Leadership change after 26 years

November 24, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Robert Simons has passed over the baton after 26 years leading the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as its president.

Robert Simons

Michael Dunkel, who is a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Hebrew University, was appointed as federal president of the AFHUJ at the recent AGM.

Robert Simons remains involved as Honorary Chairman, while Robert Greenfield joins the Friends as Honorary Treasurer, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the commercial and finance space and most recently as joint CEO of the NSW Board of Jewish Education.

Rachele Schonberger and Dr Rolene Lamm lead the NSW and Victorian Divisions of the Friends respectively as State Presidents.

Executive director Ilana Den said: “We are immensely proud of the strong leadership of the Friends of the Hebrew University in Australia and are recognised by the University as

Michael Dunkel

one of the leading fundraising countries globally on a per capita basis. We look forward to continued success in supporting the University to remain one of the top universities worldwide.”

Robert Simons told J-Wire: “On my retirement as Federal President at the recent Federal AGM on November 20th I look back on my 26 years as Federal President of this wonderful Friends’ organisation. It has indeed been an honour and privilege to work with so many wonderful people both here in Australia and especially in Israel, from Chairmen to Presidents to Chancellors, Rectors and all the other wonderful and committed staff who make up the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I wonder at our amazing success with the many excellent fundraising and campaign events, these have always been a challenge. I take great pride in the fact that we have been significantly responsible as a Friends organisation in Australia and as I wander through the magnificent grounds of the University on Mount Scopus and at the Edmond J Safra campus

I take great pride in the achievements of our organisation in providing the many facilities that one passes, from computer centres to libraries to student admission buildings and most importantly just passing by the many students who are learning at the university because of the many scholarships we have been able to offer over the years. I am very proud of our organisation’s achievements over the period of my leadership and involvement and wish my successors every success in the future and for the Friends’ organisation that I know will grow from strength to strength under the leadership of Michael Dunkel.”

Dr Rolene Lamm

Rachele Schonberger





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