1. AFHU Leadership

  • 1. AFHU Leadership
  • 2. Regional Offices
  • 3. Career Opportunities
  • 3.1
  • 4. AFHU Updates
  • 5. AFHU Awards
  • 6. Financial Statements

1. AFHU Leadership

Ingenuity Is Our Tradition. Knowledge Moves Us.

American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) is a national, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. We exist to connect the passions of Americans to the talent at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the world’s most distinguished academic and research institutions.

In addition to raising awareness and funds for the university, AFHU helps the university recruit and retain outstanding faculty, build teaching and research facilities, and provide scholarships and fellowships. AFHU’s support helps the university advance human understanding in myriad fields including agriculture, astronomy, energy, psychology, medicine, and more.

AFHU was founded in 1925 by American businessman and philanthropist Felix M. Warburg. Our rich history gives us the confidence to move forward with our mission. And we will never stop–because knowledge moves us.
Clive Kabatznik Board President I Chair of the Executive Committee
Marc O. Mayer Board Chair
Beth Asnien McCoy Chief Executive Officer
Executive Team
Elissa Fishman Chief Financial Officer
Glennys Huhn Chief Human Resources Officer
Eileen Hume Chief Marketing Officer
Monica Loebl National Director of Development
National Officers
Frances R. Katz Vice Chair of the Board | Assistant Treasurer
Richard S. Ziman Vice Chair of the Board
Kenneth L. Stein Vice President | Investment Committee Chair
Ronald M. Zimmerman Vice President
Joshua M. Olshin Treasurer | Budget and Finance Committee Chair
Pamela N. Emmerich Secretary
Richard D. Weinberg Assistant Secretary
Marc O. Mayer Chair of the Board
James Matanky National Campaign Chair
Michael Lobel Audit Committee Chair
Ira Lee Sorkin Nominations Committee Chair
Emma Joels Grants Committee Chair

2. Regional Offices

Southeast Region
100 West Cypress Creek Road
Suite 865
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
T: 561.750.8585
Midwest Region
20 N Wacker Drive
Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60606
T: 312.329.0332
Judith Shenkman
Executive Director
Mid-Atlantic Region
5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Suite 250
Washington, DC 20016
T: 202.363.4600
Maggie Bolstad
Executive Director
Western Region
16633 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 715
Encino, CA 91436
T: 310.843.3100
Sheri Kaufer
Executive Director
Pacific Northwest Region
180 Grand Avenue
Suite 955
Oakland, CA 94612
T: 415.299.8691
Jeremy Benjamin
Executive Director
Northeast Region
199 Water Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
T: 212.607.8510
Suzanne K. Ponsot
Executive Director
Philadelphia Office
T: 215.330.6722
Rachel Sigman
Philadelphia Director
Philadelphia Office
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3. Career Opportunities

If Knowledge Moves You, Come Join Us.

We are always on the lookout for talented people. If you’re seeking to advance innovation and knowledge in the world by supporting the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, check out the opportunities below.

3.1 Testimonials

Judith Shenkman

"It is a privilege to work for AFHU and represent the Hebrew University every day. The Hebrew University’s academic excellence and scholarship is so inspirational and making this world we live in a better place! I feel so lucky to work with people who are so dedicated. I couldn’t do what I do without feeling so passionate about the place I work for and people I work with. "

Laura Abrams

"At AFHU, I have the pleasure and honor of connecting people to their passion. Whether it’s cancer research, curing Alzheimer’s disease, or supporting students on scholarship, the Hebrew University is one of the world’s most comprehensive and innovative centers. From the cutting-edge research, to the dynamic professors, to the energetic students, there is no other place that brings together such powerful minds and such passionate energy. "

Maggie Bolstad

"Spending time with the members of the Hebrew University faculty and the brilliant researchers is a privilege. We get to listen to them discuss the work to which they’ve devoted their lives and then get to introduce them to the members of our communities who want to help them succeed. It’s like making a shidduch, except that shidduch could lead to a cure for cancer."

4. AFHU Updates

AFHU News Vol. 25

Past Publications
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2019 Annual Report

Past Publications
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5. AFHU Awards

Awarding Brilliance

National Scopus Award
The National Scopus Award is the highest honor conferred by AFHU. Named for Mount Scopus, where Hebrew University’s first cornerstones were laid in 1918, the award has come to symbolize the university’s highest ideals.

Torch of Learning Award
This award honors leading individuals who have influenced the course of higher learning in the United States (U.S.) and Israel.

Judah L. Magnes Award
Named for Rabbi Judah L. Magnes, one of the original founders and HU’s first President. The Judah L. Magnes award is conferred upon individuals for outstanding contributions to education and cultural life in the U.S. and Israel.

Maimonides Award
Established in 2005, the Maimonides Award honors philanthropic commitment to pioneering medical research at HU.

Einstein Award
AFHU’s Einstein Award pays tribute to leaders who have made a profound, far-reaching impact on the course of modern science and technology and whose philanthropic activities improve the lives of people internationally.

Leaders of Distinction Award
This honor is awarded to leaders and humanitarians who have made an impact in their local communities and on behalf of the State of Israel. They are dedicated to fostering Jewish life, and benefitting humanity in lasting ways.

6. Financial Statements

We Are Transparent With Our Finances

American Friends of the Hebrew University, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, has an independent lay-led national Board of Directors comprising dedicated professionals and civic and Jewish community leaders from throughout the United States. Each year, AFHU is audited by the accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP.
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