American Friends of the Hebrew University Kicks Off Scopus Award Gala


American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) kicked off its 2020 Scopus Award Gala with a cocktail reception held December 19 at Café L’Europe in Palm Beach.

Guests attending the pre-Gala event included Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Marjorie and Steven Fiverson, Judy and Robert Snyder, Robbi and Bruce Toll, Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, and other influential VIPs.

The upcoming gala will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the The Breakers and will recognize this year’s Scopus Award recipients, Roberta and Paul Kozloff.

Residents of Palm Beach, the Kozloffs are being honored for their devotion to working on behalf of vital organizations within the community. “Their tireless involvement and enthusiasm for the Hebrew University is essential to our work,” said Monica Loebl, National Director of Development for American Friends of the Hebrew University. “We are grateful for their devotion to humanitarian concerns and their outstanding contributions to education.”

The 2020 Scopus Award festivities will include a cocktail reception, presentation of the Scopus Award, dinner, and entertainment featuring a special performance by Tony Award Winner Stephanie J. Block, star of “The Cher Show.” She has appeared on Broadway and even had a part in “Wicked.” Block has also held roles in TV shows such as “Madam Secretary,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Homeland.”

“My wife Roberta and I are honored to be this year’s award recipients,” said Paul Kozloff, honoree. “We believe in connecting the passions of Americans to the talent at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the world’s most distinguished academic and research institutions.”

Scopus dinner chairs are Diane Belfer, Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, Marjorie and Stephen Fiverson, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, Lisa and Michael Rome, Barbara and Richard Rothschild, Judy and Robert Snyder and Robbi and Bruce Toll.

Event chairs are Marjorie and Robert Emden.

Named for Mount Scopus, the historical site of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the 2020 Scopus Award Gala will honor Israel’s foremost institution of higher learning and research, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This year’s event will celebrate AFHU and provide support for the Palm Beach Memory and Cognitive Research Fund.

The 2020 event will be held the evening before AFHU’s Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF), “A Tradition of Innovation: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Future of Israeli Society, Technology and Medicine.” The keynote speaker is Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.). His “Unlocking the Middle East and the Role of Israel” speech serves as the centerpiece of the event, designed to highlight the work and importance of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the members of the South Florida community. This year’s conference is chaired by Ety Alcalay, Dr. Myles Krieger and Mazal Yehezkely. Other speech topics include repairing DNA using advanced genomic methods, bioengineering future meat technologies and a special appearance by Professor Asher Cohen, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tickets to ALEF are $125 per person and $85 for young professionals age 45 an under. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Laura Abrams at 561-948-3344 or

Forging a meaningful partnership between American Jewry and the people of Israel, American Friends of the Hebrew University helps to ensure the nation’s well-being by nurturing Israel’s greatest asset: the intellectual strength of its people. Today, the University has a student body of 23,000, a faculty of more than 1,000 and attracts students from Israel as well as from 90 countries around the world. Working in close partnership with the Hebrew University, AFHU is a national, not-for-profit organization based in the United States. It provides stimulating programs and events and organizes missions to Israel. The organization’s fundraising activities support scholarly and scientific achievement at the Hebrew University, create scholarships, new facilities and assist the university’s efforts to recruit outstanding new faculty.

Tickets for the 2020 Palm Beach Scopus Award Gala are $1250 and are still available. For more information, contact Monica Loebl at 561-750-8585 or Visit AFHU online at