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New York City
June 8, 2015

The American Friends of Tel Aviv University Dizengoff Society was officially launched on Monday, June 8, with 30 inaugural members. The Society recognizes benefactors who have contributed $1 million or more over their lifetime.

Co-chairs Bill Cohen and Joel Tauber led the celebration to honor the men and women who have opened their hearts to Tel Aviv University — philanthropists like Meir Dizengoff himself, who with faith, vision, and commitment have helped instill a passion and drive in this still-young University.

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The day started at the High Line with scholar-artist-curator Shehbaz Safrani, who introduced our group to the city's downtown art scene and dramatic new architecture on the way downtown to the new Whitney Museum. The tour continued inside. Shehbaz was joined by the Whitney's Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow Jennie Goldstein to take Dizengoff members through the permanent collection.

We headed uptown to La Boîte, a little biscuits and spice shop owned by Israel's own
Lior Lev Sercarz, spice blender to the stars. He's been in the pages of the Times,
Food & WineBon Appétit and NYMag; and worked with Daniel Boulud and Olivier Roellinger. Dizengoff members received a Master Class in spice blending and menu building. Bill Cohen talked about his family's commitment to TAU during brief welcoming remarks.

Our group then went around the corner for a La Boîte-infused, kosher-style, Middle Eastern dinner menu at Taboon, created just for them by Chef Efi Nahon and Lior. Joel Tauber toasted Dizengoff Society members and their next generations. Special guests at dinner included
TAU Recanati Business School Dean Moshe Zviran and TAU alum and serial entrepreneur
Liad Agmon.


What's Next

October 14-15
Los Angeles

Chara Schreyer will host a private tour of her personal art collection, featuring the works of Sol Lewitt, Jeff Koons, Jeff Wall, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, and Fred Sandback. Ms. Schreyer has been on the ArtNews Top Collectors list for years. The reception will take place in her new Los Angeles home, which has been featured in Architectural Digest. Ms. Schreyer is the daughter of longtime Tel Aviv University supporter Max Webb. Contact Meredith Waltzer at 646.277.2099 or


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