Tel Aviv University's American Friends are a worldly and intellectually sophisticated group, committed to nurturing higher education and developing Israel's best minds.


We offer a stimulating variety of cultural, social and educational activities throughout the year, at venues across the country. Special briefings. International conferences. Intimate get-togethers and more formal events.

We serve as a dynamic bridge between two inspired communities — American and Israeli — dedicated to excellence in scholarship and to strengthening Israel and the vital city of Tel Aviv. As an American Friend, you'll have access to:

  • a like-minded and congenial group of peers
  • the Tel Aviv University faculty's academic all-stars
  • leaders in Israeli business and government
  • reports from thinkers and think tanks
  • private events and activities

American Friends of Tel Aviv University is pleased to support Tel Aviv University's vital role in shaping the future of Israel — and the world.






Jon Gurkoff

If you're reading this, it's a good bet that we have a common interest — Israel.

We have come to understand that Israel's greatest natural resources are the energy and brainpower of its people. They're resources we both want to nurture and grow.

We share, too, a recognition that Tel Aviv is modern Israel's vibrant heart — the center of commerce, culture, and innovation — and that Tel Aviv University is the jewel in the city's crown. TAU's influence in every sector is profound, as is its crucial role in contributing to the strength and viability of Israel itself through education, research, and building community.

TAU is, without question, a dynamic engine of the future. The future we share. Our investment in the education and research TAU provides will expand all life's possibilities for our children and their children.

Together, let's advance our shared interests and passions. Please join me in learning more about how we can develop the vital brainpower of today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.

Become one of TAU's American Friends. Spread the word. Offer your financial support. Get your family involved.

Join me and many others who know how exhilarating it is to be a part of a world-class university. Bring others along as you expand your world view in an exciting and meaningful way.

I look forward to working with you!


Jon Gurkoff
National Chairman