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Alumni events - past and future

The Hebrew University Alumni Association – UK’s first year has been a tremendous success. We have held various events both for the alumni and for the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU). 

An upcoming event to watch out for is a cookery demonstration being given by one of our alumni, London-based Silvia Nacamulli, on Tusday 8 September 2009 at 7.00pm. Silvia is enthusiastic and entertaining and will be revealing secrets from the traditional Italian Jewish kitchen. Details to follow soon.

Also, we are delighted to welcome back Professor Alon Harel who will give us a lecture about Myths, Realities - Human Rights in Israel, on Thursday 10 September 2009 at 6.00pm. For more information about this event please press here.

If you have any request for specific event or subject that you would like to hold or be a part of, or if you have a request for having a reunion for your year please contact us or complete the suggestion box form.

brainart14 Prof. Idan Segev and Nicola Cobbold

We have enjoyed a successful first year with hundreds of alumni participating in a variety of events.  Our inaugural launch took place at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador, Ron Prosor, with an address by out-going President of the Hebrew University, Professor Menachem Magidor. 

In September at projectspace176 (Zabludowicz Collection), an intrigued and inspired audience heard Professor Idan Segev, an expert in Computational Neuroscience, share the latest insights on the connection between the brain and art. 

“Diplomacy towards peace” a breakfast briefing held by, Ambassador Avi Pazner. reminded us that whilst occasionally the political situation looks bleak, Israel does now have full diplomatic relations with at least two of its neighbours and that progress has been made over the last 61 years.

We were privileged to have a unique backstage talk by the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin , following their incredible performance of “Mamootot” held at the Riverside Studios.

In February, a thought provoking evening on climate change was presented by expert, Dr. Mayer Hillman.  Dr Hillman spoke on the inescapable truths and moral dilemmas pertaining to climate change.            

May saw us hosting another breakfast briefing with prominent law professor, Alon Harel.  Professor Harel gave us superb insight into human rights in the fight against terrorism and the role of the Israeli Supreme Court.

Managing Director of the Diamond Trading Company International (DTC), the rough diamond distribution arm of the De Beers group, Mrs Varda Shine, gave an address on the worldwide business of diamonds in June.  A highlight of the evening was the raffle of a magnificent diamond ring. 

Most recently, on July 16 Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, one of the University’s most respected alumni, fascinated a packed breakfast at the Israeli Discount Bank with his expert insight into recent events in Iran and the reality of the threat of a nuclear Iran- ‘Under a Mushroom Cloud – Europe, Iran and the bomb’.  

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