The Temple Emanu-El Streicker CenterNew York, NY, United States


By The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center (other events)

Sunday, March 22 2020 10:00 AM 4:00 PM


No essays or exams. Just groundbreaking classes with captivating professors from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. 


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

$50 includes lunch and a "Streicker University" notebook and pen

Sample the cutting edge of Israeli higher education that buzzes with the energy of the startup nation: the finesse of archaeologists unearthing our history, the inventiveness of engineers on the forefront of medicine, the ingenuity of agronomists bringing the desert to life and the creativity of engineers celebrated across the globe. 

During our exclusive Israeli University 1-Day Mini-Mester, you’ll attend an opening lecture and rotate through two courses of your own choosing taught by current faculty from Ben-Gurion, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. The day will end with a “commencement speech” by Ambassador Ido Aharoni.   

This program is sponsored Caren Barness in loving memory of her husband Amnon S. Barness.


  • 10:00 AM Registration 
  • 10:30 AM Opening Session
  • 12:15 PM Choice of Course Session #1
  • 1:30 PM Choice of Course Session #2 plus boxed lunch 
  • 3:00 PM Graduation Ceremony
  • 4:00 PM Event ends 


Itai Anghel, Tel Aviv University alumnus and winner of Israel’s Pulitzer Prize

ISIS is anything but dead. Shiite Muslim strength is burgeoning with the help of Iran. Vladimir Putin is using the chaos for his own designs. And everything we thought we knew about the neighborhood is in flux. 

Israel’s leading war reporter will take us on an exclusive documentary journey through Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Russia to help us understand the new distribution of power. 

COURSES (Choose 2)

1. Uriel Abulof 

Faculty of Social Sciences

Tel Aviv University

The Israeli Politics of Happiness and Hope 

Humanity is in the midst of a midlife crisis, caught between existential fears and dreams. This course will propose novel technologies to enhance — not drain — our humanity and our ability to cultivate creative, courageous and civil choices. 

2. Shahar Arzy  

Director, Computational Neuropsychiatry Lab

Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School

Redefining Alzheimer’s 

Using artificial intelligence, virtual reality and neuroscience, we can explore how we relate to the space in which we live, the river of time that carries our memories, our future plans and imagination, along with the people around us. By grasping the complexities of these relationships and our consciousness, we have landed at the forefront of tool development for very early diagnosis and management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Dan Blumberg

Vice President

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Start-Up Negev: Israel’s High-Tech and Cybersecurity Hub

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, prophesied that science and technology would one day flourish in the desert, driven by an “Oxford in the Negev.” That prediction has become a reality as Beersheva develops into one of the seven “cities of tomorrow.” Learn about the high-tech ecosystem of a uniquely Israeli Silicon Valley. 

4. Nitzan Censor

School of Psychological Sciences

Tel Aviv University 

The Wonders of the Human Brain: New Links between Perception, Learning and Memory

Old-school psychological research is being replaced by psychophysics, noninvasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging. Learn what the cutting edge is teaching us about our brains, our memories and our perceptions. 

5. Aaron Fait

Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

A Lesson from the Desert Grapevine in the Era of Climate Change

As temperature extremes, drought and flooding become the new normal, vintners and vineyard owners from across the world are scrambling for ways to continue growing grapes they can turn into high-quality wine under these new conditions. This course will look at how Israel is taking its place at the forefront of using new technology for sustainable water and land use. 

6. Arnon Hershkovitz 

School of Education

Tel Aviv University 

How the Digital Age Is Transforming the Classroom and Education Itself

New technology has transformed everything from medicine to communication. Explore how Israelis are designing ways to use these advances and big data to reshape classrooms, education and learning itself. 

7. Erella Hovers

Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology

Hebrew University

Prehistoric Archaeology and Time: It’s Complicated

Dividing ancient human history into “early” and “late,” “beginning” or “end,” Stone, Bronze or Iron conforms to our notions of the linear passage of time. But when you’re striving to unravel humanity’s story based on materials dug out of the ground, things are rarely that tidy. Learn how work in Israel and Ethiopia reveals the ways in which differing perceptions of time lead archaeologists to differing narratives - and provoke new questions about our future, as well as our past.

8. Eli Lewis

Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The Rhythm of the Sick Body: Our Immune System as the Guide

People suffering from scores of ailments are waiting for high-tech miracles from geneticists, chemists and computer whizzes. But Israeli scientists are turning to the body’s own “smart” molecules for guidance in mobilizing its natural resources to deal with everything from wounds to heart attacks, diabetes and other conditions. Learn about their latest successes and promising lessons from our immune systems. 

9. Doron Teichman

Vice Dean, Jacob I. Berman Chair in Law, Hebrew University

Behavior and Judicial Decision-Making

Courtroom judgments are rarely as neutral as they seem on TV. A growing body of research suggests that behavioral phenomena impact the decisions of both judges and laypeople. The different normative implications of these findings will be explored from both the American and Israeli perspectives.


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