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PIONEERING THE FUTURE American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

ANNUAL MEETING OCTOBER 16 TO 17, 2017 | New York City

JOIN US… As Israel gears up for its 70th birthday in the spring of 2018, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev gathers in New York City to celebrate the wonders of the modern State of Israel and BGU and we hope you will join us! On Monday afternoon we will hear about breaking news and ongoing developments at BGU from Prof. Rivka Carmi, M.D., our University’s inspiring and visionary president, now in her 12th year.

Our evening will be spent enjoying the company of like-minded BGU supporters at a reception and dinner in a historic 1890s Czech social hall on the Upper East Side, with a talk by Dr. Natan Sachs, director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Tuesday morning is our opportunity to be university students again, learning from three world-class BGU researchers in fields as diverse as Jewish thought, public policy and sociology of health. Of course the get-together will also include board committee meetings and a business meeting of the full board during which we will meet and hear from Doug Seserman, AABGU’s new chief executive officer. And while the board meets, spouses and guests are warmly invited to a lunch and seminar about the current economic climate and its impact on philanthropic giving.

Finally, the AABGU staff has graciously curated a wonderful guide to what’s happening—Jewishthemed and general—in New York City around the time of our meeting, including walking tours, films, new exhibits, special lectures, theater, and even some new Israeli dining experiences. See pages 7 through 10 of this brochure for these interesting opportunities and consider extending your visit—before and after. I look forward to seeing you in October!

Toni Young, President


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Except where noted by an asterisk, all events and activities are open to registered attendees. See pages 4 through 6 of this brochure for program details.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Investment Committee*

12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Board Development Committee*

Medical School for International Health (MSIH) Advisory Committee*

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exclusive Briefing Prof. Rivka Carmi, M.D. President, Ben-Gurion University

6:30 p.m.

Reception and Dinner

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

AABGUniversity: BGU Faculty Lectures Light Breakfast Welcome and Introduction of BGU Faculty Class Period I Class Period II

12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

National Board of Directors Business Meeting*

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seminar and Lunch The Current Economic Climate and its Impact on Philanthropic Giving

*Open to committee/national board members only. Includes lunch.



MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 EXCLUSIVE BRIEFING BY PROF. RIVKA CARMI, M.D. In her 12th year as president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Prof. Rivka Carmi, M.D., will provide insight into major initiatives connected with the University’s strategic development and select research areas, including: • A  pplying BGU’s expertise in cyber technology to the fields of health sciences and self-driving vehicles • Launching a program in graduate legal studies • P  ursuing new initiatives supporting “healthy aging” to extend an active, independent quality of life for older people

RECEPTION AND DINNER REMARKS BY DR. NATAN SACHS As has become our tradition, we will spend Monday evening together for a festive reception and dinner—this time at the Bohemian National Hall on East 73rd Street. Emceed by Toni Young, president of AABGU, the dinner program will include a warm welcome to Doug Seserman, AABGU’s new chief executive officer, and remarks by Dr. Natan Sachs (pictured), a fellow and director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, the renowned and influential Washington, D.C. public policy think tank. Sachs’s work focuses on Israeli foreign policy, domestic politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S.-Israeli relations. He is currently writing a book on Israeli grand strategy and its domestic origins. Sachs has taught on the Arab-Israeli conflict at Georgetown University’s Department of Government, as well as research design for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown. Previously, Sachs was a Fulbright fellow in Indonesia, where his research included an empirical study of the behavioral effects of Islamic and national identities. He was subsequently a Hewlett fellow at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.





This series of BGU faculty lectures has become a favorite at AABGU national meetings—an opportunity to learn from BGU’s world-renowned experts and scholars. Participants choose two of three classes offered.



Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal

Prof. Guy Ben-Porat

Prof. Dani Filc, M.D.

Rosen Family Career Development Chair in Judaic Studies, Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought

Department of Politics and Government

Vice dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Chair, Center for Health, Society and the Humanities

Dr. Siegal’s research interests include aspects of Jewish-Christian interactions in the ancient world, comparing Christian monastic and rabbinic sources.

Dr. Ben-Porat studies religion, state and secularization; multiculturalism and public policy; conflict resolution; peace processes in Israel and Northern Ireland; ethnic relations; and business and politics.

Dr. Filc investigates politics and sociology of health; the right to healthcare; health inequalities; Israeli politics and society; populism; and Marxist and post-Marxist theory.




NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS BUSINESS MEETING This meeting is for members of the AABGU national board of directors and board nominees. Agenda to include:


• E lection of new board members and acknowledgment of retiring members • Proposed  2018 to 2020 Budget and Revenue Plan Review • W  elcome remarks by Doug Seserman, AABGU’s new chief executive officer

Doug Seserman Chief Executive Officer

Victor Livingstone Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Neal Myerberg, Esq. Principal, Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYC Take in the riches of New York City with these exciting walking tours, films, new exhibits, special lectures, theater, and dining experiences—some Jewish-themed, some general. For more information click on the location at the end of each listing.

SPECIAL EVENTS These events of Jewish interest take place just before, during or after the AABGU events. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 10:45 A.M. TO 12:45 P.M. JEWISH COMMUNITY OF COLONIAL NEW AMSTERDAM WALKING TOUR Trace the origins of Jewish settlement in New Amsterdam and learn about the battle for civil rights with Dutchman Peter Stuyvesant, the last director-general before the colony was returned to the British and renamed New York. Enjoy the original sites of Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, founded in 1687), America’s oldest congregation.

Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy >



GERMAN-JEWISH HISTORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY Roger Cohen, columnist for The New York Times and Berlin bureau chief from 1998 to 2001, shares his deep knowledge of German and Jewish cultures, exploring why the history of German-speaking Jews matters today, with a focus on modern disruption and discontent, the fragility of democracy, and the twin crises of conflict and migration.

JEWISH LIFE IN CONTEMPORARY GERMANY AND THE LEGACY OF THE HOLOCAUST Through personal stories, the 2016 film Germans & Jews explores Germany’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. After the film, Steven Sokol, president of the American Council on Germany, moderates a discussion with Rabbi Sonja Keren Pilz, who received ordination in Germany and now teaches liturgy at Hebrew Union College.

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History >

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History > TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 4:00 P.M. USING DIGITAL HUMANITIES TO UNDERSTAND THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE HOLOCAUST A profoundly “spatial experience,” the Holocaust involved not only the forced movement of millions of European Jews but also their confinement at sites specifically built for genocide. Paul Jaskot, professor of art history and director of the Wired! Lab, Duke University, addresses how perpetrators viewed their malicious building projects and how victims experienced them.

The Frick Collection >

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 7:00 P.M. JEWISH NEW YORK, 1917 When the United States entered World War I in spring 1917, how did New York Jews respond? Some facing military service sought to build new institutions to help Jewish soldiers while others opposed war and championed peace. A panel featuring historians Deborah Dash Moore and Ronit Stahl explores the era’s conjunction between military and urban histories and introduces two new landmark books.

American Jewish Historical Society >


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYC WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 6:30 P.M. GERMANS, JEWS AND SEX Cooper Union scholar Atina Grossmann, an expert in the Jewish historical approach to birth control and abortion reform in Germany, joins author-therapist Ruth Westheimer to explore two pioneering Jewish groups in Weimar Germany: physicians and psychologists who fought to decriminalize homosexuality, and Jewish feminists who led the movement for women’s sexual rights.

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History > THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 6:30 P.M. WHY MOSES MENDELSSOHN MATTERS Promoting secular education in a pluralistic society, philosopher Moses Mendelssohn paved the way for Jewish religious and secular freedom in Germany. The co-editor of the new book Moses Mendelssohn: Enlightenment, Religion, Politics, Nationalism leads a panel on how the same social tensions between religious commitment and cosmopolitanism still resonate today.

EXHIBITIONS These exhibits, both Jewish and general, are opening just before the October Annual Meeting. MODIGLIANI UNMASKED An exhibition of early drawings by Amedeo Modigliani—many shown for the first time in the United States. These works, acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron, illuminate how Modigliani’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew profoundly affected his artistic output. The Jewish Museum > September 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018 NEW DIMENSIONS IN TESTIMONY Revolutionizing the very essence of oral history, this exhibit enables visitors to have a “virtual conversation” with Holocaust survivors. Specialized display technologies and nextgeneration natural language processing provide an intimate experience with a survivor who offers personal reflections and answers direct questions about his first-hand experience.

Museum of Jewish Heritage > September 6 to December 22, 2017


Designed to offer an immersive, “as if you were there” experience, this powerful multimedia exhibition features recently declassified artifacts never before seen outside of Israel, revealing the secret history behind the capture, extradition and trial of one of the world’s most notorious, escaped Nazi war criminals. Museum of Jewish Heritage > July 16 to December 22, 2017

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History > 8


UNDER ONE ROOF Enjoy this entirely new exhibit in the Tenement Museum’s recently acquired building, featuring the stories of the immigrants and migrants who rebooted their lives in the decades following World War II and helped make the Lower East Side one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods.

Tenement Museum > Opens Fall 2017 MUSLIM IN NEW YORK: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery is exhibiting over 30 images from the collection of the Museum of the City of New York documenting Muslim New Yorkers from the 1940s to the current decade and showcasing the diversity of cultures and experiences within the Muslim community of this city.

JCC of Manhattan > September 1 to December 10, 2017

ITEMS: IS FASHION MODERN? This exhibit explores the present, past and future of 111 items that impacted social mores in the 20th and 21st centuries—everything from Levi’s 501s, Casio watches and the ‘little black dress’, to culturally charged items like the kippah and the kefiyyeh. Each item will be displayed in its incarnation within the last 116 years along with its historical and possible future archetype.

The Museum of Modern Art > October 1, 2017 to January 28, 2018 RODIN AT THE MET To celebrate the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death, nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas, representing 100 years of gifts and acquisitions to the Met, will be displayed alongside paintings of his most admired contemporaries. An adjacent gallery showcases some of the master sculptor’s drawings, prints, letters, illustrated books, and personal photographs.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art > September 16, 2017 to January 15, 2018

DELIRIOUS: ART AT THE LIMITS OF REASON 1950 TO 1980 To reflect the social and political unrest between 1950 and 1980, artists incorporated absurdity, disorder, disorientation, and repetition into their work. Divided into four sections—Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted—this exhibition showcases roughly 100 works of art by 62 artists. Ultimately, the exhibition asks: Is a good deal of postwar art simply calculated lunacy?

The Met Breuer > September 13, 2017 to January 14, 2018 CALDER: HYPERMOBILITY A rich constellation of key sculptures provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work as well as its relationship to performance. The exhibit includes early motor-driven abstractions, sound-generating gongs, and standing and hanging mobiles.

Whitney Museum of American Art > June 9 to October 27, 2017


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYC AI WEIWEI: GOOD FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS Inspired by the international migration crisis and its tense sociopolitical battles, the world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has created an ambitious, multi-site project, transforming a metal wire security fence into a powerful artistic symbol that reflects— physically and metaphorically—the psychic, social, and emotional barriers that divide us.

Public Art Fund –Multiple Sites > October 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018 ART AND CHINA AFTER 1989: THEATER FOR THE WORLD Spanning 1989 to 2008, the largest exhibition of contemporary art from China ever mounted in North America offers an interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art against the backdrop of the geopolitical dynamics at the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the rise of China.

Guggenheim > October 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018

THEATRE AND DINING Explore New York’s burgeoning Israeli culinary scene and take in a new musical that takes place in the Negev. THE BAND’S VISIT In this new musical based on the critically acclaimed film of the same name, an Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the Negev desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, locals take in the unlikely travelers. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.

The Ethel Barrymore Theatre > Previews begin October 7, 2017. Opening night is November 9, 2017. NUR: A NEW RESTAURANT BY MEIR ADONI Israeli celebrity chef and food-television personality Meir Adoni opened Nur, his first restaurant outside of Israel, in late April 2017. Enjoy the modern, bold and playful take on his regional dishes, including street food elevated to fine dining, classic dishes transformed for a modern palate, and some tasteexploding nods to Israeli and Jewish cuisine.

KUBEH At her newly opened West Village restaurant, Chef Melanie Shurka transforms kubeh, a meat croquette served fried or raw, into its Israeli-Kurdish incarnation: a matzoh ball-like dumpling made with dough from bulghur wheat, rice or chickpeas, filled with lamb, beef or vegetables and served in various broths. Also Middle Eastern mezes: tahdiq, the crispy bottom-of-the-pot rice; sabich bowls; and kibbeh, a deep-fried cousin of kubeh.

Kubeh > DIZENGOFF Named for one of Tel Aviv’s most iconic streets and opened in the famous Chelsea Market in late 2016, Dizengoff is modeled on the hummus stalls (hummusiyas) found on every corner in Israel. Enjoy the freshly made hummus topped with rotating seasonal garnishes like hot spiced lamb with pine nuts or avocado with harissa, plus hearth-baked pita, salad and Israeli pickles.

Dizengoff >

Nur >


EVENT INFORMATION ALL PROGRAMS AND MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT: UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK 130 East 59th Street (Between Lexington and Park Avenues) New York, New York Closest Subways 4, 5, 6 ( 59th Street) and N, R, W (Lexington Avenue /59th Street)

RECEPTION AND DINNER: Monday, October 16, 201 7 THE BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL 321 East 73rd Street (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues) New York, New York Closest Subways Q ( 72nd Street) and 6 ( 77th Street)

ACCOMMODATIONS For your convenience, AABGU is holding a limited number of rooms with discounted rates at two hotels. The discount rates are available, space permitting, until September 15, 2017. Ask for the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev rate. THE KIMBERLY HOTEL > Offering spacious and elegant rooms with a traditional European flair. 145 East 50th Street (Between Lexington and Third Avenues) Nine blocks from UJA-Federation Reservations: 1-800-683-0400 Deluxe Room $315 Suite $359

THE FITZPATRICK MANHATTAN > Newly renovated, offering comfortable, modern amenities and personalized service. (Note: The Fitzpatrick Grand Central is a different hotel.) 687 Lexington Avenue (Between East 57th and 56th Streets) Two blocks from UJA-Federation Reservations: Online or 212-784-2520* Deluxe Room $297 Suite $367 *Reservations for nights before October 13 and after October 18 must be made by phone.

ATTIRE Daytime events and meetings are business casual. Monday evening’s reception and dinner are business attire. All events will be held indoors.


REGISTRATION Advance registration is mandatory. Please register as soon as possible, no later than Friday, September 15, 2017. To register visit There is no charge for the Annual Meeting events and meals. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.




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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For additional information, or if you have questions about the program contact your AABGU regional office: GREAT LAKES REGION Chicago, IL [email protected] 847-983-3630

GREATER FLORIDA REGION Boca Raton, FL [email protected] 561-705-0117

GREATER TEXAS REGION Houston, TX [email protected] 713-522-8284

MID-ATLANTIC REGION Philadelphia, PA [email protected] 215-884-4510

NORTHWEST REGION San Francisco Bay Area, CA [email protected] 415-927-2119

SOUTHWEST REGION Los Angeles, CA [email protected] 310-552-3300

GREATER NEW YORK REGION New York, NY [email protected] 646-452-3703 NEW ENGLAND REGION [email protected] 800-962-2248, ext. 2102 WASHINGTON/ BALTIMORE REGION Bethesda, MD [email protected] 240-482-4844

COMMITTEE MEETINGS For additional information about committee meetings contact: Board Development Committee Investment Committee MSIH Advisory Committee

[email protected] 646-452-3699 [email protected] 646-452-3690 [email protected] 646-452-3693



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