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Friday - June 14, 2019

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
King David Hotel

Shabbat Dinner with Students and Faculty Members 


Saturday - June 15, 2019

10:00 am - 11:15 am
King David Hotel



Session A:


Between the Pursuit of Happiness and the Treatment of Mental Pain, Professor Yoram Yovell, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine



Session B:


Taste and Smell Research at Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment


Flavors of Discovery – Taste, Genes, and Health, Professor Masha Niv, Vice Dean for Research and Development, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment



How Mosquitoes Will Save the World, Dr. Jonathan Bohbot, Senior Lecturer, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment


11:30 am - 1:00 pm
King David Hotel

Panel Discussion: 


Great Minds Think Ahead: Promising Stars of the Hebrew University Youth Division




Yael Givol-Barzilai, Director of Business Development at The Hebrew University Youth Division




Mor Bar-Noy

Avishag Haetzni

Maya Klang

Nethanel Mordecai

Itai Shufaro



Mentors (PhD students):


Hen Alpern

Jonathan Bar-David

Ben Shenhar


Lead Researchers (Principal Investigators):


Professor Yossi Paltiel, Chairman, Department of Applied Physics

Professor Daniel Strasser, Institute of Chemistry 


Meet tomorrow’s bright stars:





1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
King David Hotel


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Walking Tours of Jerusalem:

Option 1:

The YMCA and St. Andrews Church, with the Ketef Hinnom Graves


An expert guide will lead this walking tour. From the hotel, cross King David Street to the Jerusalem International YMCA. Enjoy a glimpse of this unique cultural, sports, educational center and international conference facility, designed by famed Empire State Building architect Arthur Loomis Harmon. The building’s mission is evident in the motto: “Here is a spot whose atmosphere is peace, where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fostered and developed.” Ascend to the building’s Bell Tower (214 stairs or by elevator) to appreciate an amazing 360-degree view of Jerusalem, followed by a visit to the site’s unique multi-faith chapel, Mary Nathaniel Golden Hall of Friendship, courtyards, and grounds. Continue your walking tour by viewing the Scottish St. Andrews Memorial Church and a visit to the graves of Ketef Hinnom from the First Temple period. It was here that a silver scroll with the Kohanim’s priestly benediction dating back to Biblical times was found. Approximate touring time: two hours, one hour if concluding after the YMCA portion of the tour.


Option 2:

Jerusalem in the Footsteps of Amos Oz

Led by Dr. Tamar Hess of Hebrew University’s Department of Hebrew Literature, Faculty of the Humanities, explore Jerusalem through the writings of Hebrew University graduate, internationally acclaimed author, Amos Oz. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Oz used the Jerusalem of his 1950’s youth as the backdrop for his books, My Michael and A Tale of Love and Darkness. Oz received an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University as well as its prestigious Israel and Bertha Newman Hebrew Literature Prize. The tour will highlight several venues from My Michael, including the Terra Sancta Museum and Complex, and Ratissbonne Monastery. Sites where A Tale of Love and Darkness mostly takes place, including the area along King George Street and Neviim Street, and a view of Jerusalem’s northern neighborhoods, will be stops along the tour. Approximate touring time: two hours.

9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Palm Beach Courtyard, Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building, Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Edmond J. Safra Campus

Opening Reception of the 82nd Board of Governors:

Interactive Light Show, Live Music, and Dancing


Guest of Honor: Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem


Sunday - June 16, 2019

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Ramada Renaissance Hotel, Jerusalem

Budget and Finance Committee Meeting (members only)

10:15 am - 1:00 pm
Ramada Renaissance Hotel, Jerusalem

HUJI Talks: Top Hebrew University Speakers Present on “High-Tech Jerusalem”


The Laws of War in Cyberspace

Prof. Yuval Shany, Faculty of Law


What adaptions may be needed to adjust the laws of war, developed to regulate armed conflicts in the physical world, to conflicts occurring in cyberspace? Arguably, international law lacks rules that capture the importance of computerized systems and the data they contain to daily life.  It similarly lacks rules that would factor in the harm caused by misinformation (e.g., fake news) and the high level of involvement of private entities in acts of cyber-war and cyber-terrorism. Recent research on how states actually react to cyber-attacks shows that they tend to avoid relying on international law when responding to attacks, but that they have developed instead informal ‘rules of the game’, which restrain the conduct of hostilities in cyberspace.



What Can a Baby’s Diaper Teach Us About Pediatric Health? Dr. Moran Yassour, Faculty of Medicine and Rachel & Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering


We each have trillions and trillions of microbes in our body, the vast majority of these are found in our GI tract. These microbes play important roles in breaking down the food we consume, synthesizing necessary vitamins, and educating our immune systems to differentiate between self and non-self. The Yassour Lab studies the infant gut microbiome, from establishment at birth, through development in early age, to impact on pediatric health. Our vision is to shift the gut microbiome of children born by C-section to better resemble those born vaginally; to design better infant formulas to best mimic breastmilk; and to improve child health using microbiome changes.



Creating an Embryo from Skin Cells: From Science Fiction to Reality: Dr. Yossi Buganim, Faculty of Medicine, Professor Tommy Kaplan, The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering, Faculty of Science and Dr. Oren Ram, Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science 


This presentation will review recent breakthroughs in the field of stem cell biology. Of particular focus is the possibility of conversion of skin cells into the three stem cell types that build the pre-implantation embryo. The presenters will share the required technology and discuss what is still missing in order to grow a synthetic embryo in vitro.



Digital Gastronomy: Cooking with Computers: Dr. Amit Zoran, The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering


Dr. Zoran believes that computers will be at the center of tomorrow’s cooking culture. Within his vision of digital gastronomy, traditional cooking will be enhanced by new computational abilities. This integration of computers with cooking will allow individual users to address culinary needs and desires, easily calculate ingredients’ nutritional content and accurately affect cooking-related chemical reactions and, thereby, digitally match culinary dishes to personal preferences.



A Vision for Digital Humanities: Dr. Renana Keydar, Martin Buber Society of Fellows 


Dr. Keydar will present a new model of testimony analysis termed, “distant listening.” The distant listening model, which draws on computational methodologies of textual analysis employed in the digital humanities, is being applied here, for the first time, to investigate testimonies of witnesses in international trials prosecuting mass atrocities.



From Quantum Science to Quantum Technology: Professor Hagai Eisenberg, Racah Institute of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chief Scientist & Co-founder, QuantLR


It is understood that scientific research leads to technological achievements that improve our way of life. It is not always so easy, however, to recognize the magnitude of these contributions while in the midst of scientific research. Professor Eisenberg will describe how some fundamental and obscure laws of physics led to two technological revolutions the second of which has just begun. 


Jerusalem – Modeling a Local Innovation Ecosystem: Professor Eugene Kandel, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Jerusalem School of  Business Administration; CEO of Start-Up Nation Central


Professor Kandel will present an overview of the Israeli innovation ecosystem including its main achievements, challenges and opportunities. He will share how Jerusalem and the Hebrew University address these challenges with a focus on the evolution of the city’s innovation ecosystem, the development of sectors of excellence in healthcare and mobility and the emergence of Hebrew University as a key stakeholder at the forefront of Israel’s economy.














1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Ramada Renaissance Hotel, Jerusalem


2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Milton and Brindell Gottlieb Auditorium, The Rothberg Family Buildings,The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering, Edmond J. Safra Campus

Plenary Session: President’s Report


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Rothberg Family Buildings, The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering, Mobileye Building, Edmond J. Safra Campus

Inauguration of the Mobileye Building

Professor Amnon Shashua, The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering, Faculty of Science, Senior Vice President at Intel Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mobileye, and co-founder of OrCam

7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Jerusalem Theatre

Light Dinner (BOG participants only)

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Henry Crown Auditorium, Jerusalem Theatre

Avraham Harman Memorial Concert at the Jerusalem Theater 

An Evening of Orchestral Masterpieces

Featuring the Hebrew University Orchestra

and Shlomi Shaban, pianist and singer

Anita Kamien, Conductor

Itamar Zorman, violin

Monday - June 17, 2019

8:15 am - 9:00 am
Rothberg Conference Room, located next to Litwinsky Senate Hall, Sherman Administration Building,Mount Scopus Campus

Endowment Funds Committee Meeting (members only)

9:15 am - 10:45 am
Ezequiel Liwerant-Fomento Mexico Hall, Mount Scopus Campus

Plenary Session Showcasing Hebrew University’s Academic Achievements


The Kaye Innovation Awards


The Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science


The Polonsky Prizes for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines


The Prusiner-Abramsky Research Awards in Clinical & Basic Neuroscience by the Orion Foundation


The Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research, Sponsored by B’nai B’rith Lodge Sydney

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rothberg Conference Room, located next to Litwinsky Senate Hall, Sherman Administration Building, Mount Scopus Campus

International Board of Overseers of the Rothberg International School Meeting (members only)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Barbara Mandel Auditorium, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Mount Scopus Campus

Lectures by Honorary Doctorate Recipients, Session One:


Moderator: Professor Berta Levavi-Sivan, Hebrew University Vice-Rector


Introduction: Professor Benny Chefetz, Dean, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment

The Future of Food: Professor Louise O. Fresco,

President of Wageningen University & Research Centre in The Netherlands



Introduction: Professor Ehud Razin, Faculty of Medicine

Developing an Asian Academic Health System in the 21st Century: Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, Senior Vice President (Health Affairs) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Chief Executive of the National University Health System (NUHS)



Introduction: Professor Uri Banin, Faculty of Mathematics and Science

Tiny Crystals Bring Discoveries to Light and Show Us the World in Full Spectrum Color: Professor Armand Paul Alivisatos, Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and University of California, Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost



12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Barbara Mandel Auditorium, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Mount Scopus Campus

Lectures by Honorary Doctorate Recipients, Session Two:

Introduction: Professor Barak Medina, Hebrew University Rector, Faculty of Law

The Judiciary, the Legislature and the Government: Justice Miriam Naor, President Emerita of the Supreme Court of Israel 





1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus Campus

Luncheon in Honor of Recipients of 

Honorary Doctorates

and of the 

Bublick and Rothberg Prizes

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ezequiel Liwerant-Fomento Mexico Hall, Mount Scopus Campus

Tribute to the Recipients of

Honorary Doctorates

and the Recipients of the

Bublick and Rothberg Prizes 


Moderator: Mika Almog


Professor Armand Paul Alivisatos, USA


Mem Dryan Bernstein, Israel/USA


Ruth Flinkman-Marandy, USA


Professor Louise O. Fresco, Netherlands


The Honourable Linda Frum, Canada


Dr. Dan Maydan, USA


Justice Miriam Naor, Israel


Sir András Schiff, United Kingdom


Meir Shalev, Israel


Friede Springer, Germany


Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Singapore



Solomon Bublick Prize: Dita Bronicki, Israel


Samuel Rothberg Prize: Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, Israel


Sir András Schiff will perform Franz Schubert’s Hungarian Melody in B minor, D 817

5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Rothberg Amphitheatre, Mount Scopus Campus




Yigal Ravid

Tamar Ish-Shalom


Conferment of the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa  and awarding of the Solomon Bublick and Samuel Rothberg Prizes


Conferment of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy upon the Hebrew University’s 2019 graduating class


Keynote Speaker: Meir Shalev, Honorary Doctorate Recipient, Israeli author 


Musical Performance by Guy and Yahel, contemporary Israeli singing stars 


Friends Associations Events 

Tuesday - June 18, 2019

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Allan Bronfman Family Reception Centre, Sherman Administration Building, Mount Scopus Campus

Campaign Cabinet Meeting (members only)

9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering, Rothberg Family Buildings, Edmond J. Safra Campus



Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience Research; Award Ceremony and Symposium


In 2002, Dr. Dan Maydan chaired a committee of leaders in Israeli’s academic and high-tech sectors to chart the nation’s development strategy for nanotechnology, leading to the establishment of the highly successful Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (INNI). This laid the foundation for the establishment of nanotechnology as a driving force for the next wave of high-tech industry in Israel and paved the way for Israel’s worldwide preeminence in nanotech research and development.


This marks the inaugural year of the Dan Maydan Prize, to be awarded annually to an outstanding emerging young scientist, from Israel or abroad, for his/her significant academic accomplishments in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Albert Einstein Archives, Edmond J. Safra Campus

Einstein Archives Tour 


Led by Professor Emeritus Hannoch Gutfreund, tour the University’s collection of Einstein memorabilia.

10:15 am - 11:30 am
Nancy S. and Lawrence E. Glick Observation Plaza, Mount Scopus Campus

Wall of Benefactors: Dedication of Inscriptions


Betty Feffer e Familia, Brasil


Jean & Michael Freed Family, Illinois


KKL – David, Gita & Michael Hoffman Scholarship Fund, Australia


Joseph and Wolf Lebovic, Ontario



11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Litwinsky Senate Hall, Sherman Administration Building, Mount Scopus Campus

Plenary Session: Rector’s Report


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus Campus


3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Handler Auditorium, Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Mount Scopus Campus

Honorary Fellowships Ceremony


Moderator: Izi Mann


Joëlle Aflalo, Luxembourg



Arie Dubson, Israel/Mexico



Julie Gal, USA/Israel



Viviana Kasam, Italy



Barry Lippman, USA



Murray Palay, Canada



Lawrence C. Pakula, MD, USA



Eytan Stibbe, Israel


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Montague Lamport Botanical Garden, Mount Scopus Campus

Benefactors’ Reception

(By invitation)

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Beit Alliance, 5 Ki'akh Street, near Mahane Yehuda Shuk, Jerusalem

HUJI Market:

Local food and music accompanied by talks by some of the Hebrew University’s top faculty members  


Guest Speaker: Dan Shapiro, Former US Ambassador

Wednesday - June 19, 2019

8:30 am - 10:15 am
The Abba Eban Centre for Israeli Diplomacy in The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Mount Scopus Campus

Board of Trustees Meeting, Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (members only)

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wall of Life Plaza, Mount Scopus Campus

Wall of Life: Dedication of Inscriptions



מיכל רוסבך, ישראל



מגדל חברה לביטוח בע”מ, ישראל



Michèle Anahory et ses enfants Marion, Camille et Benjamin Zirah, France



Dr. Aviva Barzel, New York



Rabbi Haim Bliah, French Algeria



Elena & Heinrich Bonnenberg, Germany



Diego Chami y Alicia Killner, Argentina



Doris & Bernard S. Gidding, Florida



Ben Horwood, Quebec



Famille Lévy-Lambert, France



In memory of Dr. Sidney & Dora Pakula, Florida



Prof. Bettina Schwarz, Berlin/Rome


11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Legacy Tree, David and Fela Shapell Family Building, Mount Scopus Campus

Legacy Tree: Dedication of Inscriptions


Deborah A. Lebman, PhD, Israel (Silver)


Annette E. Pakula, USA (Silver)


Simone Lévy,

France (Bronze)


12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Wall of Founders, Mount Scopus Campus

Wall of Founders: Dedication of Inscriptions


Sheryl Dworkin, in loving memory of my father, Arnold Dworkin, Illinois



Jonah Horowicz and Dov Kleczewski, Israel



Rhoda E. Kaufman, New Jersey


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus Campus

Scholarship Luncheon Honoring Donors and Student Recipients


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rothberg Conference Room, next to Litwinsky Senate Hall, Sherman Administration Building, Mount Scopus Campus

Board of Managers Meeting (members only)

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The George and Florence Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra Campus

Evening in the Writers’ Room: Honoring Alumni Writers and 90 Years of The Hebrew University Magnes Press




Professor Ruth HaCohen-Pinczower, Musicology Department


Professor Ariel Hirschfeld, Department of Hebrew Literature


Agi Mishol


A.B. Yehoshua