An All-Access Pass to Tel Aviv University's Israel

October 28 - November 2, 2012

"DISCOVER TAU: CAMPUS AND BEYOND" mission showcases research and influence across the country

Tel Aviv — An intimate group of travellers from across America had rare access to Israel's leaders and decisionmakers during American Friends of Tel Aviv University's "Discover TAU: Campus and Beyond" mission from October 28 to November 2, 2012.

The first-of-its-kind trip brought Tel Aviv University to life through private visits to insiders in academia, politics, business and much more.


Air Force

The largest air force base in the Israeli Defence Forces, Palmachim is the hub of cutting-edge technology. Home to 20 elite helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadrons, it trains for and executes 50 percent of the Air Force's missions.


US/Israel relations

Long-term allies, Israel and the US have forged many connections in the realms of security, economy, education and more — but all relationships are fluid. During AFTAU's "Discover TAU: Campus and Beyond" mission just days before the American election pressing questions about the future of Israeli-American relations were on the minds of travellers and speakers alike.


Campus Day

Private meetings with top researchers and a chance to interact with outstanding students packed the agenda as the "Discover TAU: Campus and Beyond" mission visited the University's beautiful campus.



Renowned as a powerhouse of R&D, Israeli innovation has captured the world's imagination. Visitors flock to the "start-up nation" for just a glimpse of the phenomenon at work — but "Discover TAU: Campus and Beyond" travellers saw much more.


Social action

Although the pursuit of peace and security often dominates Israeli political news, members of AFTAU's "Discover TAU: Campus and Beyond" mission were intrigued to learn about the country's burgeoning interest in social policies.



The only degree-granting film program in Israel, TAU's Department of Film and Television is one of the world's most distinguished. Films by students and alumni garner Oscar nominations, and are regular award-winners at major international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, and Berlin.


Supreme Court

During a visit to Israel's magnificent Supreme Court building, guests of the "Discover TAU: Campus and Beyond" mission were invited into the privileged chambers of the Supreme Court justices by their newest member — Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, former Dean of the Buchmann Faculty of Law at TAU.


Our Itinerary

Our Special Guests

Prof. Michal Aviad
Department of Film & Television, TAU

Justice Daphne Barak-Erez
Supreme Court of Israel

Aluf Benn
Editor-in-chief, Ha'aretz

Dr. Yechiel Elkabetz
Sackler School of Medicine, TAU

Prof. Israel Finkelstein
Department of Archaeology, TAU

Prof. Eitan Green
Department of Film & Television, TAU

The Hon. Ron Huldai
Mayor of Tel Aviv

Prof. Yossi (Joseph) Klafter
President of TAU

Prof. Shai Lavi
Buchmann Faculty of Law, TAU

Dr. Yossi Leshem
Porter School for Environmental Studies, TAU

Raphael Mehoudar
Hydroplan Engineering Ltd.

Prof. Fernando Patolsky
School of Chemistry, TAU

Prof. Dan Peer
Nanomedicine Laboratory, TAU

Dan Price
Azrieli School of Architecture, TAU

Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro
Sackler School of Medicine, TAU

The Hon. Nachman Shai
Member of the Knesset

Yaron Shani
Department of Film & Television, TAU

The Hon. Daniel Shapiro
US Ambassador to Israel

Prof. Asher Susser
Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, TAU

Prof. Asher Tishler
Dean, Faculty of Management, TAU

Dr. Eran Tromer
Blavatnik School of Computer Science, TAU

Read More About Our Special Guests

Our Group

Clement Erbmann — Chicago, IL
Merrie S. Frankel — New York, NY
Jay L. Gershman — West Hartford, CT
Jon Gurkoff — North Caldwell, NJ
Stevi Gurkoff — North Caldwell, NJ
Jonathan Markowitz — Chicago, IL
Gail Reiss — White Plains, NY
Timothy A. Schlindwein — Chicago, IL
Richard Sincere — Chicago, IL
Marc Singer — Raanana, Israel and Florida
Karen Spero — Edwards, CO
Keith E. Spero — Edwards, CO
Ruth Wenger — Chicago, IL
Gail White — Delray Beach, FL


From videos and other media, I had a sense of what I might see here, but there is nothing like being here. It's phenomenal — the sense of history is here, and all that's modern is clearly here. My interests were driven more by the modern, as an investor who is interested in the role of different parts of the world in the overall global economy. Israel is a small country physically, but it's large in terms of impact.

—Tim Schlindwein, Managing Principal, Schlindwein Associates, LLC

Read Keith Spero's blog


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