Focusing on topics ranging from the Vessels of the Holy Temple to Pseudo Deterministic Algorithms, and from the Genius of Judaism to a colorful career in Israeli theater, BIU’s 2017 Honorary Doctors spoke on subjects close to their heart while Magen David Adom sponsored a campus-wide Health Awareness Day.
The Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, spoke of the Holy Temple vessels uncovered in archaeological excavations. “The sanctity of these tools still exists, and did not expire over time or during wars and conquests” he stated. “They should be preserved with respect, as we hope that we can use them in the building of the next Temple.” Jerusalem’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi, a 2017 BIU Honorary Doctor, was the keynote speaker at the Nitzotzot Conference, sponsored by Allan Dalfen, which was held at the Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies to mark the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem
Prior to her lecture on “Pseudo Deterministic Algorithms”, Prof. Shafi Goldwasser (far right) stands with leading BIU computer scientists (from l. to r.) Prof. Yehuda Lindell, Director of the Bar-Ilan Center for Research in Applied Cryptography and Cyber Security, Prof. Moshe Lewenstein and Prof. Sarit Kraus. Prof. Goldwasser is a recipient of the prestigious Turing Award and many other distinguished prizes for her groundbreaking research in cryptography, which has pioneered new methods for ensuring security and privacy in the digital age. Goldwasser holds a dual appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Weizmann Institute
Renowned French author, philosopher and humanitarian Bernard-Henri Lévy disusses his latest book, The Genius of Judaism, which examines Holocaust denial, antisemitism, Judaism, and the status of the Jews. “At Bar-Ilan University, you are at the top of science, of brain study and of Jewish study. You are a very special place in Israel and in the world of Judaism and this matches my thoughts and life requirements.” said Levy. Prior to his lecture, a cocktail reception was held in his honor, in the presence of French Ambassador to Israel Hélène Le Gal, trustees, guests and university officials
2017 BIU Honorary Doctor Dvora (Halter) Kedar reflects on her rich acting career with Dr. Yaniv Goldberg of the Joseph and Norman Berman Department of Literature of the Jewish People, as part of his highly popular Brookdale Program course, “All the World’s a Stage”
Presented with a bouquet, Dvora Kedar> (second from left) poses with Dr. Yaniv Goldberg, BIU Trustee Dina Berniker, fellow actresses and BIU honorary doctorate recipients Lea Koenig Stolper and Miriam Zohar, and Brookdale Program Director Yona Tillman
During Magen David Adom’s Health Awareness Day on campus, Israel’s largest national emergency medical service organization showcased its rescue vehicles, provided students with professional first aid training, and conducted a blood drive, enabling students to donate to MDA’s National Blood Services