Bar-Ilan University confers Presidential Awards of Distinction on five worthy recipients who are making vital contributions to the Bar-Ilan University community.
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BIU's 2018 Honorary Doctorate Ceremony
Marking the 70th anniversary year of the State of Israel, Bar-Ilan University bestows its highest honor on eight noted recipients who have made important contributions to the Jewish nation, Israeli society, security, education and culture. They include former Director of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Yoram Cohen; social trailblazer Etgarim-Challenge, which provides life-affirming rehabilitative sports for the disabled; American Jewish leader Malcolm Isaac Hoenlein; the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra; Jewish communal activists Evelyn and Dr. Shmuel Katz; spiritual leader, teacher and social entrepreneur Rabbi Dr. Binyamin (Benny) Lau; Israeli poet Agi Mishol; and Ronnie Stern, President of BIU's American Friends.
BIU President Prof. Arie Zaban shared his strategic vison for the university, new board members were elected, reports were presented, resolutions approved, a farewell tribute was held for the outgoing Chairman of the Council of Founders – all this and more during the BOT's Plenary Session.
BIU's 2018 Honorary Doctoral recipients share their knowledge and insights with scores of students, faculty and others at special events held on campus.
During the course of the 2018 BOT Meetings, we expanded our horizons and had a chance to learn about Bar-Ilan University's special appeal to students from Asia, and about BIU's new multidisciplinary impact centers which are targeting real-life challenges, aiming to improve quality of life.
Wrapping up the BOT, overseas guests and staff headed to Israel's capital for the Jerusalem "Democracy in Action" Experience, which started with ethnic food tasting in the colorful Machane Yehuda market, and then on to the Israeli Knesset for a tour and academic panel, and culminating with a farewell dinner in the Judean Hills.