Claire Winick, Philanthropic Relationship Officer
Welcome to Americans for Ben-Gurion University’s Mid-Atlantic Region, based in the Philadelphia suburb of Jenkintown, PA.
We are a veteran organization in the community, with a history of over 30 years of informative events and outstanding leadership. With more than 25 events per year, we offer the community opportunities to meet world-class researchers and professors, primarily in private homes, at no cost to our guests, to learn about Ben-Gurion University’s role in developing Israel’s Negev region.
Eager to expand our network of friends, the Mid-Atlantic Region opened a chapter in Pittsburgh, PA and in Delaware in recent years. We look forward to new leaders and donors emerging from the new chapters, joining the long-time dedicated leaders of the Philadelphia chapter.
As Ben-Gurion University approaches its 50th anniversary in 2020, we hope you will join thousands of generous and caring Israel-minded men and women who support this young and dynamic university.
Please check this website and plan to join us for an upcoming event. You will be most welcome.
With best regards,
Philanthropic Relationship Officer
2-21-18 Academic Bridge Board, with host Paul Astor (top row, right) and guest speaker Prof. Alon Monsonego (seated, right)
3-22-18 Zin Fellows gathering with Dr. Paula Kabalo, Ben-Gurion Institute; hosts Debra and Mark Zweben; Michele Levin, Philadelphia Chapter Co-chair
3-25-18 Presentation in Allentown by Dr. Paula Kabalo, with Lisa Scheller, co-founder of the Zin Fellows Program
4-10-18 Stanley Ginsburg, Mid-Atlantic Region Associate Chair, with Prof. Emeritus Fred Lazin, guest speaker at Temple Judea of Bucks County
6-2-18 Negev Forum evening hosted by Rich and Paula Mandel (left); joined by Sherrie Savett, Philadelphia Chapter Vice Chair; Americans for Ben-Gurion University CEO Doug Seserman
6-5-18 Dinner with presentation by Prof Haim Hames; (from left) Dr. Alton Sutnick, Dr. Ellen Fennick, Prof. Hames, Dr. Martin Rosenberg
7-20-18 Breakfast meeting with Dr. Eitan Rubin (seated), a BGU faculty member, with (from left) Violet and Richard Zipkin, Beth Drapkin, Connie Katz, David Blumenthal, and Claire Winick
7-24-18 Lunch and Learn with Dr. Jacob Gopas of BGU and his research colleague at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Glenn Rall, pictured with Mid-Atlantic Region Associate Chair Marla Zipkin and luncheon host Lana Pinkenson, a Philadelphia Chapter Associate Chair
9-13-18 Kick-off luncheon leading to the “Torch of Learning” Annual Tribute Brunch, sponsored at the Union League by Sylvia Brodsky. Representing her mother, Sandy Brodsky (left) introduced the guest speaker, Prof. Galia Avidan of BGU
10-12-18 Among those attending the Americans for Ben-Gurion University National Board meeting from the Mid-Atlantic Region was Zin Fellow Dr. Julie Savitch, a new member of the board
Philadelphia Chapter Co-chair and Zin Fellow, Michele Levin; with Dr. Barry Kayne, Delaware Chapter Chair
10-14-18 At the annual Patron Party held in advance of the Annual Tribute Brunch: Dr. Barbara Seletsky, Patron Chair; guest speaker Dr. Yulia Sapir-Lekhovitser, and host Sherrie Savett, Esq., Philadelphia Chapter Vice Chair and Tribute Event co-chair
11-4-18 Torch of Learning honorees: Dr. Joan Rosen Bloch; Prof. Rivka Carmi, M.D.; Carol Rothschild
An academic convocation honored retiring BGU President Rivka Carmi [left] with representatives of Philadelphia-area colleges and universities and the [right] BGU honorary-doctorate recipients from the Philadelphia Chapter, Ernest Scheller, Jr. and Stanley Ginsburg, preceded the festive lunch of the Torch of Learning tribute
Stanley Ginsburg, a Mid-Atlantic Region Associate Chair, hosted a farewell reception to toast Prof. Rivka Carmi
Dr. Barry Kayne, Delaware Chapter Chair; Ann Waldman and Ernest Scheller, Jr., Mid-Atlantic Region Associate Chairs; and Ernie’s daughter, Lisa Scheller, a Philadelphia Chapter Associate Chair, at the farewell reception