The Streicker Center Israeli University

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

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

The Streicker Center Israeli University

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


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 Start-up 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 Streicker Center Israeli University, 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, Hebrew University and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. 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 


OPENING SESSION: Israel and the Middle East; threats and opportunities 

Dr. Yossi Beilin 
Everything we thought we knew about the tumultuous neighborhood we call the Middle East is in flux. The Palestinians have never been more marginalized in the Arab world. Trump’s peace plan has shaken regional politics to the core. ISIS is anything but dead. And Vladimir Putin is using the chaos for his own designs. 

Where are we headed?

Yossi Beilin, Israel’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of the Economy - and one of Israel’s leading diplomats and architects for peace - will share his thoughts on the shifting geopolitical landscape in an exclusive discussion with Ambassador Ido Aharoni. 


COURSES (Choose 2)

1. Noam Adir

The Bertha Hertz-Axel Chair in Chemistry, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry 

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

The Greenest Energy: The Power of the Sun and Photosynthesis for Clean and Sustainable Energy - RECENTLY ADDED!

Photosynthesis transforms the energy of sunlight into an electrical current that then produces storable energy-rich chemicals in plants, algae and bacteria. Come learn how this natural process can be directly utilized to create clean fuels, in a sustainable fashion and with reduced environmental consequences, for the global good.

2. Yaron Fuchs

Head, Technion Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, EMBO Young Investigator, Deloro Career Advancement Chair, Faculty of Biology, Technion Integrated Cancer Center & Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Harnessing Cell Death for Tissue Regeneration: the Future of Human Health - RECENTLY ADDED!

While scientists have long studied stem cell renewal, a previously unexplored research direction is understanding the mechanisms leading to stem cell demise. Novel insights in this field pave the way for advanced strategies for tissue regeneration of the skin, hair and intestine, the generation of organs in the dish, and the establishment of new cures for cancer.

3. Professor Boaz Golany

Executive Vice President and Director General

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Israeli Innovations That Are Changing Our World - RECENTLY ADDED!

The Start-up Nation is renowned for innovations that range from homeland security to artificial intelligence, and from potential cures for cancer to solutions for a sustainable future. The Technion, a global powerhouse of tech innovation now present in NYC, is a major source of scientists and entrepreneurs whose brainpower is leading to innovations that shape our lives and future.

4. Uriel Abulof 

Faculty of Social Sciences

Tel Aviv University

The Israeli Politics of Happiness and Hope 

A 50-year occupation, security concerns, retreating democracy, environmental decline, social rifts, struggling health and transportation systems, high cost of living: all these troubles should have made Israeli life miserable. But polls show that Israelis are exceedingly, and increasingly, happy, ranking remarkably well worldwide. Why? And what does that have to do with Israel’s unprecedented three rounds of elections and with the global crisis of liberalism? Can the politics of hope offer an antidote?

5. 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.

6. 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. 

7. 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. 

8. 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. 

9. 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. 

10. 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.

11. 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. 

12. 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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