Given the current situation in the Middle East, Israel needs us now more than ever. Amidst these turbulent times, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem stands as a beacon of hope, offering students a world-class education and enabling economic and social mobility for young people from all walks of life.

Your participation in our events provides much-needed support for the Hebrew University community and ensures that vital research and teaching continues, even during the darkest of days.

Together, we can make a positive difference and secure a brighter future for Israel and its people.

Join us on Sunday, March 3 for the 2024 Leaders of Distinction in West Palm Beach, FL.

Honoring Ety Alcalay, Sherry Norris & John Bauman, Jane & Dr. Peter Feinstein, Rina Frankel, and Annette Pakula at an exceptional venue (location to be disclosed upon registration) alongside special guest Ambassador Yossi Gal, Hebrew University’s VP for Advancement and External Relations. This will be an inspirational and meaningful night.

This year’s Leaders of Distinction will raise funds to support student scholarships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the We Are One fund, an emergency campaign to support HU students, faculty, and their families affected by the war and its aftermath.

If you are unable to attend but still would like to make a donation, please click here.

 If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Laura Abrams at 561.948.3344 or at [email protected].

The American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) is a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity; to the extent that you support AFHU’s mission through a charitable contribution, you may be entitled to a tax deduction. Please be aware that the $250 per person registration fee (couvert portion of the ticket) for the Leaders of Distinction Event is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Additionally, you may not use a donor-advised fund, a charitable IRA, or appreciated securities to purchase your registration fee (couvert portion of the ticket). Please consult your tax advisor to determine whether that cost may be deductible under another provision of the Internal Revenue Code.


Ambassador Yossi Gal is Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations at the Hebrew University, and a career diplomat who most recently served Israel as the nation’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989). He served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. He has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the French and U.S. media.