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

Vol. 32 / <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2024</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 />


Herbert L. Sachs<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 />

Brad Karp<br />

Ellen Klersfeld Hechtman<br />

Dr. 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 />

Dear Friend,<br />

Our current issue of <strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong>, <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

arrives during difficult times. The prolonged war<br />

in Israel, the continued captivity of over 130<br />

hostages in Gaza, a movement to boycott Israeli<br />

academic institutions, and unrest on college and<br />

university campuses here in the States seem at<br />

times like insurmountable challenges. Yet, amid<br />

eight of the most difficult months for Israel<br />

and Jewish people in recent memory, we draw<br />

strength and resilience from each other. Despite<br />

immense challenges, and with thanks to those<br />

who contributed so generously to the We Are One<br />

emergency fundraising campaign, classes at the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem have resumed and<br />

groundbreaking research continues.<br />

The continuity of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s mission and the progress<br />

being made by our dynamic Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem community is a great source of<br />

pride. 2025 will mark the 100th anniversary for<br />

both the University and our American Friends<br />

organization. As we look forward to marking<br />

this significant milestone, we are reminded of<br />

the many achievements for which the Hebrew<br />

University is acknowledged: the training of public,<br />

scientific, educational, and professional leadership;<br />

the preservation of and research into Jewish,<br />

cultural, spiritual, and intellectual traditions; and<br />

the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for<br />

the benefit of all humanity.<br />

impact on the University through the years. You will<br />

also find an update on the We Are One campaign<br />

mentioned above, a collective fundraising effort<br />

that is helping to meet the needs of students<br />

and community members affected by the war.<br />

Other topics include: an exploration of the special<br />

relationship between the Hebrew University and<br />

the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) through elite<br />

academic programs such as Havatzalot (military<br />

intelligence), Talpiot (defense technology), and<br />

Tzameret (military medicine); an open letter from<br />

an HU student to her Jewish peers on university<br />

campuses in the US and Europe; an overview of<br />

the impressive awards and accolades recently<br />

bestowed upon HU faculty members as well as<br />

updates on significant research taking place across<br />

HU’s campuses; and a recap of the recent <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

events that have provided opportunities for us to<br />

gather as a community in support and recognition<br />

of our meaningful and important work.<br />

Thank you for your continuing partnership and<br />

support during these unprecedented times.<br />

With best wishes,<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> is honored to play a key role in enabling the<br />

University to pursue its mission. This edition of<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> <strong>News</strong> highlights several individuals whose<br />

transformative philanthropy has made a significant<br />

Joshua W. Rednik<br />

Chief Executive Officer

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& THE IDF<br />

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WE ARE ONE<br />


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Transforming Tomorrow: The<br />

Philanthropic Impact of Arthur<br />

Gutterman on the Hebrew University<br />

A successful businessman and philanthropist,<br />

Arthur Gutterman is chairman of Jelmar, LLC,<br />

the Chicago-based manufacturer of popular<br />

household cleaning brands CLR and Tarn-X. He<br />

is also a generous benefactor of the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem (HU) and many other<br />

institutions in the U.S. and Israel.<br />

In June 2023, HU bestowed an Honorary<br />

Doctorate upon Mr. Gutterman for his<br />

extraordinary generosity to Israel, to medical<br />

research at the University, and to Holocaust<br />

education. He is a member of the Hebrew<br />

University’s Board of Governors and American<br />

Friends of Hebrew University’s (<strong>AFHU</strong>) National<br />

Board of Directors.<br />

Arthur credits <strong>AFHU</strong> for his entry into<br />

philanthropy; his first gift to the organization<br />

was almost twenty years ago, a small donation in<br />

response to a direct mail solicitation. A few years<br />

later, the daughter of a business associate joined<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>’s staff and provided frequent updates on<br />

the work taking place at the University.<br />

“We’d have lunch and she’d tell me about the<br />

groundbreaking research happening at HU. Then<br />

she’d politely ask me for a donation. Those ended<br />

up being expensive hamburgers.”<br />

When his wife, Emalie (z”l), passed away, he<br />

wanted to do something special to honor her<br />

memory. In 2010, he established the Emalie<br />

Gutterman Memorial Endowed Fund for Medical<br />

Research in Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD),<br />

a research fellowship for the study of rare lung<br />

diseases at HU. That same year, Arthur took nine<br />

members of his family to Israel and visited the<br />

University for the first time. During that visit, he<br />

had the opportunity to meet staff and faculty<br />

members with whom he has developed deep<br />

personal relationships.<br />

“<strong>AFHU</strong> and the University is really a family,” he<br />

said. “They make you feel like you’re part of the<br />

University and you’re not just giving money. There<br />

is a true feeling of partnership, and because of<br />

that, I have a genuine sense of accomplishment.”<br />

HU President Prof. Asher Cohen and HU Rector Prof. Tamir Sheafer<br />

presenting an Honorary Doctorate to Arthur Gutterman<br />

His interest and funding grew to support stem cell<br />

research for kidney disease. Over the years, he<br />

has given generously to Hebrew University’s life<br />

science research as well as capital improvements<br />

to medical research facilities, including the<br />

Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer<br />

Research and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center<br />

for Brain Sciences. In 2016, he established the<br />

Arthur Gutterman Family Chair in Stem Cell<br />

Biology.<br />

Mr. Gutterman is a supporter of other Israeli<br />

universities and hospitals, as well as many<br />

organizations across the United States,<br />

including the American Transplant Association,<br />

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Boca Raton<br />

Regional Hospital, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial<br />

Museum, and several others. But just as his bond<br />

with HU holds a special place in his heart, so<br />

does the program he rescued at Florida Atlantic<br />

University (FAU).<br />

“I got involved with FAU by accident,” he said.<br />

A longtime resident of Boca Raton, Florida, Arthur<br />

lives just a few miles from FAU. Several years ago,<br />

Emalie had seen an article in the newspaper that<br />

the University was going to shutter the program<br />

that provided K-12 educators with Holocaust<br />

resources and education. Holocaust education is<br />

required in Florida public schools, but when both<br />

the state and the University cut its funding, FAU<br />

could no longer meet the need.<br />

“My wife showed me the article and said I had<br />

to do something. I said, what am I supposed to<br />

do about it? Then she told me ‘I don’t know, but<br />

you’re going to have to do something.’”<br />

Arthur made a few calls and with some initial<br />

support from the Jewish Federation of South<br />

Palm Beach County and others, quickly got<br />

involved in growing the program. He developed<br />

relationships with the program’s director and the<br />

president of FAU and made Hebrew University a<br />

collaborator.<br />

Today, the Arthur and Emalie Gutterman<br />

Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights<br />

Education at FAU serves hundreds of grade<br />

K-12 teachers with age-appropriate curricula<br />

and resources each year. It also supports FAU<br />

students through professional development<br />

workshops, the Annual Holocaust Summer<br />

Institute for Educators, intensive travel-study<br />

opportunities, and community programs. And<br />

the Gutterman Family Exemplary Holocaust<br />

Educators Award sends seven to eleven<br />

outstanding teachers to Poland and Israel,<br />

including the Hebrew University, every other<br />

year.<br />

L-R: Jamie Gutterman, Arthur Gutterman, Alison Gutterman<br />

“One thing leads to another, and it all started<br />

with American Friends of the Hebrew University.”<br />

Arthur recently established a bequest endowment<br />

for Ph.D. fellowships. Now, he’s also taking<br />

advantage of an <strong>AFHU</strong> program to accelerate<br />

this gift during his lifetime. In a precedent set by<br />

Arthur’s friend and fellow board member Stanley<br />

Bogen, donors who establish an irrevocable<br />

bequest endowment of at least $100,000 can<br />

begin contributing an annual gift of 5% of the<br />

total planned gift, furnishing immediate support<br />

for the University. “It’s a good opportunity; it<br />

essentially allows me to turn a legacy gift—<br />

something I had already planned to do—into a<br />

living bequest. I get to see my philanthropy in<br />

action today, and I know that it will continue to<br />

support the work and people I care deeply about<br />

well into the future. I see it as a win-win.”<br />

In addition to the outstanding personal<br />

relationships Arthur has developed with so many

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people in the Hebrew University family, he values<br />

HU’s focus on diversity.<br />

“From what I know of other Israeli universities,<br />

HU probably has the most diverse student body<br />

in Israel today. And that is a very important<br />

factor, especially now. For many Arabs and Jews,<br />

the Hebrew University’s campuses are the only<br />

places they intersect. And the opportunities<br />

to learn together, to discover together, to<br />

understand each other, that’s where good things<br />

happen, where the foundation for a secure future<br />

can be built.”<br />

He is very passionate about Israel and about<br />

education.<br />

“Most of my donations go to schools. My father<br />

never got beyond the eighth or ninth grade, but<br />

he always said there are only two things that no<br />

one could ever take away from you. One is your<br />

good name, and the other is a good education. If<br />

you have both, you’ll be successful.”<br />

When he was told by <strong>AFHU</strong> staff that they were<br />

lucky to have him as a partner, he responded, “I<br />

look at it the other way around. I’m lucky to have<br />

you.”<br />

Anna Ravvin<br />

Anna Ravvin’s relationship with the Hebrew<br />

University started when she attended as an<br />

undergraduate and continues as she serves on<br />

the <strong>AFHU</strong> Mid-Atlantic Regional Board. While<br />

Anna enjoyed her time learning at HU, one of the<br />

best things she took away from the University,<br />

other than meeting her husband, is that there is<br />

so much value to be gained from an incredible<br />

world-class education.<br />

Learn more about Anna and her steadfast<br />

connection with Hebrew University in the video<br />

below.<br />

Dr. Jeffrey T. Kuvin Joins <strong>AFHU</strong> as<br />

Northeast Region Board President<br />

American Friends of Hebrew University was delighted to welcome Dr.<br />

Jeffrey T. Kuvin as the new Northeast Region Board President at its<br />

board meeting on January 30, <strong>2024</strong>. Former Board President Neil D.<br />

Grossman announced the new appointment and welcomed Jeff to the<br />

new role. Neil, who held the position for four years, will stay on as a<br />

member of the Board’s Executive Committee.<br />

Ambassador (Ret.) Yossi Gal, Vice President for University<br />

Advancement and External Relations, thanked Neil for his strong<br />

leadership to the University, and Northeast Region Executive Director<br />

Maura Milles presented Neil with a bound reproduction of Albert<br />

Einstein’s 1912 manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity in<br />

gratitude for his steadfast commitment, ongoing involvement, and<br />

generosity. In assuming his new role, Jeff said, “From generation<br />

to generation (L’dor v’dor). I am thrilled to take on this position to<br />

help further the mission of <strong>AFHU</strong>/HU. I am passionate about Israel,<br />

academics, and the Hebrew University, and look forward to working<br />

hard in this role. Neil did a great job as NE Board President and left<br />

(literally and figuratively) big shoes to fill!”<br />

Jeffrey Kuvin, MD is Senior Vice President of Cardiology and Co-Executive Director of the Cardiovascular Institute<br />

at Northwell Health, Chair of Cardiology at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical<br />

Center, and the Lorinda and Vincent de Roulet Professor of Medicine and Chair of Cardiology at the Donald<br />

and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Prior to moving to New York in 2020, Dr. Kuvin<br />

was Professor and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Heart and<br />

Vascular Center and spent many years in progressive roles at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts School of Medicine.<br />

Dr. Kuvin is Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and<br />

Tropical Disease, founded in 1976 by his father, Sanford F. Kuvin (z”l). This committee helps further the Kuvin<br />

Center’s mission of advancing research to promote peace through cooperative science. Dr. Kuvin was Co-Chair<br />

of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Titans of Global Health held May 2021, which honored Anthony Fauci and raised $1.5M in funds for<br />

the Kuvin Center and American Friends of the Hebrew University.<br />

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology, the Board of Directors of the<br />

Kuvin Foundation, the Board of Governors of Northwell Health Physician Partners, and the National Board of<br />

Regents of American Friends of the Hebrew University.<br />

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Kuvin holds a bachelor’s degree in Near East and North African<br />

Studies. He was a swimming silver medalist in the 1985 World Maccabiah Games and returned to the 2022 Games<br />

and won 4 medals in the masters swimming competition. He earned his medical degree from Emory University and<br />

completed his medicine residency, chief medicine residency, and cardiology fellowship at Tufts Medical Center.

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A Personal Letter to My Jewish Peers<br />

on University Campuses Abroad<br />

Talia Agam<br />

This blog appeared in The Times of Israel on March 6, <strong>2024</strong><br />

Talia Agam<br />

Dear college friends and peers abroad,<br />

Since university classes resumed in Israel, I have<br />

been struck by the stark difference between<br />

my campus life experience and yours, especially<br />

given the relentless antisemitism, anti-Israel<br />

demonstrations, and lack of action on the part of<br />

your university administrators,<br />

For me, studying in Israel was more of a given than<br />

for most. I made aliyah four years ago with Garin<br />

Tzabar, and I enlisted in the IDF’s Cooperation<br />

Division, so I was already here. I loved my army<br />

service and was inspired to study international<br />

relations in Israel. The decision to study in Jerusalem<br />

was an easy one - it runs in my family. My parents<br />

met and earned their master’s degrees at Hebrew<br />

U. My older siblings continued the tradition with<br />

semesters abroad. To me, Hebrew University<br />

represents a home filled with history, diversity, and<br />

opportunity.<br />

My reasoning aside, today, as a student at the<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I am really taken<br />

aback by the contrast between our respective lives<br />

on campus. I live in the Middle East. During a war.<br />

Meanwhile, you are facing so much overseas: Rising<br />

antisemitism, the fear of being Jewish on campus,<br />

and an unrelenting fight for Jewish identity. My<br />

experience here in Jerusalem is so different. My<br />

university is a place that embraces our identity as<br />

Jews, where I’ve never stood out for being Jewish.<br />

That part of my identity is only one aspect - not<br />

the whole - of how I show up on campus.<br />

I empathize with you for the immense pressure<br />

you face as a Jew on campus. You might think that<br />

over here we are immersed daily in “the Middle East<br />

conflict.” But the feeling of studying together with<br />

a strong Jewish population and with professors<br />

more concerned with teaching than using their<br />

platform for hate creates a highly supportive<br />

community. Other factors, such as small classes,<br />

make it easy to form relationships with students<br />

and professors invested in helping us succeed.<br />

Don’t get me wrong; I study with a diverse group<br />

of students. There are plenty of people native to<br />

Jerusalem and from around the world who come<br />

here to study who aren’t Jewish. Yet there is a<br />

mutual understanding here, and supportive and<br />

accommodating staff of religion and of different<br />

views.<br />

It may sound strange, but even with a war going<br />

on, I can’t imagine studying anywhere else. I have<br />

immense pride as a Hebrew University student<br />

at this time. That’s because I’ve witnessed<br />

firsthand the resilience of the people of Israel. I am<br />

constantly inspired by the volunteering, support for<br />

our soldiers, and incredible acts of generosity. The<br />

campus community has accommodated students<br />

and staff serving in the IDF or struggling due to the<br />

situation. The administration, faculty, and students<br />

have rallied together for the betterment of each of<br />

us, individually and collectively.<br />

My own experience here makes me wonder<br />

why more Jewish college students, especially<br />

those in the application process, aren’t seriously<br />

considering studying in Israel. There is a place<br />

where you can enjoy diversity on campus, get a<br />

high-ranking, international-level education, AND<br />

stand up proudly as a Jew without fear.<br />

Moreover, Hebrew University just opened up a new<br />

international Bachelor of Arts program offered fully<br />

in English starting this fall. It’s different (I say better)<br />

than simply spending a semester abroad. At the<br />

top of the list of benefits is definitely studying and<br />

living in Jerusalem, a vibrant, interesting, diverse,<br />

and exciting city. There is an option of living in a<br />

secure student village, just a ten-minute walk from<br />

campus, and the campus is just 15 minutes from<br />

Ben Yehuda, the Shuk, and the rest of downtown<br />

Jerusalem.<br />

You can earn your B.A. in just three years, which<br />

is standard in Israel for most undergraduate<br />

programs. Tuition here is also significantly lower<br />

than at comparable elite universities in America (and<br />

Hebrew University is ranked among the world’s top<br />

100 universities!) In fact, the entire B.A. program<br />

costs less than a year’s tuition at most American<br />

universities. The high level of education, coupled<br />

with many opportunities to gain work experience,<br />

ensures that Hebrew University graduates are<br />

well-equipped for the global job market.<br />

Lower tuition, great city, internships, and a high<br />

ranking for the school are all pluses. But at the end<br />

of the day, isn’t knowing you can be a proud Jew,<br />

an active Jew, a supporter of Israel without any<br />

fear something every one of us should just be able<br />

to expect?<br />

To all my friends and peers who are risking your<br />

physical safety and psychological well-being<br />

simply for being Jewish, I strongly encourage you<br />

to consider joining me here. Studying in Israel is an<br />

investment in yourself. You will be able to thrive<br />

on a campus that is focused on academics, not<br />

advocacy. It may be an academic choice, but it’s<br />

also a life-changing decision that will allow you, as<br />

a Jewish university student, just to be a student.<br />

Talia Agam, originally from Portland, Oregon,<br />

made aliyah and served in the IDF Cooperation<br />

(International) Division. She is studying international<br />

relations and business management at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem.

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You Are What You Eat: Food Science,<br />

Nutrition, and Medical Research Funded<br />

by the Frances Brody Foundation<br />

Israel is recognized today as a leader in food<br />

science and agriculture, and that is in no small part<br />

thanks to philanthropists like U.S. supermarket<br />

innovator Herbert Brody (z”), and his wife<br />

Frances (z”l), who have dedicated significant<br />

resources to the innovative work taking place at<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.<br />

As founders of the Herb and Frances Brody<br />

Center for Food Science and Nutrition in 1983,<br />

they provided resources that for decades have<br />

driven Israeli innovation in food research and<br />

development.<br />

Today, the Center fosters a multidisciplinary<br />

research environment that combines biochemical<br />

and medical expertise in nutrition and metabolism,<br />

with an understanding of the chemistry, physics,<br />

microbiology, and technology of food and food<br />

components. The Brody Center’s goal is to develop<br />

more nutritious and sustainable food sources as<br />

well as reduce food insecurity worldwide, not just<br />

in Israel. As the age-old saying goes, “You are what<br />

you eat.”<br />

“The Brody Center is<br />

unique in its combination<br />

of food science, nutrition<br />

research, and education in<br />

a single institute,” explains<br />

Prof. Ido Braslavsky, head<br />

of the Hebrew University<br />

Institute of Biochemistry,<br />

Food Science, and<br />

Nutrition, who leads the<br />

Prof. Ido Braslavsky<br />

interdisciplinary programs<br />

at the Brody Center. “Biochemistry connects<br />

food and nutrition so we can take a close look at<br />

the human body’s metabolic processes. But we<br />

also use food science to develop less perishable<br />

produce and explore alternative food resources<br />

and more nutritious ingredients. Together with<br />

agriculture research that seeks drought-resistant<br />

and high-yield seeds, we focus on feeding a world<br />

facing food insecurity.”<br />

Food safety and security are prominent Brody<br />

Center goals. Approximately 100 Hebrew<br />

University graduate and Ph.D. students, alongside<br />

250 undergraduate students, are pursuing food<br />

science degrees. Approximately 300 students<br />

are enrolled in the nutrition program, widely<br />

considered the best in Israel.<br />

The Brody Center has four major areas of<br />

research expertise: Nutrition and Health,<br />

focused on the effect of diet on gene<br />

expression and metabolism, nutrigenomics<br />

and nutrigenetics; Clinical and Community<br />

Nutrition Interventions, including educational<br />

programming for schoolchildren; Functional<br />

Foods and Nutraceuticals, which focuses on<br />

investigating the therapeutic properties of food<br />

products; and Food Science, Technology, and<br />

Biochemistry, research designed to improve<br />

food quality and safety and develop innovative<br />

technologies for new product development.<br />

In just the past few years, many companies have<br />

been established based on the innovations of<br />

Brody Center researchers. Among them are:<br />

Prevera - Enables safe and healthy food<br />

production by utilizing food protection proteins,<br />

which eliminate harmful preservatives and<br />

reduce food waste.<br />

SavorEat - AI-based 3-D printing technology<br />

creates tasty meatless burgers and other<br />

products cooked by a robotic chef with various<br />

flavors and nutritional content, which will reduce<br />

waste while customizing each person’s culinary<br />

experience.<br />

ChickP - Breakthrough, patented technology<br />

for producing functional, 90% chickpea proteins<br />

that can be used in meat and dairy-like foods,<br />

beverages, pastries, snacks, and cereals.<br />

BetterJuice - Empowers food producers to<br />

introduce more nutrition, creativity, and appeal<br />

into a wide array of natural fruit-based products<br />

by dramatically lowering their natural sugar<br />

content using non-GMO microorganisms to<br />

convert sugars to dietary fibers.<br />

WonderVeggie - A startup seeking to marry<br />

the benefits of fresh vegetables with healthy<br />

probiotics to help reduce the risk of cancer.<br />

Fresh vegetables, food, and nutrition are both<br />

the future of the Brody Center and the legacy of<br />

the Brody family business. As a teenager, founder<br />

Herb Brody lived above the local grocery store in<br />

East Orange, New Jersey. In the early 1950s, he<br />

opened his own store in Scotch Plains, and along<br />

with other mom-and-pop grocers joined the<br />

Wakefern Food cooperative to unify marketing<br />

and purchasing benefits under a single name —<br />

ShopRite.<br />

“My father was a pioneer in the food business<br />

in so many ways,” says his daughter, Susanne<br />

Brody. The ShopRite cooperative was at the<br />

forefront of grocery store innovations. In the<br />

mid-1960s, ShopRite stores pioneered late night<br />

and Sunday hours. With Herb as president,<br />

creative merchandising techniques such as<br />

watermelon contests, carnival games, pony<br />

rides, and 10¢ coupons, along with ShopRite’s<br />

low prices, made food shopping more exciting.<br />

Ultimately, he left with his partners and formed a<br />

new company, expanding his food empire to 160<br />

stores under the Pathmark label.<br />

Having achieved success feeding Americans in<br />

the northeast U.S., he then used his food industry<br />

experience to help the State of Israel. “In 1967,<br />

after the Six Day War, my father attended a world<br />

economic conference in Israel,” recounts Brody.<br />

“At that time, he recognized the need to develop<br />

international distribution for Israeli food and<br />

agricultural products to help Israel’s economy,<br />

so he began importing Israeli food products to<br />

the U.S.”<br />

As Herb began working with his food industry<br />

counterparts in Israel, he became aware of the<br />

agricultural research and innovation underway at<br />

Hebrew University. Together, Herb and Frances<br />

served for many years as board members of<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

(<strong>AFHU</strong>). “They established the Brody Center in<br />

1983, but my father unfortunately didn’t live to<br />

see that dream come true,” Susanne explains.<br />

Nevertheless, until her death, Frances and the<br />

Brody family continued to be involved with<br />

Hebrew University supporters in a wide range<br />

of activities, through the Brody Center at the<br />

Hebrew University Rehovot campus and beyond.<br />

Fran’s great passion for children led to the<br />

establishment of the Frances Brody Student Aid<br />

Endowment Fund for Handicapped Students.<br />

The Brody family has also generously supported<br />

several vital Hebrew University programs<br />

including the Krueger Center for Finance, the<br />

Lautenberg Center for Immunology and Cancer<br />

Research, the Rothberg International School,<br />

and the Avraham Harman Memorial Fund.<br />

In the wake of the October 7 th tragedy, the<br />

Brodys have been significant contributors to the<br />

Hebrew University “We Are One” fund to support<br />

students called up to serve in the Israel-Hamas<br />

War. The family is also funding fellowships at<br />

the Faculty of Medicine for the study of breast<br />

cancer and focusing on genetic cancer research.<br />

Contributing to the University is a family affair.<br />

The Brody Family Foundation is overseen by<br />

Herb and Frances’ children: Susanne Brody,<br />

Gordon Keil (the husband of Wendy Brody Keil<br />

z”l), Patti Lehrhoff, and Andrew Brody.<br />

The Brody family legacy at the Hebrew<br />

University has played an important role in the<br />

University’s agricultural research, which has<br />

included supporting breakthroughs such as<br />

the cultivation of seeds for arid climates, drip<br />

irrigation technologies, and the world’s first

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disease-resistant, vine-ripened tomatoes. Today,<br />

research professors and graduate students<br />

benefiting from Brody Fellowships are working<br />

on groundbreaking projects in both food science<br />

and cancer research. Examples of current<br />

projects include the development of lactosefree<br />

milk using bacteria, and the use of computer<br />

simulations to uncover new genes that might<br />

indicate a predisposition to breast cancer.<br />

The Brody Family Foundation’s contributions<br />

will continue to have an impact for decades<br />

to come. “Our graduates pursue all types of<br />

food science industries and influence nutrition<br />

policies in Israel and worldwide,” Braslavsky<br />

says. “For us, the Brody family’s support is just<br />

like the resilient seeds they helped to develop.<br />

Their generosity germinates startup companies<br />

and breakthrough research and has helped<br />

cultivate many important advances for Israel and<br />

the world.”<br />

Patti and Daniel Lehrhoff<br />

Brody Family B’nai Mitzvah Trip (1991)

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Charles H. (Corky) Goodman (z”l)<br />

Daniel Kahneman (z”l)<br />

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

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

are deeply saddened by the passing of business<br />

leader, distinguished humanitarian, and dedicated<br />

philanthropist, Corky Goodman (z”l). An ardent<br />

supporter of Israel and Jewish causes, his decadeslong<br />

devotion to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

will live on through his patronage.<br />

Mr. Goodman instilled a strong sense of Jewish<br />

affiliation in his children and grandchildren—in 2017,<br />

four generations of the Goodman family celebrated the<br />

dedication of the Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain<br />

Sciences Building on HU’s Edmond J. Safra campus<br />

in Givat Ram. Mr. Goodman served as Chairman of<br />

HU’s Board of Governors and as a Vice President and<br />

Honorary Board Member with <strong>AFHU</strong>. In 2005, Mr.<br />

Goodman received a Doctor of Philosophy honoris<br />

causa from HU.<br />

In addition to his significant support of the Hebrew<br />

University, Mr. Goodman was a generous donor to<br />

the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish<br />

Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the United Jewish Appeal, and<br />

Brandeis University. The Goodman family’s philanthropy extends to the Jewish community and<br />

community development, education, arts and culture, medicine, and health care.<br />

Mr. Goodman served as vice chairman of Henry Crown and Company, on the board of General<br />

Dynamics and as an officer of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial Foundation.<br />

We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Margie, children Richard (Kitzia),<br />

Leonard, and Barbara Manilow, grandchildren Daniel, Jordan, and Lily Goodman, Aaron, Jackson, and<br />

Maya Manilow, and to the extended Goodman family. May they be comforted among the mourners<br />

of Zion and Jerusalem.<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

(<strong>AFHU</strong>) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem<br />

(HU) mourn the passing of Prof. Daniel Kahneman,<br />

Nobel laureate, graduate of the Hebrew<br />

University, former lecturer in the Department<br />

of Psychology, fellow in the University’s Center<br />

for the Study of Rationality, and holder of an<br />

honorary doctorate on its behalf.<br />

During his years at HU, Kahneman developed,<br />

together with the late Prof. Amos Tversky, the<br />

Prospect Theory, integrating principles from<br />

psychology into economic science, and laying<br />

the foundations for the discipline of behavioral<br />

economics.<br />

Their new scientific paradigm overturned<br />

previous long-standing theories and concepts,<br />

brought about a revolution in all spheres related<br />

to decision-making, economic and other, and<br />

still informs the policies of governments and<br />

companies globally.<br />

Kahneman was a prolific scholar and influential<br />

author whose book, Thinking, Fast and Slow,<br />

introduced his work to the broader public and<br />

won widespread acclaim.<br />

We extend our deepest sympathies to his partner,<br />

Barbara Tversky, his children, and to the extended<br />

Kahneman family. May they be comforted among<br />

the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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From Medicine to Intelligence: How<br />

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s<br />

Unique Partnership with Israel<br />

Defense Forces is Bettering the World<br />

Since the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks against<br />

Israel, the students and faculty at the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem have been focused on<br />

their continued mission of making the world a<br />

better place.<br />

Yishai Fraenkel, vice president and director<br />

general of the University says the campus<br />

communities of the 100-year-old institution<br />

are experiencing a range of psychological and<br />

emotional traumas. There are those who have<br />

lost friends or family members or have suffered<br />

physical injury themselves. Still, they strive for a<br />

sense of normalcy.<br />

“We are not stopping. We are not halting or<br />

looking for excuses,” says Fraenkel. “Hebrew<br />

University is one of the most important civilian<br />

institutions in Israel, and we want to continue<br />

offering a world class education and world class<br />

research.”<br />

While their academic offerings cover a broad<br />

spectrum of disciplines from social sciences<br />

to medicine, the University’s partnership with<br />

the Israeli military has resulted in multiple<br />

programs that have been advancing research<br />

and development on a global scale for decades.<br />

“We have three major programs done in<br />

collaboration with the Israeli military: Havatzalot,<br />

Tzameret, and Talpiot,” explains Fraenkel. “These<br />

military programs are very important because<br />

this is an army to protect democracy, which is<br />

very precious.”<br />

Havatzalot: Training future military intelligence<br />

leaders<br />

More than a decade ago, the Military Intelligence<br />

Division established a program to recruit members<br />

of the Israel Defense Forces with the potential<br />

to excel as officers in the field of intelligence.<br />

The program has been at Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem since 2019.<br />

“Havatzalot is a three-year program that<br />

allows young students who are also cadets to<br />

complete a double-major bachelor’s degree<br />

with a combination of military studies and one<br />

other science like mathematics, computer<br />

science, economics, and sometimes philosophy,”<br />

says Fraenkel. “They finish their training, and<br />

they serve basically as the backbone of Israeli<br />

intelligence.”<br />

Troops who join the program graduate with the<br />

rank of lieutenant and must join the Military<br />

Intelligence Unit for at least six years.<br />

Tzameret: Elite military medicine that save<br />

slives<br />

Serving as a military doctor is not for the faint of<br />

heart, and admission to the Tzameret program is<br />

highly competitive. Candidates for the program<br />

must meet rigorous cognitive and physical fitness<br />

requirements. While participating in the program,<br />

students are allowed to defer their military service<br />

and later give five years as military doctors in the<br />

IDF.<br />

One of the main objectives of the program is to<br />

increase the number of career military physicians.<br />

The more highly trained doctors in the field, the<br />

better for anyone in need of critical care. The<br />

program is in its tenth year. As of the 2018-2019<br />

academic year, the total number of new military<br />

physicians in training, including those that have<br />

already finished training, exceeds 590.<br />

Like many of their other programs, Tzameret has<br />

a global reach. Up to 20 students in their sixth<br />

year of study are selected to participate in a onemonth<br />

exchange program with other militaryoriented<br />

medical programs around the world.<br />

Talpiot: Cultivating the next generation of<br />

leaders in defense and technology<br />

When you think of Talpiot, think of it as training<br />

people who develop technologies like the Iron<br />

Dome. The Talpiot program is one of the most<br />

prestigious academic and military programs in<br />

Israel, selecting exceptionally talented individuals<br />

from across Israel for training in science,<br />

technology, and leadership.<br />

“Talpiot takes those extremely bright scientific<br />

minds, those who excel in mathematics and<br />

physics so they can apply their talents to the<br />

development of military technology,” says<br />

Fraenkel. “Many graduates of this program go<br />

on to have a successful military career and later<br />

make their way into civilian life as successful<br />

entrepreneurs. They’re idea generators.”<br />

Though these three programs might be the<br />

most well-known, you’ll also find programs like<br />

the Institute for Research in Military Medicine<br />

where research and development in the areas of<br />

post-traumatic stress disorder, combat casualty<br />

trauma, and forensic medicine (or identifying<br />

victims) takes place. Additionally, the six-yearold<br />

Bina Elite Dentistry Reserve Track allows<br />

student-soldiers to maintain rigorous combat<br />

training standards. The Bina cadets serve as<br />

critical dental officers as needed.<br />

Solidarity across an ocean<br />

These programs, Hebrew University and the<br />

wider community are receiving critical support<br />

through the We Are One campaign, a special<br />

initiative organized by American Friends of<br />

Hebrew University along with the international<br />

chapters of the organization.<br />

“First and foremost, the We Are One campaign<br />

shows the solidarity of people throughout the<br />

world,” says Fraenkel. “Secondly, given these<br />

hardships as a university, the campaign makes it<br />

possible for us to continue our mission. We’re not<br />

just pursuing life, but the fullness of its potential.”<br />

Resources from the initiative support a wide<br />

range of immediate community needs from<br />

mental health services and legal assistance to<br />

hosting displaced individuals and funding unique<br />

scholarships for reservists called to duty. The<br />

initiative is also looking at rebuilding the future<br />

with programs promoting mental health, a shared<br />

society between Arabs and Jews, and even<br />

agricultural innovation.<br />

Show your solidarity with the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem by giving to the We<br />

Are One campaign. Learn more here.

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We Are One<br />

On October 7th, our world changed.<br />

As Israel and her friends continue to grapple<br />

with the evil witnessed on that day, the ensuing<br />

war, and the reverberations of antisemitism<br />

felt around the world, the Hebrew University<br />

of Jerusalem has set a course to prevail in<br />

the face of the current difficulties, and to<br />

continue to build a better and more just future<br />

by advancing knowledge through research and<br />

innovation. The University is continuing to<br />

address the immediate and long-term needs<br />

of its 28,000-person community, and the<br />

wider community, while also pursuing its core<br />

mission—to generate life-changing research<br />

and educate future leaders.<br />

scholarships for the 5,000+ reservists who have<br />

begun rotating out of active duty to resume<br />

their studies, as well as easing their integration<br />

back into courses through academic support,<br />

including group study sessions, tutoring, and<br />

recorded classes.<br />

In a recent letter to faculty members, Hebrew<br />

University Rector Tamir Sheafer stated:<br />

“Due to the terrible massacre on October 7th<br />

and the war that started after it, the semester<br />

began two and a half months late and in a<br />

shortened format of 11 intensive weeks. Over<br />

3,000 male and female students were still<br />

serving in the reserves when the semester<br />

began, and they are slowly returning to campus.<br />

As of today, over a thousand students are still<br />

recruited.<br />

program, which will allow them to complete<br />

the academic year, and in the long term, their<br />

degrees, successfully.<br />

I think we can all be proud of the way we<br />

are handling these challenges so far. The<br />

extraordinary mobilization of both senior and<br />

junior academic staff and the administrative<br />

staff to help students who were drafted into<br />

the reserves and those who were particularly<br />

affected by the war is inspiring.”<br />

[Excerpted from Rector Sheafer’s letter to<br />

faculty dated March 12, <strong>2024</strong>]<br />


Hebrew University has added three key<br />

initiatives to We Are One with the goal of<br />

contributing to rebuilding community, restoring<br />

hope, and securing the future of Israel:<br />

to fully realizing human potential. The events<br />

of October 7th, and those that followed, have<br />

badly shaken Israeli society and negatively<br />

impacted the relations between Arabs and<br />

Jews. The University will offer a number of<br />

programs—existing and new—to recommit to<br />

a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment<br />

for all, with the goal of creating a model to<br />

restore shared society throughout Israel.<br />

The We Are One campaign, established on<br />

October 9th, continues to support students<br />

and community members, including those<br />

from southern Israel and returning reservists,<br />

through the provision of mental health services.<br />

Donations to the campaign are supporting<br />

students in distress, providing advocacy<br />

assistance to families of the hostages, and<br />

helping to host school-age children in safe<br />

spaces on its campuses.<br />

In addition, We Are One is funding unique<br />

In a joint effort that included the entire university<br />

community, we built an academic, financial and<br />

emotional support system that is exceptional<br />

in its structure and scope, to help reservists<br />

and their children and spouses, and evacuees<br />

from their homes, successfully complete the<br />

semester.<br />

The second semester will also present us with<br />

many challenges. Many students will be recalled<br />

to reserve duty, and we will again help<br />

them in a targeted manner. Other reservists<br />

have postponed the start of their studies until<br />

the second semester, and in order to allow<br />

them to do so, we will offer a very large number<br />

of “replicated” introductory courses—courses<br />

that were given in the first semester and will be<br />

taught again in the second semester, in a variety<br />

of formats. It is imperative that we establish<br />

a personal relationship with each and every<br />

one of the reservists and the evacuees, and<br />

make sure that they have an appropriate study<br />

Mental Health and Resilience<br />

The University is seeking to establish two<br />

integrated programs that will pursue basic and<br />

translational research, professional development,<br />

and clinical interventions to meet the needs of<br />

children, adolescents, and adults for patientcentered,<br />

comprehensive, coordinated care.<br />

Arabs and Jews: Building a Shared Society<br />

The University perceives diversity as a<br />

condition for academic excellence and essential<br />

Partnership to Strengthen the Southern City<br />

of Ofakim<br />

In 2022, Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith<br />

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

began a partnership with the city of Ofakim,<br />

which was struggling with the loss of its textile<br />

manufacturing base to overseas competitors.<br />

Located in the south of Israel, 15 miles from the<br />

Gaza border in Israel’s agricultural hub, Ofakim<br />

was devastated by the October 7th attacks.<br />

Today, Ofakim’s leaders and University faculty<br />

have recommitted to their shared vision of<br />

restoring academic and economic opportunities<br />

for the city’s residents by advancing agriculturerelated<br />

education, and agri-tech development<br />

and innovation.<br />

Efforts to Support the We Are One Campaign<br />

As of April 1st, HU has raised over six million<br />

dollars in support of We Are One initiatives from<br />

supporters around the world, with American<br />

Friends accounting for half of all donations.

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United States – 3,000,000 USD (50.5%)<br />

Europe – 1,506,000 USD (25%)<br />

Israel – 591,000 USD (10%)<br />

Latin America – 453,000 USD (7.6%)<br />

UK – 210,000 USD (3.5%)<br />

Canada – 210,000 USD (3.5%)<br />

WE ARE ONE<br />

While there is much work to be done, the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem is committed to serving<br />

Israel by continuing to pursue knowledge,<br />

cultivate leadership and share its discoveries and<br />

achievements with the world. <strong>AFHU</strong> is deeply<br />

grateful for the outpouring of support received<br />

since October 7th, and we hope that you will<br />

continue to support these further initiatives.<br />

It helps to know that you are with us—because<br />

We Are One.<br />

To make a donation, click here.<br />

“American Friends of the Hebrew University will<br />

do everything we can to support our community<br />

members during the war and its aftermath, which<br />

we hope will bring lasting peace,” said Joshua<br />

Rednik, <strong>AFHU</strong>’s CEO. “We are inspired by the<br />

Hebrew University community’s commitment<br />

to volunteering in many capacities in Jerusalem<br />

and throughout Israel. As they serve us, we wish<br />

to serve them through the We Are One fund.”<br />

Hebrew University students, faculty, and staff<br />

mobilized volunteer efforts immediately following<br />

the terrorist attacks on October 7th. As the<br />

diverse, expanding needs of the country became<br />

clear over the ensuing days, the urge to contribute<br />

sparked a wave of volunteerism across Hebrew<br />

University campuses, where students and faculty<br />

came together to provide aid to people affected<br />

by the war. Agriculture students helping farmers,<br />

law students helping evacuees understand their<br />

legal rights, medical students putting their<br />

studies to work in hospitals, and dental students<br />

treating survivors and identifying victims—HU<br />

minds and hearts continue to be applied across<br />

the country.<br />

The Hebrew University<br />

Law Clinics At Work<br />

In Case You Missed It<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.

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Charitable Gift Annuity – a<br />

Versatile Strategy for Personal<br />

Investing and Philanthropy<br />

Neal Myerberg<br />

Principal, Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors<br />

For decades, the charitable gift annuity (CGA) has<br />

been a valuable vehicle for individuals who sought<br />

high, lifetime, fixed-rate income accompanied<br />

by tax benefits. Rates, governed by approved<br />

life expectancy tables, enabled individuals to<br />

establish lifetime income plans (for one or two<br />

beneficiaries) in order to assure a predictable<br />

stream of income throughout their retirement<br />

years. The fact that the balance of the annuity<br />

would be paid to the issuing charity at the end of<br />

the lifetime/s of the beneficiary/ies, and not to a<br />

commercial annuity company, added significant<br />

meaning to the CGA for many.<br />

Over the years, many individuals established<br />

multiple CGAs in order to obtain higher fixed<br />

rates at older ages and to build a nest egg of<br />

assured fixed income to help pay for their costs<br />

of living. Often, CGAs became akin to a “lifetime<br />

certificate of deposit” with the additional benefits<br />

of income tax charitable deductions and annual<br />

tax-free income.<br />

The rules were quite clear. The charity would be<br />

qualified in regulated states to issue gift annuities<br />

and would assume the obligation to pay the<br />

annuitants throughout their lifetimes, even if the<br />

annuitants outlived the life expectancy tables.<br />

In highly regulated states such as New York<br />

(where <strong>AFHU</strong> has its principal offices), charities<br />

issuing gift annuities are required to maintain<br />

statutory reserve amounts in segregated trusted<br />

accounts in order to assure that obligations for<br />

payments of annuities are fulfilled.<br />

Here’s how it works<br />

Assume an individual, age 75. The fixed, lifetime<br />

gift annuity rate from the approved tables is 7%.<br />

Assume that the contribution amount for the<br />

gift annuity is $20,000. Therefore, the annual<br />

annuity amount for the individual’s lifetime would<br />

be $1,400, usually payable quarterly. If cash is<br />

used to fund the gift annuity, 67.4% of the annual<br />

annuity amount would be paid to the individual<br />

tax-free for the first 12.4 years (life expectancy).<br />

If the individual outlives life expectancy, the<br />

annuity continues to be paid and is taxed as<br />

ordinary income. In addition, there is an income<br />

tax charitable deduction in the amount of $8,303<br />

which can be used to reduce taxes (if the<br />

individual itemizes) in the year the gift annuity is<br />

established.<br />

Gift annuities may be for one or two lives. The<br />

rates for two life gift annuities are lower than<br />

the rate for the younger person individually since<br />

joint life expectancy is calculated actuarially to be<br />

longer than the life expectancy for the individual<br />

life of either party.<br />

The rate from the gift annuity tables is based on<br />

life/lives to the nearest birthday. Thus, if in the<br />

example above the individual is currently age 75<br />

but will be age 76 in less than six months, the gift<br />

annuity rate would be based on age 76 (7.2%).<br />

Using IRA funds to establish a gift annuity<br />

While IRA withdrawals could always be used to<br />

fund a gift annuity, they would first be subject<br />

to federal (and, sometimes, state) income taxes.<br />

While the income tax charitable deduction and<br />

the high, fixed, lifetime annuity rate would soften<br />

the tax cost of the IRA withdrawal, there wasn’t<br />

much appetite for this strategy.<br />

For years there was debate in the U.S.<br />

Congress about some tax-advantaged use of<br />

IRA withdrawals for gift annuities since they are<br />

charitable in character and benefit the charity<br />

when the annuitant dies. Nothing resulted until<br />

the passage of the Legacy-IRA Act as part of<br />

Secure Act 2.0, effective on and after January<br />

1, 2023.<br />

Beginning on that date, an IRA owner could<br />

establish a gift annuity using IRA funds (most<br />

often funds that would be part of a Required<br />

Minimum Distribution - RMD) to fund a one-life<br />

gift annuity (or for two lives if the other is the<br />

spouse of the IRA owner) without obligation<br />

to pay income tax on the IRA withdrawal. This<br />

vehicle, often called a Qualified Charitable<br />

Distribution (QCD) CGA, has specific rules since<br />

tax-free IRA funds are used to establish it.<br />

For <strong>2024</strong>, the amounts that can be withdrawn<br />

tax-free from an IRA for a QCD CGA cannot<br />

exceed $53,000 and must be applied up to<br />

that limitation in the calendar year. There is no<br />

carryover permitted for unapplied IRA funds to<br />

a subsequent year. If spouses both have IRAs,<br />

they can withdraw up to $106,000 (2 X $53,000)<br />

to either establish individual gift annuities or a joint<br />

and survivor gift annuity.<br />

In exchange for the tax-free withdrawal from the<br />

IRA (thus, a tax-free withdrawal of all or a portion<br />

of the RMD), there is no income tax charitable<br />

deduction (which does not impact those who do<br />

not itemize deductions), and the annual annuity<br />

amount is taxed as ordinary income.<br />

Many individuals made use of this opportunity in<br />

2023 when the maximum amount was $50,000.<br />

Adjusted based on inflation to $53,000, those<br />

who waited until <strong>2024</strong> can take advantage of the<br />

higher allowable amount. It is important to note<br />

that under the current law, the use of one or more<br />

QCD CGAs must occur in one calendar year.<br />

It is evident that more individuals are taking<br />

advantage of the QCD CGA in <strong>2024</strong> now that<br />

there has been a positive experience in 2023 with<br />

this vehicle.<br />

How to proceed<br />

Feel free to ask <strong>AFHU</strong> to provide you with a<br />

confidential calculation of a traditional or QCD gift<br />

annuity. That information can also be shared, if<br />

you wish, by <strong>AFHU</strong> with your professional advisors.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> will be pleased to provide information to you<br />

without obligation on your part.<br />

Please contact us at plannedgiving@afhu.org<br />

or 212.607.8524.

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Awards & Prizes<br />

Hebrew University Congratulates Professor Avi<br />

Wigderson on Prestigious 2023 Turing Award<br />

Photo credit: Peter Badge<br />

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

heartfelt congratulations to former faculty member<br />

Prof. Avi Wigderson for being honored with the<br />

esteemed Turing Award—often referred to as the<br />

“Nobel Prize of Computing”—for his groundbreaking<br />

contributions to the field of theoretical computer<br />

science. The Turing Award is presented annually by the<br />

Association for Computing Machinery to individuals<br />

who have made significant contributions of lasting<br />

importance to the field of computer science.<br />

Prof. Wigderson’s research spans various topics within<br />

theoretical computer science, including randomness in<br />

computation, interactive proof systems, and the power<br />

of algebraic methods in algorithm design. His seminal<br />

contributions have profoundly impacted various<br />

areas of computer science, inspiring generations of<br />

researchers and forever shaping the field.<br />

Notably, quite a few of his papers that earned him acclaim were written during his tenure at Hebrew<br />

University, with several of his momentous papers being collaborative efforts with his former colleagues,<br />

HU’s Noam Nisan and Michael Ben-Or. This era marked a dynamic period in theoretical computer<br />

science—with HU emerging as a pivotal hub for computer science—largely due to Prof. Wigderson’s<br />

contributions and presence. Prof. Wigderson was a cherished Hebrew University faculty member for<br />

nearly 15 years. Today, he works as a mathematics professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in<br />

Princeton, New Jersey.<br />

Hebrew University’s Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy<br />

Awarded Prestigious Israel Prize for Investigation of<br />

Hamas Crimes Against Humanity<br />

Photo credit: Martine Hami<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Dr.<br />

Cochav Elkayam-Levy has been awarded the<br />

prestigious Israel Prize, the State’s highest honor,<br />

in the field of Solidarity (Arvut Hadadit) for<br />

her dedication to raising international concern<br />

surrounding crimes committed by Hamas around<br />

the October 7th attacks.<br />

Elkayam-Levy established the “Civil Commission<br />

on October 7th Crimes by Hamas against Women<br />

and Children,” an independent, non-governmental<br />

collaboration of international human rights experts<br />

and women’s rights organizations created to<br />

advocate for and support the investigation of<br />

war crimes committed by Hamas against women<br />

and children during the massacre of October 7th<br />

and the continuous war crimes towards abducted<br />

women and children. The Civil Commission<br />

obtained and distributed credible information and<br />

lent its expertise to relevant bodies in Israel and<br />

internationally.<br />

In the award committee’s deliberations, it was underscored that Dr. Elkayam-Levy’s unwavering<br />

commitment and dedication propelled her to act both nationally and internationally, culminating in<br />

the establishment of a Civil Commission dedicated to promoting human rights and gender equality.<br />

Dr. Elkayam-Levy is the Sophie Davis Fellow on Gender, Conflict Resolution, and Peace at the<br />

Hebrew University Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations. She teaches human rights<br />

law, international law, climate justice, and feminist theories at Hebrew University and at Reichman<br />

University. She is also the founding head of the Dvora Institute for Gender and Sustainability Studies,<br />

a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Doctor of Juridical Science and<br />

former Human Rights Scholar of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; former Perry World<br />

House Fellow; A Salzburg Global Fellow for Outstanding Scholars in International Law, Washington<br />

D.C., and a member of the Israeli President’s new Climate Forum.

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Three Hebrew University Researchers Awarded<br />

Prestigious Research Grants by the European<br />

Research Council<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is thrilled<br />

to announce that three of its esteemed<br />

faculty members, Professor Maren R. Niehoff,<br />

Professor Nathan (Nati) Linial, and Professor<br />

David Kazhdan, have been awarded prestigious<br />

research grants by the European Research<br />

Council (ERC).<br />

Professor Maren R. Niehoff, Max Cooper Chair<br />

of Jewish Thought in the Faculty of Humanities<br />

at HU, has been awarded the grant for her<br />

research on the interface between Judaism<br />

and Greco-Roman culture, with a particular<br />

focus on the influence of Rome. Professor<br />

Nathan Linial, from the Rachel and Selim Benin<br />

School of Computer Science and Engineering,<br />

the Einstein Institute of Mathematics, and the<br />

Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality<br />

at HU, has been awarded a grant for his research<br />

into error-correcting codes. Professor David Kazhdan, from the Einstein Institute of Mathematics<br />

HU, has been honored with a grant for his research on uncovering hidden symmetries across various<br />

mathematical fields and exploring their applications.<br />

ERC grants stand among the most prestigious and competitive research grants offered by the<br />

European Union. They are bestowed upon leading researchers with substantial achievements in their<br />

respective fields over the past decade.<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Celebrates Three Israel<br />

Prize Recipients Among Its Faculty<br />

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is honored<br />

to announce that three of its esteemed faculty<br />

members have been awarded the prestigious<br />

Israel Prize for their outstanding professional<br />

achievements. These recipients, both past<br />

and present faculty members, represent the<br />

University’s commitment to excellence in research,<br />

education, and innovation.<br />

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Psychology, Prof.<br />

Gershon Ben-Shakhar hails from the Department<br />

of Psychology at the Hebrew University, where he<br />

embarked on his academic journey after completing<br />

his doctorate at the Hebrew University. Proficient<br />

in cognitive psychophysiology, his research delved<br />

into various aspects, including the examination<br />

of physiological and behavioral responses to<br />

significant and unexpected stimuli.<br />

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Statistics Research, Prof. Ya’acov Ritov distinguished himself as a full<br />

professor within the Department of Statistics and Data Science at the Hebrew University, where<br />

he earned his doctoral degree. Widely recognized as a leading authority in the field, Prof. Ritov<br />

has made significant contributions to statistical theory, with a particular focus on high-dimensional<br />

models, empiric Bayes methods, and nonparametric and semiparametric models.<br />

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Life Sciences Research, Prof. Hagai Bergman is a neuroscientist and<br />

physician at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Research and Faculty of Medicine at the<br />

Hebrew University and the Neurosurgery Department of the Hadassah Medical Center. He became<br />

known for his important contribution to the study of Parkinson’s disease and its treatment, using<br />

a neurological and psychiatric treatment method based on electrical stimulation and changing the<br />

activity of brain areas, also known as ‘deep brain stimulation’.

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First Israeli Scientist, Hebrew University Prof. Haim<br />

Sompolinsky, Awarded Prestigious <strong>2024</strong> Brain Prize<br />

by Lundbeck Foundation<br />

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Haim Sompolinsky was<br />

named the first Israeli scientist to receive the prestigious<br />

Brain Prize from the Lundbeck Foundation in <strong>2024</strong>, the<br />

world’s largest award given to pioneers in the neuroscience<br />

field.<br />

Prof. Sompolinsky, a physicist and neuroscience researcher at<br />

the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Neuroscience (ELSC)<br />

at the Hebrew University and Professor at the Center for<br />

Brain Science (CBS) at Harvard University will share the<br />

$1,412,066 (1.3 million euros) with Professor Larry Abbott<br />

at Columbia University and Professor Terrence Sejnowski at<br />

the Salk Institute (U.S.).<br />

The Hebrew University Tops ERC Consolidator Grant<br />

Wins for 2023, Garnering Around $12 Million<br />

On November 22, the European Research Council (ERC) declared that six researchers from the Hebrew<br />

University secured grants at the “Consolidator Grant” level. These individual grants, ranging from one and a<br />

half to two million euros each, cumulatively amount to 11.5 million euros (about $12,508,320).<br />

The recipients of the ERC grants from the Hebrew University include Dr. Erez Zohar from the Racah<br />

Institute of Physics, Prof. Yair Furstenberg, who chairs the Department of Talmud and Halacha, Prof. Oren<br />

Ram from the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Dr. Yonatan Anahory also from the Racah<br />

Institute of Physics, Prof. Katrina Ligett from the Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science<br />

and Engineering, who also oversees the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew<br />

University, along with Dr. Nicholas Stone, also from the Racah Institute of Physics.<br />

Sompolinsky is renowned for his groundbreaking work in<br />

theoretical and computational neuroscience, particularly<br />

in the study of neural circuit dynamics in the brain. His research has significantly contributed to<br />

our understanding of how neural circuits process and encode information, map the external world,<br />

and participate in learning and memory. Through a combination of theoretical and computational<br />

approaches, his work has elucidated key computational principles underlying brain function.<br />

The Brain Prize, initiated in 2011 and awarded annually by the Lundbeck Foundation, is the largest award<br />

in neuroscience. It recognizes researchers whose work has advanced the field, from fundamental<br />

research to clinical applications. Prof. Sompolinsky’s research not only deepens our knowledge of the<br />

brain’s inner workings but also holds promise for applications in brain-inspired artificial intelligence.

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

New Method to Assess Water Efficiency<br />

to Increase Chickpea Crop Yields<br />

Natural Psilocybin Mushroom Extract<br />

Might Demonstrate Superior Efficacy<br />

for Psychiatric Disorders Compared to<br />

Chemically Synthesized Version<br />

Plant Lifecycle Insights: Big Data Can<br />

Predict Climate Change Impact<br />

High Adolescent BMI Increases Risk of<br />

Early Chronic Kidney Disease, According<br />

to JAMA Study by Hebrew University<br />

Researchers<br />

A new non-invasive technique for evaluating<br />

chickpea water efficiency, offers farmers a<br />

powerful tool to fine-tune irrigation and potentially<br />

elevate the sustainability of chickpea cultivation.<br />

New Model for Understanding Causes<br />

of Type 1 Diabetes<br />

A new study indicates that natural psilocybin<br />

mushroom extract might be more effective<br />

compared to a chemically synthesized version,<br />

offering more potential applications for treating<br />

conditions such as depression, post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder (PTSD), and schizophrenia.<br />

cCMV Infection: Successful<br />

Implementation of Pooled Saliva Tests<br />

In a recent study, researchers successfully<br />

introduced pooled saliva polymerase chain<br />

reaction (PCR) tests for the universal screening<br />

of congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection.<br />

This new method helps detect and intervene early<br />

in the most common congenital infection, known<br />

for causing hearing loss and developmental issues.<br />

A study published in the journal Nature examines,<br />

for the first time, the lifecycles of plants on a<br />

global scale, via the creation of a unique database<br />

containing huge quantities of data. The study was<br />

led by Dr. Niv DeMalach of the Robert H. Smith<br />

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

at the Hebrew University; Prof. Itay Mayrose of<br />

the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at<br />

Tel Aviv University; and Dr. Tyler Poppenwimer,<br />

formerly a post-doctoral student at the Hebrew<br />

University and Tel Aviv University and now a<br />

researcher at the FDA.<br />

Mysteries of Mongolian Wall System<br />

Revealed<br />

Adolescent obesity significantly increases the risk<br />

of developing early chronic kidney disease (CKD)<br />

in young adulthood, according to a large cohort<br />

study led by Hebrew University researchers.<br />

The Dead Sea<br />

Scrolls: Shifts and<br />

Transformations<br />

A new model challenges the long-held belief that<br />

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is caused by viral infection.<br />

Oral Bacteria May Accelerate Pancreatic<br />

Cancer Development<br />

A new study indicates that oral bacteria leading<br />

to periodontal (gum) disease could accelerate<br />

pancreatic cancer development, one of the<br />

deadliest types of cancer.<br />

Veterinary Researchers Highlight<br />

Recurrent Outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth<br />

Disease (FMD) in the Middle East<br />

A pattern of recurrent Foot-and-Mouth Disease<br />

(FMD), a highly contagious viral infection affecting<br />

hooved animals, continues to persist in Israel and<br />

neighboring areas, despite vaccination efforts,<br />

requiring a more targeted and collaborative<br />

approach to disease management.<br />

Credit: Gideon-Shelach<br />

A new study on a previously overlooked<br />

Mongolian Arc—a monumental wall system in<br />

eastern Mongolia—reveals new insights about the<br />

motives and functionality behind the construction<br />

of this colossal architectural marvel.<br />

Learn more about the history of the Dead Sea<br />

Scrolls through this illuminating and in-depth<br />

interview with Hebrew University professors<br />

Michael Segal and Esther Chazon. Click the<br />

image above to view.

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54th Annual George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award<br />

Milbank LLP Chairman Scott A. Edelman and<br />

Prudential Financial General Counsel Ann M.<br />

Kappler received the 54th Annual George<br />

A. Katz Torch of Learning Award (TOL),<br />

presented by American Friends of the Hebrew<br />

University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) in Midtown on Thursday,<br />

May 9th.<br />

At the annual luncheon event, attended by<br />

over 300 guests, <strong>AFHU</strong> President Pamela<br />

Emmerich said, “<strong>AFHU</strong> is proud to honor Ann<br />

Kappler and Scott Edelman, two extraordinarily<br />

accomplished individuals who add luster to<br />

the Torch of Learning Award. Throughout their<br />

careers, they have distinguished themselves<br />

in the legal profession and their community.”<br />

The George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award<br />

is named in memory of the late George Katz<br />

(z”l), founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton,<br />

Rosen & Katz.<br />

As executive vice president, general counsel<br />

L-R: Scott A. Edelman; <strong>AFHU</strong> President Pamela Nadler Emmerich, Ann M. Kappler<br />

and chief compliance officer at Prudential<br />

Financial, Ann M. Kappler is the head of Law, Compliance, Business Ethics, and External Affairs,<br />

leading a global team of over 1,100 employees. She serves on the boards of directors of the Pro<br />

Bono Partnership (treasurer), and the National Health Law Program (chair). She has also actively<br />

served on the boards of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs,<br />

Appleseed Foundation, and Global Rights and was a longtime member of the board of trustees of<br />

the Lowell School in Washington, D.C., where she served as chair. Ann is a frequent speaker on<br />

topics such as legal and compliance best practices, diversity, and inclusion, and is an advocate for<br />

workplace mental health issues.<br />

Scott A. Edelman is Chairman of Milbank LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration<br />

Group. He specializes in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation across several substantive areas of<br />

the law, including securities, commercial, and white-collar crime. Prior to joining Milbank, he served as<br />

an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 1994. Edelman<br />

started his career at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and is a member of the Board of Directors of the<br />

Legal Aid Society.<br />

Atara Miller, a New York partner in the firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Group and a Member of Milbank’s<br />

Global Executive Committee presented Edelman with his award.<br />

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award, together with my esteemed colleague, Ann<br />

Kappler,” Edelman said. “The Hebrew University of Jerusalem serves a vital role in educating Israel’s<br />

next generation of leading minds. In these uncertain times, the support that American Friends of the<br />

Hebrew University provides to this critical institution is more important than ever.”<br />

In addition, featured speaker, Prof. Tomer Broude Dean of the Hebrew<br />

University Faculty of Law, gave a talk on “October 7th and its Aftermath:<br />

Legal Challenges and Responses.”<br />

Now in its 54th year, the Torch of Learning Award has an illustrious history,<br />

raising awareness and important support for the Hebrew University<br />

Faculty of Law and the mission of its American Friends.<br />

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

traditional legal research is conducted along with trailblazing programs in<br />

international law, multidisciplinary studies, and human rights research.<br />

HU law alumni include the majority of Israel’s former Supreme Court<br />

justices (many now faculty members), legislators, attorneys-general,<br />

social activists, and heads of NGOs.<br />

Dean of the Hebrew University Faculty of<br />

Law Prof. Tomer Broude<br />

David Ogden, chair of the WilmerHale Government and Regulatory Litigation Group, presented<br />

Kappler with her award.<br />

“I am so honored to be receiving the prestigious George A. Katz Torch of Learning Award together<br />

with Scott Edelman,” said Kappler. “Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law is the preeminent law<br />

school in Israel, which educates outstanding future global leaders and innovators. I am humbled to<br />

be recognized by an institution that has graduated so many distinguished legal scholars. I thank<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University and am supportive of their efforts.”<br />

Co-Chairs and Honorees of the 54th Annual Torch of Learning Award

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Las Vegas Scopus Award<br />

David Z. Chesnoff, Las Vegas philanthropist and<br />

nationally renowned attorney, was honored with the<br />

Las Vegas Scopus Award on January 20, presented by<br />

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

The event was held at the Encore at Wynn Hotel in<br />

Las Vegas.<br />

The <strong>AFHU</strong> Scopus Award event raised more than $1<br />

million to support student scholarships and the Clinical<br />

Legal Education Center at the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem, Israel’s premier institution of research and<br />

higher learning.<br />

Named for Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, the <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

Scopus Award reflects the University’s highest<br />

ideals of achievement, leadership, and philanthropic<br />

engagement. The Scopus Award is given to individuals<br />

with a legacy dedicated to humanitarian concerns.<br />

At the event, <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Board Vice Chair,<br />

Patricia Glaser said, “David has strengthened<br />

David Z. Chesnoff and <strong>AFHU</strong> Western Region Board Vice Chair-<br />

Patricia Glaser<br />

the connection between Las Vegas and the Hebrew University. He is deserving of this award for his<br />

dedication to Israel, his service to the community, and his support of University initiatives.”<br />

Hebrew University President Prof. Asher Cohen and Prof. Tomer<br />

Broude, Dean of the Faculty of Law, paid tribute to Chesnoff at an<br />

exclusive event meet and greet for VIP guests. Alex Yemenidjian,<br />

Chairman of Armenco Capital, LLC presented the Scopus Award to<br />

Chesnoff.<br />

around the country as well as your commitment to Israel have made meaningful contributions to the<br />

lives of so many.”<br />

“David deserves the Scopus Award because he exemplifies everything the award represents,” said<br />

Governor Lombardo. “David brings our community together through his volunteerism, benevolence,<br />

and leadership – there is no one more deserving of this Award.”<br />

“During these dark and challenging times for Israel, American Friends of the Hebrew University is<br />

pleased to pay tribute to David,” said <strong>AFHU</strong> Chief Executive Officer Joshua Rednik. “He has given so<br />

much to Israel and has been a leader in the Nevada Jewish Community. His recent visit to Israel to<br />

serve as a hospital volunteer is just one example of his commitment and of why he is so deserving of<br />

this accolade.”<br />

A leading criminal defense attorney and a partner at Chesnoff & Schonfeld, a top law firm in the<br />

United States, Chesnoff counts Hollywood celebrities and well-known public figures among his clients.<br />

However, he is deeply committed to helping the underdog prevail against a more powerful entity.<br />

“My role is to see that the Constitution is followed and that every one of my defendants receives<br />

the best defense available,” Chesnoff said. “I am humbled to receive this award and that I am being<br />

recognized for having tried to be a good person.”<br />

“I feel honored to be named the <strong>2024</strong> recipient of the <strong>AFHU</strong> Scopus Award,” Chesnoff continued.<br />

“Israel needs us now more than ever and amidst these turbulent times, the Hebrew University of<br />

Jerusalem stands as a beacon of hope, offering students a world-class education and enabling<br />

economic and social mobility for young people from all walks of life.”<br />

Previous Scopus Award recipients include Barbra Streisand, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Hope, Frank<br />

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

Among the local government dignitaries were Nevada Governor Joe<br />

Lombardo, and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.<br />

HU Pres. Prof. Asher Cohen<br />

“I think David deserves this award for the many, many ways he<br />

contributes,” Wolfson said in a tribute video. “A lot of people talk the<br />

talk, but David walks the walk. He’s a great humanitarian, and his<br />

contributions have really made a difference.”<br />

Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen sent a video greeting, stating, “We’re here tonight to recognize the work<br />

and dedication of my friend, Scopus Award recipient David Chesnoff. Mazel Tov and congratulations,<br />

David. Your service to the Las Vegas community, support of Jewish philanthropy in Nevada and<br />

L-R: Daniel Schlessinger, Marcy Schlessinger, David Z. Chesnoff<br />

L-R: Sami Freedman, Marilyn Wallace, Joyce Brandman

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<strong>2024</strong> Palm Beach Scopus Award<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University<br />

(<strong>AFHU</strong>) presented the <strong>2024</strong> Southeast Region<br />

Scopus Award to philanthropists Lisa and<br />

Michael Rome on Saturday, March 23 at the<br />

Four Seasons, Palm Beach.<br />

The event proceeds will support the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem We Are One emergency<br />

campaign, which provides funds for<br />

psychological counseling services, tutoring,<br />

scholarships, and acute financial relief for<br />

students and faculty impacted by the war.<br />

It will also provide funding for the recently<br />

established Center for Computational Medicine<br />

Michael and Lisa Rome, HU Pres. Prof. Asher Cohen, <strong>AFHU</strong> CEO Joshua Rednik<br />

at the Hebrew University. Computational<br />

Medicine holds the promise to revolutionize healthcare by harnessing the power of big data and<br />

Artificial Intelligence to replace the traditional one-size fits-all model with personalized, data-driven<br />

treatments for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.<br />

Council of Weill Cornell Medicine and support several community-focused institutions, including UJA<br />

Federation, MorseLife Health System, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Michael Rome is Chief<br />

Executive Officer of Rome Capital Management of Palm Beach. He is also the managing principal of<br />

Rome Capital Partners, a family office.<br />

“Lisa and I believe that problems in the Middle East can be eased and possibly solved through<br />

education, job creation, and entrepreneurship,” said Michael Rome at the event. “No other institution<br />

has a more forward-looking impact on the next generation of leaders than Hebrew University. We<br />

happily accept the Scopus Award in the hope that we encourage others to see the importance of<br />

advancing this unique center for academic excellence in Israel.”<br />

Among the speakers were Hebrew University President Professor Asher Cohen, who presented the<br />

Scopus Award, as well as Barbara and Richard Rothschild, who offered greeting remarks.<br />

Named for Mount Scopus, where the Hebrew University’s (HU) first cornerstones were laid in<br />

1918, the award has come to symbolize the University’s highest ideals of achievement, leadership,<br />

and philanthropic engagement. The Scopus Award is bestowed upon individuals with a legacy of<br />

humanitarian concerns throughout their lives. Previous Scopus Award recipients include Barbra<br />

Streisand, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and Elie Wiesel, among<br />

others.<br />

“We are delighted to honor Lisa and Michael Rome who have been<br />

steadfast supporters of Israel and Hebrew University for so many<br />

years,” said <strong>AFHU</strong> Chief Executive Officer Joshua Rednik. “During<br />

these challenging times, It is important to help Hebrew University<br />

students continue to pursue their studies through the We Are<br />

One campaign and to support future endeavors like the Center for<br />

Computational Medicine, which will advance research and treatment<br />

through AI and personalized medicine.”<br />

Lisa and Michael Rome share a deep commitment to educate the<br />

next generation of leaders on the importance and role the Hebrew<br />

University plays within Israel and around the world. A supporter of<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong>/HU for over 40 years, Michael serves on the International<br />

Advisory Council for ASPER-HUJI Innovate, the University’s center<br />

for young entrepreneurs and innovators. In addition to their generous<br />

support of the Hebrew University, Lisa and Michael sit on the Dean’s<br />

Lisa and Michael Rome<br />

L-R: Richard and Barbara Rothschild, Lisa and Michael Rome

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<strong>2024</strong> Leaders of Distinction Event<br />

Among the evening’s honorees, Ety Alcalay serves on <strong>AFHU</strong>’s National Board of Directors, <strong>AFHU</strong>’s<br />

Southeast Region Advisory Committee, and Hebrew University’s Board of Governors. She has a<br />

long association with Hebrew University where she earned a B.A. in Russian and Jewish studies<br />

and where she met her husband, David. Ety and David have hosted several Southeast Region <strong>AFHU</strong><br />

events in their home and enjoy engaging donor prospects in the Boca Raton area and beyond.<br />

John and Sherry Bauman have generously provided scholarships for Hebrew University’s students<br />

in need. In 2004, the philanthropic couple was recognized on HU’s Wall of Life and in 2017, John<br />

received an Honorary Fellowship from the Hebrew University. John Bauman is a member of the<br />

Hebrew University Board of Governors, the <strong>AFHU</strong> National Board of Directors, and the Southeast<br />

Region Board. Past positions include membership on <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Northeast Region board, the National<br />

Campaign Committee, and the Real Estate and Financial Services Division. Sherry serves on <strong>AFHU</strong>’s<br />

National Board of Regents.<br />

<strong>AFHU</strong> CEO Joshua Rednik and the Leaders of Distinction Honorees<br />

American Friends of the Hebrew University (<strong>AFHU</strong>) held its annual Leaders of Distinction event to<br />

support Israel, fund scholarships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU), and benefit the We<br />

Are One fund for students, faculty, and family affected by the war and its aftermath.<br />

The event was held at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach on Sunday, March 3rd, and<br />

honored area philanthropists and supporters including Ety Alcalay; Sherry Norris and John Bauman;<br />

Jane and Dr. Peter Feinstein; Rina Frankel; and Annette Pakula. Leaders of Distinction Honorary<br />

Chairs were Tamar and Milton Maltz of Palm Beach Gardens and Cleveland. The evening’s Chairs<br />

were Elaine and Dr. Beno Michel of Palm Beach Gardens and Cleveland.<br />

The event proceeds will provide counseling services, tutoring and scholarship assistance for<br />

students returning to the University after military reserve service, as well as financial relief for<br />

those who have lost their homes and belongings.<br />

“Thousands of Hebrew University students have<br />

been called to active duty in Israel’s defense, so it<br />

is important that the <strong>AFHU</strong> community in Florida<br />

is joining to support Israel’s foremost academic<br />

institution when the needs are so great,” said Dr.<br />

Beno Michel. “We are especially grateful for our<br />

honorees who exemplify the steadfast commitment<br />

to community, education, and the advancement of<br />

knowledge for the betterment of humanity.”<br />

L-R: <strong>AFHU</strong> CEO Joshua Rednik, Beno Michel, Amb. (Ret.) Yossi Gal<br />

Rina Frankel has been a dedicated supporter<br />

of the Hebrew University for many years.<br />

She serves on the <strong>AFHU</strong> Board of Regents.<br />

In 2012, she and her late husband, Samuel<br />

Frankel z”l, established an endowment<br />

fund to provide scholarships for Ethiopian<br />

students at Hebrew University. In addition,<br />

Rina continues the couple’s support for HU<br />

Professor Yaakov (Koby) Nahmias and his<br />

diabetes research. Together with Sam, Rina<br />

is inscribed on Hebrew University’s Wall of<br />

Life in Jerusalem.<br />

L-R: Daniel Schlessinger, Amb. (Ret.) Yossi Gal, Rina Frankel. <strong>AFHU</strong> CEO Joshua Rednik<br />

Jane and Dr. Peter Feinstein currently serve on the <strong>AFHU</strong> National Board of Directors and the<br />

Southeast Region Advisory Board, of which Jane is President. They chaired the 2019 <strong>AFHU</strong> Annual<br />

Leadership Education Forum (ALEF) in Palm Beach and are frequent hosts of <strong>AFHU</strong> annual events<br />

in Frenchman’s Creek.<br />

A member of the Hebrew University’s Board of Governors, Annette Pakula also serves on the<br />

Executive Committee and National Board of <strong>AFHU</strong>. She recently provided funding for significant<br />

equipment in the new Hebrew University Center for Computational Medicine. In 2023, she was<br />

presented with an Honorary Fellowship at the 86th Hebrew University Board of Governors meeting<br />

in Jerusalem.<br />

The evening’s special guest was Ambassador (Ret.) Yossi Gal, Hebrew University Vice President<br />

for Advancement and External Relations, who discussed the situation in Israel and its impact on the<br />


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An Evening of Community and Solidarity Featuring<br />

Consul General Yinam Cohen<br />

On January 7, <strong>2024</strong>, the <strong>AFHU</strong> Northeast Region hosted an “Evening of Inspiration and Solidarity”<br />

with young professionals and two students from Tzameret, Hebrew University’s elite military medicine<br />

training program at Houston Hall, an iconic NYC beer hall. The Tzameret students spoke about their<br />

experiences, from collecting post-combat data from soldiers to improve military medicine to being on<br />

rotation in New York City and their aspirations for the future. The event was hosted by NE Region<br />

LEAD (Leadership Empowerment and Development) members Sammi Edelson, Spencer Anson, and<br />

Marty Pollack. A special thank you to <strong>AFHU</strong> Northeast Board Member Jeremy Merrin and his wife<br />

Linda Blum for generously underwriting this special evening.<br />

As the preeminent trailblazer in clinical medicine and research, HU’s Faculty of Medicine was selected<br />

by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 2009 to provide essential and specific training for future IDF<br />

physicians. The Tzameret program offers Hebrew University degree candidates the opportunity to<br />

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

military personnel.<br />

L-R: Andy Glick, Bobby Gerber, Carol and Steven Edelson (hosts), Ayelet and Consul General Yinam Cohen, Dan Schlessinger, James Matanky, and Paul Saharack<br />

On Wednesday, January 24, <strong>2024</strong>, <strong>AFHU</strong> Midwest Region Board President and National Board<br />

Secretary, I. Steven Edelson and his wife, Carol, hosted an intimate gathering of friends, colleagues,<br />

and <strong>AFHU</strong> Midwest Board members to hear directly from Yinam Cohen, Consul General of Israel to<br />

the Midwest, to discuss the current war in Israel and its effects across the Midwest.<br />

New Tzameret Commander Dr. Nir Hirshoren Visits the<br />

Southeast Friends<br />

Yinam Cohen is a career diplomat with 16 years of experience in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign<br />

Affairs. He holds an MBA cum laude, as well as a B.Sc. in Computer Science, both from the Hebrew<br />

University of Jerusalem.<br />

NextGen Evening of Inspiration and Solidarity with<br />

Hebrew University’s Tzameret Students<br />

Northeast Region LEAD members pose besides new NextGen connections<br />

L-R: Arnold Kanarick, Dr. Nir Hirshoren, Barbara Rothschild, Hedy Kanarick, HU Student Amb. Elad<br />

Babayof<br />

Ety Alcalay and Dr. Nir Hirshoren<br />

In March <strong>2024</strong>, Dr. Nir Hirshoren, Director of Tzameret Medical Corps, and HU student, Elad Babayof, a<br />

sixth-year student in the Tzameret program, visited South Florida. Dr. Hirshoren and Elad were hosted<br />

by Ety Alcalay, a Southeast Regional Board Member and member of <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Board of Directors, in her<br />

home in Boca Raton, FL. In addition, Hedy and Arnold Kanarick welcomed Dr. Hirshoren and Elad to a<br />

gathering at Frenchman’s Creek Beach and Country Club. Hedy and Arnie serve on <strong>AFHU</strong>’s Southeast<br />

Regional Board, and Arnie is a member of the Board of Regents. Dr. Hirshoren and Elad met with<br />

young professionals for an intimate dinner, arranged by LEAD graduate, Dr Jillian Frieder, and were<br />

keynote speakers at the Palm Beach Scopus Gala, honoring Lisa and Michael Rome.

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Dental Medicine & Israel<br />

On Wednesday, March 20, <strong>2024</strong>, American<br />

Friends of the Hebrew University’s Mid-Atlantic<br />

region hosted a lunch for Professor Avi Zini,<br />

Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine. At this<br />

intimate gathering, Dean Zini shared the history<br />

of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an<br />

update about life on campus during the Israel-<br />

Hamas War. He shared news from the Faculty<br />

of Dental Medicine, the Robert I. Schattner Oral<br />

Health Center, and his hopes for the school as<br />

Hebrew University prepares to celebrate its<br />

100th anniversary in 2025.<br />

Since its founding, the Hebrew University-<br />

Hadassah School of Dental Medicine has devoted<br />

itself to training dentists and dental auxiliary<br />

professionals, providing outstanding dental care<br />

to the community, and engaging in innovative<br />

research. The Robert I. Schattner Oral Health<br />

Center for People with Disabilities will be the<br />

first of its kind in Israel and the Middle East to<br />

provide oral care to the over 1.5 million Israelis<br />

living with disabilities. Under the supervision<br />

of Faculty specialists, dental students in the<br />

undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate<br />

programs will provide care to patients, acquiring<br />

the skills and expertise to treat patients with<br />

disabilities. The Center is poised to transform<br />

oral health care for people with disabilities in<br />

Israel, making it accessible to all.<br />

Mid-Atlantic Region Board and Dean Avi Zini<br />

Western Region Sinai<br />

Temple Series<br />

Guests gathered at Sinai Temple Israel Center to hear from Amb. (Ret.)<br />

Yossi Gal<br />

On February 20, <strong>2024</strong>, American Friends of the<br />

Hebrew University’s Western Region and Sinai<br />

Temple Israel Center in Los Angeles co-hosted<br />

their annual Speaker Series featuring Hebrew<br />

University Vice President for Advancement and<br />

External Relations, Ambassador (Ret.) Yossi Gal.<br />

This free, community event presented leading<br />

Hebrew University faculty and leadership in<br />

a public forum that connected the greater<br />

Los Angeles community to the innovation<br />

and knowledge at the Hebrew University in<br />

Jerusalem. Despite it being a rainy night, 30<br />

guests participated in Ambassador Gal’s lecture<br />

on the “Challenges Facing Israel Since October<br />

7.” He discussed the impact of the war on the<br />

Hebrew University and beyond. Sinai Temple<br />

Rabbi, Erez Sherman, provided a warm welcome<br />

to all attendees and Renae Jacobs-Anson and<br />

Helen Jacobs-Lepor provided Ambassador Gal<br />

with a resounding introduction. Ambassador<br />

Gal took questions from the audience and the<br />

event concluded with attendees socializing over<br />

coffee and dessert.<br />

We Are One Webinar Series<br />

“Gender-Based War Crimes in Hamas’<br />

Massacre in Israel on Oct 7th 2023.” Featured<br />

speaker: Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy. Click the<br />

image above to view.<br />

“The Development of Hamas in Light of its<br />

Relations with Israel and the Palestinian<br />

Authority.” Featured speaker: Abigail Jacobson.<br />

“The Meaning of Holocaust Remembrance<br />

Day: Facing Evil Yesterday and Today.” Featured<br />

speaker: Prof. Moshe Halbertal. Click the image<br />

above to view.<br />

“Shifting Sands: Adapting the Israeli Economy<br />

to a Changing Security Landscape.” Featured<br />

speakers: Prof. Karnit Flug and Prof. Eugene<br />

Kandel. Click the image above to view.<br />

“The Rise and Fall of the Israeli-Palestinian<br />

Peace Process.” Featured speaker: Dr. Lior<br />

Lehrs. Click the image above to view.<br />

“Uncharted Territory: Treating the Trauma<br />

Victims of Hamas.” Featured speakers: Prof.<br />

Asher Ben-Arieh and Prof. Ofrit Shapira-Berman.<br />

Click the image above to view.<br />

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