2012 International Board of Governors Meeting

June 7–11, 2012

The energy was electric!

For our American delegation — all 44 of us — this "BOG" demonstrated the spirit and vitality of a university taking its place on the world stage.

We were on the go every minute, drinking it all in.

Eye-opening symposia. Glorious music. Thoughtful meetings. Inspiring ceremonies. And, of course, just plain fun with students, faculty, and each other.

Most of all, it was a joy to celebrate the imagination and impact of our AFTAU colleagues as they launched projects across the campus.

The future is underway!

Click the headlines below for highlights of the Board of Governors Meeting.

Helene Westreich Film and Television Studio Inaugurated

June 8, 2012

High-definition studio an invaluable resource for young Israeli filmmakers.

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A Promise Fulfilled: New Postgrad Dental Clinics Lay Cornerstone

June 7, 2012

Rothstein-Williamowsky Clinics will care for families and train dental specialists.

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Unique Collection of Iranian History Opens to Students and Scholars

June 11, 2012

Laura and David Merage and Levy Family inaugurate Habib Levy Collection.

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Steyer Family Inaugurates Scholarship Endowment Fund

June 10, 2012

Tuition-plus packages will make higher education a reality for deserving students.

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Constantiner Prize Awarded to First Hebrew College of Education

June 10, 2012

Distinguished prize recognizes teacher's college with strong Jewish values.

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TAU Celebrates Inauguration of Six Major New Projects

June 10, 2012

Ceremony honors significant philanthropic initiatives of the past year.

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Biographer, Artist, and Genomic Researchers Awarded Dan David Prizes

June 10, 2012


Gala ceremony showcases exceptional contributions to humanity.

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Steyers Awarded Honorary Doctorates from TAU

June 7, 2012


Siblings and philanthropists honored for scholarship aid and support of the sciences, public policy, and the arts.

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Annual Gandel Symposium Spotlights Iran and Egypt

June 10, 2012


Distinguished panel confronts toppling dictatorships of the Middle East.

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The Eternal Question: "How to be a Jew?"

June 11, 2012


Illustrious panel of authors and scholars discuss the past, present, and future of Judaism.

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Bio-Engineering a Better World

June 11, 2012


Conference showcases TAU's cutting-edge biotechnology research.

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June 6–10, 2013
We look forward to seeing you there!

Reflections from Jon Gurkoff

National Chairman


TAU is expanding and growing in every possible way — and this year's Board of Governors Meeting really brought that home.

The campus is alive with bulldozers and construction crews. Exciting new labs with the latest equipment are in full operation.

But it's not just physical growth that blew us all away.

We met amazing young people, part of a swelling student body from Israel and 44 countries around the world.

We had private briefings by inspiring new faculty members, fresh from leading international corporations and universities.

And we felt enormous pride in being part of TAU's accomplishments and growing stature around the world.

I've barely unpacked, but I can't wait for next year — when I hope you and I will be travelling together.

There's just nothing like being there!


Direct from Tel Aviv

See TAU's own selection of BOG 2012 highlights and photo albums here!

Our AFTAU Delegation

Norma and Alan Aufzien
William F. Cohen
Caren and Arturo Constantiner
Claudia Constantiner
David Dorfman
Carolynne and Ze'ev Drori
Dina Ettinger
Dina and Amnon Golan
Robert Goldberg and Linda Weisenberg
Stevi and Jon Gurkoff
Sharon and Steve Kess
Joan Lessing
Sheila and Stephen Lieberman
Rosalie Lurie
Danielle Martin
Laura and David Merage
Marshall Polk
Gail Reiss
Betti and Allen Ressler
Marc Rothman
Tamar Rudich
Rina and Yoel Saraf
Heather and Norman Sarkin
Alan Silberstein
Jacqueline Simkin
Richard Sincere
Thomas Steyer
Helen Sarah Steyer
Hava and Shimon Topor
Gail White
Ben Williamowsky



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