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The week before the US elections, the Sabans, who are staunch Hillary Clinton supporters, raised $38 million for the FIDF.

November 7, 2016 20:51
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Heather Reisman, Ada Yonath, Gerry Schwartz and Aviv Bushinsky.

Heather Reisman, Ada Yonath, Gerry Schwartz and Aviv Bushinsky.. (photo credit: ARIEL ARICHA)


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1. Tel Aviv University

On Friday afternoon, Friends of Tel Aviv University, headed by Chairman Amnon Dick and directed by CEO Sigal Adar and Prof. Joseph Klepter, president of Tel Aviv University, celebrated the renewal of the group’s activity. In addition, they gathered to celebrate the launching of the book Back to the Future – Middle East Arab Spring (Resling Publishers), written by Prof. Uzi Rabi, head of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and Africa.

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2. Haim Saban

Last Thursday, Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl hosted the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala in the City of Angels (aka Los Angeles). The week before the US elections, the Sabans, who are staunch Hillary Clinton supporters, raised $38 million for the FIDF. Attending the evening were actors Robert De Niro, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joanna Krupa, Gerard Butler, and TV personality Larry King, all of whom attracted the attention of the soldiers who were brought in for the event.

3. WeizmannVibe

Young women and men entrepreneurs were recently invited to an evening called WeizmannVibe, the youth club run by the Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The event, which took place at Zappa Club Herzliya, featured guest speaker “ant scientist” Dr.

Ofer Feinerman, from the Weizmann Physics department. Attending the evening were Shimshon Harel, chairman of the Friends of Weizmann and the owner of America-Israel; Prof. Michal Neeman, vice president of the institute; Yael Goren-Wegman, executive director of Friends of the Institute; and Amir Shaaltiel, youth club chairman and chairman of the Eldar Group.

4. Heseg Foundation

The Heseg Foundation, which provides full academic scholarships and living expenses for lone soldiers who completed their IDF service, held their annual gala event last week. During the evening, 226 of these remarkable young people who left friends and family to move to Israel received grants. Among the donors were founders Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz, who flew in from Canada especially for the event.

Prof. Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was the guest of honor of the evening. She was warmly welcomed by Shabtai Shavit and Heseg director Aviv Bushinsky, who spoke about the organization’s wonderful programs.

5. Daniel Abraham Center

Last Thursday, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation held a joint conference at the Netanya Academic College, during which they discussed strategies for advancing political, security and economic policies in Israel. Attending were Tzipi Hotovely Deputy Foreign Minister; Prof. Zvi Arad, president of the college; Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process; and Ephraim Sneh, chairman of the Center for Strategic Dialogue at Netanya Academic College.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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