Judith Alterman, Regional Director

Judith Alterman
Regional Director

Daphna Noily, Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Daphna Noily
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Shalom from AABGU in the Northwest! Thank you for your interest in learning more about Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and about upcoming local events and opportunities to meet outstanding BGU faculty members visiting our area.

The involvement of people like you has helped Ben-Gurion University become a leader in fields like medicine, alternative energy, desert agriculture, water purification, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cyber security, and much more. Your generosity fosters continued excellence in higher education, cutting-edge research and community development that benefits the Negev, Israel and the world.

We look forward to getting to know you and helping you find the most meaningful way to connect to BGU. Please contact us – whether you’d like to meet for coffee or receive an invitation to our next event. And if you’re planning a trip to Israel, be sure to let us know so we can arrange a personalized tour for you.

Warm regards,


Judith Alterman
Regional Director


Daphna Noily
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

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Judith Alterman
Regional Director

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240 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Suite 260
Corte Madera, CA 94925



Daphna Noily
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

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Margie Offer, Prof. Alon Tal, Kathleen Spitzer, and Judith Alterman at the September 1 book signing event at Third Place Books in Seattle. Prof. Eilon Adar with Kyriakos Tsakopoulos at Conaway Ranch AIPAC filming at Conaway Ranch (left to right): Scott Warr, regional sales director of Netafim USA; Prof. Eilon Adar, BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research; Bryce Lundberg, vice president of agriculture, Lundberg Family Farms; Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president and chief executive officer of AKT Development/Conaway Ranch Nine-year-old Michael Boussina with his grandfather, Baryohay Davidoff (left), his parents Eileen and Nersi Boussina (right) and BGU neuroscientist Dr. Ilan Dinstein (center) Dr. Ilan Dinstein presents his autism research at the KOH Library and Cultural Center in Sacramento. Rob Spitzer; NIBN Director Prof. Varda Shoshan-Barmatz; AABGU National Board Member Kathleen Spitzer; and Chuck Broches, event host AABGU National Board Member Marjorie Kaiz Offer (center) with Alan and Roz Bornstein, whose daughter is a proud BGU alumna Prof. Eilon Adar met with Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Louis Stewart, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Development. AABGU Executive Vice President Doron Krakow presents Sonny Hurst with a framed photograph of David Ben-Gurion in appreciation of her leadership.
BGU Board of Governors Members Joanne Harrington and Lorry I. Lokey

BGU Board of Governors Members Joanne Harrington and Lorry I. Lokey

Dr. Leslie Lobel addresses a packed auditorium of scientists at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Photo: Robert Hood, Fred Hutch News Service).

Dr. Leslie Lobel the leading Ebola researcher at Ben Gurion UniversityÕs National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev. for a story by Mary Engel on Dec. 8, 2014

At Israel's CyberTech 2015 Conference: Daphna Noily, Prof. Yuval Elovici, Eldad Matityahu, Peter Wexler, Prof. Bracha Shapira, Victoria Livschitz, Kira Makagon, Riki Dayan, Coby Dayan, Dr. Harry Saal

Cybertech 2015 - The Event for the Cyber Industry at the Tel-Aviv Trade Fairs & Convention Center

Harry and Carol Saal dedicate their garden and courtyard at the American Associates Village at Sede Boqer with BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi Coby and Riki Dayan, along with BGU Director General David Bareket and BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi, meet residents of their apartment in the American Associates Village at Sede Boqer Regional Director Daphna Noily, BGU President Prof. Rikva Carmi, Lorry Lokey, and Joanne Harrington at the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the Lorry I. Lokey Chemistry Building BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi with Dr. Nahum Guzik at the dedication ceremony for the Guzik Family Building for Biotechnology in Beer-Sheva Marjorie Offer visits the Monument to the Negev Brigade overlooking Beer-Sheva during a recent trip to BGU Hilda Namm with Florence Giamona enjoying an AABGU reception in Sonoma. Hilda was acknowledged that evening for her generous gift to help BGHU come closer to a cure for type 1 diabetes. Orli Rinat, Riki Dayan and Dr. Anat Weisman, of BGU’s Department of Hebrew Literature, at an evening of Hebrew poetry event for Bay Area Israelis Prof. Alon Friedman with regional board member, Arlene Krieger at an event she hosted

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Tags: Negev Development & Community Programs

AABGU CEO says the Negev represents a Zionist rebirth of Israeli pioneering with BGU at its core.

We Need to Talk About Something New

October 22, 2018

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

Doug Seserman addresses why we should be talking about the Negev--the future of Israel--in this op-ed.

BGU Announces Prof. Daniel Chamovitz as President-elect

August 14, 2018

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Press Releases

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