fall 2013

American Friends: The Open University Foundation

Galia Maor, former CEO and President of the Bank Leumi Group and a member of the Open University of Israel's Board of Governors, was the Guest Speaker at American Friends of the Open University of Israel's Gala Event. A recipient of the prestigious Max Rowe Award for her outstanding leadership in advancing education, Galia Maor shared her vision of education, the role of the OUI, and its contribution to Israel's future. "The future that we all seek for Israel is one of independence, strength and security, based on economic prosperity, scientific and medical progress, and a rich cultural life. For all this, education is the vital key… the Open University of Israel offers this vital key in a unique way… With its flexible acceptance criteria, it represents a real affirmative action mechanism, allowing individuals from every sector of the population to acquire education, to achieve a productive professional life, and to contribute to economic growth."

Photography by Ellen Dubin Photography.
(from l to r) Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, outgoing President of the Open University of Israel, Ingeborg Rennert, President of the Board of Directors, Open University Foundation, Gala Chair Mimi Haas-Perlman, Galia Maor, recipient of Max Rowe Award.

Photography by Ellen Dubin Photography.
Senator Joseph Lieberman and Hadassa Lieberman, Gala Honorees.