AFHU LEAD identifies, cultivates, and mentors the next generation of leaders for American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU). By engaging seasoned facilitators and brilliant Hebrew University researchers, AFHU LEAD connects future leaders to Israel’s premier research university, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Program

AFHU LEAD is an 18-month leadership training program that includes three U.S.-based sessions featuring in-depth leadership training, educational seminars, networking, and social opportunities. In addition, a week-long Israel experience, in which participants are hosted by the Hebrew University, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the start-up nation. LEAD webinars offer exclusive access to Hebrew University innovation, research breakthroughs, and new technologies designed for global impact, while mentoring and networking opportunities with influential AFHU and HU leaders provide unique access and entrée within the philanthropic and professional spheres.

Each AFHU LEAD cohort consists of 20 outstanding individuals from across the United States, who are interested in taking on meaningful leadership roles with AFHU.


AFHU LEAD engages brilliant Hebrew University researchers, faculty, and leaders to educate and immerse participants in the mission of the Hebrew University. In addition, leadership training facilitators provide hands-on tools and expertise so participants are prepared and equipped for future leadership opportunities at AFHU and beyond.


AFHU LEAD provides historical context on the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its pivotal role in the formation and continued success of the state of Israel. The curriculum also introduces participants to the ground-breaking research taking place today and how HU innovations are improving lives around the world. In addition, LEAD offers exclusive training opportunities designed to strengthen leadership skills.

Topics to be covered include:

  • High-Tech Innovation
  • Jerusalem’s Central Role in the Start-Up Nation
  • Israel’s Economic Transformation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Israeli Society and Politics
  • The Cannabis Revolution
  • New Frontiers of Medical and Brain Research
  • Advances in Agriculture
  • Albert Einstein and the Founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Strategic Approaches to Social Innovation
  • Leadership and Social Responsibility
  • Personal and Organizational Leadership
  • Special Receptions with Israeli and Hebrew University dignitaries
  • Unparalleled networking, knowledge, and memories!


AFHU LEAD is under the direction of Laura Abrams, Leadership Development Director. Laura works closely with AFHU’s national and regional leaders to identify and steward each cohort and ensure the program’s success.


AFHU LEAD participants are leaders, between the ages of 35-50, who have an interest in innovation, Israel, and global solutions that will change the world. These individuals are creative, forward thinkers, intent on making a difference, and have the drive and capacity to assume a leadership position. LEAD members are change agents driven to do well by doing good. Participants are not required to have previous AFHU experience or giving.

Cohort | Dates

Summer 2019: Nomination and Application Process
Fall 2019: LEAD Cohort I Announced
January 18-20, 2020: LEAD Seminar in Palm Beach, FL
June 8-14, 2020: LEAD Israel Experience in Jerusalem, Israel
November 7-9, 2020: LEAD Seminar in San Francisco, CA
May 1-3, 2021: LEAD Seminar in New York, NY


AFHU LEAD is fully funded through the generosity of donors and supporters who believe in the mission and future of AFHU. Upon completion of the program, there is a suggested contribution of $5,000 toward a LEAD class gift.

For more information or to apply, contact Laura Abrams, Leadership Development Director, at 561.948.3344 or [email protected].