Honorary Degrees

Honorary Fellowships

2018

The Batsheva Dance Company

Israel
The Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company is one of the world’s foremost contemporary dance companies. It was founded in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who engaged Martha Graham... Read more

Batsheva Dance Company is one of the world’s foremost contemporary dance companies. It was founded in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who engaged Martha Graham as the first Artistic Advisor. Together with the Young Ensemble, Batsheva comprises 40 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. It gives over 250 performances to 100,000 spectators in Israel and abroad annually. Ohad Naharin, hailed as one of the world's leading contemporary choreographers, assumed the role of Artistic Director in 1990, propelling the company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. Naharin is also the originator of the movement language Gaga, which has revolutionized the company’s training and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices.

Lili Peyser-Racine

Israel
 Lili Peyser-Racine
Born in Paris in 1939, Lili Peyser-Racine is an Israeli philanthropist, TAU Governor and an active member of the World WIZO leadership. Lili and her family fled to the... Read more

Born in Paris in 1939, Lili Peyser-Racine is an Israeli philanthropist, TAU Governor and an active member of the World WIZO leadership. Lili and her family fled to the south of France during the Nazi occupation; her parents joined the Jewish underground, forged documents and smuggled Jewish children into Switzerland. In 1952 the family immigrated to Israel where Lili’s father established the Delek oil company. In the 1990s, Lili and her sister took over management of the family charity established by their father. Lili joined TAU’s Israeli Friends Association and has since supported numerous projects advancing needy students, young researchers, lab equipment and, most recently, the Entrance Plaza at the TAU Botanic Garden. Lili is a committee member of the Knesset Speakers` Quality of Life Prize and the Azrieli College in Jerusalem.

2017

Habima National Theater

Israel
 Habima National Theater
Habima Theater was the world’s first professional Hebrew theater, established in Moscow in 1917. Founded at a time when study of the Hebrew language was forbidden, the... Read more

Habima Theater was the world’s first professional Hebrew theater, established in Moscow in 1917. Founded at a time when study of the Hebrew language was forbidden, the theater’s mission was to revive Hebrew language and culture as a means of giving voice to the spirit of the Jewish People. In 1918, it began operating under the auspices of the Moscow Art Theater. In 1926, Habima left Russia to tour internationally; two years later, some of its members took the company to Mandate Palestine. After several successful productions in Tel Aviv, it gained a reputation as the national Jewish theater and, in 1945, it moved into its permanent home, which was completely refurbished in 2012. Today, Habima comprises a troupe of over 80 actors and 120 theater arts professionals who put on dozens of productions per year and participate in top festivals around the world. This year marks its centennial year.

Shira Shofty

Israel
 Shira Shofty
An educator for over 40 years, Shira Shofty is the outgoing Director of the Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth at Tel Aviv University. The Unit, established in the... Read more

An educator for over 40 years, Shira Shofty is the outgoing Director of the Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth at Tel Aviv University. The Unit, established in the late 1960s, is dedicated to nurturing excellence and expanding accessibility to higher education among talented youngsters, with an emphasis on the country’s social and geographic periphery. Under Shofty’s stewardship, it was transformed into the largest center of excellence of its kind in Israel. In recent years, she has focused much of her efforts on helping Israelis of Ethiopian origin integrate into Israeli society. She has also worked extensively with NGOs dedicated to advancing the status of women, democratic values and peace in Israel. Shofty completed her BA in economics and political science and her MA in the sociology of education at Tel Aviv University.

2016

Dr. Boris Mints

Russia
Dr. Boris Mints
Boris Mints is the founder, chairman and president of 01 Group, a private holding company that invests in the real estate, industrial and financial sectors. He holds a... Read more

Boris Mints is the founder, chairman and president of 01 Group, a private holding company that invests in the real estate, industrial and financial sectors. He holds a doctorate in engineering sciences and served as an assistant professor of advanced mathematics at the Ivanovo Textile Academy for 7 years. He later spent a decade serving in a range of municipal and government positions in Moscow. Dr. Mints is an engaged supporter of Jewish and Israeli causes, as well as the arts. He is Chairman of the Board of Patrons of the Conference of European Rabbis, board member of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and member of the Board of Patrons of Mariinsky Theater, among other roles. He recently donated his modern art collection to the new Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow.

2015

Natan Barak

Israel
 Natan Barak
Natan Barak is founder and CEO of mPrest Systems and head of the Command & Control System of Iron Dome. Barak retired from the Israeli Navy in 2003 at the rank of... Read more

Natan Barak is founder and CEO of mPrest Systems and head of the Command & Control System of Iron Dome. Barak retired from the Israeli Navy in 2003 at the rank of Colonel, having established and later headed the C4I Division (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence), as well as led software development for operational combat systems. A recipient of the Israel Defense Prize, the Admiral's Innovation Award and the IDF Chief of Staff Award, Barak holds a BSc in electrical engineering, an MA in business administration and an MA in political science, and is a graduate of the Israeli Academy of National Security.

 

Executive Directors of the Iron Dome Air Defense System

Iron Dome is a revolutionary mobile air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries, under the direction of Daniel Gold, Eyal Shapira, Natan Barak and Yossi Drucker. The system is designed to intercept
and destroy short-range rockets, missiles and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43mi) away and whose trajectory would take them to populated areas. Iron Dome was declared operational and initially deployed in March 2011 near Beersheba, making its first interception of a Grad rocket launched from Gaza a month later. Since then, Iron Dome has become Israel’s unequivocal defensive game-changer, saving countless Israeli lives. The incredible power of Iron Dome was most recently witnessed during Operation Protective Edge last summer, when the system achieved a 90% interception rate.

William F. Cohen

USA
 William F. Cohen
William F. Cohen is the CEO of Dillon Yarn Corp., Chairman and CEO of Atlas Oral Health Care, Chairman and CEO of Arctic Ease, partner in Fabricated Metals and Commodore... Read more

William F. Cohen is the CEO of Dillon Yarn Corp., Chairman and CEO of
Atlas Oral Health Care, Chairman and CEO of Arctic Ease, partner in
Fabricated Metals and Commodore Factors, President of Morristown
Helicopter Services Inc., and is on the Board of Directors of Energy Focus
Inc. He is a second-generation member of the Tel Aviv University Board of
Governors, following in the footsteps of his late father, B.I. Cohen, and
served as Chairman of the American Friends Association from 2008-2011. He
is a long-time supporter of scholarships at the University, a reflection
of his profound belief in the power of education. Mr. Cohen attended the
Baldwin School in New York and Long Island University. He is an
instrumentrated commercial helicopter and airplane pilot. He lives in NYC
with his wife, Anne Brigitte Cohen. They have two sons, Max and Julien.

Yosi Drucker

Israel
 Yosi Drucker
Yosi Druker is Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Air Superiority Systems Division at Rafael. Trained as an electrical engineer at Ben Gurion University,... Read more

Yosi Druker is Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Air Superiority Systems Division at Rafael. Trained as an electrical engineer at Ben Gurion University, Druker joined Rafael in 1977 and filled a number of roles before being appointed to his current position. He has vast experience in the development and management of advanced weapons systems, including hardware and software development, operations research, aircraft integration and systems engineering. He was awarded the Israel Defense Prize in 2012 for his role in inventing and managing Iron Dome.

 

Executive Directors of the Iron Dome Air Defense System

Iron Dome is a revolutionary mobile air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries, under the direction of Daniel Gold, Eyal Shapira, Natan Barak and Yossi Drucker. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets, missiles and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43mi) away and whose trajectory would take them to populated areas. Iron Dome was declared operational and initially deployed in
March 2011 near Beersheba, making its first interception of a Grad rocket launched from Gaza a month later. Since then, Iron Dome has become Israel’s unequivocal defensive game-changer, saving countless Israeli lives. The incredible power of Iron Dome was most recently witnessed during Operation Protective Edge last summer, when the system achieved a 90% interception rate.

Dr. Daniel Gold

Israel
Dr. Daniel Gold
Known as the "father of Iron Dome," Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold is the CEO and founder of Gold R&D Technology and Innovation Ltd., and Head of the... Read more

Known as the "father of Iron Dome," Brig. Gen. (Res.) Dr. Daniel Gold is the CEO and founder of Gold R&D Technology and Innovation Ltd., and Head of the Israel National Committee for Commercial/Civilian Cyber R&D. Gold served as Head of R&D at the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and the Israel Defense Forces, holding several division head positions within IMOD and the Israel Air Force. Under Gold's leadership, the IDF R&D unit was awarded the Israel Defense Prize seven times, and he himself received the Israel Defense Prize in 2012 for initiating and spearheading Iron Dome. Dr. Gold was selected as one of the 12 torchbearers at the 2015 Israeli Independence Day celebrations. He completed two doctoral degrees at Tel Aviv University: a PhD in electrical engineering and a PhD in business management.

 

Executive Directors of the Iron Dome Air Defense System

Iron Dome is a revolutionary mobile air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries, under the direction of Daniel Gold, Eyal Shapira, Natan Barak and Yossi Drucker. The system is designed to intercept
and destroy short-range rockets, missiles and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43mi) away and whose trajectory would take them to populated areas. Iron Dome was declared operational and initially deployed in March 2011 near Beersheba, making its first interception of a Grad rocket launched from Gaza a month later. Since then, Iron Dome has become Israel’s unequivocal defensive game-changer, saving countless Israeli lives. The incredible power of Iron Dome was most recently witnessed during Operation Protective Edge last summer, when the system achieved a 90% interception rate.

The Israeli Opera

Israel
 The Israeli Opera
Since its establishment in 1985, the Israeli Opera has served as a world-class international opera house. Led by Hanna Munitz, it has transformed opera into an accessible... Read more

Since its establishment in 1985, the Israeli Opera has served as a
world-class international opera house. Led by Hanna Munitz, it has
transformed opera into an accessible art form and today has some 18,000
subscribers. Over the years, the Israeli Opera has won extensive
recognition, attracting superstars such as director Franco Zeffirelli and
other world-renowned figures to perform and collaborate with it. The
Israeli Opera’s international standing grew significantly in 2010 when it
conceived and staged an opera festival at the foot of Masada. Today, it is
one of the world’s leading openair opera festivals, with over 160,000
visitors including 10,000 from overseas. Hanna Munitz joined the Israeli
Opera at its inception in 1985 and was appointed General Director in 1995.
Prior to that, she was director of marketing, public relations and special
projects at the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv. Munitz is a TAU alumna in
philosophy, theater studies and law, and a recipient of several accolades,
among them Commendatore in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in
2011.

Eyal Shapira

Israel
 Eyal Shapira
Eyal Shapira is Director of Air Surveillance and C-RAM at ELTA Systems, a daughter company of Israel Aerospace Industries. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF and a... Read more

Eyal Shapira is Director of Air Surveillance and C-RAM at ELTA Systems, a daughter company of Israel Aerospace Industries. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF and a reserve Battalion Commander in Israel’s Northern Command. After gaining his degree in electrical engineering and computer studies at Ben Gurion University, Shapira began work as an integrated systems engineer at ELTA Systems, and was quickly promoted to chief engineer and manager of the Iron Dome radar system. He has received several awards, among them the 2012 Israel Defense Prize for his role in Iron Dome, and was featured as one of the 40 Most Promising Young Businesspeople in 2014 by Globes.

 

Executive Directors of the Iron Dome Air Defense System

Iron Dome is a revolutionary mobile air defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries, under the direction of Daniel Gold, Eyal Shapira, Natan Barak and Yossi Drucker. The system is designed to intercept
and destroy short-range rockets, missiles and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) to 70 kilometers (43mi) away and whose trajectory would take them to populated areas. Iron Dome was declared operational and initially deployed in March 2011 near Beersheba, making its first interception of a Grad rocket launched from Gaza a month later. Since then, Iron Dome has become Israel’s unequivocal defensive game-changer, saving countless Israeli lives. The incredible power of Iron Dome was most recently witnessed during Operation Protective Edge last summer, when the system achieved a 90% interception rate.

2014

The Cameri Theater

Israel
 The Cameri Theater
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Cameri is Tel Aviv’s municipal theater. With six auditoria, it is Israel’s largest theatrical venue and has a repertoire... Read more

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Cameri is Tel Aviv’s municipal theater. With six auditoria, it is Israel’s largest theatrical venue and has a repertoire featuring both classic and contemporary productions from Israel and abroad. Each year, the Cameri stages approximately 30 productions – including 10 brand new ones – to a total audience of 1 million people from Israel and worldwide. Frequently invited to perform overseas, the Cameri’s productions have garnered over 100 awards, including the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to the State of Israel. The Cameri also hosts leading theaters from throughout the world. Among the theater’s company are 80 of Israel’s top acting professionals, as well as celebrated directors from Israel and abroad. The Cameri is led by General Director Noam Semel and Artistic Director Omri Nitzan

 

2013

Guillermo Sverdlin

Israel
 Guillermo Sverdlin
Businessman Guillermo Swerdlin served as president of Keren Hayesod in his native Mexico before immigrating to Israel in 1984. He is an active member of the Tel Aviv... Read more

Businessman Guillermo Swerdlin served as president of Keren Hayesod in his native Mexico before immigrating to Israel in 1984. He is an active member of the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors and its Spanish-Speaking Friends Association, where his endeavors have helped garner more friends and supporters from Israel’s Spanish-speaking community. He dedicated the Sverdlin Institute for Latin American Studies at TAU five years ago and continues to support the Institute and its activities. Swerdlin has passed down his love of Israel and Tel Aviv University to the younger generations of his family. His daughter is a TAU history graduate and his granddaughter is currently pursuing an international liberal arts degree in the framework of TAU International.

 

2011

Ron Krongold

Australia
 Ron Krongold
Ron Krongold was a TAU Governor and a past President of the TAU Friends Association in Australia, Victoria Chapter. He was an active member of the Melbourne Jewish... Read more

Ron Krongold was a TAU Governor and a past President of the TAU Friends Association in Australia, Victoria Chapter. He was an active member of the Melbourne Jewish community, serving as joint President of JNF (Victoria) from 1995 to 2001 and as Chairman of the JNF Jubilee Foundation. As a young man he joined the UIA Young Adults and was co-leader of the first Keren Hayesod Young Adults mission to Israel. Krongold graduated in applied chemistry from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1968 and worked as a chemist in the plastics industry. The Krongold family has a long tradition of giving to community causes through the establishment of the Krongold Centre for Exceptional Children at Monash University and the Krongold Binah Program at Mount Scopus Memorial College. Ron's father established the Henry and Dinah Krongold Chair in Microelectronics at Tel Aviv University, and Ron and his wife, Susan, continued this tradition by supporting immigrant doctoral students in microelectronics at TAU.

2009

Aharon Doron

Israel
 Aharon Doron
Aharon Doron has spent most of his life in the service of Israel. Born in Germany, he immigrated to Israel in 1939 as part of the Youth Aliyah program and later became an... Read more

Aharon Doron has spent most of his life in the service of Israel. Born in Germany, he immigrated to Israel in 1939 as part of the Youth Aliyah program and later became an instructor in the Haganah. With the birth of the State, Doron became an IDF officer, rising in the ranks to become Commander of the Nahal and later of the Golani Brigade, and head of the Manpower Branch at the IDF general headquarters. In 1966 he retired from the IDF with the rank of Major General, and joined Tel Aviv University as deputy president. During the next decade, Doron was virtually singlehandedly responsible for handling the University’s finances, drawing in its first benefactors, and advancing campus growth. Doron later worked for the Jewish Agency and the Diaspora Museum, and in 1992 he rejoined the IDF to serve as Ombudsman until his retirement in 1998.

Tom Mandel

Australia
   Tom Mandel
Businessman and philanthropist Tom Mandel was born in the Russian Crimea and emigrated to Australia with his family at the age of five. He saw active duty in the Far... Read more
Businessman and philanthropist Tom Mandel was born in the Russian Crimea and emigrated to Australia with his family at the age of five. He saw active duty in the Far East during World War II and, upon demobilization, qualified as a teacher at the University of Melbourne. He later moved to the commercial world, joining a multinational manufacturing group where he remained until his retirement in the 1980s. In 1954, Mandel set up an Israeli branch of the group, and moved his family to the UK to oversee all the group’s European operations, before eventually returning to Australia. Since retiring, Mandel has served as a strategic and financial consultant to commercial and community organizations, as well as expanded his charitable activities in Israel and around the world.

David Meller

UK
   David Meller
Outgoing chairman of the Tel Aviv University Trust in Great Britain, David Meller is a prominent businessman and community leader. Meller began his career at Marks and... Read more
Outgoing chairman of the Tel Aviv University Trust in Great Britain, David Meller is a prominent businessman and community leader. Meller began his career at Marks and Spencer before joining his family’s business, Julius A. Meller Holdings Plc, in 1979. In 1984, Meller and his brother Michael took over and expanded the company to incorporate additional divisions, and today he serves as joint chairman of the company. Meller is involved in several community-oriented organizations in the UK, and is today chairman of the Young President’s Organization of London, a business development organization for businesspeople under the age of 40. He served as Vice Chairman of Watford Football Club from 1997 to 2006.

2008

Yehiel Ben-Zvi

   Yehiel Ben-Zvi

John Landerer, CBE AM

   John Landerer, CBE AM

Alan Selwyn

   Alan Selwyn

2007

Peter Kobiela

   Peter Kobiela

2006

Gaby Chariton Brill

2005

Yoel Saraf

Helena Spijer-Kok

2004

François Brunschwig

Varda Yoran

2002

Sergio Groskopf

2001

Stanley Grosman

Leslie Wolfson

2000

Nahum Barag

Gabriela David

Sanford L. Lefcoe

1999

Dina Ettinger

Ben A. Williamowsky

1998

Paulina Mizrahi De Deutch

1997

Myer L. Bick

Nikolaus Hensel

1996

Amnon S. Barness

Alicia Gojman de Backal

1995

B. I. Cohen

Enrique V. Iglesias

Gretl Raymond

Barbara Sieratzki

Sylvia Simko

1994

Elba Cuenca

1993

Moises Becker

Albert Cuenca

1992

Maritza Pionkowski

1991

Wolf Blumenthal

Elisabeth Maxwell

Michael E. Perlman

Helmut Zilk

1990

Sara Dumont

Esteban Herczeg

Simone Mallah

Arie Pickel

Noel Werthein

1989

Adolf Ebner

Hon. Walter Jona, A.M.

1988

Wolfram Michael Bruck

Celia Burger

Luiz Chor

Josef Feher

Kurt Lion

1987

Lawrence M. Bessner

Casimir, Prinz Wittgenstein

Rosita S. de Herczeg

Harold Greenberg

Beniamino Matatia

Ruben Merenfeld

Ralph B. Rothstein

Gregorio Shapiro