The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s first and foremost University, an acclaimed educational and research institution of the highest calibre that has made an indelible impression both locally and internationally. It is regularly ranked in the world’s top 100. Despite its relative youth, opening its doors in 1925, the University has played a critical role in the development of the State of Israel and Jewish life, benefiting all citizens whilst reaching out to cure, feed and heal the world.
There is barely a single sphere of human activity that has not in some way benefited: science, medicine, water resourcing, plant, food & veterinary sciences, engineering & high tech, law, the arts, Jewish studies. With over 70 nationalities represented, the Hebrew University has an established track-record of tolerance and dialogue including the Gilo Centre for Citizenship, Democracy and Civic Education, The Minerva Centre for Human Rights, The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace as well as the Law Faculty’s Israel Justice Centre, providing access to legal advice for the disenfranchised in Israeli society. This is also reflected in the University’s extensive program of international collaboration, sharing of expertise globally in the process, helping to enhance Israel’s reputation.
Along this 85-year journey, British Friends has been a stalwart supporter closely identifying with a vision to render the Hebrew University a centre of excellence for all citizens of the State and beyond, fulfilling the Jewish mission of ‘tikun olam’ – healing the world. The Hebrew University’s record since 1925 of 7 Nobel laureates, 258, Israel prize winners, 12 Wolff Prize laureates and over 110, 000 graduates is unparalleled.
“The Task Force initiative is important in helping to develop civic society in Israel and fairness for all its citizens. This resonates with the goals and philosophy of The Hebrew University and the British Friends”
Nigel Salomon, Chief Executive, British Friends of the Hebrew University
26 March 2017
A free programme has begun to help the more than 44% of Arab men who have the highest smoking rate in Israel, and as a result the shortest life expectancy, to quit.
The Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, with funding from the Israel Cancer Association and the Health Ministry, has initiated SMS Quit. Arab men are sent interactive cellphone messages in Arabic on a regular basis that encourage them to kick the habit and abstain from tobacco use, especially in times of crisis.
2 February 2017
Increasing access to higher education for Israel’s Arab citizens is an essential part of realising this population’s potential to contribute to Israel’s economic prosperity and improve socio-economic
Toward a pluralistic and inclusive campus: The Centre for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity at the Hebrew University
21 November 2016
The Centre for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity was established at the Hebrew University in order to develop multicultural sensitivities and tolerance among its
26 July 2016
A pilot training programme to promote better Jewish-Arab relations on campus in Israel and help the integration of Arab students into higher education, has been
20 June 2016
The Knesset is hoping that “The race to law” game will generate great interest among Arab youth, just as the Hebrew version did when it was launched in October. “The game simulates the work of the Knesset enabling all children, a boy or girl, to experience a simulation close to reality of the Knesset’s legislative work,” said Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.
“I’m happy that the game is now in Arabic, for the benefit of youth in the Arab public that we did not reach before.”
15 June 2016
The first-ever Arab Israeli has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the institution announced.
Prof. Michael (Mousa) Karayanni, from a Christian Greek Orthodox family in Kafr Yasif in the Galilee, was unanimously voted to the position by the faculty last Wednesday, to replace the outgoing dean, Prof. Yuval Shani, who has held the post for the past four years.