2016 Annual Report
Jerusalem of Tech
ASSOCIATION DES AMIS CANADIENS
DE L’UNIVERSITÉ HÉBRAÏQUE DE JÉRUSALEM
Capital of Innovation: THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY IS A DRIVING FORCE IN JERUSALEM’S RENAISSANCE AS A HIGH-TECH HUB. Cover: A business development meeting at Lightricks, founded by Hebrew U grads. 1. BriefCam technology, developed by Hebrew U’s Prof. Amnon Shashua, has revolutionized the security industry by paring down days’ worth of security footage to minutes. 2. CFHU founder Allan Bronfman with Albert Einstein at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1944. 3. Lightricks head of research Ofir Bibi. 4. Steam Coffee Culture’s Ripple technology, developed by Hebrew U industrial designers, turns any foam-topped coffee drink into a personalized work of art. 5. A prototype of Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, the world’s first 3D-printed book. 6. OrCam’s MyEye wearable technology allows the visually impaired to understand text and identify objects. 7. Future Einsteins: Students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School.
Message from Leadership Just over 100 years ago, a young clerk at the Swiss patent office published a paper with an idea that changed the world.
business program continue to break down silos and bring new innovations to market.
The young clerk was Albert Einstein, and the idea was the General Theory of Relativity. It would earn him the Nobel Prize for physics, and cement his place as a global science icon and innovator.
Clearly, Einstein’s legacy of curiosity and innovation is blossoming at The Hebrew University and in Jerusalem.
In 1925, Albert Einstein would become one of the founders of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, bringing that same spirit of innovation and excitement to a nascent university in one of the world’s most ancient and storied cities. One hundred years later, Einstein’s theory of relativity remains a cornerstone of our modern understanding of physics. And The Hebrew University of Jerusalem — Israel’s top-ranked university — remains a cornerstone of Israel’s intellectual and scientific culture. And, as you’ll see in the pages of this annual report, its researchers in a wide variety of fields are contributing not only to Israel’s worldwide reputation as the “Startup Nation,” but Jerusalem’s increasingly important place as a high-tech hub. Hebrew University scientists, researchers, graduates and former students are behind an ever-growing number of Jerusalem-based startup companies: think Lightricks, OrCam, BriefCam, HumanEyes, Melodea, Atox Bio, Steam Coffee Culture. Mobileye — founded by Hebrew University Prof. Amnon Shashua — recently sold for $15 billion USD to Intel. Jerusalem startups are eager employers of Hebrew University science and technology grads, while Hebrew U multidisciplinary institutions like the Institute for Medical Research IsraelCanada, the BioDesign program, and the new Start Up 360
Murray Palay National Chair
We are proud of the role that CFHU has played in helping The Hebrew University recognize Albert Einstein’s accomplishments, as well as his commitment and legacy to Hebrew U. As this annual report goes to press, a panel of distinguished judges has selected the 2017 winner of the 4th Next Einstein competition of brilliant ideas. We eagerly anticipate the “Celebrating a Century of Genius” dinner and Genius 100: Innovation Summit in Montreal in September, marking the 150th birthday of Canada, the 375th birthday of the City of Montreal, the 99 th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone at The Hebrew University, and the 100+ years since the publication of Einstein’s General Theory. The event will also serve as the launch of Genius, the 3D-printed book in the likeness of Albert Einstein that collects the visions of 100 influential and innovative world leaders and thinkers, many who will attend. We also eagerly await the results of the final design competition for the Einstein Archive & Visitor Center, to be located at The Hebrew University’s Edmund J. Safra Campus in Jerusalem, and which will house The Hebrew University’s unique collection of Einstein’s personal papers. Through such initiatives, and through our ongoing work to create research partnerships between Canada’s leading medical and research institutes and The Hebrew University’s Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is delighted to further scientific innovation — and Einstein’s legacy. We thank you for your continued support, and invite you to be a part of the next hundred years of innovation.
Rami Kleinmann President & CEO
2 EINSTEIN ON THE WORLD STAGE
CFHU Sets Einstein Legacy Project in Motion The Einstein Legacy Project is gaining traction around the world. With an international array of events honouring the life and legacy of Hebrew University co-founder Albert Einstein, the project seeks to identify and inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet. On these pages, a snapshot of the program’s recent successes. Please visit www.EinsteinLegacyProject.com.
CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF GENIUS AND GENIUS 100: INNOVATION SUMMIT
ELP Celebrating a Century of Genius dinner co-chair George Logothetis (l) and outgoing Consul General of Israel in New York Ido Aharoni at the Einstein Legacy Project New York launch.
Los Angeles, NewYork, Winnipeg & Vancouver EINSTEIN LEGACY PROJECT LAUNCHES The Einstein Legacy Project continued its series of international launches in 2016, with four North American events. The Los Angeles launch featured Nobel laureate and Stanford University professor Dr. Robert Kornberg. In Manhattan, Celebrating a Century of Genius dinner co-chair George Logothetis co-hosted a launch that honoured outgoing Consul General of Israel in New York Ido Aharoni, a member of the ELP International Executive Committee. CFHU’s Winnipeg chapter kicked off the project with an October event featuring guest speaker Jeff Martin, and in Vancouver, ELP International Executive Committee Member Andre Nudelman hosted a private reception at his offices on Granville Island.
On the weekend of September 9, 2017, the “Celebrating a Century of Genius” dinner will bring together some of the greatest minds, innovators and influencers on the planet for a celebration of the life and legacy of Albert Einstein. The dinner, to be held on September 10 in Montreal, will celebrate the centennial of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and launch the publication of Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, the world’s first 3D-printed book. This star-studded event will represent one of the greatest gatherings of Nobel laureates, intellectuals, artists and scientists of our time, and promises to inspire a new generation of creative thinkers. Celebrating a Century of Genius co-chairs include astronaut Soichi Noguchi, President of the Association of Space Explorers; George Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group; Air Canada President & CEO Calin Rovinescu; and Ambassador Haile Menkerios, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and special representative to the African Union. Prior to the dinner, the Genius 100: Innovation Summit will feature some of the world’s 100 greatest minds on topics ranging from science and technology, the environment, education, the arts and literature.
London-based, Israeli-born artist Ron Arad has been commissioned to create the world’s first 3D-printed book, collecting the thoughts of 100 of the leading influencers, thinkers, artists and scientists of our time. The list of distinguished contributors to Genius continues to grow. Some recent additions include:
Award-winning producer, composer and recording artist Shuki Levy has been named co-chair of the Einstein Legacy Project. Levy, an Israeli native now based in Los Angeles, is co-creator of the hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He will donate a portion of the proceeds of two of his upcoming feature film projects to the ELP: Masada 1942, a musical drama based on Levy’s stage musical Imagine This, and Eli & Mali, an animated children’s musical. These funds will support a range of ELP initiatives, including building the Einstein Archive and Visitor Center in Jerusalem. “Shuki believes, and rightly so, that the Einstein archives should be open to the public,” says CFHU President & CEO Rami Kleinmann. The archives, says Kleinmann, are an historical gem that everyone should have access to.
GENIUS: 100 VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
• Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen • Integrative medicine pioneer and best-selling author Deepak Chopra • Brazilian novelist Paolo Coelho • Time magazine “Hero for the Planet” Dr. Sylvia Earle • Creativity “educationalist” Sir Ken Robinson • Liberian president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf • Musical icon Barbra Streisand • Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada
Genius in the making: Monette Malewski, co-chair of the “Celebrating a Century of Genius” committee, ELP, with a prototype of Genius, the 3D-printed book created by artist Ron Arad, in Arad’s London studio.
EINSTEIN ARCHIVE AND VISITOR CENTER
Building on imagination: New ELP co-chair Shuki Levy (r), pictured here with his wife, popular food history blogger, screenwriter and producer Tori Avey Levy (c), and Nobel laureate Dr. Roger Kornberg (l) at the ELP Los Angeles launch, is helping to spearhead the construction of a state-of-the-art home for Einstein’s archives, open to the public.
THE NEXT EINSTEIN COMPETITION In May, Einstein Gala host Anderson Cooper presented Vancouverite Aaron Friedland with the $10,000 top prize in the third Next Einstein competition. Friedland received the award for the digital book-reading program he developed through his organization the Walking School Bus. The prize money will be put towards developing an app to be used in conjunction with the first-ever solar reading classroom module, to be implemented in Uganda in the spring. Friedland’s idea was selected by a distinguished panel of judges, made up of Nobel laureates, scientists, entrepreneurs and researchers. The Next Einstein panel of judges is chaired by Dr.Roger Kornberg, who received the 2006 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Tori Avey Levy, pictured above, was also a judge. Visit www.thenexteinstein.com.
The Next Einstein: CNN news personality Anderson Cooper (l) presents Aaron Friedland with the top prize in the 2016 Next Einstein competition.
CFHU Partnerships, Events & Achievements From intimate gatherings to star-studded galas, from high-powered partnerships to academic collaborations, the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University continued its mission of showcasing Hebrew U achievements and promoting its excellence and relationships. Here are some highlights of our work in 2016.
CFHU Gala Events Albert Einstein Gala
Toronto’s Second Annual Einstein Gala served as the formal launch event of The Einstein Legacy Project, attracting more than 800 supporters and raising nearly $2 million in support of an exciting array of initiatives to nurture Einstein’s legacy of creativity, innovation and excellence. American journalist and television personality Anderson Cooper acted as keynote speaker, while Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir headlined the evening’s entertainment. The gala also honoured the four recipients of the Jake Eberts Key of Knowledge Award: The Azrieli Foundation, represented by its Chair & CEO, Dr. Naomi Azrieli; Saban Entertainment co-founder Shuki Levy; Jeff Martin, Founder & CEO, Tribal Planet Legacy; and Apotex Inc., represented by its Chairman, Dr. Barry Sherman.
CFHU joined with the JNF of Edmonton to honour the University of Alberta’s Dr. James Shapiro, whose groundbreaking work is changing the way we think about and treat diabetes. Shapiro is best known for developing the “Edmonton Protocol,” to help diabetes patients regenerate pancreatic cells and once again produce insulin. Proceeds from the evening went in part to support continued research initiatives and collaborations between Dr. Shapiro and Prof. Yuval Dor, from The Hebrew University’s Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).
Turn up the volume: (l to r) American journalist and TV personality Anderson Cooper, event co-chairs Sarah Gottlieb and Karen Simpson-Radomski, and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir.
Diabetes breakthroughs: (l to r) Honorary Gala Chair Norman Schayer; honouree Dr. James Shapiro and his wife, Dr. Vanessa Davis; Col. Adam Susman, Defense Attaché of Israel to Canada; CFHU Edmonton chapter President Howie Sniderman and CFHU National Chair Murray Palay.
Transformative Tech, IDF Elite The Hebrew University’s BioDesign program brings together business students, medical researchers and marketers to develop and bring to market transformative medical technologies — like SAGIV, developed to radically improve IV insertions in hospitals. At TED Talk—style events in Vancouver and Calgary in July, BioDesign director Prof. Yaakov Nahmias gave a fascinating overview of the program’s innovations to a captivated crowd. Four reserve soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces’ Elite Unit 669 gave gripping accounts of life in one of the IDF’s most select and challenging units, detailing harrowing rescues, medical interventions and a gruelling 18 months of training.
Supporting HU soldier-students: (l to r) CFHU National Chair Murray Palay, Hebrew University Prof. Yaakov Nahmias, CFHU National Vice President Phil Switzer and CFHU Vancouver chapter President Randy Milner at a CFHU Western region event in support of CFHU’s Campaign for Soldier-Student Scholarships at Hebrew U.
Partnerships Hebrew U Partners with Ontario Universities Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Jerusalem in May to witness the birth of four new partnerships between The Hebrew University and top-ranked Ontario universities. The University of Toronto’s Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering will partner with Hebrew U’s Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering, while the two universities’ social work faculties will work together to facilitate graduate student exchanges and practicum placements. McMaster University, the University of Guelph and U of T signed collaboration agreements with The Hebrew University to expand research and innovation in the life sciences. As well, IMRIC and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the $5 million Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Cancer Genomics and Immunity Research Program.
Ontario–Hebrew U Partnerships: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (l) and Hebrew University Rector Asher Cohen at the signing of an historic agreement between The Hebrew University and Ontario universities and institutions.
B.C. Business Mission Members of the B.C. Finance Minister’s delegation visited The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in November. Over lunch at the Belgium House Faculty Club, the group heard about IMRIC’s activities from its Chair, Prof. Haya Lorberbaum-Galski, and from Prof. Aharon Lev-Tov and Prof. Itamar Simon, two researchers who have engaged in collaborative research with B.C. institutes.
Building B.C. relationships: (l to r) IMRIC researcher Prof. Aharon Lev-Tov, CFHU Western Region Executive Director Dina Wachtel, and Rick Hansen Institute CEO Bill Barrable.
6 Partnerships continued
Montreal Delegation to HU In November, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre led a delegation of 50 on a visit to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The group visited IMRIC and the Peter Brojde Center for Innovative Computer Engineering and Science, where they received a warm welcome from its director, Prof. Aharon Agranat, and Montreal chapter President Ari Brojde. They were also addressed by Hebrew University VP Amb. Yossi Gal and by representatives of Hebrew University technology transfer company Yissum. Concordia University president Dr. Alan Sheppard signed an agreement with The Hebrew University to build on existing relationships and launch new academic partnerships.
Montreal meeting: (l to r) Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre with incoming CFHU National Chair Monette Malewski and Montreal chapter President Ari Brojde.
Next Steps for Pancreatic Cancer Partnership The Israeli and Canadian principal investigators of the Alex U. Soyka Pancreatic Cancer Research Project gathered in Toronto in December to raise awareness of and garner further support for the initiative. Held at the home of Elise and Harvey Kalles, the event was hosted by CFHU, Pancreatic Cancer Canada and the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Journalist and pancreatic cancer survivor Libby Znaimer shared her personal story and moderated the discussion. The original research initiative was launched and funded by Toronto philanthropist Sylvia Soyka.
Pancreate partnership: (Standing, l to r) Moody Talaat, Marc-Adam Soyka-Steinman, Prof. Ittai Ben Porath, Sylvia Soyka, Dr. Rotem Karni, Prof. Rami Aqeilan, Prof. Yuval Dor, Dr. Steve Gallinger. (Seated, l to r) Dr. Talia Golan, event moderator Libby Znaimer, IMRIC chair Prof. Haya Lorberbaum-Galski, and Prof. Shulamit Katzav-Shapira.
Stern Success At a December ceremony held at the Canadian Embassy in Germany, two Dutch Old Master paintings were returned to the Max and Iris Stern Foundation and its three beneficiaries: Concordia and McGill universities in Montreal and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The paintings were part of Max Stern’s extensive art collection, which he was forced to liquidate during the Nazi regime. “Ships in Distress on a Stormy Sea” by Jan Porcellis (l) was sold to secure a visa for Stern’s mother and was in the possession of Auktionshaus Metz in Heidelberg. “Landscape with Goats” by Willem Buytewech the Younger, sold at a forced auction in Cologne during the Nazi period, was recently consigned to Auktionshaus Stahl in Hamburg. An anonymous tip alerted the Stern Foundation about the Porcellis painting, while the Buytewech was flagged by the German Lost Art Foundation. They are the 14th and 15th paintings to be returned to the Foundation, thanks in part to the ongoing efforts of the Concordia-based Max Stern Art Restitution Project.
Head of state: (l to r) IMRIC researcher Prof. Ehud Cohen; Canadian Governor General David Johnston; Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson; IMRIC Chair Prof. Haya Lorberbaum-Galski; Mrs. Sharon Johnston; Prof. David Lichtstein, Dean of The Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine; and IMRIC researcher Prof. Abraham Fainsod. Photo credit: Bruno Charbit
Govenor General Visits HU Governor General of Canada David Johnston and his wife, Sharon Johnston, visited The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine and IMRIC in November, the first-ever Canadian head of state to make a state visit to Israel. Accompanied by a delegation that discussed collaborative medical research partnerships between Canada and Israel, Johnston visited IMRIC, where he learned about several of its successful such collaborations, including the Alex U. Soyka Pancreatic Cancer Research Project, the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Cancer Genomics and
Immunotherapy Program and the Canada-Israel International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consortium. As honorary patron of the program, Mrs. Johnston visited HIPPY Israel (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), which offers early childhood programs to thousands of families in Israeli Arab and Jewish communities. Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson welcomed the Johnstons with the words, “Together, Israel and Canada are translating science into medicine and, ultimately, healing the world.”
Community Ambassadors OTTAWA AND WINNIPEG CFHU was delighted to welcome Hebrew University Community Ambassadors to Ottawa and Winnipeg in 2016. In Winnipeg, Sigal Kleynerman and Shai Josopov have spent an exciting — and social — several months building relationships with that city’s Jewish and academic communities. Their counterparts in Ottawa, Orit and Daniel Tor, have likewise been engaging and educating communities about The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and what it can offer. The two young couples have hosted and participated in a wide variety of events, including Shabbat dinners and Sunday brunches, lectures and talks, Chanukah parties, workshops, Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebrations, and culinary and community gatherings. In Winnipeg, for example, community ambassadors have organized Empowered by CFHU, an ongoing programming series to encourage young Jewish women from diverse professional backgrounds to meet, network and acquire professional and personal skills. Both couples are looking forward to continuing to host large and small gatherings at their homes and in the community. In early December, for example, the Tors hosted nine young professionals for a New Orleans– themed Shabbat dinner and networking event. “We put a mezuzah on the door, as it was the first time we had hosted in our home in Ottawa and we felt like that’s what made it home,” says Orit. In the new year, both cities have hosted olive oil tastings and discussions on “Israeli secrets to healthier life” with Hebrew University agriculture professor Zohar Kerem.
Ottawa: (l to r) CFHU community ambassador to Ottawa Orit Tor celebrates with Zara Rabinovich and Elishua Freedman at a CFHU Chanukah party.
Winnipeg: (l to r) community ambassadors Sigal Kleynerman and Shai Josopov with Hebrew University researcher Dr.Zohar Kerem at their “Israeli secrets to a healthier life” event.
Hebrew U by the Numbers: 2016
Hebrew University’s place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Number of other Israeli universities in the Times’s top 200.
17 Hebrew U’s worldwide standing in the Times Asia University rankings.
Number of degree-granting institutions in the world.
Hebrew U’s Israeli standing, according to the Times Asia.
Hebrew University’s place in the Center for World University Rankings.
67 1 Worldwide ranking of Hebrew U grads’ employability, according to the Times Higher Education.
The Center for World University Rankings’ rank of Hebrew U in Israel and the Middle East.
Where QS World University Rankings ranked Hebrew U worldwide.
How Hebrew U graduates ranked in Israel for preparedness, according to the Times Higher Education.
Hebrew U Achievements CELEBRATING A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE AT HEBREW U
Prizes and Awards Israel Prize
Three Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers were awarded the prestigious Israel Prize, considered Israel’s highest honour, in 2016.
The 2016 EMET Prize, sponsored by the AMN Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art and Culture in Israel, was awarded to three Hebrew University researchers for their excellence in academic and professional achievements.
PROF. EDIT DORON A researcher at the forefront of the field of linguistics in Israel and worldwide, whose work has informed our understandings in particular of the development of Hebrew and Semitic languages.
PROF. HAIM SOMPOLINSKY Awarded the prize in Life Sciences (Brain Research) for establishing the theoretical framework for understanding the principles of brain function and the behaviour of neuronal networks, and for shaping brain theories into a systematic discipline.
PROF. DAVID DEAN SHULMAN Founder of the field of India Studies in Israel, for his breakthrough work on the religion, literature and culture of southern India.
PROF. YEHUDA BAUER Awarded the prize in Humanities for his multifaceted research, which has raised public awareness about the Holocaust and influenced both its study and public discourse on antisemitism, the Holocaust and genocide.
PROF. YOHANAN FRIEDMANN An internationally renowned expert on the history of Islamic thought, for his contribution to the field of Islamic and Near East Studies. Photo credit: The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities Photo Archive.
PROF. DAVID KAZHDAN Awarded the prize in Exact Sciences (Mathematics) for his major contributions to the design of representation theory and its uses in algebra, algebraic geometry and number theory.
Clore Foundation Scholarship Three Hebrew University graduate students were awarded Clore Foundation scholarships in 2016, to help keep Israeli academic talent in Israel. Yishai Avior (genetics), Shai Evra (mathematics), and Roni Werman (biochemistry and genetics) each received a three-year award, worth $27,000 USD annually, plus personal and research stipends. Most Clore scholars return to Israel following postdoctoral studies abroad. Roni Werman
10 €1 Million For MS The Institute for Medical Research IsraelCanada’s (IMRIC) Prof. Yuval Dor was one of four recipients of a research grant from Merck worth €1 million. The fourth annual Grant for Multiple Sclerosis Innovation (GMSI), supported by the leading science and technology company, reviewed 260 proposals from 45 countries, ultimately selecting research teams from the U.K., Spain, Canada, Israel, Germany and Qatar to share in the grant. Prof. Dor’s project involves developing ways to identify the source of fragmented DNA in the blood in order to diagnose disease at its earliest stages.
Regenerative Medicine IMRIC’s Dr. Yosef Buganim was honoured by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the prestigious journals Science and Science Translational Medicine and the Boyalife industrial research consortium, which came together to recognize researchers for outstanding contributions in stem-cell research and regenerative medicine. Dr. Buganim and his team have made great strides in the goal to generate abundant, high-quality human stem cells for use in transplants, and other medical procedures.
Kaye Innovation Awards 2016 The Kaye Innovation Awards at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been given annually since 1994. Isaac Kaye, a prominent British pharmaceutical industrialist, established the awards to encourage Hebrew University faculty, staff and students to develop innovative methods and inventions with good commercial potential.
Epigenetics Pioneers Columbia University presented its 2016 top honour for achievement in biological and biochemical research to two IMRIC researchers and their American colleague. Prof. Howard Cedar and Prof. Aharon Razin of The Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. Gary Felsenfeld of the National Institutes of Health, were awarded the 2016 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for their fundamental work on how molecules regulate the structure, behaviour and activity of DNA without modifying its genetic code. Their research has led to the formation of a new field of biology called epigenetics. Since the Horwitz Prize was first awarded in 1967, 43 of the 94 winners have gone on to win Nobel prizes, most recently in 2014.
Best French History Book 2016 Hebrew University historian Prof. Amnon Cohen, an expert on the Ottoman Empire, won first prize for the best history book published in France in 2016. Juifs et musulmans en Palestine et en Israel des origines à nos jours (Jews and Muslims in Palestine and Israel from the Origins to their Present Day), presents a positive analysis of the relationship between Jews and Arabs during four centuries of Ottoman rule. English and Arabic translations are forthcoming.
FOULING OUT BIOFOULING “Biofouling” is the process by which organic matter attaches itself to a surface. In U.S. hospitals, the biofouling of medical equipment by pathogenic bacteria accounts for approximately 1.7 million infections and 100,000 deaths each year. When marine microorganisms biofoul boats and other marine devices, they can degrade equipment and compromise water quality and safety. Hebrew U chemist Dr. Meital Reches has developed an anti-fouling agent that is environmentally friendly, affordable and compatible with a wide range of substances. She has founded the company NanoAF based on this technology.
REMEDIATING OIL-CONTAMINATED SOIL With oil production exceeding 90 million barrels a day, the risk of oil spills to the environment is an ongoing concern. Prof. Yoel Sasson, of The Hebrew University’s Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, has developed a novel technology to help remediate and neutralize oil-contaminated soils, lessening the impact of such ecological disasters. The technology has been licensed by Hebrew University technology transfer company Yissum to the Swiss company Man Oil Group AG, which has commercialized it under the brand name NHSPlus, and has run pilot tests in oil-contaminated sites with great success.
TREATING METASTATIC DISEASE Prof. Eli Breuer (l), Prof. Amnon Hoffman and Prof. Reuven Reich, all from The Hebrew University’s Institute for Drug Research, School of Pharmacy, received a Kaye Award for developing compounds that could one day not only treat but prevent metastatic disease. Rather than penetrating the cell, these compounds tackle the tumour-immediate microenvironment, disrupting essential cues to cancer development. Preclinical studies show their effectiveness against “triple negative” breast cancer.
Discoveries & Accomplishments
New Type of Human Stem Cell
That’s Not Fair!
Prof. Nissim Benvenisty and PhD student Ido Sagi from The Hebrew University’s Azrieli Center for Stem Cells and Genetic Research, and their colleagues from the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, have succeeded in generating a new type of embryonic stem cell that carries a single copy of the human genome, instead of the two copies typically found in normal stem cells. The scientists reported their findings in the journal Nature. The stem cells are the first human cells that are known to be capable of cell division with just one copy of the parent cell’s genome. The discovery may constitute a powerful tool for genetic screens, genetic therapies and reproductive technologies.
It’s the phrase parents hate most to hear. But how — and when — do children learn what’s fair and what isn’t? When do they learn how to distribute resources equitably, and how do they cope when they can’t? A team led by Hebrew University researcher Dr. Shoham Choshen-Hillel, of the Jerusalem School of Business Administration, has discovered that children’s understanding of fairness gains complexity as they mature. “Children develop an understanding that inequity is not problematic in and of itself. Instead, they realize that inequity is problematic when it is driven by unfairness or partiality,” explains Dr. Choshen-Hillel, whose findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.
Stem cell breakthrough: Prof. Nissim Benvenisty (r) and PhD student Ido Sagi are part of the team that has generated a new type of embryonic stem cell.
Fairly motivated: A child explains his understanding of fairness and inequity to a researcher at Hebrew U’s School of Business Administration.
Move over, Manischewitz
Prehistoric Village Unearthed
In 2016, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched Israel’s first academic degree program in viticulture and enology. Students in the international MSc program will gain academic knowledge and skills consistent with leading programs in other wine-producing countries, including France, the United States and Australia. The program reflects the significant maturation of Israel’s wine industry, and the surging local and international demand for its outstanding wines.
Hebrew University archaeologists have unearthed a treasure-filled prehistoric village dating to 12,000 years ago. The site, discovered during excavations in the fertile Jordan Valley, includes human burial remains, flint tools, art manifestations, and ground-stone and bone tools. The village differs markedly from others in Israel, encapsulating cultural characteristics typical of both the Old and New Stone Ages — thus providing tools crucial to our understanding of the social and economic processes that marked the shift from hunter-gatherer societies to later agricultural communities.
L’chaim! The first class of students at The Hebrew University’s new program in viticulture and enology, led by Prof. Zohar Kerem, a world-renowned researcher in food chemistry and olive oil (second from left).
Archaeological treasure trove: An aerial view of a prehistoric village unearthed by Hebrew U archaeologists in the Jordan Valley.
Capital of Innovation HEBREW U A KEY PARTNER IN JERUSALEM’S TECH RENAISSANCE
When chip giant Intel acquired Mobileye for $15 billion USD, it was more than simply the largest deal of its kind in Israeli business history. It also heralded Jerusalem’s increasingly central role as a key player in Israel’s fast-moving world of tech startups. Jerusalem, overshadowed in recent decades by Tel Aviv and Herziliya, is undergoing a renaissance as a technological powerhouse. Named Time Magazine’s top emerging technological hub in 2015, the city is home to more than 600 companies today, adding 110 firms to its roster in 2016 alone. The tech think tank Startup Genome placed Jerusalem on the threshold of the world’s top 20 high-tech scenes, outranking Silicon Valley in terms of its global deployment. And The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a key driver of Jerusalem’s blossoming tech scene. It’s no coincidence, for example, that Mobileye’s founder and CTO, Dr. Amnon Shashua, is a professor of computer science at Hebrew U — and is still actively teaching there, helping to shape the minds that will be responsible for Israel’s next record-breaking innovations. Hebrew U’s top-notch graduates are in high demand in the city. “One of our clearest advantages is the constant stream of great computer science graduates coming out of Hebrew U right next door,” photo-editing app Lightricks’s co-founder Yaron Inger — himself a former Hebrew U PhD candidate — told the Jerusalem Post in January. “Jerusalem is at the center stage of our field.”
The Hebrew University’s medical school, the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) and the Hadassah University Medical Center. Combining scientific knowledge with practical experience, the relationship between these institutions has enabled researchers to translate the latest academic breakthroughs into applicable, life-saving technologies in clinics and operating rooms. Similarly, Hebrew U’s BioDesign innovation program partners medical fellows with bioengineering and business graduates to identify and address gaps in medical technology, and bring medical innovations to the marketplace. The Hebrew University’s Executive MBA Program recently launched the Start Up 360 track, to give students the necessary tools to manage and invest in startups. Yissum, The Hebrew University’s technology transfer company, is the largest of its kind in Israel, bringing Hebrew University innovations to the market to the tune of $2.4 billion CAD each year.
Mobileye and Lightricks — as well as OrCam, BriefCam, HumanEyes and many more — have established Jerusalem as a hotbed for computer vision and image processing. The city is also Israel’s undisputed biotech leader, with more than 150 companies in the field. That’s in part the result of the carefully nurtured relationship between Top photo: VUZE, powered by HumanEyes software, is the world’s first high quality, high resolution, 360° virtual reality camera — making 3D filmmaking accessible to anyone, even without a Hollywood budget. Bottom photo: Lightricks was one of the many startups to participate in the 2016 “HUJI Hackathon,” at Hebrew U’s School of Computer Science and Engineering.
Hebrew U Tech Successes “Jerusalem has three unique characteristics: community, creativity, and diversity. Its population consists of Arabs and Jews, secular and ultra-orthodox, and a large amount of immigrants.” –Jonathan Medved, CEO at OurCrowd
“The foundation of Jerusalem’s tech ecosystem rests on great collaboration between entrepreneurs, investors, academic institutions, and multinational corporations.” –Uri Adoni, partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners
Founded by IMRIC scientist Dr. Raymond Kaempfer,
Jerusalem start-ups target large innovation markets like the U.S. and the U.K. at a higher rate than nearly any other ecosystem.
Melodea Ltd. won the Nanotechnology Innovation of the Year Award at the 2016 NanoIsrael Conference.
HumanEyes Technologies Ltd. creates software that lets users create panoramic, 3D stereo images from ordinary digital photographs.
600+ in 2017
Ex Libris develops software that lets library patrons identify and obtain the information they need, anytime and anywhere.
The high-tech scene in Jerusalem has been growing dramatically in the past few years — from fewer than 200 startups in 2012 to more than 600 today.
Developed by Hebrew U industrial designers, Steam Coffee Culture’s Ripple coffee maker can print any image or text atop the foam layer of a coffee beverage, using natural coffee extracts.
OrCam, founded by Mobileye CTO Amnon Shashua, has pioneered a compact wearable device with a simple interface that allows the visually impaired to understand text and identify objects.
Atox Bio develops novel therapies to defend against bioterrorism, including super toxins, autoimmune disease, septic shock and toxic shock.
GuideIn Medical is developing a guided intubation system to ease the intubation process and mitigate severe complications in millions of procedures performed each year. BriefCam, created by Hebrew U Prof. Shmuel Peleg, has revolutionized the security industry by paring down days’ worth of security footage to just minutes.
IMPRODIA, founded by IMRIC’s Prof. Michal Baniyash, CSO, has a mandate to develop diagnostic and prognostic kits for various diseases.
Travel with Canadian Friends 2016 Live, Learn & Explore: Portugal and Israel In November 2016, a group of CFHU supporters explored Portugal through the lens of Jewish history. Accompanied by Hebrew University historian Prof. Richard Cohen, the 13th annual Live, Learn & Explore group toured Lisbon’s Seven Hills — including the location of the 1506 massacre of Jews in the city — historic synagogues and Jewish museums in the hilltop town of Castelo de Vide, the secret Jewish community in Belmonte, and the Jewish quarters of Porto and Coimbra city, to name just a few fascinating stops. “Our Live, Learn & Explore trip to Portugal was enlightening, interesting and beautiful,”
says Margaret Shuckett, President of CFHU’s Winnipeg chapter. “Our scholar-in-residence brought alive the history of the Jews in Portugal for us.” In Jerusalem, the group visited IMRIC and The Hebrew University’s School of Public Health. At the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, they met with celebrated professor Dr. Zohar Kerem to discuss the benefits of olive oil, followed by lunch at the Kedma Winery. They toured legal and social work clinics run under the auspices of the University’s Faculty of Law and School of Social Work, and visited a Ramallah school program
supported by the University’s outreach program. A technology-themed day included presentations from The Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center, as well as visits to startups. A trip to Eilat, a border tour, a visit to an underwater observatory and a hike in the Timna Conservation area rounded out the adventures. As much as the trip was a chance to learn, it was also a chance to renew friendships with trip regulars and make new friends, says Shuckett. “Live & Learn is always a motivating journey. The trip leaves all of us with a new wealth of knowledge of our people around the world.”
Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s 79th Annual Board of Governors Meeting
Toronto-based business and community leader and dedicated philanthropist Joseph Lebovic received an honorary doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A month earlier, the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the $5 million Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Cancer Genomics and Immunity Research program. Photo credit: Bruno Charbit
The Herbert & Dorothy Nadolny Cardio-Metabolic Disease Research Hub at IMRIC and the Fichman Family Fund at the Faculty of Medicine were both dedicated at the Board of Governors meeting, celebrating the leadership & philanthropy of Canadian Friends in Ottawa & Montreal. Montreal’s Dr. Stephen Fichman (c), pictured here with his wife, Susan Cohene (l), and Ottawa’s Dorothy Nadolny, were also honoured at The Hebrew University’s Wall of Life. Photo credit: Hezi Hojesta
Toronto businessman and philanthropist Harley Mintz, pictured here with his wife, Judy Nyman, received an honorary fellowship from The Hebrew University. Mintz, a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto, is a past CFHU national treasurer, Toronto chapter President and Associate Board of Governors member. The Brettler/ Mintz Foundation was also honoured at the University’s Wall of Life. Photo credit: Bruno Charbit.
Small Universities, Big Impact CFHU BUILDS RELATIONSHIPS WITH REGIONAL AND SATELLITE UNIVERSITIES
When it comes to sending Canadian students to The Rothberg International School (RIS) at The Hebrew University, Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with many of the nation’s biggest universities, including the University of Toronto, York University, the University of British Columbia and McGill. In recent years, the RIS’s Canadian division has nurtured a range of courses and partnerships with these institutions, broadening academic offerings and appealing to an increasingly diverse student population.
close relationships with her professors. She’s been equally specific in her decision to attend The Hebrew University. “I didn’t want to go somewhere ‘typical’ for a year abroad,” she explains, “and Israel is not typical. It’s so diverse and historically rich, and that appealed to me: the idea of becoming completely immersed in a different culture. Everything I know, I’m going to have to relearn.”
IN 2016, CFHU SENT
But big schools are only one part of the picture. And while we actively continue to design new and exciting programming with these partners, in 2016, RIS began to make a concerted effort to expand and develop relationships with Canada’ s rich network of smaller and satellite universities, many of which offer niche programming and boast dedicated and passionate student bodies. “As we reach out, we’re finding a real interest in and support for international programs from these schools and their students, with an obvious desire to connect,” says Kari Zalik, the RIS’s Canadian Director of National Student Affairs. “And so we are tapping into that.”
17 undergraduate, 83 summer and 21 graduate students TO STUDY AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM, AND PROVIDED JUST OVER
UBC Okanagan student Shelby Sharpe, 20, for example, will be heading to Hebrew U at the end of August for her third year of university. She chose UBC’s Okanagan campus in order to take advantage of smaller classes and
As an international relations major, Sharpe is looking forward to studying Israeli politics at their source. As part of The Hebrew University’s exchange program with UBC, she’ll pay her regular UBC tuition (as well as Hebrew University housing costs) to attend Hebrew U. Jaime Sorokin, 21, another UBC student, just returned from an “eye-opening” year at The Hebrew University. “With fellow students from so many backgrounds, I was able to gain a more diverse, less biased, perspective and education about Israel,” says the Edmonton native, who just graduated with a degree in sociology. She’s currently considering returning to Israel to do a master’s degree in Rothberg’s Human Rights and Transitional Justice Program.
“I didn’t realize how much of my education I was missing about Israel until I got there and became immersed in the culture, and could witness and talk about the conflicts firsthand,” says Sorokin. “It’s taught me to speak to both sides and has given me better tools to be able to defend Israel as well as understand criticisms about it.”
Top left: Uplifting! UBC grad and Edmonton native Jaime Sorokin floating in the Red Sea. Sorokin spent the 2016-17 academic year at Hebrew U’s Rothberg International School, and is considering returning to do a master’s program. Top right: UBC Okanagan student Shelby Sharpe is among the first of her class to take advantage of the Rothberg International School’s expanding exchange program with smaller Canadian universities.
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Financials 2016 Balance Sheet
AS OF SEPTEMBER 30
Cash State of Israel Bonds Managed funds
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION (EXPRESSED IN U.S. FUNDS)
LIABILITIES Accounts payable Deferred revenue
Multi-strategy and real assets
MANAGED FUNDS ONLY Cash Fixed income
2015/2016 Managed Funds 2015 Managed Funds 2016 Managed Funds
$16,847,491 $13,150, 546
$967,298 MULTI-STRATEGY & REAL ASSETS
2015/2016 Charitable Distributions
Canadian universities and foundations
Scholarships, research grants and other academic affairs Hebrew University
Income Statement REVENUES Donations Investment gain TOTAL
FOR THE YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30
CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS Hebrew University
Canadian universities and foundations Scholarships, research
grants and other academic affairs TOTAL
EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES Accounts payable
Leadership NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gail Asper Cheryl Baron Evelyn Bloomfield Schachter Ari Brojde
Calgary Chapter President
Secretary Montreal Chapter President
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING COMMITTEE Laura Holt
Beverly Dunn Vice President, Finance
Past Chair President Emeritus, Former Chair International Board of Governors, Past Chair
Ottawa Chapter President Past Chair
Andrea Kowaz Nathan Lindenberg
J. Stephen Lipper
Monette Malewski Randy Masters Randall M. Milner
Toronto Chapter President Vancouver Chapter President
Joey Ohayon Murray Palay
Lorne Persiko Brent A. Schacter
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE Shimmy Brandes
Davee Gunn Tom Gunn Merle Kriss Nathan Lindenberg Harry Marmer Randy Masters Murray Palay Ian Rosmarin Sam Spanglet Consultants: Pavilion Financial Corporation
Lillian Shiller Winnipeg Chapter President
Merle Goldman Rami Kleinmann
Stephen Simms Miriam Pilc-Levine
Allen Sloan Howard Sniderman
Edmonton Chapter President
Samuel Spanglet Philip Switzer Stephen Victor
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM
Peter Hotz Joshua Kleinman
Yude M. Henteleff Susan Katz
PLANNED GIVING COMMITTEE
Rose Marie Glassman Gerald Halbert
AS OF JUNE 2017
Vice President Past Chair
Chief Financial Officer Executive Director, Toronto Chapter & Vice President, Development Executive Vice President President & CEO National Director, Communications & Marketing
Executive Director, Eastern Region
Executive Director, Western Region
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