About Afhu

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.

AFHU LEADERSHIP

Leadership

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Clive Kabatznik
Board President
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
RONALD M. ZIMMERMAN
Vice President
JOSHUA M. OLSHIN
Treasurer
Budget and Finance Committee Chair
PAMELA N. EMMERICH
Secretary
Incoming Nominations Chair
RICHARD D. WEINBERG
Assistant Secretary
MARC O. MAYER
Chair of the Board
Investment Committee Chair
JAMES MATANKY
National Campaign Chair
MICHAEL LOBEL
Audit Committee Chair
EMMA JOELS
Grants Committee Chair

HONORARY PRESIDENTS

Stanley M. Bogen
Marc O. Mayer
George A. Schieren
Daniel I. Schlessinger
Ira Lee Sorkin

HONORARY CHAIRS OF THE BOARD

Stanley M. Bogen
Marc O. Mayer
George A. Schieren
Daniel I. Schlessinger
Ira Lee Sorkin

Regional Offices

CONTACT

180 Grand Avenue
Suite 955
Oakland, CA 94612

T: 415.299.8691
E: [email protected]



JEREMY BENJAMIN

Executive Director

CONTACT

16633 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 715
Encino, CA 91436

T: 310.843.3100
E: [email protected]



SHERI KAUFER

Executive Director

CONTACT

20 N Wacker Drive
Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60606

T: 312.329.0332
E: [email protected]



JUDITH SHENKMAN
Executive Director

CONTACT

5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Suite 250
Washington, DC 20016

T: 202.363.4600
E: [email protected]



MAGGIE BOLSTAD

Executive Director

CONTACT

199 Water Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10038

T: 212.607.8510
E: [email protected]



SUZANNE K. PONSOT
Executive Director

CONTACT

Northeast Region
American Friends of the Hebrew University 
2100 Arch Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

T: 215.330.6722
E: [email protected]



RACHEL SIGMAN
Director, Philadelphia

CONTACT

100 West Cypress Creek Road
Suite 865
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

T: 561.750.8585
E: [email protected]



MONICA LOEBL
National Director of Development

AFHU LEAD

AFHU LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

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 innovations, 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.

FACULTY

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.

Press releases and Updates

AFHU’S HISTORY

Our History is Our Foundation.

Stepping forward with confidence is easier when you know where you’ve been. Felix Warburg founded American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) in 1925. Since then we’ve celebrated many milestones that have marked our impact on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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.

2019

2019 AFHU 990

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2019 AFHU Audited Financial Statements

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2019 Annual Report

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2019 Pooled Endowment Fund

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2018

2018 AFHU 990

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2018 AFHU Audited Financial Statements

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2018 Annual Report

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2017

2017 AFHU 990

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2017 AFHU Audited Financial Statements

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2017 Annual Report

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2016

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2016 Annual Report

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2015

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2015 Annual Report

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2014

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2014 Annual Report

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2013

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