support the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

Our surprise special guest was President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Asher Cohen, who<br />

shared updates and greetings from Israel. Guest speakers included our distinguished Professor Edwin<br />

Seroussi, director of the Jewish Music Research Center in HU’s Department of Musicology, who<br />

shared a fascinating talk on “Hatikvah: Singing a Hope”. The presentation from <strong>AFHU</strong> planned giving<br />

consultant Neal Myerberg covered strategies to reduce one’s estate and tax-wise giving.<br />

Welcoming our guests was <strong>AFHU</strong> National and Northeast Region Board member, Frances Katz, who<br />

established a bequest to endow a Chair at the Hebrew University School of Social Work. Fran’s remarks<br />

always note her deep connection to the university and pay tribute to her late husband, George Katz<br />

(z”l) and his passion for Hebrew University, Israel, and global betterment. Closing the program was<br />

Maura Milles, the new Executive Director of the Northeast Region. A big thank you also went out to<br />

our luncheon sponsor, PNC Bank, who continue to generously help underwrite this important event.<br />

To learn more about creating your own legacy at the Hebrew University through a planned gift,<br />

such as a bequest, charitable trust, or charitable gift annuity, please visit <strong>AFHU</strong> Planned Giving<br />

or plannedgiving@afhu.org.


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<strong>2022</strong> Midwest Leaders of Distinction<br />

Award Gala<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University was pleased to gather on May 18th for the <strong>2022</strong><br />

Leaders of Distinction Award Gala honoring Zev Davis, M.D., and Steven A. Kanner. The<br />

evening raised $300,000 in vital funds supporting Human Health and Social Justice at the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Thoughtful and generous contributions will enable research<br />

in computational medicine and pro bono legal assistance at the Clinical Legal Education Center.<br />

Leaders of Distinction Award Gala Co-Chairs with the <strong>2022</strong> Leaders of Distinction honorees, (L to R) Michael Freed, Mary Ann Tuft, Karen<br />

Herbst, Zev Davis, M.D., Steven A. Kanner, Barry Golin, Sara Crown Star, Lew Collens

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52nd Annual George A. Katz Torch of<br />

Learning Award<br />

We were thrilled to gather in person on May 10th for American Friends of the Hebrew University’s<br />

52nd Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award Luncheon. This year, we proudly honored<br />

two distinguished leaders in our legal community: Robert B. Fiske Jr., Senior Counsel, Davis Polk<br />

& Wardwell LLP and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Stephanie<br />

Goldstein, Global Co-Head of Litigation and Regulatory Proceedings, Goldman Sachs.<br />

Program highlights included special greetings from Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, Chancellor<br />

of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Event Co-chair Staci Yablon presented the Torch of<br />

Learning Award to Stephanie Goldstein and Elkan Abramowitz, 1992 Torch of Learning Award<br />

Laureate, presented the Torch of Learning Award to Robert B. Fiske Jr.<br />

(L-R) Honoree Stephanie Goldstein, HU Chancellor Menahem Ben-Sasson, Honoree Robert B. Fiske, Jr.


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NEXUS:ISRAEL <strong>2022</strong><br />

On March 30th, <strong>AFHU</strong> hosted the NEXUS:ISRAEL <strong>2022</strong> Virtual Summit featuring disruptive<br />

entrepreneurs, forward-thinking corporations, cutting-edge researchers, and vibrant investors,<br />

all of whom demonstrate the collaborative potential of the innovation ecosystem at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem.<br />

We are deeply grateful to the speakers, partners, and participants who joined the dialogue<br />

around our collective sustainable future. Our sincerest appreciation and gratitude go to our<br />

NEXUS:ISRAEL Virtual Summit friends and sponsors at Ark Investment Management, the Ike,<br />

Molly & Steven Elias Foundation, Bank Leumi, Mayer Brown, Paul E. Singer Foundation, Mindy<br />

and Neil Grossman, and Haddad Brands, whose leadership is essential to the success of our<br />


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<strong>2022</strong> Mid-Atlantic Scopus Award Gala<br />

On Thursday, April 28, American Friends of<br />

the Hebrew University honored Matthew<br />

and Deborah Brooks & Mark Mellman and<br />

Dr. Mindy Horowitz with the organization’s<br />

highest honor, the national Scopus Award, at<br />

a gala in Washington, DC. Named for Mount<br />

Scopus, where the Hebrew University’s first<br />

cornerstones were laid in 1918, the Award<br />

has come to symbolize the highest ideals of<br />

the university’s founders. The honorees were<br />

lauded for their life-long commitments to<br />

humanitarian causes.<br />

As part of the event, the prestigious Doctor<br />

Philosophiae Honoris Causa was presented<br />

to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (z”l), the<br />

first Jewish woman to be appointed to the<br />

U.S. Supreme Court. Her granddaughter,<br />

Clara Spera, accepted the Award on Justice<br />

Ginsburg’s behalf.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> Scopus Award recipients Deborah and Matt Brooks with<br />

Josh Rednik, CEO, <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Guests were then treated to an enlightening<br />

discussion between Israel Ambassador to<br />

the U.S. Michael Herzog, and United Arab<br />

Emirates Ambassador to the U.S., Yousef Al<br />

Otaiba on the impact and expansion of the<br />

Abraham Accords. The affable exchange was<br />

moderated by Hebrew University Chair of the<br />

Board of Governors, Daniel Schlessinger.<br />

Bill Kilberg, President, <strong>AFHU</strong> Mid-Atlantic Region, and Clara Spera,<br />

who accepted the Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa on behalf<br />

of her grandmother, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (z"l)


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<strong>2022</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala<br />

In keeping with its tradition of recognizing outstanding individuals, <strong>AFHU</strong> presented its<br />

prestigious Scopus Award to Florence Kaufman, on April 4, <strong>2022</strong>, at The Breakers, Palm Beach.<br />

The festive gala and awards ceremony honored Mrs. Kaufman for her decades of philanthropic<br />

leadership in education and healthcare in the Palm Beach community, New York region, and<br />

Israel. Presenting the award to Mrs. Kaufman was Professor Asher Cohen, president of the<br />

Hebrew University. Mrs. Kaufman’s gracious acceptance speech reflected on her life as a<br />

community volunteer, and memories of her late husband, real estate developer, Robert Kaufman.<br />

The <strong>2022</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala dinner chairs included: Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bogen,<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Endelson, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Gendelman, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jacobs,<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kozloff, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rome, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Snyder, and Mr.<br />

and Mrs. Bruce Toll. We also honor the memory of the late Mrs. Diane Belfer, who had planned<br />

to join the Scopus Award Gala as a dinner chair. The event chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Robert<br />

Emden, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fiverson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fromer, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard<br />

Rothschild.<br />

During a pre-event cocktail hour the same evening, Hebrew University’s President Asher Cohen<br />

conferred an honorary fellowship on Mr. Richard Rothschild, in recognition of his board service,<br />

dedicated outreach to the Palm Beach community, and generous philanthropy.<br />

Thanks to the Palm Beach community’s steadfast engagement, the Hebrew University<br />

continues to be a leader in undergraduate and graduate education, research and scholarship,<br />

and service to the world.<br />

President Asher Cohen and Barbara and Richard Rothschild<br />

Florence Kaufman and Ali Sanders

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2023 Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala<br />


MONICA LOEBL AT 305.336.5775 OR MLOEBL@<strong>AFHU</strong>.ORG


<strong>AFHU</strong> NEWS VOL. 29 PAGE 45<br />

Regional Offices<br />

Northeast Region<br />

199 Water Street, 11th Floor<br />

New York, NY 10038<br />

T: 212.607.8510<br />

E: northeast@afhu.org<br />

Mid-Atlantic Region<br />

11140 Rockville Pike, Suite 640<br />

Rockville, MD 20852<br />

T: 202.363.4600<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 />

555 W. 5th Street, Floor 35<br />

Los Angeles, CA 90013<br />

T: 310.843.3100<br />

E: western@afhu.org<br />

Save the Date<br />

January 13, 2023<br />

January 14-16, 2023<br />

January 15, 2023<br />

January 16, 2023<br />

June 10-14, 2023<br />


<strong>AFHU</strong> LEAD COHORT II SEMINAR<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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