Middle East Affairs, National Security and Medical Breakthroughs Topics at 2018 ALEF

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American Friends of The Hebrew University Announce 2018 Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF)
Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer Will Deliver Keynote Address

(Palm Beach, Fla.) – Middle East affairs, national security, medical breakthroughs and progress in brain science will be the topics discussed at the Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF), presented by American Friends of the Hebrew University. Experts from the Hebrew University (HU) and other leading individuals will discuss a variety of vital issues Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach.

Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer will deliver the keynote address, “Fork in the Road: Challenges Facing Israel and the United States in the Middle East.” Ambassador Kurtzer has served as the past United States Ambassador to Israel and Egypt as well as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs.

Professor Asher Cohen, the new President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will deliver the opening address. Then the morning will kick off with a discussion on “Ambassador’s Table: The Diplomat’s Views of Israel” with Ambassador Yossi Gal, Hebrew University’s Vice President for Advancement and External Relations and the former Israeli Ambassador to France and Monaco as well as Ambassador Kurtzer.

Dr. Yossi Tam, who is the Director of the Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research, will deliver a speech on launching breakthroughs in human health.

The afternoon begins with a panel discussion on “New Pathways to Health and Healing: Advances in Medicine, Nutrition and Brain Sciences.” Dr. Aviv Merzer, the head of the Belgian Friends Laboratory for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, will join Dr. Aron Troen, head of the Nutrition and Brain Health Laboratory at the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition and Dr. Merav Stern, a recipient of the Mortimer Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program.

The keynote address by Admiral Kurtzer will conclude the luncheon presentation.

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 70 countries around the world.

The Annual Leadership Education Forum takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and tickets are $180. Breakfast and lunch are included (dietary laws observed). For reservations or more information, please reach Laura Abrams at 561-750-8585 or LAbrams@afhu.org or visit https://www.afhu.org/event/2018alef/.

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