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The first female Hajj doctor visits the Technion; A number of universities award honorary doctorates

In the photo: Dr. Kanta Ahmed (left) with Professor Miriam Erez. Photo: Technion Spokesperson
In the photo: Dr. Kanta Ahmed (left) with Professor Miriam Erez. Photo: Technion spokespeople

Dr. Kanta Ahmed during a visit to the Technion: "Women should recognize their abilities and demand the same conditions as men"; Met with the president of the Technion, Professor Peretz Lavi, and with the bride of the Israel Prize, Professor Miriam Erez

Dr. Kanta Ahmed, a professor of medicine at the University of the State of New York and a doctor specializing in sleep disorders visited the Technion. This is the first visit to Israel by Dr. Ahmed, a Muslim born in Pakistan, author and journalist, who published the book "In The Land of Invisible Woman" about her life and work in Saudi Arabia. She is an expert on health issues related to the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage and the first Muslim woman to win a fellowship from the University of Cambridge School of Journalism. In this framework, she published an article on "the psychological manipulation of Islam in the service of terrorism while focusing on the phenomenon of suicide".

Dr. Ahmed met with the president of the Technion, Professor Peretz Lavi, and with the Israel Prize winner, Professor Miriam Erez, from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, one of the founders of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the Technion. Professor Lavi and Dr. Ahmed share a common subject of specialization in sleep research.

Professor Erez serves as the chairman of the National Council for the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology. She told Dr. Ahmed that 16% of the faculty members at the Technion are women. "We are working to increase the percentage of participation of women in the fields of science and technology and to improve their status. A young female faculty member is simultaneously faced with both building her academic career and building a family, and she must be helped to succeed in both tasks and learn to combine them without being left behind."

Dr. Ahmed, who lived and taught for many years in Saudi Arabia, said at the meeting: "Women need to be strengthened so that they recognize their status and are not afraid to take a place at the forefront of the academic stage. Women should recognize their abilities and demand the same conditions as men. Many women are afraid of a negative answer, so they sometimes prefer not to ask at all. It is important to teach women to dare and insist on the things that are important to them."

Scientist Prof. Robert Langer, Judith Rekanti and actress Miriam Zohar are among the recipients of honorary doctorate degrees from Tel Aviv University

World-renowned scientists, entrepreneurs, academics, philanthropists and social activists, as well as one actress - are among the list of recipients of honorary doctorate degrees from Tel Aviv University, which will be awarded during the session of the Board of Trustees. The degree awarding ceremony will be held on Thursday 6.6.13 in the Smolrash Hall at Tel Aviv University, at 20:00 p.m.

Professor Robert S. Langer enjoys undisputed status as the foremost scientist in the field of nanomedicine, the most cited engineer and the most prolific biotechnologist; The honorary doctorate degree of Tel Aviv University is awarded to him "for his groundbreaking discoveries that changed the world of the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological and medical device industry; For his pioneering in the development of completely new biomedical techniques, such as: non-invasive drug delivery and engineered blood vessels; and as a sign of special recognition for his extraordinary work to strengthen academic-industrial relations and promote entrepreneurship in the field of science; for the enthusiastic training of generations of experts in nanomedicine, among them many Israeli scientists; And for his friendship with the State of Israel and his fruitful collaborations with Tel Aviv University."
Prof. Langer serves at the David H. Institute. Koch at MIT University. Langer earned a BA from Cornell University in 1970 and a PhD from MIT in 1974, both in chemical engineering. He published about 1,200 scientific articles and registered about 800 patents and patent applications, in the fields of pharmacy, chemistry, biotech and medical devices. Langer previously served as a member and chair of the Scientific Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration. Forbes magazine chose him in 2002 as one of 15 innovators from around the world who will reinvent the future. Langer was among a handful of people elected to all three US National Academies, and at 43 he was the youngest ever to hold this prestigious position. He has received many honorary degrees from institutions around the world.

Professor Ray Jackendoff is awarded an honorary doctorate due to his status as one of the most important linguists and philosophers in the world; "For his original and influential research that spanned over 35 years and challenged prevailing linguistic theories, presenting a complex system of interrelationships between syntax, semantics, sensory perception and culture; For his groundbreaking and often cited works, including his monumental book "The Basics of Language", which became canonical; And as a sign of special recognition for his decisive role in turning linguistics into a multidisciplinary branch through its integration with cognitive and developmental psychology, philosophy of mind, evolutionary biology, neuroscience and computational linguistics." Beyond all these, the Senate of Tel Aviv University notes its deep ties with the State of Israel, both as a close friend and as a guest lecturer at the various universities.
Jackendoff currently serves as a professor at Tufts University and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies. He specializes in the study of the meaning of natural languages ​​and their relationship with the human conceptual system and its linguistic expression. Jackendoff is also a clarinetist and frequently performs in chamber music recitals in the Boston area. In 1983, together with the composer Fred Lardel, he wrote a book on musical cognition called "Generative Theory of Tonal Music". He served as president of the American Linguistics Association and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. In 2003 he won the Jean Nicol Prize for Cognitive Philosophy and holds honorary degrees from the University of Quebec in Montreal and the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Professor Karla J. Schatz, biologist and neurobiologist, will receive an honorary doctorate "for her achievements as one of the leading neurobiologists in the world; for her influential research on the early development of the brain and neuroplasticity, which led to a conceptual change in the understanding of brain connectivity; And in special recognition for her unique interdisciplinary approach, which combines anatomy, chemistry, molecular biology and physiology. Aside from the research activity, the Senate of Tel Aviv University notes Shatz's decisive contribution to strengthening the status of women in the world of science as a leveler herself and as a guide for others."
Schatz currently serves as a professor of biology and neurobiology at Stanford University. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, continuing to study biology at University College London. and completed a doctorate in neurobiology in 1976 under the guidance of Nobel laureates David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel. Her research on brain connectivity during development was appreciated by the scientific community and the public in general, and she was invited to speak on the subject at the White House in 1997. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Institute of Medicine, and serves on a number of medical advisory boards.

Len (Leonard) Blatnik, born in the Soviet Union who naturalized in the USA and founded Access Industries there, completed a master's degree in computer science at Columbia University and a master's degree in business administration at Harvard Business School. Blatnik and his family foundation engage in philanthropy and support a variety of educational, scientific, cultural and Jewish institutions around the world, including a contribution to the founding of the Blatnik School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University in 2008 and the founding of the Blatnik School of Government at Oxford University in 2010.
In the Tel Aviv University Senate's reasons for awarding an honorary doctorate to Blabatnik, it is particularly emphasized "his deep commitment to the State of Israel, both as an investor and as a benefactor; And the active role he plays in promoting excellence in higher education and research in leading academic institutions in Israel and around the world, including: Harvard University, Oxford University and the New York Academy of Sciences."
Blavatnik is a trustee of Tel Aviv University and the New York Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Harvard University Committee on University Resources.

The actress Miriam Zohar-Galblom, the bride of the Israel Prize, is awarded the title in recognition "for the multifacetedness she reveals while breathing life on stage in a variety of both classical and modern characters, in the productions of the most famous theaters in Israel, among them: the Bhima, Beit Lesin and the Chamber Theater".
Zohar was born in Chernivtsi, Romania, and as a child survived the Holocaust together with her mother and brother; Her father perished in the death camps. After the World War, she sailed on the immigration ship "Kibbutz Galuyot", was arrested by the British and sent to a detention camp in Cyprus - where she became interested in the game. Upon her arrival in Israel, she was a partner in the founding of the Yidi theater group for immigrants. Since her first stage test at Habima in 1951, Zohar-Galblom has acted in the largest theaters in Israel in classical and modern dramatic productions, including Shaw's Cleopatra, Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Miller's plays The Witch Hunt and His Death of an agent". She won many awards, including the Klausner Award, the Gansin Award and the Silver Rose Award.
The honorary doctorate degree is awarded to her "in special recognition for her dedication to promoting excellence in artistic interpretation and creation and to the enrichment of Israeli society and culture; and her passionate commitment to train new generations of Israeli stage people through study, support and guidance."

Advertising and digital media expert Maurice Levy receives an honorary doctorate "for his status as one of the most influential figures in France and the global media industry; for his intellectual sharpness and entrepreneurial sense in transforming Publicis Group from a local advertising agency into the third largest media giant in the world and a leader in the field of innovation and technology; for his noteworthy vision in identifying the need for an international business model even before the 'global village' became a living reality; for promoting tolerance and difference as core values ​​in his business culture, which earned him the Anti-Defamation League's International Leadership Award; And as a sign of special appreciation for his commitment to fostering sustainable peace in the Middle East through economic development."
Levy joined the French Publicis group in 1971, was appointed chairman and CEO in 1987, and turned the company into a global powerhouse of integrated and digital communications. He is a member of the founding board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the supervisory boards of La Compagnie financier Edmond de Rothschild. He is a former president of the European Economic Community Council for the Digitization of the European Cultural Heritage, and of the French Association of Private Sector Companies. He was one of the founders of the French Institute for Brain and Spine Disorders (ICM) and co-authored the "Intangible Economy Report". Levy was awarded the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honor and the title of Senior Officer in the National Order of Merit of France. He has played an active role in the Society of French Friends of Tel Aviv University for decades,

Judith Yuval Reknati is a prominent social activist, and among other things, she is the founder and chairwoman of Natal - the Israeli Center for Trauma Victims on a national basis, which has been helping since 1988 the recovery of trauma victims from war and terrorism. An honorary doctorate degree is awarded to her for "being a first-class leader in the fields of philanthropy, public advocacy and civic volunteerism... and her generous humanitarian spirit in supporting a variety of cultural, medical and social initiatives in the field of welfare, which improve the quality of life in Israel", and as a special token of appreciation for her dedication, From the bottom of my heart, to strengthen the fabric of Israeli society; And for dedicating her life to helping those less fortunate.
Yuval Recanati was awarded the President's Medal for a Volunteer (2008). Together with her children and her late husband, Dr. Israel Yuval, she founded the Gandir Foundation in 2004. Today, she is an active member of the group "Yacholim, Taytan" - an initiative to promote philanthropy in Israel, and serves on the boards of directors of several social organizations.

Businessman Guillermo Swerdlin served as the head of the Foundation in his native Mexico before immigrating to Israel in 1984. He is an active member of the Tel Aviv University Board of Trustees, and as the chairman of the Spanish-speaking Friends of the University Association, he managed to mobilize many supporters of the university from among the Spanish-speaking community in Israel. Five years ago, Swerdlin inaugurated the Swerdlin Institute for Latin American Studies at Tel Aviv University, and he continues to support the institute and its activities. His daughter is a graduate of the history department at Tel Aviv University and his granddaughter is now studying for a bachelor's degree in humanities at the university's international school.
Sverdalin receives the title in special recognition for his warm and long-standing friendship with Tel Aviv University, both as a member of the board and as a benefactor; for his vision in jointly establishing the Spanish-speaking Friends of Tel-Aviv University circle and his leadership over the past decade; and his generous dedication, together with his wife, Miriam, of the Sverdalin Institute for Latin American History and Culture Studies, in memory of their son, Norman.

British entrepreneur Jeremy Coller founded Coller Capital in 1990, through which he currently manages assets worth 10 billion dollars around the world, and owns more than 2,500 companies. Kohler is considered a pioneer in the development of new categories of assets, and especially in improving and promoting liquidity through secondary trading in private equity assets. He holds a BA in Management Science from the University of Manchester, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Sussex and a Diploma in French Culture from the Sorbonne. In 2011 he was accepted as an honorary fellow at the London Business School, and in 2008 he was awarded the title "Alumnus of the Year" by the University of Manchester. In the book he authored, "The Lives, Loves and Deaths of Incredibly Irrational Inventors" - which analyzes the character of 30 inventors who changed the world.

The reasons for awarding the honorary doctorate degree focus especially on his commitment to teaching and engaging in entrepreneurship and innovation research around the world as a means of strengthening the economy; and for his work to develop global venture capital funds through strengthening the relationship between the academic community and the business community, among other things in his recent establishment of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Robert Langer at the ceremony of receiving an honorary doctorate at Ben Gurion University, May 2013
Prof. Robert Langer at the ceremony of receiving an honorary doctorate at Ben Gurion University, May 2013

Ben-Gurion University awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree to Prof. Robert Langer

Ben-Gurion University awarded last night (Tuesday evening, May 7.5.2013, 2013), an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree to Prof. Robert Langer, a renowned scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. The title was awarded to him as part of the annual meeting of the university's board of trustees. Langer is the winner of the XNUMX Wolf Prize in Chemistry, which he received on Sunday this week.

The last 40 years have seen a rapid increase in the availability of sophisticated macromolecular drugs, such as oligopeptides, proteins, polysaccharides, and nucleic acids, with high potency but limited stability, which often survive for only a few minutes under physiological conditions. The promise inherent in these materials, both for biological research and for medical applications - from vaccines to gene therapy to the treatment of brain cancer and schizophrenia - was limited as a result of the difficulty of supplying them in their entirety to the tissues where they were needed, at the proper rate, and for the required period of time, which should continue for many months.

Langer was convinced that it would be possible to design entirely new biodegradable polymers that could meet the simultaneously troubling challenges of protecting a sensitive drug until it was needed, delivering it to the target tissue, and releasing it slowly and steadily over an extended period of time. Of course, it was essential that both these new polymers and their degradation products be biocompatible.

After long cycles of design and basic experiments, Langer was able to achieve this goal by developing new polymers with extremely low affinity for water, connected by bonds that can be cleaved by water, but not by enzymes whose activity varies from patient to patient and not over time in the same patient. A low water affinity is used both to protect the macromolecular charge from decomposition, and to ensure surface erosion of the particle at a programmable rate, according to its degree of affinity to water and according to its shape. He succeeded in creating a new type of polyanhydrides with aromatic heads and aliphatic tails, in developing the initial procedures for the synthesis of these polymers, and in designing polymeric drug aggregates to achieve appropriate therapeutic release.

Besides his pioneering work in the design of polymers for drug delivery, Langer was a leader in the design of bioabsorbable polymers to be used as scaffolds to hold mammalian cells in place during tissue regeneration. This work led to the development of the first artificial skin based on synthetic polymers approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
It should be noted that Prof. Langer signed about 1,200 valued scientific articles that he published during about 40 years of research - a record in the history of modern science. His articles were cited 83 times, which is considered an important measure in deciding who will win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for which he was nominated.

His name also includes 817 patents and 210 awards, medals and honors that he won, including the Millennium Prize named after Stark Draper and the engineering prize equivalent to the Nobel for 1.2 million dollars. It is not for nothing that his laboratory is also called "the number one incubator in the world for ideas, groundbreaking research and revolutionary inventions". So far, 250 technologies and 25 industrial companies have been born here whose products will improve the lives of millions of people in the world in the coming years.

During the conferment of the degree at Ben-Gurion University, Prof. Langer praised his research collaboration with two researchers from the university, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Prof. Yossi Kost and Prof. Smeder Cohen from the Department of Biotechnology Engineering.

In addition to Prof. Langer, the following individuals were also awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree on this occasion: Mrs. Sherry Blair from the UK, Ruth Flinkman-Marandi and Prof. Mario Reccapci-both from the USA, Prof. Patrick Avisher from Switzerland and Prof. Yehoshua Blau from Israel .

The University of Haifa will award a Doctor of Philosophy degree in honor of Israel Prize winner Shulamit Aloni

The University of Haifa will award a Doctor of Philosophy degree in honor of Israel Prize winner Shulamit Aloni in recognition of her courage to act as a pioneer before the camp in the fight for a more just and egalitarian society founded on the sanctity of man and woman, their dignity and freedom, values ​​that are enshrined in the banner of the University of Haifa. The title will be awarded as part of the opening event of the 41st Board of Trustees and the launch of the Israeli Mediterranean Research Center which will take place on June 2.6.2013, XNUMX.

Haifa University President Amos Shapira stated in the reasons for the title that Aloni served throughout the years as an example of a public woman who acts honestly and unreservedly for her faith and worldview. She was also awarded the title for her actions to promote peace between Israel and its neighbors and for your work for the resilience of Israeli society through investment in education in general and higher education in particular.

Aloni was born in 1928 in Tel Aviv, a scion of a line of rabbis. As a child she was active in the youth movement "Hashomer HaTsair" and with the outbreak of World War II she joined the "Hagana". With the establishment of the state, she enlisted in the IDF and fought in the liberation battles for Jerusalem.

From 1957 until 1965, she hosted the programs "Outside of Reception Hours" and "The Issue in Treatment" on "Voice of Israel", one of the first to deal with complaints about violations of the individual rights of citizens. Later, Aloni initiated the "Commissioner of Public Complaints" institution in the State Comptroller's Office and was even among the institutions of the civil rights movement in Israel in 1973.

In 1965, Aloni was elected to the Sixth Knesset on behalf of the Alignment list and then was elected again in the Eighth Knesset until the 13th Knesset (1974-1996) on behalf of the Ratz and Maretz lists. During these years Aloni served as Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Communications, Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Science and Arts.

Throughout her political career Aloni fought for a peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors and was one of the founders of the "International Center for Peace in the Middle East", a member of its management and a partner in its operation.

The struggle for human and civil rights issues and the advancement of women's status is woven as the second thread throughout Aloni's public and political activity. As a qualified lawyer, she provided legal advice free of charge to the public on these issues over the years, she assisted in establishing dormitories for battered women and aid stations for rape victims, she was engaged in drawing up marriage contracts for couples who cannot marry in a highly orthodox status and wrote many books and publications on these issues, such as "The Rights of the Child in the Laws The State of Israel", "Women as Humans" and more.

In 1999, Aloni received the "Emil Grinzweig Medal of Human Rights" and a year later, in 2000, she received the highest recognition given by the State of Israel for her social activities, when she was selected as a recipient of the Israel Prize in the category of contribution to society.

The University of Haifa will award the Yakir Carmel award to the entrepreneur Emad Talhami

As part of the 41st Board of Trustees events to be held on June 2-3.6.2013, XNUMX, the University of Haifa will award the "Dear Carmel" award to entrepreneur and businessman Emad Talhami, CEO of "BABCOM" company, for his pioneering leadership in the business field and for using an example and example that every destination It is achievable and because it fulfills in its activity the vision shared by the University of Haifa, which sees the State of Israel as a pluralistic and tolerant state, where Jews, Muslims and Christians can live side by side, with mutual respect and appreciation.

Talhami, who left Delta in 2008, where he served as deputy CEO, founded "Babcom Centers", a customer service, software and other services center (call center) whose goal is to provide outsourcing services to large companies, a company that immediately became a great success. According to Talhami's vision, the company is a multicultural society where Jews work alongside Arabs, with an important part of its goals, in accordance with Ptolemy's social concept, being the provision of employment opportunities for Arab men and women, mainly from the Galilee region. Within a few years the company grew and now has about a thousand employees, including many women from the Arab sector.

"We at the University of Haifa are proud of our unique population composition, which is a mirror image of Israeli society and includes Jews alongside Arabs, who research and study side by side with mutual respect and an atmosphere of tolerance. That's why we see Emad as a partner in our vision and appreciate the fact that he created the same atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance of the other in his business," said university president Amos Shapira.

Talhami will receive the "Dear Carmel" award as part of the 41th anniversary event for the School of Political Science which will be held as part of the events of the 2.3.2013st Board of Trustees of the University of Haifa on Sunday, March XNUMX, XNUMX.

Imad Talhami was born in 1959 in Isfayeh and studied at the Orthodox High School in Haifa. He holds an industrial and management engineer degree at Shankar College, is married to Rim and has four children. In 1983 he joined Delta, where he worked for about 25 years and reached the position of deputy CEO of the company. Talhami held a wide variety of positions at Delta, including as the manager of the company's branch in Scotland for three years.

After leaving Delta in 2008, Talhami founded Babcom Centers, a customer service center, software and other services (call center) whose goal is to provide outsourcing services to large companies. Telhami is very active in the social field, mainly in projects that promote coexistence, equal opportunities in the labor market for the Arab sector and the promotion of the periphery and he serves in public positions on several councils and boards and has taken part in many social projects.

He serves as a director of the Haifa Fund, the Export Institute, the Agency for Small and Medium Businesses, and the Apple Association, which has set itself the goal of providing equal opportunity to the populations of the geographical and social periphery in Israel through technological tools and the development of life skills. He is a member of the steering team of the "South-North" investment fund, which promotes investment in businesses in the periphery and a member of the executive committee of Ku Mashva, an association to promote the employment of Arab academics in their fields of specialization. Talhami also serves as a member of the advisory committee to the Authority for Economic Development in the Arab, Druze and Circassian sector in the Prime Minister's Office and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Haifa.

The University of Haifa will award the leadership award to Maurice Kahn

As part of the opening event of the 41st Board of Trustees to be held on June 2.6.2013, XNUMX, the University of Haifa will award the leadership badge to the businessman and philanthropist Maurice Kahn in recognition of his diverse and many years of contribution to the establishment of the economic and social strength of the State of Israel, while demonstrating constant leadership, innovation and creativity and His many years of contribution to the preservation of the marine environment.

The University of Haifa established the "Leadership Badge" three years ago, a badge awarded to leaders who had a unique impact on the development and resilience of the country. To date, President Shimon Peres and businessman Steph Wetheimer have received the signal. Now Kahn, one of the founders of "Amdox" and who won the "Green Globe" award in 2008 for his contribution to the environment, joins the distinguished list. "Morris Kahn's business and social leadership is extraordinary and it shows each of us the importance of creativity and innovation in breaking boundaries. These are values ​​that the University of Haifa has engraved on its flag, and that is why we are so proud to award the letter to Maurice Kahn", said university president Amos Shapira.

In the additional reasons for awarding the award, the fact that he placed the education of the younger generation and the development of leadership among the younger generation as a top priority, with the understanding that the fruits reaped from the actions of the younger generation are beneficial to Israeli society as a whole. The university also noted Kahn's great contribution to the development of the marine environment and the preservation of the quality of the marine environment with the understanding that the sea is one of the precious resources we have been given to preserve. "During the opening event of the Board of Trustees, we will launch the Israeli Center for Mediterranean Research, which is led by the University of Haifa, and therefore it is not fitting that Morris Kahn, who has contributed so much to the preservation of the marine environment, receive the leadership award," added Shapira.

Kahn has contributed over the years to activities in the field of education - in 1999 he founded the organization LEAD - a program for the development and promotion of young leadership, which is considered the leader in its field in the world, he is involved in the "Tree of Knowledge" project, an innovative digital platform for studying and teaching XNUMXrd-XNUMXth grade students in the core subjects, he The main supporter of the association "SPACE IL", which aims to arouse interest among children in Israel in the fields of science, and space sciences in particular and more.

Kahn was born in 1930 in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1957. He began his business activities in the 60s when he began publishing the "Yellow Pages" telephone directories, using innovative computer capabilities that were only developed in those years.

He was one of the founders of the Orek Group, which developed the communication, media and knowledge services that began with the "Yellow Pages", while constantly using the newly developed technologies. In 1982, Orek Group founded the "Amdox" company, which over the years became the largest billing development and customer relationship management company in the world. Along with his business activities, Kahn has been involved in a wide variety of public and social activities over the years.

In the field of education, Kahn founded in 1999 the organization LEAD - a program for the development and promotion of young leadership in Israel, which is considered a leader in its field in the world, which encourages investment in the encouragement and education of the younger generation as those who can benefit society as a whole.

He is very involved in the project "At the Thought", an innovative digital platform for learning and teaching 100rd-XNUMXth grade students in the core subjects: English, Hebrew, mathematics and science, which is delivered in over XNUMX schools in Israel and in many schools all over the world in the United States, France , Singapore and more.

In the field of science and research, Kahn promoted many innovative projects that aimed to promote solutions in the fields of science and medicine for the benefit of humanity, among other things in the development of technologies aimed at improving the yield of crops that are important to the future of humanity as a whole. In addition, Kahn is the main supporter of the "SPACE IL" association, whose goal is to arouse interest among children in Israel in the fields of science, and space sciences in particular.

Throughout the years, Kahn's activities expressed his love for the sea and the environment. He founded the company "Coral World", an international company that owns and manages underwater observatories in Israel and around the world, when already in 1973 he inaugurated the underwater observatory in Eilat. Through the "Kahn Foundation", Kahn contributed a lot to the "Tzulul" association, founded by his son Ben, an association founded in 1999 that aims to preserve the quality of the environment with an emphasis on seas and rivers, through conservation, increasing awareness, education, active activity and research. For his great contribution to the environment in Israel, Kahn received the "Green Globe" award in 2008.

Tel Aviv University will award a prize to the agency's summer messenger program

Tel Aviv University will award the Jewish Education Award named after Dr. Chaim Constantiner for 2013 to the Jewish Agency's summer messenger program.

The award is given to the program due to its place as a central axis in the strengthening of the Jewish identity in the Diaspora, for almost fifty years - and its success in training emissaries and in sending them to communities abroad with the aim of offering quality cynical education. "The program connects the next generation of young Jews and the people of Israel, the tradition and the heritage: it fosters quality leadership of young Israelis and connects them with the wider Jewish world, and contributes to the vision conceived by Dr. Constantiner, to strengthen the cooperation between Israel and the Diaspora", according to the reasons for awarding the prize.

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