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Byzantine Mosaic Unearthed at Ashdod-Yam in Israel
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Children's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke May Be Vastly Underestimated by Parents
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Your Stress and Mine
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Dear Friends,

The snow is beginning to fall in the Northeast and Hanukkah is upon us. For me, that means time to reflect on what a great year 2017 was for American Friends of Tel Aviv University and for those of us who have had the good fortune to be part of this great organization.

I'm continuing to play back last week's AFTAU Gala in my mind. Steve Tisch and the other speakers spoke about their connection to the University and how that connection changed them. Their words reminded me how very grateful I am to be involved in this endeavor.

People talk about the hallowed halls of academia ... and we imagine the echo of the footsteps of one lone student. It's a movie classic.

It's also the opposite of Tel Aviv University. TAU is bustling with energy, excitement, new ideas and new takes on old ideas. It feels magical and somehow effortless, even when we know the hours and days and years that go into every new discovery.

But honestly, seven years ago, American Friends had some catching up to do.

That was when Gail Reiss started her tenure at AFTAU. Today, she and her terrific professional staff are working alongside an incredibly strong lay leadership board to transform this organization from a startup to a sophisticated charity. Virtually every day, our donors are making the kinds of commitments that are changing the futures of students, professors, researchers, and entire departments.

My National Chairman predecessors Alan Aufzien, Bill Cohen, Jon Gurkoff and Joel Tauber deserve enormous credit for this transformation. Our board reflects their vision — people who know that every hour spent working for Tel Aviv University will make a difference in this world.

We're working with TAU President Prof. Yossi Klafter to help make a great university even greater — through international collaborations that are driving groundbreaking scholarship and research.

There is one more person who I have to credit in this transformation — Harvey Krueger, of blessed memory. Without Harvey's drive and commitment, it might have taken a lot longer to build AFTAU into what it is today. Eight months have gone by since Harvey passed, but his wisdom still resonates within me.

As we enjoy this season and invest in a university where we can change lives, let us be thankful that we are given an opportunity in our lives to make a difference to others.

Happy Hanukkah,

Richard Sincere
National Chairman




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