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2021 Bar-Ilan Presidents Report

June 2021

Read this highlight package of all the many milestones and achievements generated at Bar-Ilan over the past year. We found innovative methods to keep our students educated and to continue with remarkable breakthroughs in our laboratories.

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Keilim Shluvim Program Award

December 2020

The Israeli government awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Keilim Shluvim, Bar-Ilan’s extraordinary program that uses music to foster communication between music students and autistic kids, at-risk teens, and other marginalized populations.

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Lookstein Aids Virtual Learning

May 27, 2020

For many Jewish day schools across America, the transition from educating our children in physical classrooms to virtual ones has been seamless due to the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy at Bar-Ilan.

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Figures Offer Cautious Hope

March 2020

“It is reason for cautious optimism,” Cyrille Cohen, head of the immunotherapy laboratory at Bar-Ilan University told The Times of Israel, commenting on recent trends.

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A Shofar That Defied the Nazis

September 2019

A daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Prof. Judith Tydor Schwartz, who directs Holocaust research at Bar-Ilan, has brought forward a ram’s horn trumpet and her father’s account of the power of belief amid death.

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Israel Helps Yazidi Women

August 2019

Five years after the Yazidi genocide in August 2014, when ISIS captured thousands of Yazidi women and children and sold them into sexual slavery, Israel has not forgotten, and Bar-Ilan University researchers are trying to find ways to help.

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Raising The Bar

October 2019

Prof. Moshe Bar, head of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University, has ADHD and is proud of it. “I don’t see ADHD as a disorder,” he explains. “It confers advantages. It’s nature’s way of enriching diversity, so that not everyone thinks the same way.”

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Sifting Through The Sands Of Time

April 12, 2019

Since 1996, Prof. Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University has been the director of the Tell es-Safi/Gath excavation. Among the remarkable findings dug up by Professor Maeir and his team are a Philistine Temple, the remains of a Crusader-era castle, and myriad ritual items dating back to the Iron Age.

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Inheriting the Trauma of Genocide

February 21, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reports on a study led by Amit Shrira, a professor at Bar Ilan University, of children of Rwandan genocide survivors. The study has uncovered intergenerational effects similar to those of adult children of Holocaust survivors, who themselves suffered from PTSD as a result of their parents’ traumas.

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Havlin Wins Israel Prize In Physics

November 2018

Distinguished Bar-Ilan University Professor Schlomo Havlin has been awarded the prestigious Israel Prize In Physics. The prize committee noted that “of all Israeli scientists, Prof. Havlin is the most cited by scientists around the world.”

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