Deborah Bergeron,
Regional Director

Welcome to AABGU’s Greater Texas Region! It has been my honor to be the director of this region since 2000. Headquartered in Houston, we cover all of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

This region’s lay leaders, board members and donors have been instrumental in supporting key BGU initiatives, including the Marcus Family Campus, the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Health Sciences, the Kidumatica Math Program, the state-of-the-art MRI at BGU’s Brain Imaging Center, the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the American Associates Village at Sede Boqer, and more.

Also, don’t miss our Annual Kosher Dining Extravaganza a longtime local tradition honoring leaders of the Houston community and Israel, prepared by Houston’s top chefs.

Come on down and join in the excitement! Invest your time as an AABGU lay leader and be part of Israel’s Negev.


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Deborah Bergeron
Regional Director

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Aug 02

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Austin, Texas


Extravaganza Chairs Haya Varon and Raquel Goldberg present the AABGU David Ben-Gurion Award to Honorees Sandra and Steven Finkelman Regional Director Deborah Bergeron, Shira Yosher, Prof. Arieh Saposnik, Arline and Ben Guefen Prof. Dan Blumberg; Doron Krakow, AABGU executive vice president; BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi; Prof. Steve Rosen AABGU's Austin Chapter hosts Prof. Steve Rosen (back right). Terry Woskow, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi, Stephen Breslauer
Ben and Arline Guefen with BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi (center).

Ben and Arline Guefen with BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi (center).

Brothers Jim and Steve Breslauer with a trio of David Ben-Gurion impersonators at the 44th Board of Governors Meeting in Beer-Sheva Ellen Marcus, Austin chair and BGU Board of Governors vice chair, representing her parents Lottie and Dr. Howard Marcus (z”l), at the induction ceremony for the President’s Pillars Ambassador Arthur Schechter and Regional Director Deborah Bergeron at the 2014 Gourmet Kosher Extravaganza The Chefs of AABGU’s 2014 Gourmet Kosher Extravaganza: Mark Cox, Mark’s; Carmelo Mauro, Carmelo’s; John Sheely, Mockingbird Bistro and Osteria Mazzantini; Chef Steve Caruana, Westin Galleria Hotel 2014 Gourmet Kosher Extravaganza Honorees Jeannie Samuels, Matt Samuels, David Duke, and Vicki Samuels-Levy accept AABGU’s David Ben-Gurion Leadership Award – designed by international artist Bill Meeks David and Elizabath Grzebinski; BGU Prof. Eilon Adar; Arline Guefen, regional co-chair

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