The 86th Hebrew University Board of Governors’ Meeting

The 86th Hebrew University of Jerusalem Board of Governors’ (BOG) meeting—a long weekend filled with informative meetings, fascinating lectures, moving ceremonies, and entertaining events—took place in Jerusalem from June 10-13, 2023. The BOG is not only a time for the university to conduct important business, but also serves as a meeting place where board members, dedicated partners, and philanthropic supporters from around the world gather to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

With this year’s theme of Sustainable Planet, the 2023 BOG focused on Hebrew University’s (HU) commitment to a sustainable university and spotlighted the many HU research breakthroughs that are helping to build a more sustainable future. Highlights included Sunday’s trip to the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment on the university’s Rehovot campus, which included a visit to HUJI Market, where BOG attendees were able to enjoy some of the ways the Smith Faculty is helping Israel and the world grow tasty, nourishing, and sustainable food. The day’s presentation of the President’s Report highlighted the university’s academic achievements and featured a delicious, sustainability-themed lunch for attendees. The day concluded with a festive cocktail reception where partygoers enjoyed a range of tempting morsels that were developed, grown, and harvested at Smith Faculty facilities.

Monday featured a celebration that honored HU Benefactors, as well as ceremonies where honorary fellowships and doctorates were conferred. The day closed with convocation, followed by special events held by various international friends’ organizations.

On Tuesday, HU honored the generosity of its many friends through Wall of Life, Legacy Tree, and Wall of Founders dedications. After a morning of beautiful and moving ceremonies on the Mt. Scopus campus, BOG attendees traveled to the Edmond J. Safra Campus to witness the presentation of this year’s highly competitive Asper Prize startup award to Avertto, a startup in the health field. Finally, the dedication of the Marie and Jose Mugrabi Albert Einstein House, a new museum focusing on the world-famous physicist and one of HU’s Founders, capped the event-filled BOG.