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Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the formal opening of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1925, the British Friends marked the special event by honouring Dame Gail & Gerald Ronson for their friendship and support for Israel’s leading centre of advanced learning research; the Hebrew University is ranked in the top ½% of universities worldwide.

The ballroom of Claridge’s was filled to capacity.  Addresses and tributes were given by BFHU Chairman Isaac Kaye, The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Dr Moshe Kantor (President, the European Jewish Congress), Sir Trevor Chinn with a response from Gerald Ronson who shared his feelings about his and Dame Gail’s deep devotion to the security and education of the Jewish Community in the UK as well as supporting schools and related projects in Israel.  Dame Gail & Gerald were presented with a certificate marking the creation of a series of medical scholarships at the Hebrew University in their name.

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President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben- Sasson responded, thanking Dame Gail & Gerald Ronson.  He emphasised the critical role of the Hebrew University in Israel as a centre of openness, tolerance and pluralism for all its citizens in helping to create civil society and its role worldwide in the export and sharing of know-how solving some of the most intractable problems of mankind today including food, energy, water, health and the pursuit of mutual understanding and peace’

“The Hebrew University sits atop Mount Scopus in Jerusalem” said Prof Ben-Sasson. “From there, we have a commitment – actually, more than that, a duty to be a light to the nations for the State of Israel and the Jewish People.  In undertaking that task we owe enormous gratitude to all our supporters”.

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