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The Jim and Liz Breslauer Bridge Dedicated at BGU

The Jim and Liz Breslauer Bridge Dedicated at BGU

May 13, 2015

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The Jim and Liz Breslauer Bridge was dedicated at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on Monday, May 11, thanks to the generous support of the Breslauer-Soref Foundation. The dedication ceremony took place as part of the University’s 45th Board of Governors Meeting being held this week.

Breslauer Bridge

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The new pedestrian bridge spans Ben-Gurion Boulevard, a high traffic street that bisects the main campus and the health sciences facilities. The bridge was designed by renowned Israeli architect Ada Karmi-Melamede who also designed the Life Sciences Complex on the Marcus Family Campus and the Health Sciences Complex, which the bridge now connects. The 135 foot-long bridge has staircases and elevators on both sides.

“This pedestrian bridge serves literally as a connector between two essential parts of Ben-Gurion University: the Marcus Family Campus and the campus of the health sciences,” explained Prof. Amos Katz, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the ceremony.

“It will allow pedestrians a safe, transit free passage. But this bridge will be much more, as it will also facilitate a different type of connection between the two campuses, a meeting of minds, practice and expertise. I am certain that by fostering the connection between the two campuses we can expect even more innovative, groundbreaking collaborations.”

In May 2014, Jim received an honorary doctoral degree from BGU for personally spearheading the development of and funding for Israel’s new Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) in Beer-Sheva. The ATP is becoming the cyber security center of Israel and a major high-tech hub. The government-academia-industry partnership is the only one of its kind in Israel, and perhaps the world. The Breslauers funded the bridge with the return on their early investment in the ATP.

“Whenever someone asks me what I love best about BGU – I love the students. Talking with them and learning from them, and finding out what makes them tick,” Breslauer said at the dedication. “Our family has been part of the BGU family for decades. It is an honor and a pleasure for us to be here.”

Jim Breslauer currently serves as chairman of the Breslauer-Soref Foundation and sits on a number of local, national and international boards, including: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; the World Union for Progressive Judaism North American Council; Ronald McDonald House of Long Beach; Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Long Beach (past president); the Orange County Community Housing Corporation Advisory Board; the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach (past president); and The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

He lives in Long Beach, California with his wife, Liz.

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.

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