University of Haifa 2015 Honorary Degree Recipients

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree, honoris causa, was presented to the following recipients during the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa on June 2,2015.

Robert Alter PhotoProfessor Robert Alter – Prof. Robert Alter, a internationally renowned expert on Hebrew and comparative literature, has taught at the University of California, Berkeley , since 1967. The author of 23 books, his “The Art of Biblical Narrative” won the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought.


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Noah Klieger is a Israeli sports writer and history journalist who has been a leader in publicizing European basketball for more than 60 years. A proud Holocaust survivor, he is a passionate speaker and tireless Holocaust educator.



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Professor Carol Padden is a expert on deaf culture and American Sign Language.  A professor at the University of California, San Diego for more than 30 years, she has been both a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.


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Orna Porat is a distinguished Israeli actress and winner of the Israel Prize. She founded The Orna Porat Theater for Children and Youth in 1970, Israel’s premier repertoire theater for the young audiences, and helped establish the ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People.




Felix Posen PhotoFelix Posen is the Founder and President of the Posen Foundation in the firm belief that education can facilitate and inspire meaningful change in Jewish life and a deeper understanding of Jewish identity. The foundation aims to make the study of Judaism as culture accessible to as many groups and communities in Israeli society as possible. It supports Jewish Culture Studies at the University of Haifa.



Shira and Jay Ruderman, are founders of the Ruderman Family FouRudermans on stage IMG_6153ndation which focuses primarily on two issues: disability advocacy in the Jewish community, and strengthening the relationship between Israelis and American Jews. In 2013 they established the Ruderman Program in American-Jewish Studies, an International Master’s Program and the first of its kind in Israel.

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