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Award-Winning Story Spotlights A4BGU

Award-Winning Story Spotlights A4BGU

July 11, 2022

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Intermountain Jewish News Piece Wins American Jewish Press Association Rockower Award For “Journalistic Excellence in Covering Zionism, Aliyah and Israel”

NEW YORK, July 11, 2022 – The work of Americans for Ben-Gurion University (A4BGU) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is being spotlighted by the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) as part of its annual Simon Rockower Awards that celebrates achievements in Jewish media.

The September 2021 article “A university with the potential to change all of Israel — Ben-Gurion U,” by Intermountain Jewish News associate editor Larry Hankin, was honored at the 41st Rockower Awards banquet in Atlanta on June 27, 2022. The article, which detailed an interview with A4BGU CEO Doug Seserman and BGU President Professor Daniel Chamovitz, won recognition in the category “Journalistic Excellence in Covering Zionism, Aliyah and Israel.”

“A4BGU is proud to help carry on the legacy of Israel’s founder, David Ben-Gurion, by advancing awareness in the United States of the vital research conducted by the university that bears his name,” said Seserman. “The article on A4BGU and BGU honored with a Rockower Award contributes to our growing movement highlighting Israel’s contributions to the world.”

Hankin’s article explores the role of BGU in fulfilling David Ben-Gurion’s vision of Israel’s future being forged in the Negev desert, as well as the university’s important function in providing education for Bedouin students and serving as the largest regional employer. Seserman is featured discussing how A4BGU bridges the work of the university with the Jewish community in the United States, driving awareness and raising funds for its research. The article was described by the Rockower Award judges as “[a] very detailed piece that lays out with extraordinary clarity an aspect of Israel’s history that no longer gets the attention it should.”

To read the award-winning article, visit here.                                      



By supporting a world-class academic institution that not only nurtures the Negev, but also shares its expertise locally and globally, Americans for Ben-Gurion University engages a community of Americans who are committed to improving the world. David Ben-Gurion envisioned that Israel’s future would be forged in the Negev. The cutting-edge research carried out at Ben-Gurion University drives that vision by sustaining a desert Silicon Valley, with the “Stanford of the Negev” at its center. The Americans for Ben-Gurion University movement supports a 21st century unifying vision for Israel by rallying around BGU’s remarkable work and role as an apolitical beacon of light in the Negev desert.

About Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev embraces the endless potential we have as individuals and as a commonality to adapt and to thrive in changing environments. Inspired by our location in the desert, we aim to discover, to create, and to develop solutions to dynamic challenges, to pose questions that have yet to be asked, and to push beyond the boundaries of the commonly accepted and possible.

We are proud to be a central force for inclusion, diversity and innovation in Israel, and we strive to extend the Negev’s potential and our entrepreneurial spirit throughout the world. For example, the multi-disciplinary School for Sustainability and Climate Change at BGU leverages over 50 years of expertise on living and thriving in the desert into scalable solutions for people everywhere.

BGU at a glance:  

20,000 students | 800 senior faculty | 3 campuses | 6 faculties: humanities & social sciences, health sciences, engineering sciences, natural sciences, business & management, and desert research.


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