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Bar-Ilan University Launches Innovative “Israel Throughout The Year” Curriculum Made Possible By Miami’s Katz Family


Comprehensive, Zionist Curriculum Already Acquired By Several U.S Jewish Schools, including the Hillel Day School of Boca Raton

SOUTH FLORIDA AND RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL – The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University recently introduced an innovative "Israel Throughout the Year" curriculum that is comprehensive, informative, and pedagogic in nature. The program responds to a need expressed by numerous educators about the lack of Israel education in Jewish schools, offering students in grades one through eight a series of fun and comprehensive lessons about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders, and the challenges faced by the Jewish State.

“Israel Throughout the Year” was made possible through the support of Evelyn and Dr. Shmuel Katz of Bal Harbour, Florida, and has already been acquired by the Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, as well as the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York; SAR Academy in Riverdale, New York; Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, Pennsylvania; the Hillel Day School in Detroit; and many others.

“Israel Throughout the Year” is the result of more than five years of intense research, planning and writing, providing comprehensive lessons for Jewish and Israeli holidays. For example, first graders will discover the Kotel (Jerusalem’s Western Wall) on Asara BeTevet, which commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by the Babylonians; sixth graders will delve into “Israel: Challenges and Triumphs” on Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day; and seventh graders will learn about “Jerusalem – David’s Capital” on Yom Yerushalayim, the Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem.

“We strove to ensure that all important topics that should be covered while teaching about Israel are included, and in an attractive, interesting and friendly manner,” said Rabbi Yonah Fuld, the project's director at The Lookstein Center. “Having received positive feedback from educators, academics, school decision makers and teachers in the field who are already using the curriculum, we are confident in saying that everything you could expect a Jewish child to know about Israel is included here. This is a 'must have' resource.”

“We believe strongly in both Jewish education and the State of Israel, and have grown concerned about the shortage of authentic information about the Jewish State for children. Far too often, when Jewish youngsters hear about Israel in the press, they see false, negative images of an oppressor and a violator of human rights,” said Dr. and Mrs. Katz. “This exciting curriculum addresses those concerns very directly, and we are delighted with the enthusiastic response it has received.”

For more information, or to order “Israel Throughout the Year”, visit, or contact Rabbi Fuld at


Bar-Ilan University is a microcosm of the State of Israel. Its diverse student population comes together in an academic environment which embraces Judaism and Zionism. These principles are core to the University’s groundbreaking initiatives in the sciences, law, nanotechnology, engineering, business, the humanities and its new Medical School in the Galilee.

American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) increases awareness of, and support for the fastest growing institution of higher education in Israel, with over 33,000 students in its academic community. With offices in New York, Florida, California, Chicago and Michigan, the AFBIU is led by outstanding Jewish communal leaders on its board of overseers who share a common vision with the University in advancing and strengthening Israel through education, research and Jewish continuity.

Architect Kobi Karp Links Miami to Bar-Ilan Medical School in Israel


Located in the Historic City of Safed, the Jewish State’s Fifth Medical School is a National Priority Initiative

MIAMI, FL and SAFED, ISRAEL – In November 2012, Israel’s Bar-Ilan University formally laid the cornerstone for its future medical school - the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee - in the historic city of Safed. On hand to mark this momentous occasion was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government identified this medical school as a national priority initiative and committed to providing half of its funding. (Israel faces a national shortage of physicians, and a pressing need to upgrade medical services and infrastructure in the country’s north.) The new medical school will be Israel’s fifth and the first in the Galilee.

        A South Florida connection to this important campus is acclaimed Miami architect Kobi Karp, who (along with Israel-based Tito Architects and Tsvi Lissar) won an international design competition for the medical school’s master plan. For this extraordinary piece of design, Karp (who was born in Israel in 1962 and lived there until he was 12) and his partners drew inspiration from the surrounding natural environment and rolling hills of Galilee. The site for the campus sits on a shoulder of a unique hill facing south and overlooking the nearby Sea of Galilee and Safed itself.

“After visiting the location for the campus, our team felt strongly that the project’s greatest asset was the site itself,” said Karp. “The hill creates a unique and very dramatic vista, where we have designed low-rise structures built into the shoulder. This results in opportunities for outdoor and indoor spaces, with orientation and views of the sea to one side, and the Galilee valleys and Safed on the opposite side.”

The innovative design maximizes the views of spaces, gardens, and courtyards, while also framing the occupants’ views. The campus will house a medical research triplex; a medical training complex; integrative research and disease-based centers; a student and community services complex; a library, sports center and medical simulation center; 45 laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art research instrumentation; and student and faculty residences. It is expected to be completed in five years.

“I am delighted to be involved in such an important public service project for my native country,” added Karp. “As I continue this effort, the many sick or injured people whose lives will be improved by the campus are very much on my mind.”


*Bar-Ilan University is the fastest growing university in Israel, with 33,000 students in its academic community. The University seeks to produce students who excel in the sciences, humanities, law, engineering, business and the arts – all within a learning environment that fosters Jewish values and continuity. From its leadership in scientific and academic research to 1,500 courses being offered by the world’s largest Jewish studies faculty, Bar-Ilan University fuses cutting edge science, high level scholarship and Jewish heritage into a culture of excellence.

Founded in 1955, the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) engages in a variety of exciting programs, events and philanthropic activities to support Bar-Ilan University in Israel. With offices in New York, California, Florida and Michigan, the AFBIU works to promote public awareness and raise funds to support the University’s research and discoveries in fields ranging from nanotechnology and brain science to biblical archeology and Jewish studies. The AFBIU has a lay-led national board of directors of outstanding Jewish communal leaders who share a common vision with the University in advancing and strengthening Israel through education, research and Jewish continuity.*

John Bussel Appointed President of American Technion Society-South Florida Chapter

MIAMI, FL (November 16, 2012) – John Bussel, a Miami financial advisor and investment professional, is the new president of the American Technion Society (ATS)-South Florida Chapter (which includes all of Miami-Dade and Broward County). "I have been heavily involved with the Technion and ATS for more than ten years, and am honored to assume this new and exciting position," said Bussel, whose term will extend through 2014. "Our chapter has a magnificent legacy of supporting Israel's premier science and technology university, and we intend to continue that tradition in the years ahead."

As a principal and regional director of the Hewins Financial Advisors Miami office, Bussel serves numerous private clients and family-based foundations, and has a special interest in family wealth management. A member of the CFA Institute and CFA Miami, Bussel is actively engaged in his community as chair of the Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and as vice chair of the Barry University Board of Trustees, where he chairs its Committee on Trustees. In addition, he is a director of the Florida International University foundation and a member of its investment committee. At the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, Bussel is a trustee and chair of the Committee on Trustees. Bussel also serves on the investment committees of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Foundation, Barry University, and Loomis Chaffee School.

Bussel succeeds Senator Paul B. Steinberg, a local attorney and businessman who has served as president of the chapter since 2002. Sen. Steinberg helped direct significant philanthropy from the Miami Beach-based Five Millers Foundation to the Technion, and his tenure resulted in an Honorary Fellowship from the Technion earlier this year. "I want to thank Sen. Steinberg for his extraordinary leadership and dedication over the past decade," added Bussel.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Israel's leading science and technology university. Home to the country's first winners of the Nobel Prize in science, it commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, computer science, biotechnology, water-resource management, materials engineering, aerospace and medicine. The majority of the founders and managers of Israel's high-tech companies are alumni. Based in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) is the leading American organization supporting higher education in Israel, with offices around the country.


MIAMI BEACH, FL - June 20, 2012 – Sen. Paul Steinberg of Miami Beach, Florida was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, during the Technion International Board of Governors Meeting (BOG) in Haifa, June 10-13. The Technion is Israel’s premier science and technology university, and home to three Nobel Prize winners in Science in the past eight years. Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie cited Sen. Steinberg for his “love of Israel and admiration for the Technion; support of Technion research and caring for (its) students”; and his “outstanding leadership and generosity.”

The BOG, which included awards ceremonies, speaking events, dedications and festive celebrations for the Technion Cornerstone Centennial, was preceded by the American Technion Society (ATS) Mission to St. Petersburg, Russia and Israel, which raised more than $6 million. Some 60 participants from across the United States met Jewish community leaders in St. Petersburg, and visited the city’s opulent landmarks. In Israel, they were treated to VIP behind-the-scenes tours of Technion laboratories and high-tech start-ups that were founded by Technion graduates.

Sen. Steinberg (who was joined by his wife, Sandy, at the meeting) has served as president of the ATS South Florida Chapter since 2002, and been instrumental in raising funds and awareness for Israel's premier science and technology university. Sen. Steinberg has also helped direct significant philanthropy from the Miami Beach-based Five Millers Foundation to the Technion, incubator of Israel’s “Start-Up Nation” entrepreneurial reputation.

Sen. Steinberg is the president and primary shareholder of the law firm Steinberg & Associates, P.A. which maintains offices in Miami Beach, Florida and New York, New York. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington, D.C. and before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Sen. Steinberg served in the Florida Legislature from 1972 to 1982 and helped pass legislation dealing with real estate, insurance, banking and economic development.


ABOUT THE TECHNION The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is consistently ranked among the world's leading science and technology universities. Home to three of Israel’s five winners of the Nobel Prize in science, the Technion commands a worldwide reputation for its pioneering work in computer science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, water-resource management, medicine, drug development, and aerospace. Headquartered in New York City, the American Technion Society (ATS) promotes scientific and technological research and education at the Technion.


Leader in Online Hate Monitoring Unveils Free 24/7 “App” for Law Enforcement

DORAL, FL – The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a leading Jewish human rights organization, recently presented its 2012 "Digital Terrorism and Hate Report" at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center. More than 40 South Florida homeland security and law enforcement officials participated in this special briefing, including members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Southeast Florida Fusion Center, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade and Aventura Police Departments, the Florida Department of Health, and other agencies.

The presentation was led by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the SWC, and Rick Eaton, the Center’s senior researcher for this project, who have been compiling and sharing the "Digital Terrorism and Hate Report” with law enforcement since 1995. The 2012 report documents more than 15,000 websites, forums, newsgroups, social network pages, YouTube videos, and games promoting hate against minorities, gays, and religions. For the first time ever, the findings of the “Digital Terrorism and Hate Report” are available in the form of a password-protected “app”, providing law enforcement, government agencies, and policy makers with real-time information on specific groups and online trends, providing a powerful new tool in the tracking and combating of online hate.

Highlights of the presentation included online reactions to (and celebration of) the March 2012 murders at a Jewish school in France; promotion of the "Lone Wolf" approach for terrorists and hate-mongers; terrorism tutorials, including bomb-making videos; the uneven efforts of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to deter the use of their services by terrorists and bigots; the warping of the so-called “Arab Spring” by extremist forces in the Middle East; and Iran’s efforts to promote Holocaust denial and hatred against Israel. They also discussed the online activity of South Florida-based hate groups such as Stormfront, as well as efforts to denigrate Hispanics and African-Americans.

“A recent survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police revealed that fewer than half (48.6%) of all law enforcement agencies have a social media policy,” said Rabbi Cooper. “We hope this free report helps provide law enforcement with much-needed support in this area, and thank our friends at the FDLE and Fusion Center for their partnership in this endeavor.”

For more information about the SWC, please contact Tamar Kohn Marks, SWC Southern Region Director, at or 305-935-2280.