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Murray Shusterman Provides $1 Million to BGU

Murray Shusterman Provides $1 Million to BGU

August 1, 2014

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Murray Shusterman

Murray Shusterman

Philadelphia attorney and philanthropist Murray H. Shusterman will provide $1 million in urgently needed funding to enhance campus safety at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel against the back drop of round the clock rocket attacks.

The new Murray H. Shusterman Gate will protect security staff, students and visitors entering BGU’s main entrance and provide necessary shelter at the security checkpoint. Operation Protective Edge coincides with the third and to-date longest period that the University has had to close its campus and cancel academic activities due to rockets from Gaza.

“BGU and much of Israel is coping despite the threat of rocket attacks, and I am very fortunate to be able to help out quickly at this crucial time,” Shusterman says. “The new security entrance will protect cars and pedestrians and will enhance the architectural beauty of the BGU campus.”

Currently, security personnel (who are BGU students) and entering visitors are forced to use a cement sewer pipe for shelter at the entrance when a siren sounds. The Murray H. Shusterman Gate and security structure will encompass 6,400 square feet, featuring an updated security detection and alert system allowing security personnel to operate with due caution and react to warnings from Home Front Command quickly and effectively.

It will have two covered and barrier-equipped lanes for the inspection and movement of vehicular traffic. The Shusterman Gate will also have an air-conditioned, modern lobby/entrance hall and an attractive passageway for pedestrians.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for this generous contribution from Murray, who as a visionary leader within the AABGU community recognized the critical importance of further enhancing safety at the University,” explains Doron Krakow, executive vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “Already acknowledged as one of the safest places in Beer-Sheva, this addition will provide a critically needed addition to our security infrastructure.”

Shusterman is senior counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP and a former deputy city solicitor of Philadelphia. He was counsel for the Commission on Human Relations and for the City Council. He also served as vice president for the Philadelphia City Board of Health. For many years, he was an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law, teaching corporate and real estate law.

A longtime member of the University’s board of governors, as well as AABGU’s national board, Shusterman has served as AABGU Philadelphia chapter chair and is currently Mid-Atlantic Region associate chair. Along with his late wife, Judith, he established a Career Development Chair in Microbiology, a wing of the medical school library and a cancer research wing in support of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is a member of the Living Legacy and Ben-Gurion Societies.

“We put out the alert and Murray once again answered the call,” says BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. “The University and the State of Israel owe a significant debt of gratitude to Murray for his support, especially in these difficult times.”

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

Media Contact:
Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications