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A New Alternative to "Practice Makes Perfect"
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IDEAS Immersion Program Hosts Six Startups from TAU in Chicago
Acceleration program partners with Chicago's 1871 Center to help budding entrepreneurs incubate startups. more


Citrus: From Luxury Item to Cash Crop
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A Social Aspect to the Inheritance of Differing Behaviors of Men and Women
New study from TAU suggests gender-specific behaviors can be inherited from social environment. more


Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Stress Drugs Taken Prior to Surgery May Reduce Metastatic Recurrence
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Cultural Activities May Influence the Way We Think
A new learning model may explain how culture helped shape human cognition and memory, TAU researcher says. more


Marine Vessels are Unsuspecting Hosts of Invasive Species
Half of the ships passing along the Mediterranean coast of Israel carry damaging ascidians, TAU researchers say. more





Dear Friends,

As I was driving from Nashville to Chicago last week I thought about how much I enjoy this time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is so crisp and everyone's excited to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. It's also the perfect time to reflect on last year and think about changes going forward.

That's when I decided to get off the highways — to take a couple of extra hours to drive through some wonderful small towns and luxurious farmlands on my way to visit Notre Dame. The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest and Notre Dame had recently launched a joint photo exhibit, "Building Bridges of Faith" ... 50 years of Papal Visits to the Holy Land.

It had been a long time since I've been there. My father would take us kids to all the Northwestern away games. I have these great memories of being in the big stadium and seeing all their famous coaches and players and the marching bands and cheerleaders.

The campus is still as beautiful as I remembered. The exhibit was on the first floor of the Theodore M. Hesburgh Library — which was easy to find because it's the university's tallest building and just a stone's throw from the football field.

My excursion was likely inspired a few weeks earlier. One of our truly exceptional board members established a collaborative program between Notre Dame, his alma mater, and Tel Aviv University. He created an academic relationship where none existed before.

Administrators, professors and students from both schools and across many disciplines will now form relationships and create opportunities that will benefit both campuses for years to come.

We have a healthy number of Tel Aviv University graduates on our AFTAU board. But most of our directors didn't go to school in Tel Aviv. And this collaboration model — developing programs between TAU and their own universities — is a wonderful way for American universities to better understand Israel in a BDS world. It also brings together researchers and scholars from diverse academic backgrounds to initiate challenging conversations about the world's more important issues. It's immediate and personal and fruitful.

Leaving Notre Dame that afternoon I imagined how these two extraordinary universities would work together to make a better world. And then I smiled to myself and thought, this is going to be a very good year.

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Richard Sincere
National Chairman


New York, NY
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Annual Gala
American Friends of Tel Aviv University honors Steve Tisch and The Steve Tisch School of Film & Television. For more information, email

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