1. AFHU Leadership

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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). 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.
Marc O. Mayer Board President
Daniel I. Schlessinger Chairman
Beth Asnien McCoy National Executive Director
Executive Team
Elissa Fishman Chief Financial Officer
Glennys Huhn Chief Human Resources Officer
Eileen Hume Chief Marketing Officer
Monica Loebl National Director of Development
Dan M. Rutberg Chief Operations Officer
National Officers
Mark R. Gordon Vice Chair of the Board
Francis R. Katz Vice Chair of the Board | Assistant Treasurer
Richard S. Ziman Vice Chair of the Board
Charles H. Goodman Vice President
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 | Alumni Committee Chair
Richard D. Weinberg Assistant Secretary
Marc O. Mayer Chair of the Executive Committee
James Matanky National Campaign Chair
Michael Lobel Audit Committee Chair
Ira Lee Sorkin Nominations Committee Chair
Emma Joels Grants Committee Chair
Daniel I. Schlessinger Compensation Committee Chair

2. Regional Offices

Southeast Region
100 West Cypress Creek Road
Suite 865
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
T: 561.750.8585
Sherri Siskin
Executive Director
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
Frandee R. Woolf
Executive Director
Philadelphia Office
T: 215.330.6722
Seth M. Bloom
Philadelphia Director
Philadelphia Office
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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
Tali Siegal
Executive Director
Northeast Region
One Battery Park Plaza
25th Floor
New York, NY 10004
T: 212.607.8510
Suzanne K. Ponsot
Executive Director

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

David Pina

"It’s an honor to work for an organization that supports a university that does so much good for the world. Most of all, I enjoy working with my colleagues here and around the country who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for over 20 years."

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."

Tali Siegal

"At AFHU I have the unique opportunity to work with the Hebrew University’s world-class researchers and academics and to collaborate with dedicated local philanthropists, all for the benefit of Israel and the global community. I’m grateful for the daily professional and personal growth, and to be able to lead with a strong sense of purpose."

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.

Sports Torch of Learning Award
The Sports Torch of Learning award was created to memorialize the eleven Israeli athletes who were murdered during the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. The award honors their memory and recognizes outstanding American leaders in the field of sports.

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.

S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal
Named for Israel’s first Nobel laureate, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, and presented to distinguished leaders for outstanding contributions to educational, cultural or intellectual life in the U.S. and Israel. The Agnon Gold Medal symbolizes HU’s highest standards of intellectual achievement.

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.

The Truman Peace Prize
The Truman Peace Prize was established by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at HU. The prize honors the commitment of the university to the cause of world peace. It recognizes the importance of peace to Jerusalem and to all Jewish people. The prize is awarded only to outstanding leaders and activists who have supported global peace efforts.

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