CEO Emerita Beth McCoy Honored With 2023 Palm Beach Scopus Award

The Southeast Region of American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) celebrated Chief Executive Officer Emerita Beth Asnien McCoy’s dedication to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and commitment to Israeli higher education at the 2023 Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala, held on Friday, January 13th at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The event raised more than $1.1 million for the Hebrew University’s Center for Computational Medicine in Jerusalem. 

Named for Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, the National Scopus Award is AFHU’s highest honor and has come to symbolize the university’s highest ideals of achievement and leadership. Beth was honored with the Scopus Award for her leadership of AFHU since joining in 2003. She became CEO in 2014 and was succeeded by Joshua Rednik last year.  

“Tonight, we awarded the prestigious AFHU Scopus Award to Beth McCoy in recognition of her dedication to Israel and her significant achievements in support of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,” said National President Clive Kabatznik. “Under Beth’s leadership, AFHU has immeasurably improved in all key metrics, most notably fundraising and the public profile of the university in the United States.” 

Beth added, “AFHU has been my professional home for two decades, and tonight I feel fortunate and honored to be feted by my friends, relatives, and my Hebrew University family. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my tenure at AFHU than to help advance one of Hebrew University’s signature initiatives, the Center for Computational Medicine. I thank everyone who donated and participated in one of the most memorable evenings of my life.” 

Computational Medicine is a transformative approach to understanding and combatting disease by integrating computational data analysis and artificial intelligence methodologies into medical research and practice. The Hebrew University’s Center for Computational Medicine will stand at the forefront of Israeli healthcare, bridging the gap between data science and patient care by replacing a ‘one size fits all’ model of medical treatment with data-driven personalized health solutions. The new Center will provide vital insights into disease genesis, identify potential targets for therapy, and define protocols for prevention, all while preparing the next generation of computationally trained doctors and researchers. 

“Beth has had an illustrious career at AFHU and over 30 years as an accomplished leader in the nonprofit arena,” said Joshua Rednik, Chief Executive Officer of AFHU. “I have been fortunate to have her guidance and insight during my initial tenure as CEO and value the relationships she has helped me establish amongst our U.S. donor family,” he said, adding, “I would also like to thank our Dinner Chairs for their leadership and generosity: Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, Florence Kaufman, Roberta and Paul Kozloff, Elaine and Beno Michel, Annette Pakula, Lisa and Michael Rome, Barbara and Richard Rothschild, Judy and Robert N. Snyder, as well as Robbi and Bruce Toll. In addition, I thank our Event Chairs for their dedication and contributions: Marjorie and Robert Emden, Marjorie and Stephen Fiverson, Tina and Michael Lobel, as well as Jane and Ron Zimmerman.” 

The evening’s entertainment included an interactive performance by world-renowned illusionist and magician Adam Trent.