Professor Alfred I.Tauber, Chairman, Board of Governors of the University of Haifa

Professor Alfred I.Tauber was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Haifa in 2013. He previously served on its Board of Governors.

A distinguished philosopher, medical ethicist, and historian of science, he is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Zoltan Kohn Professor Emeritus of Medicine, and  Director Emeritus of the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science, all at Boston University.  Since 2004, he has held a part-time visiting professorship at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches at the Cohn Institute for the History of Science and Ideas and supervises research in the medical school.Fred Tauber Photo CROPPED - 9-1-13

Professor Tauber’s academic pursuits are matched by his altruistic activities. With his sister, Ingrid Tauber, he directs the Tauber Family Foundation, which funds diverse programs in Israel and the United States for the care and rehabilitation of the mentally ill.  The Israeli Health Ministry has recognized and co-sponsored active partnerships with the Tauber Foundation in educational and research programs at the University of Haifa.  In addition, the Foundation established the Tauber Bioinformatics Center at the University for the development of new methods in genomics and proteomics.

In 2008, Professor Tauber received the Medal for Science, the highest honor awarded by the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, Italy.  In 2011, he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa from the University of Haifa.

A hematologist and biochemist by training, he served his internship and residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, followed by advanced training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston), and MIT.  He spent four years on the faculty at Harvard Medical School before joining Boston University School of Medicine in 1982.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Professor Tauber began a systematic study of the theoretical development of immunology, which evolved into broader studies of contemporary life sciences, bioethics, and general epistemology.

An authority on the philosophy of immunology, he published the first philosophical study of contemporary immunology in 1994, The Immune Self: Theory or Metaphor? A prolific author, he has published more than 125 research papers on immunology, biochemistry, and cell biology, and he has published extensively on 19th and 20th century biomedicine, the development of modern immunology, the doctor-patient relationship, and contemporary science studies.

Admiral (Ret.) Ami Ayalon, Chairman, Executive Committee of the University of Haifa

Ami Ayalon serves as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the University of Haifa’s Board of Governors, and has served with distinction in Israel’s military, government and public sectors. Mr. Ayalon received the rank of major general and served as commander–in–chief of Israel’s

Navy, where he earned Israel’s highest military honor, the Ribbon of Valor, while serving in the Navy’s Ami Ayalonelite Flotilla 13 commando unit. As Commander of the Flotilla, he was awarded the Chief of General Staff’s Citation for leading operations against terrorist cells in Lebanon. He is also noted for building up a strategic arm of Israel’s navy, the Dolphin submarine fleet. Admiral Ayalon served in Israel’s Navy for 32 years.

He was also the Director of the Shin Bet (Israel’s Secret Service), after being asked to do so by Shimon Peres, who called Admiral Ayalon in the middle of the night, two weeks after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He instituted a “Code of Ethics,” and is credited with rehabilitating the Secret Service.

Admiral Ayalon was a member of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, including service as a Cabinet Minister. He has written extensively about his vision for peace in the Middle East, and on Democracies Facing Terror. He has been widely quoted and interviewed in the international press.

Admiral Ayalon currently serves as Chairman of AKIM, the Israel Association for the Mentally Handicapped. He is also a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Admiral Ayalon holds an MA in Law from Bar-Ilan University, an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Born in pre-state Israel in Tiberias, his parents came to British Mandate Palestine in the 1930s – his mother as a young girl to study in Jerusalem, and his father emigrated illegally from Romania.  Admiral Ayalon is married and the proud father of three, and the doting grandfather of six.

Dr. Ron Robin, President of the University of Haifa

Ron Rubin CROPPED - 1-22-16 NYC Office“I am proud to begin my tenure as President of the University of Haifa,” said Dr. Ron Robin, “a place that was my academic home for twenty years. Our mission is to continue to advance the University of Haifa and to foster its position as a leading research institution with a meaningful and important social role”.

Dr. Robin succeeded Amos Shapira who guided the university for the past four years during a period of increased financial support from donors and major enhancements to the University’s laboratories and teaching facilities.

During his 20 years at the University of Haifa, Dr. Robin taught in the history department and held several official positions within the University, the most recent being Dean of Students. He later joined New York University where he served as Vice Provost and was responsible for establishing NYU international campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Dr. Robin holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of California at Berkeley (1986) and is author of six books on recent American history, the most recent of which was published this Fall.

Dr. Robin’s goal is to focus on interdisciplinary research in collaboration with leading global research institutions that will allow the University to develop varied areas of knowledge under the auspices of joint, innovative and unexpected “umbrellas” to foster breakthroughs. “My predecessors have done a wonderful job of recruiting excellent faculty members and I intend to devote resources and efforts to making the University a hub of excellence that will continue to draw the best researchers”, he stated.

His previous roles at the University and his many years as a faculty member have provided Dr. Robin with an in-depth knowledge of the diverse University student community, a community that is a mirror image of Israeli society. “The role of the University is to provide its graduates with tools based on academic knowledge and critical thinking that will allow them to occupy leading positions in Israeli society,” he says. “The composition of our student body is like a crystal ball that reflects an optimal scenario where different interests and lifestyles come together in one place to coexist with great tolerance, and allow for the type of freedom of thinking that is the basis for academic excellence”.



Gustavo Mesch, Rector of the University of Haifa

Twenty-eight years after graduating from the University of Haifa, Gustavo Mesch, is now Rector of the institution. “Our main goal is to continue to promote the University of Haifa as an institution of research,” says Professor Mesch, “and as the best institution of higher learning for its students.”


Professor Mesch succeeds Professor David Faraggi who forged international research alliances and attracted more international students to the University during his six years as Rector.

Professor Mesch received both his B.A. and Master’s in Sociology from the University of Haifa and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.  He came back home to the University as a Professor of Sociology and served in many roles, including Dean of the Herta and Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences for the past three years.

A world renowned expert in the field of technology and society, Professor Mesch’s research has focused on Cyber and society, social effects of new media, youth internet culture, internet crime and deviation, and parent-child relationships in the new media.

Professor Mesch has served as Chair of the Information & Communication Section of the American Sociological Association, and Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Focus, the official Journal of the North Central Sociological Association (U.S.). He also served as the editor of the section on Communications and Media in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Internet Association.



Abang Fidelis Abah

Abung AbahA Priest and psycho-clinician by training, Abang Fidelis Abah, began volunteering at a local Center for Children in Distress in Cameroon in response to a plea for help from the Center’s Director.  The Center provides shelter for orphaned and abandoned children, many from birth to 5 years of age. Abang quickly realized that these at-risk children needed access to professionals with training in child development, but Cameroon offered no academic programs in the field.

He found out about the University’s International MA Program in Applied Child Development through a local psychology network and immediately applied.  With no local governmental funding available, Abang received scholarship support from the University to attend the program.

“It was a miracle that I made it.  My country does not have this kind of information, and we need it,” explains Abang.  “The program is giving me the knowledge and tools needed back home to take care of these children.”  Abang is also excited about spending the year in Israel.  “I look forward to visiting in person many of the sites I read about in the Bible.”

Yaeli Cohen

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BA Student, Ofakim Honors Program

Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa

The Ofakim Honors Program provides full scholarships for students with outstanding individual potential and intellectual curiosity and permits them to follow a double-track course of studies towards a B.A.

It’s perfectly suited for Yaeli Cohen, who is not your typical computer science student. “In high school, I studied computer science and literature. After my military service in the IDF spokesperson’s unit, I spent time in Naharia and Acre volunteering in various educational frameworks for at-risk youth.”

“I came to the University of Haifa for the Ofakim honors program,” Yaeli explains, “which gave me the opportunity to combine a degree in computer science with the humanities.”

Yaeli believes that one of the exciting things about studying computer science is that you learn a fundamental way of thinking and problem solving. Once a week, she shares this type of thinking with a group of local students in the newly launched “Computer Science in the Community” program.

“We don’t just teach them coding or how to build a website,” she says. “They can learn that online. Our lessons are designed to stimulate their curiosity, help them identify problems, see patterns, and find solutions.”

Yaeli has a lengthy track record of volunteering with disadvantaged students throughout communities in the north and she is especially interested in encouraging girls to pursue careers in computer science. “There has never been a better time for women to enter computer science.”

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Mkonet Gadamu

“I was called up for 36 days of reserve duty with my unit during Operation Protective Shield,” recalls Mkonet Gadamu.  “After the war, when I returned to the University, I was very stressed about how I would be able to prepare for my final exams, having missed much of my second semester classes.”

To his pleasant surprise, Mkonet was met by unsolicited help from the University of Haifa – private lessons to bring him up to speed on his studies and financial assistance.  “My teachers came on weekends to meet with me to fill in the gaps.  It was touching and overwhelming,” he admitted.

Like many immigrants from Ethiopia, Mkonet has faced challenges and has learned to be resourceful.  He arrived as a young boy with his parents and eight siblings during Operation Solomon and was educated at the Yemin Orde Boarding School.  An alumnus of the Hatzor Glilit pre-army academy, where he served as a madrich for four years, Mkonet grew to love nature and respect the environment.

Now a graduate student in the Global Green MA specializing in sustainability, he sees environmental protection as one of Israel’s most pressing issues.  “I see myself working in the public sector, preferably energy related; this is where I can affect the most change.”

Mkonet is a recipient of the Rich Scholarship program and has been commended for his outstanding volunteer work with the Ministry of the Environment.  Having traveled abroad as a goodwill ambassador for various causes, Mkonet’s future looks bright with attractive opportunities.  With his typical modesty, he attributes his good luck to “just meeting good people along the way.”

Lian Nagmi

Having been diagnosed with a rare muscular disease when she was just 11 years old has not slowed down Lian one bit.

“Shortly after I got the diagnosis, I started to volunteer at a community center here in Haifa.  Volunteering helped me shift the focus away from my illness.  It felt good to help others.”  Lian smiles playfully when she explains that she does not let her illness interfere with her goals and she does not take no for an answer.

When she finished high school, Lian convinced her parents to let her go to Germany on a study abroad program.  The trip kindled her interest in politics and foreign languages.  When she returned to Haifa, she immediately applied and was accepted to the School of Political Science.  “I was nervous when I first arrived at the University, but the faculty members have been extremely supportive.  I love my studies!”

As an Arab-Israeli student, Lian appreciates the diverse atmosphere on campus and is delighted to take part in the University’s Jewish-Arab Community Leadership Program.  “I’m really pleased that the University encourages dialogue and promotes shared existence projects.  We need to build a better society here in Israel.  We need to thrive together.”

Rodin Napso

Rodin Napso is one of the University of Haifa’s few Circassian students.  He sees himself as a proud ambassador of his community and is steeped in the tradition’s folklore, native language and special history.  “The Circassian tradition embraces democratic values and teaches tolerance of all religions and ethnicities,” he explains.

Growing up in Kfar Kama, Rodin graduated from Kadoorie, a pluralistic high school that boasts Yitzhak Rabin among it alumni. He participated in a number of exchange programs, where he connected with other Circassian students in Germany, Turkey and Syria.  Rodin’s father was an IDF career officer for more than 20 years, and Rodin elected to serve in the IDF Education Corps.

“What really attracted me to the University of Haifa, in addition to the sheer beauty of the campus and its spectacular landscapes, is the multi-cultural composition of the student body,” notes Rodin.  “At the Faculty of Law, I study with students from all backgrounds — Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze.”

Rodin recently completed a BA in economics and received an ISEF scholarship.  It was only natural that after earning his degree in economics he would continue to a degree in law.  “I’ve always been the argumentative one in my family,” he jokes.   But he is very serious about his future goal of becoming an advocate for the Circassian community. “I hope that my dual degrees in economics and law will prepare me to lobby effectively and raise awareness for the rights of Circassians in Israel and around the world”.

Hiba Zaidan

Hiba PhotoBorn in Daliat el Carmel, a local Druze village, Hiba Zaidan decided to travel the road less taken.  “I come from a traditional family where women are generally encouraged to enter practical occupations such as teaching, engineering and medicine.  Very few people from my village go into research.”

After finishing at the top of her high school class, Hiba enrolled in the University’s Department of Psychology and is still here eight years later.  Now a doctoral student, Hiba is enthusiastic about her studies and the supportive environment at the University.  “I had offers to study elsewhere, but I like the collegial atmosphere in our lab and really appreciate the encouragement and accessibility of the faculty members.”

Hiba’s research, which garnered her a Presidential Award for Innovative Research, is focused on gaining a better understanding of how stress during pregnancy may have a long term effect on children and even grandchildren.  Discovering the neurochemical mechanisms underlying stress during pregnancy may one day enhance our ability to screen for risk factors for stress-related disorders and possibly lead to earlier remedial or preventive intervention.

When she is not in the lab, Hiba devotes time to volunteering with organizations that promote science education in the Druze community.


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Paul Amir

Throughout our lives, my wife, Herta, and I have supported academic excellence, and we understand that it’s important to create an educational environment where inspiration and innovation can thrive”.

A longstanding supporter of the University of Haifa and an esteemed member of the University’s Board of Governors, Paul Amir has made an indelible contribution to academic excellence through provision of scholarships for doctoral students and through his generous support of the physical and academic development of the University.

He underwrote the construction of the Herta and Paul Amir Social Sciences Building and the Arts Center Building, provided scholarships for academic excellence in brain sciences and supported the University of Haifa’s National Security Studies Center.  He is also a leader; his immediate response and show of support during the 2010-2011 Carmel Fire helped address critical safety and infrastructure needs at the University.

A businessman and philanthropist, Paul Amir was born in Slovakia, where he survived the Holocaust as a young boy, and emigrated to Palestine in 1946. With the outbreak of Israel’s War of Independence, he was part of a group sent to Kibbutz Yechiam in the Galilee, where he lived until 1960, when he moved to the United States. There he married Herta, and together they established Amir Development Co., a real estate company.  They now reside in Los Angeles.

The University of Haifa awarded Mr. Amir an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the strengthening and empowerment of education and culture in Israel and for advancing academic excellence.

Edith Everett

Edith Everett, co-founder and president of the Everett Family Foundation, whose priorities are education and young people, has been a staunch supporter of the University of Haifa for more than 30 years.

She has served with distinction as President of the American Society of the University of Haifa and has generously supported a variety of University educational initiatives.

Mrs. Everett and her late husband Henry have been actively involved in significant education projects in Israel for 40 years. Their first, helping create a school in the poor Galilee community of Hatzor, led to leadership roles with the Israeli Sci-Tech Schools (formerly ORT). Today ISTS is the largest network of schools and colleges in Israel, emphasizing science and technology in their curriculum, leading to successful careers for many of their graduates.

Edith Everett

Edith Everett

At 40 Mrs. Everett was senior vice president of investments at a New York Stock Exchange member firm.  She currently serves on a number of philanthropic boards including, American Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools (of which she is founder and chair), The Jewish Book Council, Joint Distribution Committee, Blaustein Institute for Human Rights, International Hillel and for 23 years she had been a board member of the City University of New York.

s. Everett has also been a board member of the City University of New York for 28 years. Being on the CUNY board, she explains  “brought me back to my basic, first and probably over-riding interest, which is education.”

Audrey Gruss

“I wanted to encourage more cutting-edge research at a faster pace by funding innovative research based on the principles of affective neuroscience, which integrates the fields of neuroscience (the biology of the brain) and affective science (the psychology of mood and emotions)”.

Suffering from a deeply personal loss, Audrey Gruss founded the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in memory of her late mother, Hope, who battled clinical depression for decades. “Although doctors couldn’t find a cure for my mother’s psychic pain in her lifetime I feel confident that, with the progressive direction of research and the encouragement of ‘outside-of-the-box’ scientific thinking, in my lifetime we will make significant strides, providing hope and help to everyone who is touched by depression,” Audrey explained.

Audrey-GrussFor her courage and perseverance in creating a research foundation to support her visionary mission, Audrey Gruss was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, by the University of Haifa.

With the belief that pioneering research can make a difference to hundreds of millions suffering worldwide, Audrey Gruss funded The Institute for the Study of Affective Neuroscience at the University of Haifa.  The Institute promotes original research, both basic and clinical, towards understanding the emotional brain and particularly the causes, phenomenology, mechanisms, and treatment of affective and related disorders.

Striving to increase cooperation and collaboration, the Institute encourages the sharing and dissemination of knowledge among scientists, laboratories and clinicians who study different aspects of affective disorders and related areas. This is achieved through funding collaborative research projects, creating scholarships for traveling students and scientists, and organizing research conferences.

A native of Lithuania, Audrey Gruss’ fund-raising and philanthropic efforts have both a U.S and an international dimension. She serves as president of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, which she and her husband established twenty years ago as a private philanthropic foundation to support a wide range of charitable activities, especially focusing on the cultural arts, education and medical research.

Maurice Kanbar

Maurice Kanbar

Maurice Kanbar

Asked what he is most proud of in the course of his eight decades, Maurice Kanbar quotes the Talmud: “He who saves one life saves the world.”

So although he owns more than 40 patents, and although he created SKYY vodka (sold to Campari International for $400 million), he is most proud of the Safetyglide hypodermic needle protector, a hypodermic needle protector he invented which reduced accidental disease transmissions to hospital workers by 95%.

“I’m the kind of individual that looks at everything with the thought ‘How can this be improved?’” he says. “In 1972, I’m in a 1,500-seat movie house, but only 120 people are there. I think, I could build four 150-seat houses in this location, and then if 150 people show up in each, I’m doing fine.” That year Mr. Kanbar created the QUAD Cinemas in New York City, the first multiplex theater on the East Coast. It was profitable the first month.

Mr. Kanbar strongly identifies with his Jewish heritage and passionately supports the State of Israel. “I’m culturally very Jewish. Even though I don’t go to synagogue every Sabbath, I am very, very conscious of what can we do to improve the stature of Israel in the world.”

At the University of Haifa, The Maurice Kanbar Natural Sciences Laboratory Complex, unveiled last June, will house Israeli scientists and provide space customized for researchers’ needs. Fittingly, they will be asking the question “How can this be improved?”

Sharon Nazarian

I believe that education is the most important catalyst for societal change and the vehicle to narrow Israel’s social and economic gaps. Through education, Israel’s citizens can ensure their country’s place among the world’s leading nations”.

Focus on education and public policy is core to Sharon’s philanthropic perspective. The daughter of Younes and Soraya Nazarian, Dr. Nazarian serves as president of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation, which supports educational initiatives in a broad spectrum of institutions and through a wide variety of avenues – academic, public policy, and community based social and artistic programs.

This spring, the University of Haifa dedicated a new, state-of-the-art, central wing of the Younes and Soraya Family Library and is completing expansive renovations to existing facilities thanks to a generous gift from the Foundation. The library is named in honor of Dr. Nazarian’s parents, a fitting honor for their vision and belief in providing both students and researchers the intellectual tools and resources they need to excel. The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library comprises over two million books and electronic research titles, making it the largest academic library in Israel.

Currently residing in Los Angeles with her three children, Dr.Nazarian is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department ofPolitical Science. She is also the founder of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA and Chair of its Advisory Board. The Center is housed in the International Institute at UCLA to provide a systematic and academic study of Israel.

Fulfilling her Foundation’s adage and priorities, “May your seeds be plentiful and your hand be open, ready to give,” Dr. Nazarian, through her leadership and her family’s generosity, is truly giving back to her family’s Jewish and Persian roots. In a moving spirit of remembrance, this year, the Nazarian family funded 119 student scholarships to honor the memory of the 119 soldiers lost in the 2006 Lebanon War, a touching and gratefully appreciated gift of collective remembrance.

 Click here to watch Dr. Nazarian discuss her personal reflections of the University of Haifa

Aaron Spencer

The week that Irma and I were sitting shivah, we were discussing ways to memorialize Cheryl when thedoorbell rang. It was the rabbi of our temple, and he told us of a recent visit of nurses from Haifa to Boston. Now, for more than thirty-four years, we’veinvested in the education of Israeli nurses. It could not have been a wiserdecision. Perhaps it was beshert or fate, we could think of no more fitting way to memorialize our daughter Cheryl’s legacy than to continue her inspiring work”.

Turning their personal tragedy into a pioneering vision, the Spencers helped to established and fund the Cheryl Spencer School of Nursing, a joint venture of the University of Haifa and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Inspired by the legacy of their daughter Cheryl’s compassion for people and passion for the art of nursing, the Cheryl Spencer School of Nursing has become a leading academic institute for nursing education in Israel.  Many graduates have gone on to serve in top managerial positions at hospitals throughout the country.

The Cheryl Spencer School of Nursing is committed to promoting high standards of professionalism among nursing practitioners in Israel. A highly qualified nurse who can provide a comprehensive response to clinical, technological, managerial, and psychological challenges of care, is the graduate we aspire to educate. On an international level, the Spencers recently met Dr. Anna Zisberg, a scholar who completed her degree at University of Washington and is now a key faculty member at Cheryl Spencer School of Nursing.

Each year, the awarding of Cheryl Spencer Memorial Scholarships for Academic Studies in Nursing, takes place in the Cheryl Spencer Auditorium, also a gift from the family.  Since its inauguration four years ago, the auditorium has become a center of social life and medical learning on the campus.

The importance of the Cheryl Spencer School of Nursing cannot be understated as Israel of the 21st century goes through intense social political processes with immediatehealth-related ramifications. A wave of immigration has introduced new healthcare challenges, Israel’s rapidly aging population has specific needs, and political and security turmoil take their toll on the physical and mental welfare of individuals and entire communities.  While Aaron Spencer’s generosity is centralized at the University of Haifa, the effects are felt throughout the nation.


Josh Weston

Josh Weston helped build Automatic Data Processing into an international computer service organization and a world leader companies in human capital management, including payroll and benefits management.  He was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for 16 years before retiring in 1998, and is now Honorary Chairman of ADP.

An avid proponent of education, Mr. Weston and his wife Judy have supported a variety of initiatives at the University of Haifa. The latest is a new school in Kiryat Bialik launched this fall by the University of Haifa, in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Leo Baeck Education Center.

Based on the pioneering Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), the school is designed to help students living in educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits needed to succeed in top quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond.

Mr. Weston remains active in business, currently serving on the boards of J. Crew, Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corporation and Atlantic Health Systems Inc.

He is also involved in numerous local, national, and international boards, including the Committee for Economic Development, Business Executives for National Security, the United Nations Association, the International Rescue Committee, and the Energy Security Leadership Council.  Mr. Weston also served on the President’s Task Force to Improve Veteran’s Health Care and the National Commission to Restructure the IRS.

Ruth Ziegler

In the world of philanthropy, Ruth Ziegler stands out for her vision, her humanitarianism, and her pacesetting generosity.  A passionate advocate for Jewish cultural and educational organizations here and in Israel, she has provided critical support for causes large and

The only child of a Reform rabbi, Mrs. Ziegler grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Southern California, where she met Allen Ziegler, a USC law school student.

They married in 1941 and, after serving in the Navy in the South Pacific, Allen returned home to enter his family’s business, now known as Westco Products Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of bakery ingredients.  During his lifetime, Allen’s enormous generosity advanced the efforts of numerous Jewish institutions.

Ruth Ziegler

Ruth Ziegler

Mrs. Ziegler’s profound concern for the welfare of others, her devotion to Jewish causes, and her intelligent approach to giving have become a model for philanthropists in Los Angeles and across the country.

For more than a decade Mrs. Ziegler has generously supported the Center for Jewish Education at the University of Haifa.  The Center is dedicated to the study, critique and advancement of Jewish, Israeli and democratic identity in Israel and abroad.

Among the other beneficiaries of her support are the American Jewish University, Sinai Temple, City of Hope, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, USC Hillel, the Los Angeles Retarded Citizens Foundation, and the Venice Family Clinic.

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