AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY INC

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aka American Friends of Tel Aviv University   |   New York, NY   |  https://aftau.org

Mission

American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) is a United States-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) entity incorporated pursuant to the laws of the State of New York; with tax-exempt status pursuant to the US Internal Revenue Code. It is a national organization committed to supporting Tel Aviv University's vital role in Israel and the world. American Friends raises funds for the development and advancement of higher education, research and training at Tel Aviv University American Friends administers and invests US-based funds for the University, offering strategic guidance for advancing organizational priorities American Friends promotes TAU faculty and publicizes the achievements of TAU scholars, scientists and students, and produces events and lectures across the US to engage donors.

Ruling year info

1957

CEO

Jennifer Gross

Main address

8 West 40th Street 8th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Tel Aviv University American Council

EIN

13-1996126

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Tel Aviv University is the largest university in Israel and its commitment to interdisciplinary education more than any other academic institution. A robust curriculum promotes the diversity, culture and the best-in-class values of academia. Organizational needs and priorities are boundless. It's a university that breeds entrepreneurship and unleashes innovation and creativity. We have scientists and humanists and some of the best musical talents in the Middle East and the world. TAU is constantly in pursuit of expanding our capabilities to attract the best and the brightest and increase our global presence. American Friends of Tel Aviv University is the singular organization in the US dedicated to raising funds for TAU. We work industriously with faculty and researchers and support students across every discipline to expand their horizons and pursue excellence.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mandel Program for the Humanities in Engineering

This endowed program helps aspiring young scientists and engineers expand their cognitive boundaries and develop new perspectives. The four-year academic honors program accepts 20-30 of the top undergraduate engineering students each year for specialized humanities courses, seminars and mentoring by faculty and academics. It celebrates the interdisciplinary culture of which Tel Aviv University is so proud.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Students

An initiative to promote social activism and civic engagement in undergraduates. Through 35 accredited courses, students are taught the theory and practice of community involvement through experiential learning volunteer projects, and partnerships with NGOs, government bodies and other non-profits and community organization. Students will enter society with a greater social awareness and as influential catalysts of social change.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Students

Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine is Israel’s largest biomedical research and teaching complex, with 37 schools and departments; 27 research institutes; and 17 affiliated hospitals. More than 600 of its researchers and academics study cancer, in medicine and across a variety of related faculties and departments including: Bioinformatics, Psychological Sciences, Life Sciences, Exact Sciences and Engineering. The university’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer has led to 100+ patents and biomedical technologies.

Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, working with Phd students and post-docs, spearheaded the Morris Kahn 3D Cancer Research Initiative at TAU, printing malignant tumors in 3D to develop models of spontaneous melanoma brain metastasis. This novel approach enables her team to examine the involvement of various brain cell types in tumor development. It's a pioneering approach to drug development. A process that used to take months will soon take hours. The research is leading to the establishment of a Brain Tumor Research Center with other cancer researchers at TAU.

Population(s) Served
Students
People with diseases and illnesses

The Presidential Scholars Program has helped bridge the gap in Israel by promoting equal access to higher education. Students from Israel’s geographic, economic and social periphery, typically have less access to higher education than their peers. They come from all sectors of Israeli society: Arab, Druze, Jew, Israeli-born, as well as recent newcomers from Ethiopia, Russia, and beyond.

The Presidential Scholarship is an all-inclusive package. It includes full tuition, monthly living expenses, subsidized tutoring lessons, and a network of support from the TAU Ruth and Allen Ziegler Student Services Division. The program is also designed to increase social and professional engagement. Scholars volunteer their time and skills to community-based organizations that assist populations in need, acting as agents of change and representing positive role models for the people and communities they serve.

Most Presidential Scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and understand the prestige and opportunity that accompanies a Tel Aviv University education. 90% of Presidential Scholars graduate. Many of them enroll in master’s and doctoral programs. As TAU graduates they have access to better job opportunities and work at leading financial and legal firms, government offices, hospitals, education departments and high-tech companies.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center is a leading international beacon of excellence in cyber security research in academia, drawing attention and awareness to the field of cyber security. It enhances the worldwide reputation of TAU through its research publications, hosting Blavatnik Year-long Fellows and Visiting Fellows, and undergraduate, doctoral, and post-doc scholarships. It hosts conferences, seminars and workshops related to developments in the cyber field through collaborations with industry, the military, government and academia. These include the annual Blavatnik Cyber Security Conference and Cyber Week, collaborations with industry, military and academic leaders.

The Center's researchers and programs address key issues such as security software, attacks on hardware and software, cryptography, network protocols, security of operating systems, and networks as well as interdisciplinary research and the impact on national security, the impact on society, regulation, and the effects on business enterprise.

Its more than 50 faculty members and over 200 cyber researchers hail from many TAU faculties: Exact Sciences, Computer Sciences, Law, Engineering, Social Sciences, Management and Humanities.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Students

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program supports future generations of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math in the US and Israel and, over time, will foster greater collaboration and build bridges between two of the world’s most advanced scientific research powers. The Program enables the highest-achieving American post-doctoral researchers and graduate students to collaborate with eminent researchers at Israel’s top research institutions: Tel Aviv University; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology; and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

American graduate students and post-doctoral researchers are exposed to Israel’s cutting-edge research, and entrepreneurial and innovative startup culture. After completing their research in Israel, Zuckerman postdocs accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation. They serve as ambassadors of the unique ties between the US and Israel.

Zuckerman Scholars enjoy unique programming and activities specially organized for them by the host universities, such as touring, educational experiences, and social programs. They’re aimed at strengthening knowledge of and connection to Israel. The Program simultaneously bolsters Israeli research institutions by providing large-scale funding needed to develop top-tier research labs, projects, and programs.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

The David Berg Institute is the preeminent leader of legal history and law in Israel. It has played a role in every significant legal history activity held in Israel since its creation in 2009. It has underwritten research on topics related to its own unique agenda by awarding dozens of research grants to promising graduate students and faculty. These awards allow researchers in the field to pursue archival research; to present their work in conferences to publish articles, book chapters and books; and for students to complete their dissertations.

The Institute allocates several research grants to TAU faculty members and students each year and hosts 2-3 Israeli post-doctoral fellows working in legal history.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) is a national organization committed to supporting Tel Aviv University's vital role in Israel and the world. TAU is Israel's largest, most comprehensive academic institution, with nine faculties, 27 schools, 98 departments and research centers, institutes and chairs. American Friends (1) raises US funds for the development and advancement of higher education, research and training at Tel Aviv University; and (2) administers and invests these funds on behalf of TAU; publicizes the achievements of TAU scholars, scientists and students; and (3) produces, hosts and promotes TAU faculty through large and small-scale events and lectures across the United States.

-American Friends raises funds for the development and advancement of higher education, research and training at Tel Aviv University
-American Friends administers and invests US-based funds for the University, offering strategic guidance for advancing organizational priorities
-American Friends promotes TAU faculty and publicizes the achievements of TAU scholars, scientists and students, and produces events and lectures across the US to engage donors and prospects

Israel is the largest net exporter of human capital in the world. With help from American Friends, it's the largest investor in bringing that human capital home. More than 275 scientists and scholars have returned to Tel Aviv since 2010.

We believe their best work is ahead of them and it's better for them and for Israel if they do it in their own backyard. The University is making long-term commitments – delivering a creative, interdisciplinary academic environment and state-of-the-art laboratories; offering top-of-the-line graduate students and research associates with opportunities that are the best Israel has to offer.

Tel Aviv University has climbed the ranks and is breaking records in many categories. TAU is:


• Reuters “Top 100 Innovation University” (2019) at 91st place
• 8th among the top 10 schools globally for producing successful, VC-backed founders of companies, in a survey of over 13,000
entrepreneurs worldwide (Pitchbook 2019) – the only non-U.S. university to make the list
• 8th in the world for graduates who have established “unicorn” companies worth $1 billion or more (Sage 2017) – the only non-U.S.
university to make the top 10.
• 19th in the world for citation impact per faculty member in the 2020 QS rankings, according to U.S. News and World Report, citations
per faculty are the most widely accepted measure of university research strength and faculty productivity.
• 66th in the world and 1st in Israel for US patents (2018 NAI & IPO). Only 2 Israeli universities made the top 100 – TAU and Technion.
• 77th in the world, and best-in-Israel in both the number of research publications and the number of publications in the most
prestigious journals, according to the 2019 Leiden Ranking, another objective measure of research strength and standing.
• 1st in Israel for winning European Research Council (ERC) grants. Israeli researchers rank 5th out of 51 nationalities competing.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY INC

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
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Board chair

Clement Erbmann

First Analysis Corporation

Term: 2019 - 2022

Alan Aufzien

CEO, Quality Acceptance

Chaim Katzman

Founder/Chairman, Gazit Globe

Norman Lipoff

Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig

Arturo Constantiner

Physician

William Cohen

CEO, Dillon Yarn Corp.

Ben Williamowsky

Philanthropist

Joan Lessing

Philanthropist

Ari Wein

CFO, AFTAU

Jacqueline Simkin

Owner/President, Simkin Management Inc.

Melvin Katten

Founding Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Jack Feiler

President & CIO, Palisade Capital

Gaby Brill

Philanthropist

Joel Tauber

Tauber Enterprises; National Chairman Emeritus, AFTAU

Ricki Alon

Founder & CEO, Rimi Systems Integration

Nomi Ghez

Co-founding Partner, Circle Financial Group LLC

Jon Gurkoff

CEO, Ada Products Company, Inc.; National Chairman Emeritus, AFTAU

Michael Shaoul

Chairman & CEO, Marketfield Asset Management LLC; Treasurer, AFTAU

Alan Silberstein

President, Allston Associates LLC

Murry Zucker

Medical Director, United Behavioral Health

Gabriel Hamani

SEVP & Manager NY Branch, Bank Hapoalim

Ellen Horing

President & Founder, ETH Corp. and Highgate Partners LP

Gail Reiss

President & CEO, AFTAU

Harvey Rothenberg

Philanthropist

Richard Sincere

Chairman & CEO, Sincere & Co. LLC

Gil Arie

Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Lisa Aufzien

Philanthropist

Leslie Benitah

Copy Editor, Challenges News Magazine

Yosi Benlevi

VP/Senior Counsel, Chicago Title Insurance Company

David Brand

CEO, Haynes Furniture

Hon. Ramy Djerassi

Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia PA

James Dubin

Managing Partner, Madison Place Partners LLC

Richard Edlin

Attorney, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Clement Erbmann

Managing Director, First Analysis Corp.

Dr. Kathy Fields

Entrepreneur

Dr. Allen Finkelstein

CEO, Bedford Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Isaac Fisher

Principal, Capital Realty Services, Inc.

Harold Kaplan

Partner, Foley and Lardner LLP

Vinna Katz

Philanthropist

Joseph Klafter

President, Tel Aviv University

Michael Leit

Philanthropist

Ralph Mandell

Philanthropist

Dr. Garry Rayant

Dentist, Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Shira Ronen

Founder & CEO, Spectrum Consulting SR

Harvey Rothenberg

Philanthropist

Dr. Marc Rothman

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Timothy A. Schlindwein

Managing Principal, Schlindwein Associates LLC

Michel Steinberger

President & Owner, Marble Arch Fine Arts

Dr. Rada Sumareva

President & Founder, Russian American Dental Association

Sara Summers

Philanthropist

Aaron Tartakovsky

Co-founder/CEO, Epic Cleantec

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No