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

Vol. 31 / <strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


MOVES<br />


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

Letter from Leadership<br />


Pamela Nadler Emmerich<br />


Clive Kabatznik<br />


Richard S. Ziman<br />


Kenneth L. Stein<br />

Ronald M. Zimmerman<br />


Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Clive Kabatznik<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 />


I. Steven Edelson<br />


Richard D. Weinberg<br />


Alan Fiske<br />

Charles H. Goodman<br />

Brindell Gottlieb {z”l)<br />

Brad Karp<br />

Ellen Klersfeld Hechtman<br />

Steve Rubinow<br />

Lynne Silbert<br />

Robert Snyder<br />

Marla Lerner Tanenbaum<br />

Mark Vidergauz<br />



Stanley M. Bogen<br />

Michael S. Kurtz<br />

Marc O. Mayer<br />

George A. Schieren<br />

Daniel I. Schlessinger<br />

Ira Lee Sorkin<br />

On October 7, <strong>2023</strong>, a Sabbath morning on<br />

Simchat Torah, our world changed as a brutal<br />

attack by the Hamas terror organization<br />

rocked Israel.<br />

The attack has left our community grappling<br />

with unimaginable tragedy. This horrific<br />

massacre and capture of innocent civilians<br />

are unprecedented acts of terror. The<br />

victims include children, Holocaust survivors,<br />

families, teachers, senior citizens, community<br />

leaders, soldiers, and ordinary citizens - each<br />

with their own stories, each with their own<br />

heartbreak.<br />

Everything has changed since we published<br />

the last edition of <strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong> in May. Today,<br />

the Hebrew University’s campuses should be<br />

filled with eager young students embarking<br />

on a new school year. Professors should be<br />

in classrooms and researchers should be in<br />

their labs. Instead, thousands have answered<br />

the call to defend Israel in one of her darkest<br />

hours.<br />

At a time like this, it can be difficult to recall<br />

the happy times that came before, and<br />

even more difficult to dream of happier times<br />

ahead. Yet we do remember, we must dream,<br />

and we look forward to better days.<br />

have not already made a gift, I urge you to do<br />

so today. Other content in this issue reminds<br />

us of happier moments and of the generosity<br />

and importance of donors like John Paulson,<br />

Mortimer B. Zuckerman, and others whose<br />

transformative gifts ensure that the Hebrew<br />

University and Israel will thrive well beyond<br />

these troubled times.<br />

Thank you for your support of the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem and your commitment<br />

to the State of Israel. Together, we will build<br />

a brighter future and a better tomorrow.<br />

With best wishes,<br />

Joshua W. Rednik<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

James Matanky<br />

On page 5, you will find information on We<br />

Are One, the emergency fund established<br />

to support those at the Hebrew University<br />

affected by the war and its aftermath. If you

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The Paulson Family Foundation<br />

Donates $27 Million for Hebrew<br />

University School of Computer<br />

Science and Engineering Building<br />

thus expanding and upgrading the school’s<br />

learning spaces and research laboratories.<br />

The new building will feature state-of-the-art<br />

education facilities including approximately 75,300<br />

sq ft. (7,000 m2) of special laboratories, teaching<br />

rooms, office space, and computer stations in the<br />

labs and open areas.<br />

“Over the last decade, we have increased<br />

threefold the number of students at the School<br />

of Computer Science and Engineering,” said Prof.<br />

Asher Cohen, President of the Hebrew University.<br />

“The current complex, which comprises three<br />

buildings, will be at full capacity by the end of<br />

2024. Construction of this fourth building will<br />

enable us to meet the huge demand for the<br />

outstanding hi-tech personnel that the University<br />

produces. The Paulson Family Foundation’s<br />

generous donation will allow us to continue<br />

supporting the Israeli hi-tech industry in the best<br />

possible way.”<br />

The Paulson Family Foundation was founded in<br />

2009 by John Paulson, President of Paulson &<br />

Co., a global investment company. The Foundation<br />

invests in education, science, health, culture, and<br />

the arts.<br />

are on campus around the clock, with modern<br />

learning and research spaces to the highest<br />

international standards. It will also be the home of<br />

an AI research center that we are in the process<br />

of establishing.”<br />

L-R Amb. Yossi Gal, John Paulson, and President Professor Asher Cohen<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced<br />

an unprecedented $27 million donation from the<br />

Paulson Family Foundation for the construction of<br />

a new building within the Rachel and Selim Benin<br />

School of Computer Science and Engineering,<br />

located on the Edmond J. Safra Campus in the<br />

Givat Ram neighborhood in Jerusalem.<br />

The donation will improve and enrich the<br />

experience of Hebrew University’s students and<br />

researchers, who are in high demand in the Israeli<br />

and international hi-tech industry. The Hebrew<br />

University’s School of Computer Science and<br />

Engineering is the birthplace of some of the<br />

world’s leading hi-tech companies, including<br />

Mobileye and Lightricks.<br />

The gift from the U.S.-based Paulson Family<br />

Foundation will enable the construction of the<br />

fourth building in the computer science complex,<br />

“Israel’s quality higher education is largely<br />

responsible for the country’s technology boom<br />

and rapid economic development,” said Paulson,<br />

who is Founder and Chairman of the Paulson<br />

Family Foundation. “This gift will ensure that the<br />

Hebrew University has the resources to meet<br />

the growing demand for computer science and<br />

engineering education.”<br />

“We are immensely grateful to the Paulson Family<br />

Foundation for this generous donation, which will<br />

significantly improve the learning and research<br />

experience of our students and researchers, who<br />

are influencing the future of our field on a daily<br />

basis,” says Prof. Sara Cohen, Dean of the School<br />

of Computer Science and Engineering. “The new<br />

building will provide these sharpest of minds, who<br />

Prof. Sara Cohen<br />

According to Joshua Rednik, Chief Executive<br />

Officer, American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University, “This is a truly transformational gift<br />

from one of America’s most successful investors.<br />

His contribution to developing the next generation<br />

of computer scientists is a worthy endeavor that<br />

will advance the industry at a global level and<br />

especially within the State of Israel.”

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David Chesnoff: Fighting for the<br />

Underdog<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>):<br />

“I remember visiting the university as a young kid,<br />

and my brother worked in public relations for the<br />

university while he was a student. I have a great<br />

photograph of him with Eleanor Roosevelt during<br />

her visit to the campus.” he said, adding, “I’ve<br />

always appreciated the history of the university<br />

and the people who founded it. They made the<br />

university what it is today, a world-class institution<br />

that produces fantastic discoveries in the sciences,<br />

medicine, and computers. But I think HU’s work in<br />

the humanities is essential, too. In a country that<br />

has seen so many successes in scientific research<br />

and innovation, the humanities help to ground<br />

Israel in its tradition of democracy, Jewish learning,<br />

and education in general. It’s a very important<br />

component of Israel’s success.”<br />

As a leader in his Las Vegas community, David is<br />

an enthusiastic supporter of Friends of the Israel<br />

Defense Forces, Chabad of Southern Nevada, the<br />

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada, and several<br />

other organizations. “This is a community filled with<br />

warm-hearted, wonderful people. I feel very blessed<br />

to have settled in Las Vegas and to have achieved<br />

personal success, so I want to give back to a<br />

community that has been very good to me. Also,<br />

my background reminds me that we all must do<br />

what we can to help others. After all, when you’re<br />

Jewish and you know how often we’ve been the<br />

subjects of persecution, you know how important<br />

it is to help others,” he said. <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region<br />

Board Vice Chair, Patricia Glaser, has joined David<br />

in helping to strengthen the connection between<br />

Las Vegas and the Hebrew University: “Through<br />

Patty Glaser’s influence, we have made Las Vegas<br />

a more supportive community for the university,”<br />

David added.<br />

For his support of the Hebrew University, his<br />

dedication to Israel, and his service to the<br />

community, David will be honored with the Scopus<br />

Award on January 20, 2024. Named for Mount<br />

Scopus in Jerusalem, the Scopus Award reflects<br />

the university’s highest ideals of achievement,<br />

leadership, and philanthropic engagement. Previous<br />

Scopus Award recipients include Barbra Streisand,<br />

Leonard Bernstein, Frank Gehry, Frank Sinatra,<br />

Elizabeth Taylor, and Elie Wiesel, among others.<br />

Asked to comment on the award, David shared,<br />

“When I look at the list of previous recipients, I am<br />

truly humbled. I feel honored to be named the 2024<br />

recipient of the <strong>AFHU</strong> Scopus Award.”<br />

And what would David say to someone wondering<br />

why they should support the American Friends of<br />

the Hebrew University? David said, “You should<br />

support <strong>AFHU</strong> because the research and innovation<br />

coming out of the Hebrew University doesn’t just<br />

benefit a country, it benefits the world. And helping<br />

to further that work? I can’t think of a better goal.”<br />

Although born in New Jersey, noted attorney,<br />

community leader, and upcoming <strong>AFHU</strong> Scopus<br />

Award honoree David Chesnoff is at heart a<br />

Nevadan, having lived there for 41 years. “I consider<br />

myself more western than eastern now,” he said.<br />

And the more casual, no-nonsense attitude of<br />

the American West was one of the first things he<br />

noticed about Israel, saying, “I’ve been to Israel<br />

many times over the years, beginning in 1958 when<br />

I was a young child, and I’ve visited on a regular<br />

basis throughout my life and lived in Jerusalem on<br />

several occasions. When I first went to Israel, I don’t<br />

think there was a [neck] tie to be found in the entire<br />

country. It’s very cosmopolitan now.”<br />

David’s brother Richard (z”l) was an alumnus of the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) and sparked<br />

his interest in becoming involved with HU through<br />

As one of the United States’ leading criminal<br />

defense attorneys, David can count Hollywood<br />

celebrities and well-known public figures among<br />

his many famous clients. But not all his clients are<br />

famous, and none can face the power of the state<br />

without a vigorous defense. “A person accused of<br />

something by a very powerful government—they’re<br />

the underdog. My role is to see that the Constitution<br />

is followed and that my defendants receive the best<br />

defense available.”<br />

David sees his support for the Hebrew University<br />

and Israel as stemming from the same commitment<br />

to helping the underdog: “Israel is the ultimate<br />

reflection of the need for the Jewish people to have<br />

a place where they can feel safe and protected.<br />

Israel is a beautiful place, a society unique in the<br />

Middle East. The same things that make me love<br />

Israel make me love being a defense attorney. I<br />

know what it means to be the underdog and to<br />

fight unjust power. They’re both a part of my Jewish<br />

heritage.”<br />

Read about David’s recent trip to Israel to volunteer below:<br />

‘I went with a purpose’: Las Vegas attorney volunteers in Israel<br />

Amb. Yossi Gal and David Chesnoff at the Hebrew University during David’s November visit.

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Brindell Gottlieb (z”l)<br />

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Brindell Gottlieb (z”l), a cherished member of<br />

the <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region, former Honorary Director and National Board member, and longtime supporter<br />

of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

A Benefactor of the University, Brindell was awarded an Honorary Fellowship and an Honorary Doctorate<br />

in recognition of her humanitarianism. Devoted to students, Brindell spearheaded fundraising campaigns<br />

that raised millions of dollars for scholarships. For many years, Brindell hosted the Western Region’s annual<br />

event “The Bel Air Affaire” in her beautiful home, “The Milton,” named after her beloved late husband,<br />

Milton Gottlieb (z”l).<br />

Brindell’s generosity extended to a wide range of causes in the arts, medicine, culture and education,<br />

and many gifts were made in tribute to Milton, and to her beloved late son Ross Stephen Roberts (z”l).<br />

A graduate of UCLA, Brindell advanced medical initiatives at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, The UCLA<br />

Jules Stein Eye Institute, and the Children’s Burn Foundation, in addition to scientific research at the<br />

Hebrew University. Active in the Jewish community, Brindell supported the work of the Jewish Federation<br />

and the American Jewish Committee.<br />

Unter Family Visit<br />

to the Hebrew<br />

University<br />

Dr. Saul Unter and his daughter Jennifer were<br />

welcomed on the Hebrew University Ein Kerem<br />

campus to visit the facility he will name with his<br />

generous bequest commitment – the Dr. Saul<br />

Unter Reception Area at Hebrew University’s<br />

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

with Disabilities. In addition, Dr. Unter established<br />

the Dr. Saul Unter Endowment Fund, an act of<br />

generosity that helps ensure the University’s future<br />

for generations to come.<br />

<strong>2023</strong> Rappaport<br />

Prize Winners<br />

Professor Eli Pikarsky from the Concern Foundation<br />

Laboratories at the Lautenberg Center for<br />

Immunology at the Hebrew University and Dean of<br />

the Faculty of Medicine, received the prestigious <strong>2023</strong><br />

Rappaport Prize for his outstanding contributions to<br />

inflammation and hepatocellular carcinoma research.<br />

L-R Prof. Stella Chaushu, Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Vice<br />

Dean of International Relations, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of<br />

Dental Medicine, Jennifer Unter, Dr. Saul Unter, Naomi Mizrahi, Director,<br />

North American Desk, Division for Advancement and External Relations,<br />

Professor Nissim Benvenisty from the Alexander<br />

Silberman Institute of Life Sciences received the<br />

prestigious Rappaport Prize for his groundbreaking<br />

work in the field of pluripotent stem cells in humans<br />

and the study of embryonic development and<br />

genetic diseases in humans.

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Gabrielle Sherb Joins <strong>AFHU</strong> as<br />

Mid-Atlantic Region Executive Director<br />

Hebrew University’s Glocal Program:<br />

Where Israel Meets the World<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> is delighted to welcome fundraising veteran Gabrielle “Gabby”<br />

Sherb as the new Executive Director of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Mid-Atlantic Region.<br />

She joins <strong>AFHU</strong> from the United Way of the National Capital Area,<br />

where she led the daily operations for the fundraising department as<br />

Vice President, Development and Donor Engagement. Prior to her<br />

time at the United Way, Gabby held development positions with the<br />

Jewish National Fund, Anti-Defamation League, and The Leadership<br />

Conference, which comprises The Leadership Conference Education<br />

Fund and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.<br />

“I am honored to be joining <strong>AFHU</strong> and look forward to deepening and<br />

expanding support and engagement with Hebrew University, one of<br />

Israel’s and the world’s most renowned academic and innovative institutions,” Gabby said.<br />

Gabby received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College and a Bachelor of<br />

Arts Degree from Binghamton University. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and will work out of<br />

the Mid-Atlantic regional office in Rockville.<br />

Brad Eisen Joins <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region<br />

as Philanthropy Officer<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) is pleased<br />

to welcome Bradley “Brad” Eisen as the new Western Region<br />

Philanthropy Officer. Brad joins <strong>AFHU</strong> from the Jewish Federation<br />

of Greater Los Angeles, where he served as a Major Gifts Manager.<br />

His areas of expertise include major and planned giving, capital<br />

campaigns, donor engagement, and stewardship.<br />

A graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington with a Bachelor of<br />

Science in Kinesiology (BSK), Brad previously worked in the sports<br />

marketing and sales arena. He served as a consultant to Crowd<br />

Game, a sports fan engagement company, and worked for several<br />

sports teams, serving as Manager of Group Tickets for the LA Galaxy<br />

and Group Sales Supervisor for the Los Angeles Clippers.<br />

Asked about joining <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Western Region, Brad said, “I am excited to be joining the <strong>AFHU</strong> team<br />

and look forward to playing an integral role in supporting the growth and innovation taking place at<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.”<br />

As Israel’s premier institution of higher learning,<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is well known<br />

for its leadership in the sciences, medical research,<br />

technology, and agriculture. Perhaps not as well<br />

known, however, is a Hebrew University program<br />

that builds grassroots development projects, both<br />

in Israel and in some of the neediest regions of the<br />

world: the GLOCAL M.A. Program in International<br />

Development.<br />

A portmanteau of “global” and “local,” the program<br />

brings change on a global scale through local,<br />

community-based development. GLOCAL is an<br />

18-month master’s degree program that includes<br />

a four-month field internship based on students’<br />

interests. The program builds upon academic<br />

research to create a practical understanding of<br />

community development, an approach that helps<br />

communities in need across the world to advance<br />

and prosper.<br />

With a student body that is approximately one-third<br />

Israeli, one-third North American, and one-third from<br />

the developing world (primarily Africa), GLOCAL<br />

offers a unique experience for its participants. Israel<br />

is where the developed world meets the developing<br />

world: a nation that includes High-Tech Jerusalem<br />

and Bedouin nomads. Now in its 13th year, GLOCAL<br />

is a well-established program with a developed<br />

network that includes global NGOs and more than<br />

300 alumni, two-thirds of whom are working in field<br />

projects throughout the world. GLOCAL fosters the<br />

next generation of community-led development<br />

practitioners who are trained by experienced<br />

instructors, informed by cutting-edge theories with<br />

a global perspective, and incorporating practical<br />

local solutions formed by marginalized communities<br />

seeking positive change.<br />

The program offers two specialized tracks. The first,<br />

International Development and Gender, offers a firm<br />

grounding in theories relevant to gender studies,<br />

enabling students to approach their studies and<br />

their internship through the lens of gender and the<br />

empowerment of women.<br />

The second, International Migration and<br />

Development, offers participants cutting-edge<br />

knowledge and research on recent migration flows,<br />

migration theory, and refugee studies. This track<br />

addresses cases that include the recent European<br />

refugee crisis, the situation of asylum seekers around<br />

the world, the fate of labor migrants, and the status<br />

of asylum seekers and refugees in Israel. GLOCAL<br />

also offers a research component to a limited<br />

number of students. For these students, their M.A.<br />

thesis focuses on GLOCAL’s mission to advance<br />

critical global thinking while challenging existing<br />

theories in the field of international development.<br />

With recent projects that include water accessibility<br />

in Tanzania, food security in Vietnam, and the gender<br />

dimension of an Ethiopian drought, areas of study<br />

are wide-ranging and can be tailored to a student’s<br />

needs, with all field projects integrating academic and<br />

practical experience. GLOCAL ensures that projects<br />

have input and buy-in from their communities, with<br />

the goal of building a self-sustaining project that is<br />

directed by the community it serves.

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What Does it Mean to be Human?<br />

Humanities at the Hebrew University<br />

Curiosity is the foundation for all research and the<br />

impetus behind all education. Through our study<br />

of the humanities, we turn away from the objects<br />

found in our world and shift our gaze inwards to<br />

understand what it means to be human.<br />

The variety of courses offered at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of the<br />

Humanities is vast, covering many fields of<br />

knowledge. Since its founding in 1928, the faculty<br />

has been Israel’s leader in the humanities and the<br />

world leader in Jewish studies. In recent years,<br />

the Faculty of the Humanities has explored new<br />

modes of teaching, including integrating digital<br />

humanities into its programs and adding tours<br />

in Israel and abroad and courses that include<br />

hands-on educational opportunities.<br />

Here is a sampling of the fascinating studies in<br />

the humanities that can be found at the Hebrew<br />

University:<br />

Avigail Manekin-Bamberger is a member of the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Martin Buber<br />

Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social<br />

Sciences and a professor in the University’s<br />

Department of Jewish History and Contemporary<br />

Jewry. A historian of Jews in antiquity, focusing<br />

on social and cultural history and on the study of<br />

ancient Jewish magic, Prof. Manekin-Bamberger<br />

integrates rabbinic sources, non-Jewish sources,<br />

and material evidence in her reconstruction of the<br />

lives of early Jews.<br />

Archaeological findings of Jewish magical texts<br />

and artifacts from antiquity are an important<br />

source for her research. Previously, many<br />

scholars disregarded Jewish magical sources,<br />

preferring to paint ancient Judaism as rational<br />

and non-superstitious. They viewed magical acts<br />

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

As more texts and artifacts have been discovered<br />

however, scholars have come to recognize the<br />

central role that magic played in the ancient<br />

Jewish world. For example, a discovery of<br />

hundreds of magical texts from the time of the<br />

Babylonian Talmud demonstrates how Jews<br />

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

and malice. Jewish scribes wrote incantations,<br />

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

surface of an earthenware bowl, usually in a<br />

spiral fashion. The bowl was later buried. In her<br />

research, Manekin-Bamberger demonstrates<br />

how careful study of these bowl texts, alongside<br />

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

reshape our understanding of the daily lives of<br />

ancient Jewish men and women.<br />

Slaves and the demonic as depicted in magical sources<br />

Uri Gabbay is an Associate Professor of<br />

Assyriology and the Ancient Near East in the<br />

Institute of Archaeology.<br />

Prof. Gabbay’s research focuses on the liturgy,<br />

ritual, and intellectual history of ancient<br />

Mesopotamia, especially in the first millennium<br />

B.C.E. His research is based on an analysis of<br />

cuneiform tablets in Sumerian and Akkadian,<br />

with a special interest in the Sumerian ritual<br />

laments that were an important part of the<br />

temple liturgies of ancient Mesopotamia. In<br />

addition to deciphering and reconstructing the<br />

texts, Prof. Gabbay integrates other cultural and<br />

archaeological sources to reconstruct the ritual<br />

and music of these ancient temples.<br />

Prof. Gabbay also hopes to gain insights from the<br />

Mesopotamians themselves. Using translations of<br />

texts from Sumerian into Akkadian, and Akkadian<br />

commentaries on different religious texts, he<br />

seeks to discover the ways Mesopotamian<br />

scholars viewed and interpreted their own texts<br />

and culture. In a recent project funded by the<br />

European Research Council, his team of Ph.D.<br />

students and post-doctoral researchers worked to<br />

combine the study of ritual and the study of the<br />

ancient interpretations, remembering that temple<br />

priest-scholars are the source for both.<br />

An example of Assyrian and Sumerian writing carved on clay or stone<br />

Oded Erez is a Professor in the Musicology<br />

Department. Prof. Erez specializes in the study<br />

of popular music, including music used in films<br />

and other media. With a focus on Israel and<br />

the Eastern Mediterranean, his research seeks<br />

to provide an understanding of popular music<br />

cultures, highlighting the interplay of the music’s<br />

aesthetics and its social/political meaning. Much<br />

of his work focuses on the politics of “East” and<br />

“West” in Israel at a time when social hierarchies<br />

and ethnic identities are being contested.<br />

One of his studies focused on the extraordinary<br />

popularity of Greek music in Israel since the late<br />

1950s and its use as a means of negotiating and<br />

subverting the Jew/Arab dichotomy, a dichotomy<br />

that was central to the organization of the new<br />

state’s national culture and instrumental to the<br />

marginalization of Mizrahi Jews. Prof. Erez also<br />

studied the role of music in Arab public schools<br />

during Israel’s early decades, viewing the music<br />

as a unique window into the dynamics of inclusion<br />

and exclusion that underline the encounter<br />

between the Jewish State and its Arab citizens.<br />

In other research, he has explored the resurgence<br />

of Arabic in the contemporary popular music<br />

of Israeli Jews, looking at the different ways in<br />

which Arabic is performed as a “post-vernacular”<br />

language (a heritage language that no longer<br />

serves primarily for everyday communication),<br />

and has written about the status of Mizrahiyut<br />

(the “Eastern”) in contemporary Israeli “sonic<br />

economies.”<br />

Prof. Erez’s latest project, Mixing Rituals, provides<br />

the first major study of Israeli wedding music,<br />

focusing on wedding DJs and their audiences.<br />

Supported by an ISF grant, the study is the first<br />

ethnomusicological study anywhere to investigate<br />

the central role of wedding DJs as cultural<br />

brokers, at once heirs to the traditional functions<br />

of the professional wedding musician, mediators<br />

of elements from club culture into the realm of<br />

familial and communal celebration, and actors in<br />

the commercial field of the wedding industry.<br />

Sharon Krishek is a Professor in the Department of<br />

Philosophy. Her area of research is the philosophy

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of 19th century Danish philosopher Søren<br />

Kierkegaard, who is well-known as ‘the father of<br />

existentialism.’ She uses Kierkegaard‘s ideas as a<br />

platform for asking substantive questions about<br />

the correct way of living, the nature of the self,<br />

and most of all, about love.<br />

Love in its various forms – its nature, its<br />

significance to human existence, its relation to<br />

morality – is the focus of her research and the<br />

center around which her other questions are<br />

formed. Not surprisingly, studying love leads to<br />

the study of literature. After all, literature has<br />

the power to provide the kind of ‘knowledge<br />

by experience’ needed for a more thorough<br />

understanding of human experience, particularly<br />

love. Her published works: The Moral Implications<br />

of Kierkegaard’s Analysis of Despair, Kierkegaard’s<br />

Notion of a Divine Name and the Feasibility of<br />

Universal Love, and The Focus of Love, reveal her<br />

ability to explore the human condition through the<br />

study of Kierkegaard’s theories.<br />

Through our study of the humanities, we can<br />

learn about global cultures—past and present—<br />

and learn to chart our way through this world.<br />

Visit the Faculty of Humanities page to learn<br />

more about the Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

academics who are helping us understand what<br />

it means to be human.<br />

Faculty of Agriculture volunteers planting 24,000 lettuce seedlings in the aftermath of October 7 at Meshek Yemini, south of Ashkelon

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Prof. Mona Khoury and Prof. Meir Buzaglo<br />

Awarded Presidential Medal of Honor<br />

by Israel’s President Isaac Herzog<br />

On September 6, <strong>2023</strong>, Israel’s President Isaac<br />

Herzog awarded the Presidential Medal of<br />

Honor to outstanding members of the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem faculty, Profs. Mona<br />

Khoury and Meir Buzaglo, who have made an<br />

extraordinary contribution to the State of Israel,<br />

the Jewish people, and all humanity.<br />

They were among 13 recipients in various fields<br />

in Israel and the Diaspora to receive Israel’s<br />

highest civilian honor during a ceremony at<br />

the President’s residence. “Having a shared<br />

foundation is what provides stability and<br />

strength for growth and prosperity,” President<br />

Herzog said. “This idea, of prosperity based<br />

on great diversity but rooted in a common<br />

foundation – is a very central theme that has<br />

been woven into the Israeli presidency since its<br />

inception.”<br />

Hebrew University Vice President for Strategy<br />

and Diversity Prof. Mona Khoury expressed her<br />

gratitude for the Presidential Medal of Honor<br />

and the recognition of her work in promoting<br />

diversity and inclusion in academia. She stated,<br />

“Receiving this prestigious award is not just a<br />

personal honor, but a testament to the power<br />

of diversity and unity in shaping a better future<br />

for all people. Together, we can build a stronger<br />

and more inclusive society that values the<br />

contributions of every individual, regardless of<br />

their background. Throughout my career, I’ve<br />

had the privilege of breaking through glass<br />

ceilings, and in my role at Hebrew University,<br />

I’m committed to shattering those barriers for<br />

others.”<br />

Prof. Meir Buzaglo is a lecturer in the Hebrew<br />

University’s Department of Philosophy, a leader<br />

of the renewal of Jewish tradition and liturgical<br />

poetry (piyyut) in Israel and has led the Tikkun<br />

movement for social change. He says, “Amidst the<br />

clamor of external distractions, precision in our<br />

vision becomes paramount. As the ancient verse<br />

wisely states, ‘Without vision, a nation perishes.’<br />

Today, as Israel grapples with the complex<br />

balance of being a Jewish and democratic state,<br />

it faces pressing concerns. Yet, we should strive<br />

to envision a revitalized Middle East, where we<br />

can transform the challenges and crises that<br />

confront us into opportunities for progress and<br />

prosperity in the region while enriching the<br />

Abraham Accords.”<br />

The Medal was established by the late Shimon<br />

Peres, the State of Israel’s ninth president. Upon<br />

taking office, President Isaac Herzog established<br />

an advisory committee chaired by Supreme<br />

Court Judge (ret.), Prof. Yoram Danzinger, to<br />

nominate candidates from all parts of Israeli<br />

society, including Jewish Diaspora leaders.<br />

Addressing the award recipients at the event,<br />

President Herzog said, “This is embedded deeply<br />

in the DNA of the State of Israel, and it is not<br />

without reason that it is reflected in all its glory<br />

in you – recipients of the Presidential Medal of<br />

Honor in the 75th year of the State. You have<br />

been privileged to do good, to bring about<br />

change, and to make a dramatic contribution<br />

to the State of Israel, to the Jewish people, for<br />

all humanity. This is why each and every one of<br />

you is worthy of receiving the highest civilian<br />

decoration in Israel – the Presidential Medal of<br />

Honor.”<br />

Prof. Mona Khoury, receives the Presidential Medal of Honor from Israel’s<br />

President Isaac Herzog<br />

Prof. Meir Buzaglo, receives the Presidential Medal of Honor from Israel’s<br />

President Isaac Herzog

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




DESERT<br />

Archaeologists from the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem unearthed a rare Byzantine Greek<br />

inscription paraphrasing a verse from the Book<br />

of Psalms at the remote Hyrcania Fortress in the<br />

Judean Desert in Israel.<br />

This is the first methodological, academic<br />

archaeological excavation conducted at the<br />

site due to the complexity and remoteness of<br />

the location. The team, led by HU’s Institute<br />

of Archaeology researchers Dr. Oren Gutfeld<br />

and Michal Haber, along with Carson-Newman<br />

University and American Veterans Archaeological<br />

Recovery, spent four weeks at the site.<br />




A 12,000-year-old bird call, made of bird bones:<br />

The New York Times covered a new study by the<br />

Hebrew University discussing a collection of small<br />

flutes carved from waterfowl bones that may have<br />

been used as hunting aids.<br />





Researchers at Hebrew University, in collaboration<br />

with bioproduction platform company Enzymit,<br />

developed a protein-based biosensor that can<br />

accurately detect landmines and a range of other<br />

TNT-based unexploded ordnances (UXO).<br />

Utilizing Enzymit’s proprietary algorithms and<br />

experimental capabilities, the sensor was optimized<br />

to be up to five times more sensitive, with faster<br />

reaction times, and a signal strength 30 times<br />

stronger than the original construct. The efficacy<br />

of the solution is reported in a paper published<br />

recently in the Computational and Structural<br />

Biotechnology Journal.<br />




HU researchers developed an innovative new<br />

method for studying the inner workings of cell<br />

nuclei, a significant step forward in cellular biology<br />

that could add to the understanding of various<br />

cellular processes and diseases.<br />

Regarding the study, Prof. Eran Meshorer said,<br />

“Our research opens new doors for understanding<br />

the complexities of cellular behavior during<br />

differentiation. The ability to precisely track local<br />

densities within bio-condensates using fluorescent<br />

proteins provides valuable insights into cellular<br />

development that were previously hidden from<br />

view.”<br />




Chemicals used in hundreds of products known<br />

as phthalates have been linked to emotional and<br />

behavioral development issues in 24-month-oldboys<br />

who were exposed during the first trimester<br />

of pregnancy, according to a new study by Hebrew<br />

University researchers.<br />

“Our findings, published in NeuroToxicology,<br />

underscore the potential impact of maternal<br />

exposure to phthalates on children’s emotional and<br />

behavioral development, particularly among boys,”<br />

says Liron Cohen-Eliraz, a Ph.D. student who<br />

conducted the research as part of her dissertation.<br />

“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence<br />

highlighting the need for greater environmental<br />

awareness and action to minimize exposure to<br />

harmful chemicals during pregnancy.”<br />





A team of researchers led by the Hebrew<br />

University developed a tiny human heart model<br />

that could potentially transform cardiovascular<br />

research and animal-free drug testing.<br />

Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading causes<br />

of global mortality, underscoring the critical<br />

importance of this pioneering development. The<br />

study introduces a self-paced, multi-chambered<br />

human heart model, approximately half the size of<br />

a rice grain.<br />

“Integrating our complex human heart model<br />

with sensors allowed us to monitor critical<br />

physiological parameters in real-time, revealing<br />

intricate mitochondrial dynamics that drive cardiac<br />

rhythms,” said Prof. Yaakov “Koby” Nahmias,<br />

Director of the Hebrew University Alexander<br />

Grass Center for Bioengineering, and a Fellow of<br />

the American Institute for Medical and Biological<br />

Engineering (AIMBE). “This is a new chapter in<br />

human physiology.”<br />



A new and detailed analysis of early mother and<br />

fetus dynamics provides a greater understanding<br />

of gestational age (pregnancy stage) on maternal<br />

and fetal health, according to researchers at<br />

Hebrew University and Stanford University.<br />

Discoveries from this research could fill a<br />

knowledge gap regarding normal placenta<br />

development that could improve maternal and fetal<br />

outcomes, and lead to advancements in treating<br />

placenta-related obstetric complications, such as<br />

preeclampsia (a high blood pressure disorder) and<br />

preterm birth.<br />




Transcranial random noise stimulation [a mild<br />

electrical current on the brain sent through two<br />

electrodes attached to the scalp] (tRNS) combined<br />

with cognitive training, could significantly improve<br />

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)<br />

symptoms in children, according to new research<br />

conducted by the Hebrew University and the<br />

University of Surrey.<br />

In the study, a small clinical trial was conducted<br />

involving unmedicated children aged 6-12<br />

diagnosed with ADHD, to determine whether<br />

tRNS during cognitive training can improve ADHD<br />

symptoms. After a two-week program of brain<br />

stimulation, the study found that 55% of children<br />

showed significant clinical improvements in ADHD<br />

symptoms, as reported by their parents. This was<br />

compared to 17% percent in the control group,<br />

who also showed improvement after receiving<br />

placebo brain stimulation during cognitive training.<br />

The study also found that participants maintained<br />

these improvements three weeks after the end<br />

of the treatment, with nearly two-thirds (64%)<br />

reporting clinically meaningful responses to the<br />

treatments compared to 33% in the control group.<br />



A groundbreaking study at the Hebrew University<br />

uncovered exciting possibilities for treating<br />

inflammatory disorders and preventing cytokine<br />

storms, which can damage the body and even be<br />

lethal.<br />

The inflammatory response is indispensable for<br />

protective immunity, yet microbial pathogens

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often trigger an excessive response, known as<br />

a ‘cytokine storm,’ which is harmful to the host.<br />

Despite recent advances in our understanding<br />

of inflammatory signaling, how to prevent a<br />

cytokine storm remains a challenge. HU scientists<br />

discovered that particular domains within key<br />

mediators of our immune response, called B7 and<br />

CD28 receptors, have a crucial role in enabling<br />

the inflammatory response and can be targeted<br />

with man-made molecules to manage immune<br />

responses and inflammation, saving lives. These<br />

findings bring us one step closer to developing<br />

effective treatments for inflammatory diseases.<br />



BRAIN<br />

Researchers from the Hebrew University and the<br />

University of California, Berkeley, made progress in<br />

understanding a puzzling condition called unilateral<br />

neglect, in which stroke victims lose conscious<br />

awareness of half of what their eyes perceive.<br />

More than a quarter of all stroke victims develop<br />

this disorder.<br />

“Consciousness, and in particular visual experience,<br />

is the most fundamental experience that everyone<br />

feels from the moment they wake up to the<br />

moment they go to sleep,” said Hebrew University<br />

graduate student Gal Vishne, lead author of the<br />

paper.<br />

“The inspiration for my whole scientific career<br />

comes from patients with stroke who suffer<br />

from unilateral neglect,” said Prof. Deouell.<br />

“Understanding this disorder could help us<br />

understand what is missing in the cognitive system<br />

and in the brains of patients.”<br />



Prosecutors were nearly three times more likely<br />

to issue an indictment in criminal cases if DNA<br />

(deoxyribonucleic acid) evidence was available,<br />

according to a new study led by researchers at<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU).<br />

The study, published in the Journal of Forensic<br />

Sciences, focused on how the presence of DNA<br />

influences a prosecutor’s decision to advance<br />

a case, a factor which had never before been<br />

evaluated.<br />



A recent study led by Dr. Itamar Harel, a researcher<br />

in the Experimental Biology of Vertebrate Aging &<br />

Age-Related Diseases and Genetics at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem’s Silberman Institute of<br />

Life Sciences, revealed new insights into the role<br />

of Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) biosynthesis<br />

in the lifespan and metabolic health of vertebrates.<br />

The study’s findings have far-reaching implications,<br />

significantly advancing our understanding of the<br />

intricate interplay between energy metabolism,<br />

aging, and lifespan regulation. Moreover, the<br />

study opens up exciting possibilities for developing<br />

interventions to combat age-related metabolic<br />

diseases and enhance healthy aging.<br />




Researchers at the Hebrew University identified<br />

similar patterns of greenhouse gas warming on<br />

Earth and temperate terrestrial planets, which<br />

could provide new insights for predicting and<br />

mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.<br />

A new study published in Nature Scientific Reports<br />

explores the effects of adding greenhouse gases<br />

to the atmospheres of Earth and TRAPPIST-1e, an<br />

Earth-like exoplanet, located in a region outside<br />

the solar system where liquid water is most likely<br />

to be present.<br />

Researchers found that adding CO2 leads to<br />

heightened warming in those areas shielded from<br />

direct sunlight, specifically the night side and polar<br />

regions. These localized temperature changes<br />

can bring about significant alterations in global<br />

circulation.<br />




Researchers at the Hebrew University developed<br />

new 3-D software, called ArchCUT3-D, that they<br />

have used to extract and analyze engravings<br />

that could lead to a better understanding of the<br />

engravers’ background and skills.<br />

ArchCUT3-D extracts thin, 3-D slices of man-made<br />

engravings using micromorphological incision<br />

recognition to closely examine size, shape, and<br />

color for precision analysis.<br />

“Our research provides a fresh perspective<br />

on ancient rock engravings by delving into the<br />

intricacies of their production processes,” says<br />

Professor Leore Grosman, Head of the Hebrew<br />

University Computational Archaeology Laboratory.<br />

“By unlocking the technological secrets behind<br />

these engravings, we gain valuable insights into<br />

the craftsmanship, artistic expression, and cultural<br />

context of our ancestors—even the background of<br />

each engraver.”<br />





Hebrew University researchers found that<br />

manipulating specific types of brain cells inhibit<br />

fentanyl consumption urges. This discovery could<br />

have significant implications for public health<br />

initiatives addressing the opioid crisis.<br />

“Our findings shed light on the intricate relationship<br />

between the brain and fentanyl consumption,” says<br />

Prof. Ami Citri, lead investigator from Hebrew<br />

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

Sciences. “Understanding the role of claustral<br />

neurons in regulating the urge to consume opioids<br />

offers a new avenue for interventions aimed at<br />

curbing addiction.”<br />




In a groundbreaking milestone in cell<br />

reprogramming, Hebrew University researchers<br />

successfully transformed human skin cells into<br />

functional placenta cells for the first time.<br />

The study, published in the prestigious journal<br />

Nature Communications, details this extraordinary<br />

achievement which could develop into new cell<br />

therapies, leading to improved diagnostic tools and<br />

therapeutic interventions. The findings open new<br />

avenues for investigating the causes of infertility,<br />

complications during pregnancy, and the long-term<br />

health of both mothers and babies.<br />

Reprogramming cells to assume new identities<br />

has been a focus of lead researcher Prof. Yossi<br />

Buganim’s Lab for Stem Cell Biology and Cell<br />

Fate Decision at Hebrew University’s Faculty of<br />

Medicine, which utilizes specialized proteins to<br />

modify gene expression. By transforming skin cells<br />

into other cell types, the team can study specific<br />

diseases and the potential development of cellbased<br />

therapies.<br />





Beyond Air®, Inc., a commercial stage medical<br />

device and biopharmaceutical company, licensed<br />

the commercial rights to develop a treatment<br />

for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other<br />

neurological conditions from Yissum Research<br />

Development Company LTD., the technology<br />

transfer company of the Hebrew University.<br />

Currently, no therapies are approved by the U.S.

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically<br />

for treating ASD.<br />

“We’re excited about advancing our novel approach<br />

for treating ASD, and hope to one day help children<br />

and families around the world,” says Dr. Haitham<br />

Amal, a professor at the Hebrew University School<br />

of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, Faculty<br />

of Medicine.<br />




The emerging climate crisis has in recent years<br />

included a rise in the frequency and intensity of<br />

extreme rain events, leading to loss of life and<br />

property. A new research study, led by Prof. Assaf<br />

Hochman and by doctoral student Tair Plotnik at<br />

the Hebrew University’s Fredy & Nadine Herrmann<br />

Institute of Earth Sciences, investigated the<br />

factors influencing our ability to forecast extreme<br />

rain events and developed tools that will soon be<br />

able to help prevent disasters by improving the<br />

forecasting of such events.<br />





Hebrew University researchers discovered a<br />

molecular mechanism that leads to accelerated<br />

cognitive deterioration in women with Alzheimer’s<br />

disease.<br />

brain changes, severe depletion of mitochondrial<br />

RNA fragments in affected brain nuclei that have<br />

been inherited from the patient’s mother correlate<br />

with the rapid cognitive deterioration.<br />

“This discovery provides the first molecular<br />

explanation for the accelerated cognitive damages<br />

occurring in the brains of women with Alzheimer’s<br />

disease, opening the door for improvement of<br />

current treatment protocols,” Prof. Soreq says. “We<br />

can now take a crucial step forward in developing<br />

drugs suitable for women suffering from this<br />

devastating condition and pave the way for optimal<br />

care and support for Alzheimer’s patients and their<br />

families.”<br />




A safe, new method to prevent mosquito bites<br />

using a skin coating from naturally occurring<br />

cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) has been developed<br />

by researchers at the Hebrew University.<br />

According to a new study, applying the thin CNC<br />

coating on human skin decreased the number of<br />

mosquitoes feeding by 80%. Cellulose nanocrystals<br />

(CNCs) are renewable raw materials produced from<br />

wood, cotton, or other cellulose-rich sources and<br />

are used in cosmetics, composites, food packaging,<br />

and medical devices.<br />

Profs. Hermona Soreq and Yonatan Loewenstein<br />

of the Hebrew University Edmond & Lily Safra<br />

Center for Brain Sciences led the study that was<br />

published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal<br />

of the Alzheimer’s Association.<br />

The researchers discovered a direct link between a<br />

family of mitochondrial-originated RNA fragments<br />

and the rate of dementia progression in women.<br />

The findings indicate that independent of structural<br />

For more information, please contact Bari Alovis at balovis@afhu.org.

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Event Recaps<br />

14th Annual Bel Air Affaire<br />

he currently serves on several committees. He is<br />

also a Hebrew University Benefactor, a member<br />

of the university’s Board of Governors, and he<br />

sits on the Board of Trustees of the Harry S.<br />

Truman Research Institute for the Advancement<br />

of Peace. In 1981, Stanley was the youngest<br />

person to be awarded an honorary doctorate<br />

from Hebrew University.<br />

as a greeting from legendary comedian Billy<br />

Crystal and cuisine from Whoa Nelly Catering.<br />

Watch Greeting from Billy Crystal on YouTube<br />

(L-R) Hebrew University President Professor Asher Cohen, event honorees Roberta and Stanley Bogen<br />

On September 11, <strong>2023</strong>, the 14th Annual Bel<br />

Air Affaire, hosted at the iconic Papillon Estate<br />

in Beverly Hills, raised more than $2 million<br />

for student scholarships at Israel’s Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem.<br />

This year’s honorees, Roberta and Stanley<br />

Bogen, were presented with the Humanitarian<br />

Torch of Learning Award during the event<br />

hosted by the Western Region of American<br />

Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>).<br />

“Roberta and Stanley Bogen have been actively<br />

involved with Hebrew University and <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

for decades wherever they call home in the<br />

U.S.,” says Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD,<br />

President, <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region. “We are<br />

honored to welcome Roberta and Stanley to<br />

our Los Angeles <strong>AFHU</strong> community and pay<br />

tribute to their extraordinary generosity as<br />

vibrant <strong>AFHU</strong> members and Torch of Learning<br />

Honorees.”<br />

Roberta and Stanley have generously supported<br />

the Hebrew University Lautenberg Center for<br />

General and Tumor Immunology, the Truman<br />

Center’s Roberta and Stanley Bogen Library,<br />

and the Rothberg International School. The<br />

Hebrew University Department of Economics<br />

bears the Bogen Family name, and, in honor<br />

of Stanley’s parents, the Bogens established<br />

two named chairs at the university: the Max<br />

Bogen Visiting Professorship in Economics and<br />

the Marcy Bogen Chair in Academic Excellence.<br />

The couple received the <strong>AFHU</strong> National Scopus<br />

Award in 2012.<br />

Stanley, who became involved with <strong>AFHU</strong> in 1961,<br />

has been a past President, Treasurer, and Vice<br />

President. A member of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s National Board,<br />

Roberta, a member of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s National Board<br />

of Directors, has worked to build <strong>AFHU</strong> in the<br />

New York region and has been a driving force<br />

behind <strong>AFHU</strong>’s development of the Palm Beach<br />

community. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

recognized Roberta’s leadership by awarding her<br />

an Honorary Fellowship in 2013.<br />

As part of the evening’s festivities, Hebrew<br />

University President Asher Cohen welcomed<br />

guests. Student ambassador Yona Shemesh, a<br />

scholarship recipient pursuing Middle Eastern<br />

studies, addressed the gala attendees.<br />

Guests were treated to the extraordinarily<br />

humorous comedienne Wendy Liebman as well<br />

(L-R) Renae Jacobs-Anson, comedienne Wendy Liebman, Helen Jacobs-Lepor<br />

“I want to express my gratitude to our Co-<br />

Chairs: Joyce Brandman, Renae Jacobs-Anson<br />

and Dr. David Anson, and Helen Jacobs-Lepor<br />

and Dr. Norman Lepor, who have ceaselessly<br />

shown their dedication and devotion to Hebrew<br />

University and Israel,” Dr. Horowitz added. “I’d<br />

also like to effusively thank others that helped<br />

make the Bel Air Affaire a reality including our<br />

Honorary Chairs, Stephen J. Cloobeck, Patricia<br />

L. Glaser and Sam Mudie, as well as May and<br />

Richard Ziman. Our Event Chairs were Hella and<br />

Chuck Hershson, William H. Isacoff, Mindy and<br />

Robert Mann, Michelle and Marc Rosenbach,<br />

and Nancy and Ken Stein.”

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The 86th Hebrew University Board of Governors’<br />

Meeting<br />

The 86th Hebrew University of Jerusalem Board of Governors’ (BOG) meeting—a long weekend<br />

filled with informative meetings, fascinating lectures, moving ceremonies, and entertaining events—<br />

took place in Jerusalem from June 10-13, <strong>2023</strong>. The BOG is not only a time for the university to<br />

conduct important business, but also serves as a meeting place where board members, dedicated<br />

partners, and philanthropic supporters from around the world gather to reconnect with old friends<br />

and meet new ones.<br />

With this year’s theme of Sustainable Planet, the <strong>2023</strong> BOG focused on Hebrew University’s (HU)<br />

commitment to a sustainable university and spotlighted the many HU research breakthroughs that<br />

are helping to build a more sustainable future. Highlights included Sunday’s trip to the Robert H.<br />

Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment on the University’s Rehovot campus, which<br />

included a visit to HUJI Market, where BOG attendees were able to enjoy some of the ways the<br />

Smith Faculty is helping Israel and the world grow tasty, nourishing, and sustainable food. The day’s<br />

presentation of the President’s Report highlighted the University’s academic achievements and<br />

featured a delicious, sustainability-themed lunch for attendees. The day concluded with a festive<br />

cocktail reception where partygoers enjoyed a range of tempting morsels that were developed,<br />

grown, and harvested at Smith Faculty facilities.<br />

Monday featured a celebration that honored HU Benefactors, as well as ceremonies where honorary<br />

fellowships and doctorates were conferred. The day closed with convocation, followed by special<br />

events held by various international friends’ organizations.<br />

HU President Prof. Asher Cohen and HU Rector Prof. Tamir Sheafer presenting an Honorary Doctorate to Arthur Gutterman<br />

On Tuesday, HU honored the generosity of its many friends through Wall of Life, Legacy Tree, and<br />

Wall of Founders dedications. After a morning of beautiful and moving ceremonies on the Mt. Scopus<br />

campus, BOG attendees traveled to the Edmond J. Safra campus to witness the presentation of this<br />

year’s highly competitive Asper Prize startup award to Avertto, a startup in the health field. Finally,<br />

the dedication of the Marie and Jose Mugrabi Albert Einstein House, a new museum focusing on<br />

the world-famous physicist and one of HU’s founders, capped the event-filled BOG.<br />

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

and Environment<br />

Dedication of the new Einstein House in the Marie and Jose Mugrabi<br />

Building<br />

Asper Prize startup award presented to Avertto

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LEAD Israel Mission Highlight<br />

The <strong>AFHU</strong> Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) Israel Mission was intense, inspiring,<br />

and invigorating! From June 6-14, LEAD members traveled throughout Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to<br />

learn about—and become immersed in—the exciting research and innovation taking place at the<br />

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

During their time together, LEAD members bonded with each other and with the Hebrew University.<br />

LEAD participants met with HU dignitaries including Hebrew University President, Prof. Asher<br />

Cohen; Vice President for University Advancement, Ambassador Yossi Gal; and Vice President for<br />

Strategy and Diversity, Prof. Mona Khoury. They visited labs, met with students and researchers,<br />

and learned about myriad departments and programs, including: HU’s Urban Clinic; the Institute of<br />

Archaeology; the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment; the Israel Institute<br />

for Advanced Studies; Asper HUJI-Innovate, HU’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship;<br />

Yissum, the University’s technology transfer company; the Rachel and Selim Benin School of<br />

Computer Science and Engineering; and more.<br />

The group spent a day and a half in Tel Aviv with HU alumni and visited the HESEG Foundation,<br />

the Tel Aviv Museum, and Start-Up Nation Central, saving time for a tour of the Carmel Market<br />

led by HU Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Food Science, and Nutrition, Zohar Kerem. On the<br />

final day of the mission, participants traveled to the Ein Kerem campus to learn about the Faculty<br />

of Medicine, the new Center for Computational Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine’s School of<br />

Pharmacy, and the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases.<br />

In discussing their collective experience, LEAD members described what they felt were the<br />

highlights of the trip: meeting students, professors, and leaders and hearing their stories;<br />

understanding the importance of the relationship between the Hebrew University and the state<br />

of Israel; learning about HU’s diversity programs and meeting student ambassadors; realizing the<br />

impact of HU throughout the world, including meet and greets with international students from<br />

the Smith Faculty of Agriculture; witnessing the easy interactions between students and faculty,<br />

seeing the drive and excellence of students throughout the university; and understanding how<br />

passionate donors are about HU.<br />

LEAD participants with Hebrew University Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, Amb Yossi Gal (center)<br />

LEAD participant Milan Chatterjee at Start-Up Nation offices<br />

While the trip is over, the LEAD journey has only just begun. We look forward to working with<br />

participants as they continue their exploration of HU’s many accomplishments and deepen their<br />

commitment to <strong>AFHU</strong>.<br />

LEAD participants at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate<br />

LEAD participants visit the Western (Wailing) Wall

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53rd Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award<br />

“In our world today where democracy seems to be in danger in so many different places and in so<br />

many ways, I believe it is even more important for us to support institutions like the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem that help to foster the foundations of Israeli democracy. I’m so honored to be receiving<br />

this award”, said Kaplan.<br />

Audrey Strauss, Senior Counsel, Fried Frank, represents clients in white-collar criminal defense and<br />

regulatory matters. Prior to rejoining Fried Frank in 2022, Audrey served as U.S. Attorney for the<br />

Southern District of New York, where she oversaw all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the<br />

U.S. These include taking on Roy Cohn and the Gambino family, and as deputy U.S. Attorney, where<br />

she took on Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani.<br />

Geoffrey S. Berman, Partner, Fried Frank, and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New<br />

York presented the award to Strauss.<br />

“It is a profound honor to receive this year’s Torch of Learning Award, along with my co-recipient<br />

Robbie Kaplan, joining the ranks of many distinguished past awardees,” said Strauss. “I am proud to<br />

continue to support American Friends of the Hebrew University and HU’s Faculty of Law in its efforts<br />

to educate and champion outstanding future global leaders and innovators, among other important<br />

work.”<br />

(L-R): Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, Honoree; Josh Rednik, <strong>AFHU</strong> CEO; Fran Katz, <strong>AFHU</strong> National Board of Directors; Audrey Strauss, Honoree<br />

Roberta Kaplan and Audrey Strauss received the 53rd Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award<br />

(TOL), presented by American Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) at Cipriani on Thursday, May<br />

18.<br />

At the event <strong>AFHU</strong> President Pamela Emmerich said, “These two brilliant women—whose careers are<br />

the stuff on which legends are made—are most deserving recipients of the Torch of Learning Award,<br />

named in memory of the late George Katz (z’l), founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.<br />

It honors outstanding lawyers who have made a significant impact in the legal profession and in the<br />

broader community. Both of our distinguished honorees meet that requirement in spades.”<br />

Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan is the founding partner of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP which she founded to<br />

build what she calls a “new-fashioned, old-fashioned” law firm that combines a cutting-edge civil and<br />

criminal litigation practice with a groundbreaking commitment to using the courts to serve the public<br />

interest. To that end, she has been in the news recently for successful representation of E. Jean<br />

Carroll, but before that her victory in the landmark Windsor case helped pave the way for marriage<br />

equality in the U.S. Robbie has taken on the white supremacists in Charlottesville and co-founded the<br />

Times Up Legal Defense Fund.<br />

Dahlia Lithwick, lawyer, New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and senior editor at Slate<br />

presented the award to Kaplan.<br />

Celebrating its 53rd year, the Award has an illustrious history and raises awareness and important<br />

support for the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the mission of its American Friends.<br />

Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law is a dynamic institution where traditional legal research is<br />

conducted along with trailblazing programs in international law, multidisciplinary studies, and human<br />

rights research. HU law alumni include the majority of Israel’s former Supreme Court justices (many<br />

now faculty members), legislators, attorneys-general, social activists, and heads of NGOs.<br />

At the luncheon, Prof. Tomer Broude, Dean of the Hebrew University Faculty of Law, presented a talk<br />

on “Constitutional Reforms and the Future of Israel’s Democracy.”<br />

Co-chairs for the event include Elkan Abramowitz, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC;<br />

Daniel J. Beller, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Gregory L. Diskant, Patterson Belknap<br />

Webb & Tyler LLP; Tali Farhadian Weinstein, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, Frederick P. Hafetz, Frederick<br />

P. Hafetz LLC; Sean Hecker, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP; David B. Hennes, Ropes & Gray LLP; Robert<br />

J. Jossen, Robert Jossen PC; Alan Levine, Cooley LLP; Molly Levinson, The Levinson Group LLC;<br />

Jonathan L. Mechanic, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Gary P. Naftalis, Kramer Levin<br />

Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Sharon L. Nelles, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; John S. Siffert, Lankler Siffert &<br />

Wohl LLP; Ira Lee Sorkin, Mintz & Gold LLP and Charles A. Stillman, Ballard Spahr LLP.<br />

Advisors for the event include H. Rodgin Cohen; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Stephen M. Cutler, Simpson<br />

Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Adam O. Emmerich, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Stephanie J. Goldstein,<br />

Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Brad S. Karp, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Meredith E.<br />

Kotler, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP; George A. Schieren, Avi Weitzman, Paul Hastings LLP.

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Mid-Atlantic Tzameret Event<br />

On October 1, the Mid-Atlantic Region hosted a reception welcoming Josh Rednik, CEO of American<br />

Friends of the Hebrew University and the students of Tzameret, Hebrew University’s elite military<br />

medical exchange program. Held at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, supporters<br />

gathered to hear Josh discuss the goals of the University and the important role of the American<br />

Friends in the Mid-Atlantic.<br />

Dental Medicine & Israel<br />

The students from the Tzameret Student Exchange Program, based at Bethesda’s Uniformed<br />

Services University of Health Sciences, gave an overview of the program and their course of study.<br />

Recognizing the importance of military medicine in saving lives on the battlefield and in emergency<br />

situations, Tzameret was founded in 2009 in partnership with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).<br />

Degree candidates in the Tzameret program fulfill the full six-year medical school curriculum at<br />

the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School and then complete an internship year. They also<br />

receive specialized training in medicine and infrastructure that equips them to function as triage<br />

military personnel.<br />

The audience was engaged in a lively question and answer session where the students provided<br />

information on the program and its impact on their lives and future in medicine.<br />

(L-R) Mindy Salzberg-Siegel, Prof. Avi Zini, Marvin Sonne, Harry Siegel, and Judith Shenkman<br />

On October 29, in partnership with the Alpha Omega International Dental Society and the Alpha<br />

Omega Detroit Chapter, Mindy Salzberg-Siegel DDS and Harry Siegel hosted thirty guests at<br />

their home in Michigan. Guests heard about the Hebrew University’s current efforts in Israel from<br />

Hebrew University’s Prof. Avraham (“Avi”) Zini, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine.<br />

Prof. Zini began by discussing the current war, sharing facts about the situation, alongside his<br />

personal experience (his nephew, Nirel Zini (z”l), and Nirel’s girlfriend, Nieve Raviv (z”l), were<br />

among those massacred in the October 7 attacks). He went on to describe how HU’s Faculty of<br />

Dental Medicine is assisting with the war efforts, including treating injured patients. In addition,<br />

10 faculty members of HU’s Faculty of Dentistry are performing the grueling task of identifying<br />

the deceased through dental records, DNA, and human remains. He explained that while this work<br />

is unimaginably heartbreaking and difficult, it is an important and necessary task for the State of<br />

Israel and her people.<br />

Brad and Sheryl Schwartz (Member, Mid-Atlantic Regional Board, National<br />

Board of Directors) & Bill Kilberg (President, Mid-Atlantic Regional<br />

Board, Nominations Chair, National Board of Directors)<br />

(L-R) Shelly & Dr. Richard Weitzman, inaugural Chairs of Paws for a Cause<br />

benefiting the Koret Veterinary School, pictured with Tzameret students<br />

Prof. Zini then concluded by speaking about the Faculty of Dental Medicine, its history, and plans<br />

for renovation and expansion, including the planned, state-of-the-art, Robert I. Schattner Oral<br />

Health Center for People with Disabilities. This center is part of an overall planned five-floor<br />

renovation, construction, and equipment upgrade. It will be the first of its kind in Israel, with<br />

accessible and optimal care for people with a wide range of disabilities, conducted by specially<br />

trained dental professionals.

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After his visit to the Midwest, Dean Zini traveled to New Jersey where he attended a reception<br />

graciously hosted by Dr. Joseph and Lori Rozehzadeh.<br />

HU Professor Shares His Insights on Judicial Reform<br />

On Wednesday, May 24, Prof. Tomer Broude, Dean of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU)<br />

Faculty of Law and holder of the Bessie and Michael Greenblatt QC Chair in Public and International<br />

Law, was the featured speaker at a fireside chat and Q&A with Bobby Gerber, Midwest Region board<br />

member of the American Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) and Managing Partner of Neal,<br />

Gerber & Eisenberg. The Chicago event featured Prof. Broude’s presentation, “Judicial Reforms and<br />

the Future of Israel’s Democracy,” which focused on the critical role the Hebrew University’s Faculty<br />

of Law plays in Israeli jurisprudence. In attendance were <strong>AFHU</strong> Midwest Region board members,<br />

including Mary Ann Tuft and Karen Herbst and their invited guests.<br />

Sponsored by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, a dozen attendees gathered at the famous Rookery<br />

Building, a historic building in the Chicago Loop and home to the offices of Tabet DiVito & Rothstein,<br />

to discuss far-reaching topics including Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law curriculum, the role of<br />

HU graduates in legal public service and the judiciary, and the effectiveness of protests in Israel.<br />

The Hebrew University Faculty of Law is the beneficiary of The Decalogue Foundation (the charitable<br />

arm of The Decalogue Society of Lawyers) endowed fellowship, The Decalogue Society of Lawyers<br />

Perpetual Fellowship Fund. This year’s scholarship was awarded in honor of Martin Moltz, Associate<br />

Judge on the Cook County (Illinois) Judicial Circuit Court. Robert Matanky, the President of The<br />

Decalogue Foundation, is the brother of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s National Campaign Chair, James Matanky.<br />

(L-R) Dr. Joseph Rozehzadeh and Prof. Avi Zini<br />

(L-R) Prof. Avi Zini and Dr. David J. Katz, Assistant Dean for Clinical<br />

Affairs at Touro College of Dental Medicine<br />

Pictured in front of the oriel staircase designed by Burnham and Root, and later redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright, are (left to right) Michael Rothstein,<br />

Partner, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein; Prof. Tomer Broude, Dean, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Robert Matanky, President, the Decalogue<br />

Foundation; Curtis Ross

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Einstein Visionaries Society Luncheon <strong>2023</strong><br />

An Event of Biblical Proportions: American Friends<br />

of Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) Western Region Hosts<br />

Exclusive Preview of the Unique Codex Sassoon<br />

American Friends of Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>)<br />

Western Region guests attended an exclusive<br />

event to preview the unique Codex Sassoon<br />

Hebrew Bible at Sotheby’s Beverly Hills on<br />

Tuesday, May 2. On May 17, the manuscript sold<br />

for a record $38.1 million dollars, one of the<br />

highest prices for a book or historical document<br />

ever sold at auction.<br />

approximately 1,100 years ago, the contents<br />

were digitized, reviewed, and analyzed by the<br />

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

of Humanities researchers as part of its Bible<br />

Project.<br />

(L-R) Ambassador Meron Reuben with HU Student Ambassador Yona Shemesh<br />

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

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

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

we recognized Dr. Saul Unter for his recent bequest in support of Hebrew University’s Robert I.<br />

Schattner Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities and the creation of the Dr. Saul Unter<br />

Endowment Fund.<br />

The event was hosted by <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region<br />

Executive Director Justin Pressman. Sotheby’s<br />

Judaica Consultant, Shaul Seidler-Feller, regaled<br />

attendees with background on the Manuscript<br />

named for its most prominent modern<br />

owner: David Solomon Sassoon (1880–1942),<br />

a passionate collector of Judaica and Hebraic<br />

manuscripts.<br />

The 466-page manuscript is the earliest,<br />

most complete Hebrew Bible, containing all<br />

24 books, and missing only 12 leaves. Created<br />

Judicial Reform Parlor Meeting<br />

Sotheby’s Judaica Consultant, Shaul Seidler-Feller, regales attendees<br />

with background on the Manuscript<br />

Our surprise special guest, and proud HU alum, was the Consul General of Israel to New England,<br />

Ambassador Meron Reuben, who shared updates and greetings from Israel. Guest speakers<br />

included Hebrew University Student Ambassador Yona Shemesh, who shared his journey to<br />

Hebrew University and discussed the positive impact of scholarships on his life. The presentation<br />

from <strong>AFHU</strong> planned giving consultant Neal Myerberg covered strategies for estate planning and<br />

tax-wise giving.<br />

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

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

remarks reflected her deep connection to the University and paid tribute to her late husband,<br />

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

the program was Maura Milles, the Executive Director of the Northeast Region. A big thank you<br />

also went out to our luncheon sponsor, PNC Bank, who continues to generously help underwrite<br />

this important event.<br />

HU’s Chancellor Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson leads an insightful<br />

conversation about politics in Israel<br />

On Tuesday, September 19, twenty eight<br />

members of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Western Region gathered<br />

at the residence of Michael and Corie Koss<br />

for a discussion about political reform in<br />

Israel with Hebrew University Chancellor,<br />

Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson. Prof. Ben-<br />

Sasson shared his perspective on the issues<br />

surrounding reform, including public response,<br />

and his optimism for the future. A focal point<br />

of the evening was the impact that supporters<br />

of the Hebrew University continue to have<br />

on Israel’s continued growth and prosperity.<br />

As the Chancellor stated, “when you invest in<br />

education, you create expressive minds.”

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HU Visits the Hamptons<br />

Prof. Netta Barak-Corren<br />

More than 100 people attended “Changes in the<br />

Israeli Judicial System and the Separation of<br />

Powers in Israel,” held on July 22, at Temple Adas<br />

Israel in Sag Harbor, and July 23, at the Jewish<br />

Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton. The<br />

presentation was made by Prof. Netta Barak-<br />

Corren of the Hebrew University Faculty of Law,<br />

Director of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s<br />

Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and<br />

Diversity, and Member of the University’s<br />

Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality.<br />

One of Israel’s most important legal minds,<br />

Prof. Barak-Corren detailed the history of<br />

Israeli judicial reform and the problems she sees<br />

with the current legislation. She also spoke of<br />

a proposed Constituent Assembly for Israel, a<br />

concept she developed with six colleagues,<br />

including religious, secular, Haredi, and Arab<br />

women and men.<br />

A part of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Hebrew University in the<br />

Hamptons series, the events provided thoughtprovoking<br />

discussions that served as an example<br />

of the multi-faceted and important work<br />

happening every day at the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem.<br />

A Personal Converation<br />

with Professor David<br />

Flatto<br />

On November 18, Professor David Flatto from<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of<br />

Law and Department of Jewish Philosophy spoke<br />

at the 16th annual United Jewish Federation of<br />

Greater Stamford, New Cannan, and Darien’s<br />

Tapestry event, an evening of communal adult<br />

Jewish learning and education. During his talk,<br />

Professor Flatto provided an overview of the<br />

Israeli judicial system and its key players, focusing<br />

on the background and historical context<br />

leading up to this year’s controversial Supreme<br />

Court Judicial Reform developments. Using an<br />

interdisciplinary lens to unpack the judicial crisis,<br />

he discussed the history of Israeli statehood and<br />

the calls for an Israeli constitution. Professor<br />

Flatto’s conclusion included his perspective on<br />

how the current Israel-Hamas war may influence<br />

Israel’s legal and judicial systems.<br />

Outside of Professor Flatto’s discussion, guests<br />

also enjoyed talks on the Israeli labor movement,<br />

the links between anti-Israel and antisemitic<br />

sentiment, and the reform movement in Israel.<br />

Professor Flatto presenting to a crowd of guests<br />

We Are One Webinar Series<br />

On Wednesday, December 6, the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem hosted a Zoom webinar<br />

titled “The Digital Frontline: The Israel-Hamas<br />

War on Social Media.” Featured speakers: Prof.<br />

Amit Pinchevski, Prof. Neta Kligler-Vilenchik,<br />

Dr. Lilly Boxman-Shabtai, Prof. Paul Frosh, and<br />

researcher Tom Divon. Click the image above<br />

to view.<br />

On Sunday, November 5, the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem hosted a Zoom webinar titled<br />

“Fighting for the Israeli Hostages.” Featured<br />

speakers: Prof. Yuval Shany, the Hersch<br />

Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law; Dr.<br />

Shiran Reichenberg, Executive Director of the<br />

Clinical Legal Education Center; and Prof. Tomer<br />

Broude, Dean of the Faculty of Law. Click the<br />

image above to view.<br />

On Monday, November 20, the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem hosted a Zoom webinar titled<br />

“Maintaining Food Stability In A Time of War.”<br />

Featured speakers: Prof. Saul Burdman, the Dean<br />

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

Food, and Environment, and Prof. Benny Chefetz,<br />

Head of FOOJI, HU’s Center for Sustainable Food<br />

Systems. Click the image above to view.<br />

On Sunday, October 29, the Hebrew University<br />

hosted a Zoom webinar titled “Israel-Gaza-<br />

Lebanon: Where Are We Going?” Featured<br />

speakers: Dr. Or (Ori) Rabinowitz, Dr. Daniel<br />

Sobelman, and Dr. Guy Laron, and was moderated<br />

by Prof. Yoram Haftel, Chair of the Hebrew<br />

University International Relations department.<br />

Click the image above to view.<br />

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