National security, Middle East affairs and medical technological breakthroughs were top of mind during American Friends of The Hebrew University’s Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF). Hundreds of people attended this year’s conference at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach on Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), NATO’s 16 Supreme Allied Commander Europe and 15 Commander of the U.S. European Command (2009-2013), Head of U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009) and Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, took the stage as the 2017 ALEF Keynote Speaker for his address, “Beyond the Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk.”  Retired General Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon was also a featured speaker.

The day was about Israeli-Led Solutions to Global Challenges, kicking off with a morning discussion of “Middle East Affairs at a Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities.”  The afternoon panel discussion was on “Harnessing Technology to Save and Transform Lives,” by Dr. Galia Blum, The Institute of Drug Research, The Hebrew University; Dr. Inbal Goshen, The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), The Hebrew University; and Professor Shlomo Magdassi, The Institute of Chemistry and the Harvey M. Krueger Family Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, The Hebrew University. Special guests from The Hebrew University included Professor Menahem Ben Sasson, President, and Ambassador Yossi Gal, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations.

This year’s ALEF was chaired by Alan Cohn, Gail Meyer Asarch and Dr. James Satovsky, Dr. Maria Spinak and Benny Sterental.

A sponsor of the 2017 ALEF conference was Braman Motorcars.

Dr. James Satovsky and Gail Meyer Asarch

Dr. Maria Spinak, Amb. Yossi Gal

Barry and Leilane Mehler

Clive Kabatznik, Dr. Beno Michel

Donald Katz, Dorothy Wizer, Rose Weitz

Dr. Galia Blum, Prof. Shlomo Magdassi, Dr. Inbal Goshen

Elaine and Dr. Beno Michel, Martin Weinberg, Jane and Dr. Peter Feinstein, Roslyn and Dr. Avroy Fanaroff

Gail Meyer Asarch, William Meyer

Ike Sorkin, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Isabell Adler, Amb. Yossi Gal

Israeli Consul General Lior Haiat, Retired General Moshe Ya'alon, Amb. Yossi Gal

Martin Weinberg, Monica Loebl

Michael Kurtz, Amb. Yossi Gal

Norman and Barbara Wain, Amb. Yossi Gal

Ronald Zimmerman, Stanley Bogen

Political Panel Retired General Moshe Ya'alon, Amb. Yossi Gal, Adm. James Stavridis