American Friends of The Hebrew University will commemorate several upcoming milestones in 2015:
The 90th Anniversary of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the university that built the nation of Israel, was founded on Mount Scopus in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Weizmann and Martin Buber. Opened in 1925, The Hebrew University is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot. As one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, Hebrew University enrolls more than 23,000 students from Israel and 70 additional countries in its seven academic Faculties in the Humanities, Science, Law, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Dental Medicine, and Medicine. Faculty and alumni of The Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes in one decade.
The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace was the first, and is the largest, research institute in Israel and the Middle East that studies advancing peace in the region. The Truman Institute focuses on the states of the Middle East as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its researchers also study Asia, Africa, and Latin America; examining them from an interdisciplinary approach – historical, cultural, psychological, political and socio-economic. The Truman Institute highlights the value of tolerance and dialogue in advancing peaceful co-existence among peoples and nations. The Institute was founded in 1965 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the personal support of the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
The Truman Institute offers dynamic programs and activities to help foster understanding, discussion and debate on the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians and the citizens of the developing world.
The 100th Anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
Professor Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for his contribution to theoretical physics and especially for his discovery of the photoelectric effect. Albert Einstein, father of the theory of relativity, is considered the greatest scientist of all time. His theory of general relativity is the basis for our understanding of the universe and its development. His scientific achievements changed the physical worldview and opened the way towards new theories, both in the realms of the tiny atom and the vast universe. His many achievements gave us a better understanding of the world and brought about many technological developments which have influenced modern life.