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February 2022 Newsletter


Dear Friends, Supporters, Parents, and Alumni, Please enjoy our February newsletter below. Reichman University's faculty and students are getting more and more publicity for the cutting-edge research and discoveries developed on our campus in Herzliya. As normal life seems to be approaching, many parents are able to come to campus for the first time in years. We are thrilled to welcome all of you and please let us know when you are visiting! Time is going by so fast. Hard to believe the spring semester will be starting soon and Passover is around the corner! Warmest Wishes,

Leslie Skyba

Executive Director American Friends of Reichman University


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Updated: Dec 28, 2021




Prof. Rafi Melnick has been appointed president of Reichman University. He will replace Founding President Prof. Uriel Reichman, who announced the conclusion of his term as president last September. Reichman's announcement came in the wake of the Council for Higher Education’s official recognition of the institution as a university – the first private university in Israel – and the institution’s Board of Directors’ decision to change its name to Reichman University.


Prof. Reichman was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors, an unpaid position, and a search committee was appointed to replace him. Prof. Melnick was unanimously elected by the search committee appointed to find a new president for Reichman University. The appointment of Prof. Melnick, the university’s provost, was approved by the Board of Directors and the General Assembly of Reichman University. Prof. Melnick, who had been serving as the university’s provost, replaced Prof. Reichman in September as acting president.

Prof. Uriel Reichman welcomed Prof. Melnick's election as president of the university, saying, “Reichman University is blessed to have Prof. Rafi Melnick appointed as the second president in its history. Prof. Melnick has been a partner in leading this university for many years. His agreement to serve as president gives me confidence that our university will continue to fulfill its values and make significant academic and human achievements. Prof. Melnick is an integral part of this university, and as provost has led it through considerable changes over the past few years. During one of the more difficult periods we have experienced, the COVID pandemic, we were forced to shift from being an institution that emphasizes community life on campus to one that focuses on distance learning.


Prof. Melnick demonstrated impressive leadership as he led the transition of all curricula and services to be delivered online. For me, our university has been my life’s mission and achievement. I conclude my role as president with a great sense of confidence in the future of the institution and in Prof. Melnick’s leadership. On behalf of the entire Reichman University family and as Chairman of the Board, I wish Prof. Melnick success and promise to support him in whatever he needs to continue to realize the unique story of this place.”


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December 2021 Newsletter


Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Gantz at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) Conference

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke at a conference held on November 23 by the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at Reichman University. Below are some of PM Naftali Bennett’s remarks at the conference: Discussing the Iranian nuclear threat, the prime minister disparaged


the “legacy” he inherited from the previous government: “When I entered the Prime Minister's Office six months ago, I was shocked by the gap between rhetoric and action. I found a disturbing disparity between statements claiming that Iran is unlikely to become nuclear and the legacy I received. Iran is at a very advanced stage of its nuclear program, as its enrichment machine is broader and more sophisticated than ever. In addition to advancing the nuclear program, Iran has also succeeded in consistently encircling Israel with a ring of militias from all sides. From the northeast, Shiite militias in Syria and from the south, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They have surrounded Israel with missiles while sitting in Tehran. They sit and do us harm and shed our blood without leaving the house and without paying a price.”




Defense Minister Gantz revealed: “Iran attempted to transfer explosives from Syria to terrorists in Judea and Samaria using unmanned aircraft” In his opening remarks, the minister said, “Israel is not a nation that dwells alone, and the Iranian threat is not just to Israel. Iran aspires to become a regional, and eventually a global, hegemon that will impose its extreme ideology, in which human rights are trampled, LGBT people are hanged, women are excluded, and resources are allocated for the benefit of the regime. .”




The conference also featured a conversation between Prof. Uriel Reichman, founding president and chairman of the Board of Directors of Reichman University, and Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead at the Security & Policy Conference convened by the Institute of Policy and Strategy at Reichman University.



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