Thank you for your interest in Americans for Ben-Gurion University and our fabulous Great Lakes Region! Ben-Gurion University is a catalyst for the advancement of science, medicine, technology, education, social policy, and more.

With cutting-edge research in cyber and homeland security, alternative energy, desert and water research, global health, medical technologies, Israel studies, culture and Jewish thought, high-tech and robotics, among others, the University exemplifies the famous quote of our namesake, David Ben-Gurion, who said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about Israel and keep you connected to Ben-Gurion University. We can provide opportunities to meet BGU faculty, offer information about research and programs that interest you, and assist in planning a visit to BGU during your next trip to Israel.

We look forward to getting to know you and helping you find the most meaningful and impactful way to connect to BGU.


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Emily Nasatir
Philanthropic Relationship Officer

Johalmy Brazoban
Development Associate

Phone:

212-687-7721


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Northwestern University President Morton Shapiro, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi, and Americans for Ben-Gurion University CEO Doug Seserman
Learning from BGU Faculty: BGU Prof. Ofer Shiff and Ken Tucker

Learning from BGU Faculty: BGU Prof. Ofer Shiff and Ken Tucker

Gaining Knowledge from the Desert: Sam Fields; Dror Zetouni; former Americans for Ben-Gurion University Board Member Stew Flink; and Zin Cohort III Fellow David Harkavy

Gaining Knowledge from the Desert: Sam Fields; Dror Zetouni; former Americans for Ben-Gurion University Board Member Stew Flink; and Zin Cohort III Fellow David Harkavy

Ted Banks; America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC) Executive Director Michael Schmitt; Americans for Ben-Gurion University Great Lakes Regional Director Robyn Schneider; BGU Prof. Shimon Rachmilevitch; AICC President Susan Rosenstein

Ted Banks; America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC) Executive Director Michael Schmitt; Americans for Ben-Gurion University Great Lakes Regional Director Robyn Schneider; BGU Prof. Shimon Rachmilevitch; AICC President Susan Rosenstein

Allen Lapporte, Prof. Ilan Shelef, Americans for Ben-Gurion University Board Member Ernie Simon, Alan Cahn Cindy Franklin, Judith Simon and Janet Jablow Arline and Mort Doblin at the American Associates Reception at BGU’s 44th Board of Governors Meeting in Beer-Sheva (Clockwise) BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi, Michele Lopatin Taylor, Lindsey Lopatin, Larry Goodman Lester Crown and BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi The Great Lakes delegation to Americans for Ben-Gurion University’s Journey Through the Jewish Balkans: Alan Cahn, Marcia Cahn, Ernie Simon, Judith Simon and Allen Lapporte Mark Brickman, BGU Prof. Eilon Adar and Americans for Ben-Gurion University Zin Fellow Jason Gottlieb

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Dr. Ruth Given Honorary Doctorate by BGU

April 29, 2021

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events

BGU awarded Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, famed sex researcher and therapist, with an honorary doctorate; her first from an Israeli university.

Americans for Ben-Gurion University Rebrand Sparks a Movement

April 26, 2021

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events

With its new name and movement, Americans for Ben-Gurion University is geared to more concretely connect the organization with people and action.

BGU SOS Campaign Saves Students From COVID Hardship

December 14, 2020

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Negev Development & Community Programs

Americans for Ben-Gurion University CEO Doug Seserman explains how BGU has stepped up by establishing a call to help its students.