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Azrieli Foundation funding brain science study at the Weizmann Institute

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Dr. Renana Ravitsky Pilzer (top) is Educational Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity. Dr. Channa Pinchasi (bottom), is Deputy Director of Be’eri and Director of the Be’eri School for Teacher Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Both are taking part in the Limmud Toronto festival on November 21. Photo: (Limmud Toronto)

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Limmud Toronto is part of a global movement that celebrates diverse Jewish thinking as an active and evolving conversation. Limmud brings together Jews from all walks of life for a full day of Jewish learning, and in celebration of the rich diversity of Jewish life-long learning culture and heritage. This year the festival takes place on Sunday, November 21 with 62 different Zoom sessions available on a pay-what-you –can basis.

TheJ.ca particularly noted two presentations by representatives of the Shalom Hartman Institute, both taking place at 2 PM: 

Ivrit in Israel and Abroad: The Miracle and the Challenge of the Revival of Hebrew

“The Hebrew language is the core of Jewish life in many ways. In this session we will explore a historical perspective of the evolution of Hebrew in Israel while examining the cultural and spiritual challenges we face and how those are reflected in the language we speak.” Presented by Dr. Channa Pinchasi, Deputy Director of Be’eri and Director of the Be’eri School for Teacher Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute. From 2001-2004, Channa was a representative of the Education Department of the Jewish Agency in Canada. Upon returning to Israel, she founded and led the Cheder Mishelach forum for influential female leaders in Tel Aviv. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Shaharit think-and-do tank and writes for Hartman’s Al Da’at Hakahal blog.

Religious Feminist Education – Do It Yourself!

“The Hartman high school for girls in Jerusalem aims to be a laboratory for religious feminist education—teaching girls Torah and Talmud at a high level, teaching them to take part in public rituals and ceremonies, teaching them to be proud of and comfortable in their bodies, making them into leaders who will change the world.” Presented by Dr. Renana Ravitzky Pilzer, the Educational Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute – מכון שלום הרטמן ‘s Center for Israeli-Jewish Identity. Among her positions, she served as the co-director of the Melamdim School for Teacher Training, and for the past several years as the head of the Beit Midrash at the Midrashiya Girls High School, leading an experiment to develop the school’s Orthodox feminist curriculum.

This year Limmud Toronto is asking patrons to pay-what-you-can and offer an amazing early bird opportunity. The first 180 people to buy tickets for at least $36 will receive a special gift from Limmud Toronto – so visit Limmud.ca for more info and to purchase your ticket.

The Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences being established at The Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute of Science and Weizmann Canada has announced a lead philanthropic donation of $50 million USD from the Azrieli Foundation, to enable catalytic brain research with the establishment of The Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences. The donation is among the largest of its kind for the Foundation. 

The Canadian-based Azrieli Foundation is a longstanding supporter of research at the Weizmann Institute, and this generous donation adds to its past philanthropic investments of nearly $30 million USD towards Weizmann research facilities and faculty and student fellowships.

Weizmann’s Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences, which will be located at the Weizmann Institute campus in Rehovot, Israel, will promote the full spectrum of neuroscience research, from basic, curiosity-driven studies to translational work of high clinical relevance, with global impact. The donation will enable the construction of a new building that will serve as a hub for neuroscience activities, facilities, and state-of-the-art technologies.

Weizmann Institute President, Prof. Alon Chen stated, “The Azrieli Foundation’s commitment to the Weizmann  Institute is extraordinary and we are deeply grateful for their longstanding support and partnership.”

The Weizmann Institute of Science, Weizmann Canada and the Azrieli Foundation have maintained a special partnership over many years, supporting a spectrum of biomedical and life science research from systems biology to neuroscience and beyond.

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“We are incredibly grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Azrieli Foundation,” said SusanStern, CEO of Weizmann Canada. “Their leadership through this new magnanimous gift will benefit humankind by furthering the collective global understanding of the brain through Weizmann’s worldleading neuroscience research.”

“The Azrieli Foundation seeks to nurture networks of excellence and out-of-the-box thinking, and weare passionate about supporting the next generation of researchers. In addition to Weizmann’s outstanding record in science writ large, and neuroscience specifically, we are excited that this new institute will facilitate and amplify collaborative work across 40 groups in multiple disciplines. This is how breakthroughs in brain research will happen,” said Dr. Naomi Azrieli, Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation.

The Weizmann Institute’s unique model has made it one of the highest-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions in the world (ranked second globally on the Nature Index of research quality in 2019, and eighth for research quality by the Leiden 2021 ranking), with many world-renowned, award-winning scientists, including Nobel Prize and Turing Award laureates.

The Azrieli Institute will focus on cutting edge research in the following areas: the development of neural networks; perception and action; mental and emotional health, positive neuroscience; learning, memory and cognition; the aging brain; neurodegeneration; injury and regeneration; theoretical and computational neuroscience; development of innovative neurotechnologies; and, integrative brain disorders.

Naomi Azrieli, DPhil. Chair and CEO, Azrieli Foundation Canada and Co-Chair, Azrieli Foundation Israel at the November 7, 2021 announcement in Montreal occurring concurrently with an announcement in Rehovot, Israel. (Photo: PBL Photography)

Israel Aerospace Industries to exhibit at Dubai Airshow

In a historic first, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a world-class aerospace and defense company, will exhibit at the prestigious Dubai Airshow, taking place November 14-18 (visit IAI at Booth 300). IAI will showcase a variety of its state-of-the-art systems, emphasizing its aviation products, including civil aviation, space systems, special-mission aircraft, and more.

While attending Dubai Airshow, IAI plans to expand its strategic collaboration in the region by signing new cooperation agreements with local companies and broadening existing partnerships that have been signed during the past year, including an agreement on cargo conversions with the UAE’s Etihad Engineering and on aircraft maintenance with Bahrain’s Gulf Air, amongst other.

IAI’s Systems-of-Systems with air, naval, land, space, and cyber applications will be on display at IAI’s impressive booth, showcasing over 70 years of expertise and innovation. 

“A year after the signing of the Abraham Accords, IAI is thrilled to participate in the Dubai Airshow and to broaden cooperation with business partners in the Gulf region,” said IAI CEO and President Boaz Levy. “Already in the last year, IAI exhibited in Dubai CyberTech and in IAC Dubai, sharing our innovative cyber and space solutions. We believe that there are countless opportunities to work together, share our knowledge, and develop new defense and civilian solutions with our partners in the UAE and broader Gulf region, and together, to create a brighter future.”

Established in 1953, IAI is one of Israel’s largest technology employers with offices and R&D centers in Israel and abroad. For more information, visit https://www.iai.co.il/.

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