President Shapira was the featured speaker at an Educational Forum and Dinner at the Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. attended by more than 250 members and guests. The event was arranged and hosted by Annette Shapiro, a member of the ASUH West Coast Steering Committee.
President Shapira spoke to more than 250 at the Tamarisk Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Citing the diverse student population at the University of Haifa as a potential model for an Israel characterized by tolerance and co-existence, Shapira said, "If students from the IDF can share knowledge with a Moslem woman in a burka in classes than there is hope that society in Israel can get along. The University of Haifa," he explained, "is a mosaic for all of Israel society".
His remarks also included a description of the effects of the Gaza War on the campus last summer. One of his saddest responsibilities was to visit a grieving faculty member who lost his grandson in the war. "It's just not natural for a grandfather to bury his grandson," he said. For more on President Shapira's remarks, click here.
Distinguished UH benefactors Younes and Soraya Nazarian (seated) enjoyed dinner with President Shapira (left) in Los Angeles. ASUH National Executive Director Yefet Ozery and West Coast Director Sherri Morr are in the second row .
In Los Angeles President Shapira discussed a possible UCLA - University of Haifa Student Exchange program with UCLA Chancellor Eugene Block, thanked board members of the Magbit Foundation for their longtime support of scholarships for UH students, met with Amit Kleinberger, CEO of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, and updated Richard Sandler, President of the Milken Family Foundation, supporters of education and the arts in the U.S. and Israel, on research at the University.
President Shapira also briefed UH volunteer leaders and benefactors Maurice Kanbar and Arthur Wachtel in San Francisco.
Two New Historical Projects Launched at the
Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa
This photo of Haifa from the slopes of Mt. Carmel is one of the 142 photos of Israel in 1937-38 on the new Corporal Album website launched by the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library.
A new exhibit, Between the Trenches, displays items from faculty families relating to the First World War, which started 100 years ago.
We've Got Your Next Guest Speaker!
More than 20 University of Haifa faculty are on the West Coast this winter and spring on sabbaticals or serving as visiting professors at college campuses. These high caliber experts, in everything from child development to cancer research and geopolitics, are available to speak, without charge, at a gathering at your home or business, your synagogue, community center or organization. For additional information on available speakers contact Sherri Morr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going to Israel? -- Don't Miss the UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA
There is nothing like being there - to feel the energy of Israel's most pluralistic campus, to learn first hand about exciting research, to talk with today's students, to explore the state-of-the-art Nazarian Library and take a trip back in time at the incomparable Hecht Museum of Archaeology. The University will even make expert speakers available to meet with your group elsewhere in Israel. There is no cost for these opportunities. We want you to experience, first hand, the University that is Energizing Northern Europe. Contact Sherri Morr at email@example.com for further information.