Zuckerman Institute – America-Israel Friendship League partnership

The Zuckerman Institute is excited to announce a new partnership with the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) to produce a series of webinars in cooperation with the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program. These webinars will explore the impact of science and technology on our everyday lives.

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The America-Israel Friendship League is a non-partisan organization that was established 50 years ago by community, national and civic leaders in the United States. Over the years, the organization built and enhanced the bonds of mutual commonality between people in the US and Israel by engaging and educating people of all faiths, ethnic background and political orientation to better understand the common foundations of both countries: democracy, free speech, protection of individual rights and the quest for knowledge and innovation.

Since March 2020, AIFL has been presenting weekly webinars on a range of current and diverse topics with panel members from the United States and Israel.   These webinars, which are offered twice a week, attract an average of 8,000 viewers per session.

This partnership will introduce our audience to Zuckerman Faculty Scholars who make up an integral part of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program. These scientists engage in advanced collaboration with their US colleagues, and represents the essence of our program.

Zuckerman Institute founder Mortimer Zuckerman is AIFL’s Honorary President. Zuckerman Institute Trustee Eric J. Gertler serves as is AIFL’s current Chairman and is Chair of the Executive Committee. Zuckerman Institute Trustee James S. Gertler is a member of AIFLs board of directors.

The Zuckerman Institute continues to strengthen and support the special relationship between the US and Israel.

Zuckerman Institute Science Series

Watch the first webinar with Dr. Itamar Harel, Assistant Professor of Genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Zuckerman Faculty Scholar.  His collaborator in the US is  Dr. Bérénice A. Benayoun, Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California.  Together, they  explore:

  • How the aging process affects disease progression and susceptibility
  • How the African Turquoise Killifish, a model organism, can be used to screen for genes and drugs that slow or reverse the aging process and age-related diseases
  • How their collaboration, which began during their postdoctoral studies, continues today in their respective laboratories


Please join us for our next webinar on July 14, 2021.

Details  to follow.

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