Claire Winick, Regional Director

Claire Winick, Regional Director

Welcome to AABGU’s Mid-Atlantic Region, based in the Philadelphia suburb of Jenkintown, PA.

We are a veteran organization in the community, with a history of over 30 years of informative events and outstanding leadership. With more than 25 events per year, we offer the community opportunities to meet world-class researchers and professors, primarily in private homes, at no cost to our guests, to learn about Ben-Gurion University’s role in developing Israel’s Negev region.

Eager to expand our network of friends, the Mid-Atlantic Region opened a chapter in Pittsburgh, PA and in Delaware in recent years. We look forward to new leaders and donors emerging from the new chapters, joining the long-time dedicated leaders of the Philadelphia chapter.

As Ben-Gurion University approaches its 50th anniversary in 2020, we hope you will join thousands of generous and caring Israel-minded men and women who support this young and dynamic university.

Please check this website and plan to join us for an upcoming event. You will be most welcome.

With best regards,


Claire Winick
Regional Director

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Claire Winick
Regional Director

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261 Old York Road #417A
PO Box 1128
Jenkintown, PA 19046




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Dec 16

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania


An evening with Neta Pulvermacher, director of Sundance, the BGU dance company: Dr. Susan Leshnoff, of the Philadelphia Chapter’s Academic Bridge Committee; Dr. Mike Michaels, inducted into the Living Legacy Society; Neta Pulvermacher; and Soroosh Michaels Dinner with Prof. Haim Hames, dean of BGU's Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Pictured are: (seated) Dr. Bettyruth Walter; Dr. Dinah Lovitch; Sandy King; (standing) Prof. Hames and David Blumenthal Richard and Violet Zeitlin with AABGU CEO Doug Seserman, who addressed the Philadelphia Chapter Winter Board Meeting Dr. Paula Kabalo, director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, was hosted by the Delaware chapter board in the home of Dr. Barry Kayne, chapter chair and his spouse, Reiko. Pictured are Drs. Robin Karol and Gerry Eng; Paula Kabalo; Lelaine and Stuart Nemser; Reiko and Barry Kayne The 19th Annual Snowbird Event in Boca Raton, Florida: Event Chairs: Bob Dunn, Dorothy Wasserman, and Ann Waldman with guest speaker, Dr. Oren Wacht, a BGU alumnus and now a clinical instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and head of the Medical Simulation Center in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Zin Fellows Cohort III Member Julie Savitch (right), who hosted the Philadelphia Chapter installation of officers with her spouse, Jordan (left) in their home, with guest speaker, Dr. Yossi Oren of BGU's Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering. Installation of new chapter chairs: Robert and Michele Levin, incoming Philadelphia Chapter chairs; Wayne Woodman, installation officer; Rob and Marla Zipkin, outgoing chairs Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman (center), founding chairs of Zin Fellows Leadership Program and its major funders with Zin Fellows from the three cohorts: Michele Levin, cohort I; Holly Nelson, cohort II; Debra Zweben, Julie Savitch and Jackie Needleman, cohort III. The Patron Party leading up to the annual Tribute Brunch was hosted by Ira and Eileen Ingerman. Pictured are Ira Ingerman; Patron Chair Sherrie Savett; BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi; Eileen Ingerman Behind the scenes at the annual tribute event: Dr. Michael and Connie Sugarman, Tribute co-chairs; Sam and Connie Katz, Mid-Atlantic Region chairs; AABGU President Toni Young; Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman, Tribute co-chairs; Michele Levin, Philadelphia Chapter co-chair Michele and Robert Levin, Philadelphia Chapter chairs, presenting the “Science…Innovation…Discovery” award to Jane and Lee Bender of Ardmore Dr.Barry Kayne, Delaware Chapter chair, presenting the “Science…Innovation…Discovery” award to Dr. Robin Karol-Eng of Wilmington Gerald B. Shreiber received the Albert and Harriet Soffa Lifetime Achievement Award, a study of David Ben-Gurion in bronze, sculpted by the late Bud Soffa. At the annual Tribute Brunch: (Center) Harriet Soffa; Standing) Elizabeth Haslacher and Dr. Lindsay Shreiber, Gerry Shreiber, Mark Soffa, Marjorie Shreiber Roshkoff
Founders and Friends were hosted by Larry and Lynda Gross, prior to a public presentation by Alon Ben-Gurion, grandson of BGU's namesake. Next to Alon are Harry Dozor, grandson and namesake of the AAABGU founder, and his father, Dr. Richard Dozor.

Founders and Friends were hosted by Larry and Lynda Gross, prior to a public presentation by Alon Ben-Gurion, grandson of BGU's namesake. Next to Alon are Harry Dozor, grandson and namesake of the AAABGU founder, and his father, Dr. Richard Dozor.

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Tags: Negev Development & Community Programs

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Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Negev Development & Community Programs

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Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Press Releases

He begins his term January 1, 2019, replacing Prof. Rivka Carmi as president.