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Dear Friends, Supporters, Parents, and Alumni,

Please enjoy our June newsletter below.

It is with great sadness that we share our eleventh student fell in the hostage rescue of June 8th. Superintendent Arnon Zmora z"l was set to begin his MA in Counter Terrorism at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at Reichman University. Our condolences go out to his family and we are so grateful for the sacrifice that Arnon made for his country and the hostages he saved. Please read Jonathan Davis’s story about this heroic young man.

Campus has been buzzing with year end activities and we would like to congratulate our graduating Class of 2023!

Our honorary doctorate ceremony took place and this year’s honorees were chosen for their heroism to Israel. It was an honor for the university to recognize them and their continued work on behalf of the State.

Our supporters continue to be true partners in ensuring that Reichman University can flourish during this very difficult time of war and that our students are well taken care of as they return from reserves. I can’t thank you enough. Your Zionist spirit keeps us going!

Please note the annual Conference for the Institute for Counterterrorism has been moved to October 6-8.

We are wishing everyone a quiet and safe summer. If you are in Israel, please stop by campus. We would love to see you.

Warmest Wishes,

Leslie









Reichman University is the leading incubator of academic entrepreneurship in Israel and the world.

The data speaks for itself: last week a study by Prof. Ilya Strebulaev from Stanford University was published and found that startups of founders who studied at Reichman University, and received an investment from a US venture capital fund, are 11.3% more likely to reach unicorn status. According to the research findings, Reichman University is ranked second in the world (!). The study included only universities outside the US.

The young Reichman University has produced 14 companies that have become unicorns, and in relation to its size and age, this is an unprecedented number.

The findings emphasize the significant contribution of Reichman University, specifically the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship to the global technology and business industry, and its central role in the success of the State of Israel as a global technology leader



On June 6th, 2024 Reichman University awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees to individuals who have stood out for their contributions to the state of Israel and its citizens, since October 7. The degrees were awarded at a special Heroism and Revival event at Reichman University to the following-




1. Captain Karni Gez – Commander of the first female tank company in the IDF, who made history alongside the soldiers under her command when they became the first female combat soldiers to engage in armored combat. Together with her company, Gez saved many lives of those on kibbutzim in the south on October 7.



2. Haim Jelin – Former head of the Eshkol Regional Council, who has demonstrated a decades-long dedication to the communities of the Gaza Envelope. Since the events of October 7, he has been serving as a representative of the residents of these communities who are displaced from their homes, and who aspire to return to their kibbutzim in absolute safety.



3. Eyal Naveh – One of the founders of the "Brothers and Sisters in Arms" movement, which established the country's largest civilian emergency headquarters on October 7. The center has worked diligently to help meet the needs of the IDF, the evacuees from the south and north, and supporting the families of the hostages and missing persons.



4. Brigadier General Israel Shomer, commander of Division 146, the explosive formation stationed on the northern border, for many years of work for the security and strength of the State of Israel, and for fighting as a resident of Kfar Aza on the morning of October 7 with courage and resourcefulness to protect the residents of his kibbutz.



5. Noa Tishby – Two-time New York Times best-selling author, producer, and long-standing advocate for Israel and the Jewish people, who especially since the events of October 7, has emerged as a prominent force countering the efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and combatting rising global Antisemitism.



The Honorary Doctorate degrees were awarded by Prof. Uriel Reichman, Founding President and Chairman of the Board, Prof. Boaz Ganor, President and Mr. Oudi Recanati, Chancellor, who said "An Honorary Doctorate Degree is awarded to individuals whose work reflects values of Zionism, entrepreneurship, social responsibility, academia, philanthropy and business success".





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