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VOLUME 10 | NUMBER 8 | SPRING 2009
INAUGURAL EINSTEIN AWARD GALA RAISES MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH
n December 2, 2008, AFHU and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the American Friends of The Hebrew University awarded Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft Corporation and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with its inaugural Einstein Award at a gala dinner held at the New York Hilton. The dinner, which featured a special exhibit from the Albert Einstein archives, raised more than 1.5 million dollars for cutting-edge
plant and animal science research at HU’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Robert H. Smith served as honorary chair of the Einstein Award event, and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson delivered the keynote address. Ambassador Sallai Meridor spoke on behalf of the State of Israel. In accepting the Einstein Award, Mr. Gates noted that remarkable progress has been made in recent decades in improving health around
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Elizabeth Edwards appeared at ALEF 2009, speaking on “Healthcare in Crisis”
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Executive Columns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 ALEF 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Inaugural Einstein Award Gala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Leona Rosenberg: A Leader of Stature . . . . . . . . 8 Paws for a Cause & Tails of Love: Supporting the Koret School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Planned Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 HU Research Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 AFHU Regional News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Upcoming Event Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Robert H. Smith congratulating Bill Gates
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2009 AFHU BOARD OF DIRECTORS
George A. Schieren President Ira Lee Sorkin Chairman of the Board Lawrence E. Glick Louis L. Kaitz Michael S. Kurtz Richard S. Ziman Vice Chairmen of the Board Michael S. Kurtz Michael J. Freed Chairmen of the Executive Committee Ernest Bogen Ambassador William A. Brown Susan A. Gitelson Charles H. Goodman Michael G. Jesselson Todd S. Lundy Kenneth L. Stein Ronald M. Zimmerman Vice Presidents Clive Kabatznik National Chair Campaign Committee Adi Raviv Treasurer Daniel J. Schultz Assistant Treasurer Frances R. Katz Secretary Martin E. Karlinsky Richard D. Weinberg Assistant Secretaries Stanley M. Bogen Ambassador Max M. Kampelman Harvey M. Krueger Fred S. Lafer Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Barbara A. Mandel Keith L. Sachs Ira Lee Sorkin Honorary Presidents Stanley M. Bogen Ambassador Max M. Kampelman Harvey M. Krueger Fred S. Lafer Keith L. Sachs Honorary Chairmen of the Board Harold Berry D. Walter Cohen Leonie J. Darwin Alex Grass Martin Hecht Sanford F. Kuvin Bess Myerson Theodore K. Rabb Rabbi Stanley Rabinowitz Herbert L. Sachs Vidal Sassoon David Shapell Robert H. Smith Charles A. Stillman Jerry M. Sudarsky Barnett C. Tobins Dan K. Wassong Stanley R. Zax Honorary Vice Presidents
George A. Schieren
here is always reason to celebrate in Israel, a tiny country with a big heart and unwavering spirit. This year is no exception. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s renowned faculty and brilliant students continue to make breakthrough advances in every ﬁeld, particularly in the realms of sustainable agriculture, biomedicine, and brain research. They’re uncovering major historical ﬁnds, and using everyday items such as the humble cell phone to transmit life-saving medical diagnoses. Their award winning innovations beneﬁt not only the people of Israel, but people the world over. And on the festive side, Israel is buzzing with anticipation in preparation for events commemorating Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary. I invite you to celebrate these and other milestones by joining me and my regional co-chairs on American Friends of The Hebrew University’s June 2009 President’s Mission to Israel from June 5–15, 2009. Our scholars-in-residence will accompany us across Israel’s storied
landscapes as we go behind the scenes of Israeli government and stand on the threshold where Israel’s independence was declared. Geopolitical tours will take us to Masada and across the Golan Heights to learn about the historic and strategic importance of these regions. We’ll attend VIP receptions, brieﬁngs, and events with HU and international friends, focusing on the country’s top talents. The 2009 President’s Mission will showcase cutting-edge progress in brain research. We’ll attend brieﬁngs with HU experts, and at HU’s 72nd Board of Governors’ meeting, whose theme is Unraveling the Mysteries of the Brain. At the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, we’ll learn about the eco-friendly methods being developed to assure that the world has clean water to drink and nutrientrich foods. Be prepared to be inspired by Israel — and by Hebrew University’s intellectual vitality. Visit www.afhu.org for mission details, or contact an AFHU regional ofﬁce near you. ■
please visit www. Sderot and Netivot. Financial need still exists in the aftermath of the Gaza conﬂict.org George A. extending its educational mission and outreach and support for students—not only Hebrew University students in the IDF reserves who were called to active duty. The University’s law students provided counsel on work status questions and legal matters resulting from work disruptions caused by the Gaza situation. New York. cultural tours and home hospitality offered by Jerusalem families. ■ AFHU published by American Friends of The Hebrew University One Battery Park Plaza. During this challenging time many critical needs arose. The war in Gaza also took a ﬁnancial toll on area residents unable to go to work.afhu. Hebrew University’s Clinical Legal Education Center set up an emergency hotline to provide them with free legal advice. Despite turbulent times. If you would like to contribute to The Hebrew University Outreach and Student Aid Fund 2009.afhu. Hebrew University’s outreach provided educational opportunities plus a much-needed respite for the students and their families. NY 10004-1405 Tel: (212) 607-8500 1-800-567-AFHU (2348) Fax: (212) 809-4430 E-mail: info@afhu.AFHU NEWS | PAGE 3 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN Peter T.. or contact an AFHU ofﬁce near you. These students participated in science workshops led by HU student volunteers at the Belmonte Science Laboratories for Youth on HU’s Edmond J.org to donate online. but also young students from Israeli towns near Gaza. We are truly proud of HU’s commitment and responsiveness to students and their families in times of crisis. and Hebrew University took swift action.afhu. AFHU joins and supports the University’s efforts to serve as a vital academic and humanitarian resource. Israel and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem remain ready to meet any challenge. Our ongoing support helps the university to continue to be a “model citizen” for Israel and the world. while moving forward with life – and progress. Peter T. Hebrew University opened its doors to 100 middle and high school students from Ashkelon. They lived in HU dormitories and enjoyed social activities. Safra campus at Givat Ram. When schools in southern Israel were forced to close due to rocket attacks. Schieren President Ira Lee Sorkin Chairman of the Board Dr.org website: www. AFHU created a dedicated fund to support HU’s outreach during this difﬁcult time. The University launched several key initiatives. In response.org . Willner T he spate of Gaza attacks on southern Israel earlier this year demonstrated once again the resiliency of the Israeli people. Willner National Executive Director NATIONAL (800) 567-AFHU GREATER NEW YORK (212) 607-8510 MID-ATLANTIC (202) 478-9698 SOUTHEAST (561) 750-8585 MIDWEST (312) 329-0332 WESTERN (310) 843-3100 NORTHWEST (925) 937-AFHU news www. 25th Fl.
Patte Bogen Roberts www. Wolf Prize recipient. Department of Energy and has served on numerous presidential committees (L–R) Hebrew University V. Sheldon Hechtman. Ann Friedlander. Carmi Gillon. Director of the Center for Bioengineering in the Service of Humanity and Society. Panels and guest speakers discussed timely topics ranging from new technologies for cancer treatment and diagnosis to national security and the economics of oil energy. The inventor of a method to transmit medical images via cell phones.PAGE 4 | ALEF 2009 ALEF: AFHU’S SEVENTH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL FORUM A FHU’s Seventh Annual Leadership and Educational Forum was hosted by the Southeast Region on January 18.S. discussed innovations in cancer research and treatment. Mike Stein and commissions on national security policy. 2009 in Palm Beach.P.org updated conference attendees on the recent Gaza situation and the Israeli elections. Professor .afhu. Keynote speaker. Professor Deutch joined Ambassador and Hebrew University Vice President Carmi Gillon later in the morning for a panel discussion on international geopolitics. Professor Boris Rubinsky. the attorney and healthcare activist Elizabeth Edwards. Florida. Ellen Klersfeld and David Schulman co-chaired the enlightening and thought-provoking conference. Ambassador Bill Brown. Former member of the Knesset Minister Silvan Shalom (L–R) Helen Eisenberg. ALEF opened with a presentation by Professor John Deutch. Dr. Maria Spinak. Stanley and Roberta Bogen. and Professor Howard Cedar. an MIT faculty member and national security expert who has held key positions in the U.
Elizabeth Edwards. Professor Rubinksy explained: “This new technology requires only the application of an electrical pulse through a few electrodes that can be inserted in the tumor. Professors Howard Cedar and Boris Rubinsky www. This technique is inexpensive and very portable. We found particular sets of parameters that can produce the pulse that destroys the tumor in micro-second pulses. using irreversible electroporation. Lois Zelman It’s nice to see places like The Hebrew University where scientists are doing the kind of basic research that desperately needs to be done without so much concern for economic proﬁt. who spoke on “Healthcare in Crisis: Solutions and Remedies. you can run the device from a car battery.afhu. ALEF Co-Chairs. In fact.” ■ (L–R) Shelly Hechtman and Ellen Klersfeld. She stated: “So much of our research.” praised Hebrew University’s emphasis on basic biomedical research. Elizabeth Edwards.” Elizabeth Edwards. (L–R) Martin Zelman.S.org .ALEF 2009 | PAGE 5 Rubinsky is working on an inexpensive method to kill cancerous tumors. is proﬁt-driven. system has developed. just because of the way the U.
The award was inspired by the legacy of Albert Einstein. Hebrew University is uniquely suited to contribute to the world though agricultural research and development.org .afhu.5 MILLION FOR Continued from page 1 the world. due in no small part to Hebrew University breakthroughs such as drip irrigation.PAGE 6 | AFHU NEWS INAUGURAL EINSTEIN AWARD GALA RAISES MORE THAN $1. “BILL GATES TRULY EMBODIES THE VALUES AND IDEALS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY AND INDEED THE EINSTEIN AWARD. President Menachem Magidor and Walter Isaacson at the Einstein Archives Exhibit www. History has shown us that almost no country has managed a rapid rise from poverty without increasing its agricultural productivity.” stated Bill Gates in accepting the Einstein Award. which helps farmers use water more efﬁciently. Executive Co-Chairs of the Einstein Award Gala “Agricultural innovation is one of the most important ways to make people’s lives better.” GEORGE SCHIEREN AFHU PRESIDENT Bill Gates with Susan and Michael Dell. whose actions were rooted in the belief that true progress Bill Gates with Professor Hanoch Gottfreund.
AFHU president. ﬁrst through revolutionary technological innovation.” said George Schieren. “He is a pioneer who has transformed the world.” ■ Mark R. Jane Zimmerman.org . His dedication to meeting the nutritional needs of millions around the globe mirrors the continuing efforts by Hebrew University researchers to feed the world through sustainable agriculture. “Bill Gates truly embodies the values and ideals of The Hebrew University and indeed the Einstein Award. Executive Co-Chair. Executive Co-Chair of the Einstein Gala Isaac Becker.afhu. and Pita Becker www. Gordon.AFHU NEWS | PAGE 7 RESEARCH IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE requires the alleviation of human suffering. Patricia Gordon. Professor Sarah Stroumsa. and now through his selﬂess pursuit to eradicate disease and hunger. Nancy and Kenneth Stein. and Ronald Zimmerman Ambassador Sallai Meridor and Harvey Krueger. HU Rector. Executive Co-Chair.
” heightening the pleasure of the 2008 two-country journey. Stated Mike Freed.afhu. she has opened her Chicago home on countless occasions to visiting Hebrew University faculty. Rosenberg. Midwest Region: “Leona is almost without parallel in her support of the Midwest Region. and I spent a winter in Tel Aviv at the urging of Rita and Max. A gracious hostess. She is loved and admired by us all. including by providing hospitality and friendship to HU professors and students and to board leadership. I admire and respect Todd’s leadership and creative vision for AFHU. It was a wonderful experience. Her longstanding commitment to AFHU and our region has been reﬂected in every way possible. Leona observed that many of her Leona Rosenberg receiving Honorary Fellowship from HU President. has been active with AFHU since 1975. “I became involved in AFHU’s Chicago Chapter through Max (z”l) and Rita Haber. was cited for inspiring Leona’s engagement with the University community and American Friends. Professor Shlomo Avineri.” A participant in last spring’s AFHU Mission to Berlin and Jerusalem.org . chair of AFHU. she also commented that HU scholar-in-residence. I went to one Board of Governors meeting with Max and I was hooked.” www. Midwest Region Executive Committee Co-Chair and former president of the Chicago chapter.” remarked Leona. a Benefactor of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has represented our region in national activities and participated in many Hebrew University Board of Governors’ meetings and AFHU missions. Max’s heart and soul was in The Hebrew University. fulﬁlling varied leadership roles in the Midwest Region and nationally as a member of AFHU’s Board of Directors. “They went to Tel Aviv every year. Professor Menachem Magidor fellow participants were Chicagoans whose devotion to the university is reﬂected by their presence at Board of Governors’ meetings and on missions to Israel.” said Leona.PAGE 8 | AFHU NEWS LEONA Z. providing a welcoming environment for sabbatical nights and parlor meetings. made “great presentations.” Todd Lundy. ROSENBERG: A Leader of Stature L eona Z. Admiring faculty excellence. “Todd was an innovative and charismatic Chicago board president. “I went on various missions with Todd and Morissa.
referring to another friend and national board member. Leona grew up in a community with about 1. Her Russian born father. immigrated with his family to Indiana in the late 1800s. the founder of Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America. as did Leona’s mother Celia Zweig. Minette Baum.” Leona noted. “My father and his group would form minyans for the holidays. credited The Hebrew University for having so much to offer. Samuel Zweig spoke several languages and encouraged his four children to succeed academically. Indiana.org . remarking upon a neighbor.afhu. Leona received a scholarship from the Indiana University Extension and earned an IU bachelor’s degree. “I watched Nancy and Ken Stein’s children grow up because the Steins travelled as a family to Jerusalem for BOG meetings.” Leona added.” Leona said. the reform congregation dating back to 1848. everybody bought trees for Palestine.B. “In those days. who herself has a knack for bringing people together. faculty and students.AFHU NEWS | PAGE 9 Leona Rosenberg with Mary Ann Tuft and Todd and Morissa Lundy “I think of Todd as the Ken Stein of Chicago. Highly educated. she taught high school in Fort Wayne for several years. with an emphasis on Business Education.” Delighting in these and many other relationships with fellow lay leaders.A.000 Jewish people and two congregations. Continued on page 10 www. where she earned an M. taking summer courses at the University of Chicago. Upon graduating college. a homemaker devoted to her children’s upbringing. who personally knew Henrietta Szold. Leona. Samuel Zweig. Born and raised in Fort Wayne. Leona proudly stated that her brother Felix received a four-year scholarship from Yale University in the midst of the Great Depression.
NARRATED BY BILLY CRYSTAL. a Zionist Environment. as well as Czechoslovakia. ﬁght disease and reach out to developing nations. She visited Turkey in husband Benjamin (z”l). a prominent the company of HU art historians real estate and corporate lawyer. National Council of Jewish Women. Leona was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Hebrew University in 2004.” Whether contributing to HU projects in medicine. becoming selfsufﬁcient and helping others?” Leona explained.afhu. AFHU MIDWEST REGION fostering an array of nutrition. Her enduring dedication to and support for Hebrew University springs from the belief that the most important role of philanthropy is to provide people with the tools to better themselves. ■ AFHU’S LATEST VIDEO THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM: FEEDING THE WORLD. IS NOW ONLINE! Visit www. Bezalel Narkiss social lives. aside from helping preventing non-Western diseases. today known as the Robert H. Smith the Jewish United Fund and is a Faculty of Agriculture. The couple “LEONA IS ALMOST WITHOUT rable trips were married in 1952 under the leaderand enjoyed active PARALLEL IN HER SUPPORT ship of Professor professional and OF THE MIDWEST REGION. Leona was an with Professor Naomi Trostler. Both memoquipped. The recipient of AFHU’s prestigious Torch of Learning and Scopus Awards.PAGE 10 | AFHU NEWS Continued from page 9 university symposia in countries While in Chicago. a early supporter of Israel Bonds in renowned nutritionist and academic Illinois. We rejoice in her exemplary leadership and a friendship that has spanned many decades. Leona met her outside Israel. all the SHE IS LOVED AND ADMIRED (z”l).” Jewish communal Equally intercauses. Food and member of Na’Amat. www. With partial support organization formerly known as from Leona.org/feedingthefuture to see how the Robert H. science. Smith Faculty of Food. Leona gives from her head—on the basis of intellectual curiosity—as well as from her heart. “It meant a lot to me that my money was used for this highly original and important research. where she “There were no eligible men in studied Jewish Fort Wayne. “What’s more important than educating a person so that he can help himself. Agriculture and Environment is working to preserve natural resources. One of for the purpose of controlling and her pleasures. She is a member of the leader at HU’s Faculty of Agriculture. while participating in BY US ALL.” she art. boost global food supplies.afhu. Admired for ested in the ﬁeld MIKE FREED CHAIR.org . launched a unique research project Leona established scholarships at analyzing the diet of Ethiopian Jews HU’s Center for Jewish Art. Professor Trostler Pioneer Jewish Women. students. Leona of academic and maintained a research activities at close friendship Hebrew University. agriculture or the humanities. came from attending Said Leona.
the Koret School trains veterinarians. the Koret School is Israel’s ﬁrst and only veterinary school and has the nation’s only teaching hospital. assures Israel’s food safety and helps to control diseases. the Koret School brings expert animal care to the entire region and is a national resource for Israel. On May 3rd AFHU’s Northwest Region will host a Tails of Love event with remarks by John Grogan.org or contact Mimi Tygier in the Mid-Atlantic Region or Beth Kyman in the Northwest Region. known as “The Dog Whisperer. A vital component of the Robert H. This spring.org . Established in 1985. To learn more about AFHU’s Paws for a Cause and Tails of Love events.afhu. a “Bring Your Dog” fundraising event that has captured the hearts of American Friends. Food and Environment. provides ﬁrst-rate clinical care for animals and livestock. Proceeds from these delightful events will help to support The Hebrew University’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine. many of whom have much loved pets at home. ■ www. AFHU’s Mid-Atlantic Region launched a new tradition: Paws for a Cause. offering round-the-clock animal care. with speaker Cesar Millan. The ﬁnest academic and research facility of its kind in the Middle East.” The event is co-chaired by Judy and Mark Lerner and Mr.AFHU NEWS | PAGE 11 PAWS FOR A CAUSE & TAILS OF LOVE: AFHU Spring 2009 Events Supporting The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine In 2006. including those transmitted from animals to humans. Bogart Lerner. visit www. author of the best-seller. American Friends in the Mid-Atlantic Region will enjoy AFHU’s second Paws for a Cause on April 19th. Smith Faculty of Agriculture. Marley and Me.afhu.
Equally important. In these economically challenging times. www. How Does a Charitable Gift Annuity Work? A. thus avoiding capital gains tax on the difference between the current value of the shares and the price he paid for the stock. agrees to pay a ﬁxed sum of money over a period measured by one or two lives. A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement under which AFHU.8% annual income guaranteed for life.PAGE 12 | PLANNED GIVING CREATING A CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY THOUGH AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE I srael’s greatest asset is — and always has been — the intellectual strength of the nation’s people. By establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity through American Friends of The Hebrew University. which was selling at $25.00 per share.00 per share and which he purchased at $14. aged 81. owned long-held appreciated securities that were not currently yielding any dividends.afhu. your AFHU Charitable Gift Annuity will provide you or a loved one with: • Guaranteed income for life at a generous rate of return • A charitable income tax deduction • Tax-advantaged annuity payments A CGA with AFHU is one of the most donor advantaged gift arrangements available and can provide you and/or your loved one with secure ﬁnancial beneﬁts. if he established a CGA with AFHU. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.. due to the current economic climate. in return for a transfer of cash or marketable securities. He also did not have to pay a broker’s fee. He used his appreciated stock to fund the CGA. Dan is eligible for an immediate income tax deduction in this tax year that can be carried forward in . and payable quarterly.org Solution: Dan discovered he could receive 7. Dan has been a supporter of AFHU and wished to continue being philanthropic this year. Frequently Asked Questions Q. he was concerned about his income. Example: Dan S. However. The person who contributes an asset for the annuity is called the “donor.” Usually. the donor is also the life income beneﬁciary.” and the person who receives payments is called the “life income beneﬁciary. you will play an essential role in nurturing and safeguarding this precious asset while helping to strengthen The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel in years to come. you will have the satisfaction of providing a meaningful legacy that will perpetuate the highest standards of excellence and achievement at Israel’s premier institution. Most importantly. He did not want to owe capital gains tax on the sale of the stock. although donors have the option of designating a different beneﬁciary.
The tax deduction is not based on the full amount of his contribution to fund the CGA. You can reduce your taxable estate by the amount used to establish the CGA. By establishing a CGA now. As you receive your annuity income distributions. Yes. The calculation for the actual charitable deduction takes into consideration several factors: among these are the age of the life income beneﬁciary. Q. the taxfree portion is larger. if you fund your CGA with appreciated securities. Rather the deduction is based on the remainder value to AFHU that will pass to support The Hebrew University as his legacy. How safe are charitable gift annuities? A. The maximum number of beneﬁciaries to receive life income with one CGA is two people. When issuing CGAs. Continued on page 14 www. AFHU is contractually obligated to make the payments to the life income beneﬁciaries and there are legal requirements for charities such as AFHU. his or her spouse. Alternatively. Who can receive payments from a charitable gift annuity? A. Payments from a charitable gift annuity are ﬁxed from the outset. a portion of each payment is tax-free. Payments can be made to these individuals jointly or successively. Dan can enjoy the various ﬁnancial and emotional beneﬁts during his lifetime. The contribution of securities to fund the CGA will be valued based on the average price per share on the date of your gift. Moreover. He becomes an esteemed member of AFHU’s Einstein Visionaries. nonproﬁt 501(c) 3 organizations such as AFHU hold reserve funds for this express purpose. The exact amount of the deduction is calculated at the time of the contribution and based on the value of the remainder interest to AFHU.org . you will not have to pay the capital gains tax on the difference between the price per share when the securities were originally purchased or received and the current value of the stock. for gifts of cash. an honorary society that recognizes planned gifts created through AFHU in support of The Hebrew University. no matter what happens to interest rates or the stock market. donors who itemize deductions are eligible for an immediate charitable income tax deduction in return for their charitable contribution. Q. a small portion of each payment will be treated as capital gains income. Are there any tax beneﬁts to charitable gift annuities? A. the rate of the annuity income payments he or she will receive and the IRS discount rate during the month the gift was made. a family member or even an unrelated individual can be designated as a life income beneﬁciary of a CGA.PLANNED GIVING | PAGE 13 HEBREW UNIVERSITY accordance with accounting principles.afhu. In addition. They will neither increase nor decrease. Q. The donor. A portion of each annuity payment will be taxfree for a period of time. as stated above.
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” “slave” and “king.000 year-old finding is the most significant archaeological discovery in Israel since the Dead Sea Scrolls. which would verify descriptions found in Samuel and Chronicles.org . predating them by 1. led the excavations.000 years. Professor Yosef Garfinkel.afhu. The Elah Fortress archaeological site could prove the existence of the United Monarchy.” To date. The writing — text in black ink on a shard of pottery — was uncovered during excavations of a fortress city overlooking the Elah valley. The 3. Saar Ganur.RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS | PAGE 15 RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY Earliest Known Hebrew Text Discovered by Famed Archaeologists Elah Fortress excavations T he oldest Hebrew script found to date has been discovered by HU archaeologists. the Biblical site of the battle between David and Goliath. artifacts found at the site indicate that there was most likely a strong king and central government in Jerusalem. the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology and his colleague. Initial interpretation of the text suggests that it was part of a letter and contains the roots of the words “judge. whose existence has been disputed by scholars. Continued on page 16 Oldest known Hebrew script on pottery shard www.
as proved in behavioral tests. Such pictures provide the basis for the new theory of galaxy formation via these streams. New brain cells (green stain) induced in the heroin-damaged brain by transplantation of neural stem cells New Understanding of the Origin of Galaxies H U cosmologists. Computer simulation of galaxy formation shows matter ﬂowing into the center of a galaxy through three cold gas streams.org . predominant theory on the origin of galaxies. have formulated a new theory on the formation of galaxies. led by Professor Avishai Dekel. The brain chemistry of the treated animals was also restored to normal.afhu. which holds that galaxies were formed from galactic mergers.PAGE 16 | HU RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS HU Scientists Use Stem Cells to Reverse Brain Defects Professor Joseph Yanai and his associates at The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School have successfully used stem cells to replace defective brain cells. The new theory. View of a spiral galaxy www. the Andre Aisenstadt Chair of Theoretical Physics at the Racah Institute of Physics. based on advanced astronomical observations and state-of-the-art computer simulations. maintains that the galaxies primarily were formed from intense cosmic streams of cold gas. Their theory challenges the current. reversing birth defects in the brains of animal models. The mice made an almost full recovery. The researchers show that these mergers had only limited inﬂuence on the cosmological makeup of the universe as we know it. The results of the cosmology research group appear in the journal Nature. The researchers were able to reverse learning deﬁcits in mice who were exposed to pesticide and heroin in utero by transplanting neural stem cell into the brains of the baby mice.
Their paper.org . www. in-vitro fertilization and recurrent miscarriages. based on their joint 2006 paper identifying the previously unknown role played by the human immune system during pregnancy. secrete proteins that trigger the formation of blood vessels that are essential for the shaping of the newly formed placenta. when migrating to the uterus. When the world’s foremost experts in reproductive biology and medicine were polled by the journal. known as decidual NKs (natural killers). also perform a vital reg- ulatory function in the development of the placenta during pregnancy.afhu. among these Parkinson’s and diabetes. in which elements of the innate immune system are incorporated in a constructive manner to support proper development of the placenta. Professor Ofer Mandelboim and Dr. The paper tied for ﬁrst place in Nature Medicine’s survey of the most inﬂuential advances in reproductive science between 2004 and 2008. The scientists utilized both cellular and molecular biology to advance their understanding of maternal-fetal interaction. is responsible for controlling the process of embryonic stem cell differentiation. Jacob Hanna of the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology collaborated on this groundbreaking research with Professor Simcha Yagel and Dr. “Decidual NK cells regulate key developmental processes at the human fetal-maternal interface. Debra Goldman-Wohl of Hadassah’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ein Kerem. seventeen percent of respondents chose The Hebrew University-Hadassah team’s work. they have the potential to become any type of tissue. citing its importance to the ﬁeld of human reproduction. Unlike adult cells. The researchers discovered that a single gene.” The research team’s new insight into the immune system is helpful in addressing the dangers of high-risk pregnancies. G9a. At the earliest stages of human development all cells of the embryo are identical.HU RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS | PAGE 17 HU Scientists Reveal Mechanism That Triggers Differentiation of Embryo Cells Professors Yehudit Bergman and Howard Cedar of The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School have deciphered how embryonic cells stop being flexible and turn into mature cells. particularly in generating new tissues for replacing damaged cells common to a variety of diseases. Professor Mandelboim explained: “This study provides a revolutionary ‘peaceful’ model for reproductive immunology. Their studies hold major implications for medical treatment. HU Article Voted Best Paper on Reproduction Research A team of Hebrew University-Hadassah medical scientists received top honors from Nature Medicine. Such cells.” revealed that the body’s defensive immune cells.
Mark F. Goodman Professor of Public Law. as does Israel’s legal system. has represented individuals and corporations.000 for the Aharon Barak Research Center Endowment Fund at Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law. Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. ■ www. held at Cipriani in New York City. AND MARY JO WHITE. attracted 350 guests and raised over $500. Elkan Abramowitz. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) matters. and Lorin L. praised the Law Faculty. helped generate support for the event. Pomerantz.” Gary P. chair of the Litigation Department at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Naftalis.PAGE 18 | REGIONAL NEWS Greater New York Region TORCH OF LEARNING LUNCHEON HONORS GARY P. Reisner. Katz Torch of Learning Award on February 5. Friedman. and major business litigation disputes. ESQ. 2009. presented the keynote address. criminal and regulatory matters for more than 30 years.afhu. Gary P. including prominent securities industry clients in complex bet-thecompany civil. She is a former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Alan R. Katz (z”l). Alan R. and Mary Jo White. Tribute Committee co-chairs and fellow attorneys. HU student ambassador Hadar Moriah. Katz. Nussbaum. Kaufman. Naftalis accepts award from event co-chair Brad S. Naftalis. an AFHU leader and the wife of George A. Karp. Mary Jo White is a premier litigator of white-collar corporate crime. Reisner L eading American lawyers Gary P. ESQ. Lord Woolf. dean of Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law and Edwin A. Karp Mary Jo White honored by event co-chair Lorin L. which he said “has a reputation for excellence.org . received AFHU’s 39th Annual George A. The award luncheon. NAFTALIS. and Frances R. The Right Honorable Lord Harry Woolf. head of litigation at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Also attending the luncheon were Yoav Dotan. and the only woman to have held this top position in the ofﬁce’s more than 200-year history. Bernard W. Brad S. co-chair of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
Michael Kurtz has been involved with the Lautenberg Center since 1982. New York Times correspondent and HU alumnus Thomas Friedman spoke about environmental issues. please contact Naomi Smook. or visit www. DC Ambassador and HU VP Carmi Gillon. Smith Faculty of Agriculture. Joining him in tribute to Michael Kutz are Robert Densen. To participate in this evening of tribute. (212) 607-8517.REGIONAL NEWS | PAGE 19 YOU’RE INVITED: MICHAEL KURTZ TO RECEIVE MAIMONIDES AWARD ON MAY 21. Maimonides reception at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. Harvey Krueger. NJ. 2008. Ambassador Alfred Moses. global warming and HU’s leadership in sustainable agriculture. Co-chair since 1999. Ambassador Alfred Moses. Maimonides Award event chair and Bernard Berkowitz. Ira Lee Sorkin A mbassador Stuart and Fran Eizenstat of Maryland were honored with the Scopus Award on December 10. Food and Environment.org . The active AFHU leader is a member of Hebrew University’s Board of Governors and AFHU’s Board of Directors. Ambassador Stuart and Fran Eizenstat. 2009 P lease join American Friends of The Hebrew University as we honor Michael Kurtz for his longstanding leadership and dedication to the Lautenberg Research Center for General and Tumor Immunology at The Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine. in Washington. ■ www. he has been instrumental in the center’s growth and research success.afhu. co-chair of the Lautenberg Michael Kurtz Research Center.) Senator Frank Lautenberg is the event’s Honorary Chair. 2009.org. and Zev Rosen. co-chairs. Thomas Friedman. (See page 17 for Lautenberg Center news. The award was presented by Scopus Gala chair and friend. nsmook@afhu. will benefit the Lautenberg Center’s pioneering cancer research. Mid-Atlantic Region SCOPUS AWARD IN WASHINGTON. DC.afhu. Proceeds from the gala event beneﬁted the Institute of Environmental Sciences at HU’s Robert H.org. The May 21. Benjamin Perlmutter. Greater NY Region events.
chaired by Roberta Bogen. Journalist and former CNN host Paula Zahn was the guest speaker. ■ Keynote Speaker Marvin Kalb and esteemed Scopus honorees Louise and Michael Stein RAISING SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS: MAR-A-LAGO SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON The Southeast Region hosted its annual Mar-a-Lago Scholarship Luncheon on December 3. 2009. Paula Zahn. Sherry Endelson.afhu. delivered the evening’s keynote address. Roberta Kozloff. Louise and Michael Stein received the Scopus Award in Palm Beach. Over 300 people attended the event.PAGE 20 | REGIONAL NEWS Southeast Region HONORING MIKE AND LOUISE STEIN O n January 31. Florida.000 for student scholarships at The Hebrew University was raised at the dinner event. 2008. Roberta Bogen. Marvin Kalb. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy at Harvard University. More than $600. Roberta Kozloff and Laurie Silvers. Laurie Silvers. Sherry Endelson www.org . television journalist and Harvard University’s Edward R.
Jenner & Block LLP. Chairman Emeritus. Coe were honored with AFHU’s elite Torch of Learning Award in Seattle. Israel and Jewish philanthropic causes. By litigating pro bono. Washington. located in Seattle. Coe www. Harold B. Director of Hebrew University’s Center for Bioengineering in the Service of Humanity. at AFHU’s Gala Scopus Award Dinner. 2008 at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago to honor Jerold S. Michael L. “Buzz” Coe and John A. Professor Boris Rubinsky. Solovy is “repeatedly counted among the 100 best lawyers in the US. Steinman. PLLC. Michael L. Novick. The luncheon paid tribute to the honorees’ diverse contributions to higher education. Solovy with the Scopus Award. It was a very moving evening. he makes manifest. John Simon Paciﬁc Northwest Region TORCH OF LEARNING AWARD EDUCATIONAL LUNCHEON IN SEATTLE O n December 3.org . In presenting Mr.REGIONAL NEWS | PAGE 21 Midwest Region JEROLD SOLOVY HONORED WITH SCOPUS AWARD O ver 350 people were present on December 10. “Combating Cancer: One Cell Phone at a Time” described his innovation whereby cell phones are used to transmit medical images to diagnostic centers located thousands of miles from patients in remote and rural parts of the world. Novick. Novick is the Executive Director for Strategic Development of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. His presentation.Coe and John A. Millie Rosenbloom Simon. time and again. Allan G. Solovy said of the honor: “Receiving the Scopus Award was a singular event in the life of the Solovy family. “Buzz” Coe. The event raised $500. ■ Torch of Learning Award 2008 Honorees Michael L. Harold B.” Mr. Steinman. I didn’t think it was possible. was the featured speaker. Allan G.000 for student scholarships. the principle of fair trial as a cornerstone of a just society. Coe are distinguished attorneys with the The Coe Law Group. Solovy.afhu.” ■ Jerold and Kathleen Solovy. John A. HU Rector Sarah Stroumsa acknowledged that Mr. Harold B. but it made me feel even more closely connected to Israel than I have ever been. 2008.
and an appreciative response by President Magidor. also gave the Western Region the opportunity to recognize its most recent Founders. The reception.org . over 100 guests gathered at the Beverly Hills home of Daphna and Richard Ziman to honor outgoing Hebrew University President Menachem Magidor. who has led the University for the past 12 years. and Benefactors and extend its gracious thanks for their steadfast support. HU Vice President Carmi Gillon and Hebrew University medical students currently studying at UCLA through an exchange program were also in attendance. co-hosted by the Zimans and Patricia Glaser and Sam Mudie. ■ www. Trustees. The evening’s highlights included a briefing from Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan. University of California President Mark Yudof. Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. Guardians. HU President Menachem Magidor. Western Region President Barry Lippman O n January 26 2009. remarks by guest speaker UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.afhu.PAGE 22 | REGIONAL NEWS Western Region IN APPRECIATION: PROFESSOR MENACHEM MAGIDOR Western Region Chairman Richard Ziman. a special message from University of California President Mark Yudof.
org . Director of HU’s Center for Legal Education WESTERN APRIL 19 Western Region Academic Symposium: Protecting & Sustaining the Environment and Feeding the World NORTHWEST NATIONAL MAY 3 APRIL 26 Tails of Love Gala Beneﬁting The Koret School Board of Directors Annual Meeting in NYC with special recognition to: Professor Menachem Magidor. Horacio Schlaen MID-ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST APRIL 19 MARCH 29 MIDWEST MARCH 26 APRIL 21 Scopus Award Dinner Honoring James Matanky Lawyers’ Luncheon with speaker Sharon Sioniv. Ira Lee Sorkin and George A.org In Remembrance We mourn the passing of Sophia Kalina Emanuel Shemin Monte Toole www.afhu.AFHU NEWS | PAGE 23 2009 Spring Highlights REGION GREATER NEW YORK DATE MARCH 29 MAY 21 EVENT Healing the World Conference: A Day of Dialogue & Discoveries Maimonides Dinner Honoring Michael Kurtz Paws for a Cause Dinner Beneﬁting The Koret School Leaders of Distinction Dinner Honoring Rabbi & Mrs.afhu. Robert Frazin. Schieren JUNE 5-15 JUNE 5-10 AFHU President's Mission to Israel The Hebrew University’s Annual Board of Governors Meeting Learn more about these and other events at www. Dr. & Mrs.
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