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  • Basketball star and Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody (left) with Bar-Ilan University President Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz.

    Basketball star and Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody (left) with Bar-Ilan University President Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz.

    Basketball Star Tal Brody, French Philosopher, and Other Leading Figures in Israeli and Global Life to Receive Honorary Doctorates

    Date: 2017-04-19 Hour: 7:43

    Next month Bar-Ilan University will award its highest accolade to Israeli-American hoopster and Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody, French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy, Israel's national emergency medical service organization Magen David Adom, and seven additional individuals whose impact on a broad range of disciplines -- from halakha, sports, public diplomacy, cryptography and education to philanthropy, the IDF, culture, science and medicine -- is felt in Israel and around the world. 

    For their outstanding achievements, they will receive the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at a gala ceremony to take place in the framework of the University's 62nd annual Board of Trustees meetings.

    This year's Honorary Doctorate recipients are Rishon LeZion Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, Brody, currently a Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, British businessman and philanthropist Dr. David Dangoor, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) National Chairman Nily Falic, cryptography expert Prof. Shafi (Shafrira) Goldwasser ,Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Avram Hershko, actress Dvora (Halter) Kedar, French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy and Magen David Adom, Israel's largest national emergency medical service organization.

    Rabbi Shlomo Amar will be honored for his prolific activity as Sephardic Chief Rabbi. The volumes he has authored reflect his extensive knowledge of the Bible, Oral Torah, Halakha and Agadda. As President of the Supreme Rabbinical Court, he sought just and humane resolutions in his halakhic rulings. His leadership and influence are evident in many areas of life, including conversion, where he prepared the theoretical halakhic infrastructure for recognizing conversion in the State of Israel.

    Former basketball player and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, Tal Brody, will be recognized for his commitment to enhancing the "Spirit of Israel" and engendering good will for the country which he, himself, help "put on the map." Following Israel's defeat of the heavily-favored Soviet Union in a European Championship game 40 years ago, Brody coined the phrase "We are on the map", which has since become one of the most notable quotes in Israeli history. Whether on or off the basketball court, or in the international arena of public diplomacy, Tal Brody brings his boundless love for and pride in the Jewish people to the fore, and as such, has become a symbol of pride for Israelis and American Jewry alike.

    Dr. David Dangoor will be honored for his efforts to further education, art and the study of monotheism throughout the UK and Israel.  Through the Exilarch Foundation, Dr. Dangoor has taken the teachings of his father, the late Sir Naim Dangoor, and turned them into a model of philanthropy which invests in the future of British and Israeli youth, leaving its mark not just on education, but also on science and medicine.

    Nily Falic will be acknowledged for her commitment to the State of Israel and the Jewish People, and her nurturing embrace of the IDF soldiers who strengthen Israel's security and dedicate their lives and future to maintaining a strong, thriving Jewish homeland. Israeli-born, she passes on her love for Israel from generation to generation, and instills in her family and community a commitment to giving back. 

    Prof. Shafi (Shafrira) Goldwasser, of MIT and the Weizmann Institute, is the recipient of the 2012 Turing Award and the Godel Prize. She is one of the founding pioneers of complexity-based cryptography, and her groundbreaking research has pioneered new methods for ensuring security and privacy in the digital age, with applications in such areas as electronic commerce and voting.

    Bar-Ilan University will bestow an honorary doctorate on Prof. Avram Hershko, 2004 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry, for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. His research has revolutionized our understanding of the body's regulatory mechanisms which break down and remove damaged proteins to enable continued normal cell functioning. This finding has dramatically advanced research of cancer, degenerative brain disorders, and other diseases.

    Dvora (Halter) Kedar will be recognized for her rich and varied performance in Israeli theatre and cinema, and her contribution to enhancing and advancing Israeli culture. The colorful characters she skillfully portrayed on stage have passionately swept her audience through laughter and tears. These moments of magic and poignancy have left a lasting imprint on Israel's collective memory.

    French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy will be honored for over 40 years of influential contribution to the Jewish people and nation. 

    Magen David Adom will be saluted for its life-saving efforts spanning decades. With an unswerving commitment to the sanctity of human life, MDA provides treatment to any individual in need – regardless of ethnicity, race or religion. The organization's many community projects educate toward civil responsibility and encourage volunteerism.

    The gala Honorary Doctorate Award ceremony will take place on Tuesday evening, May 16, 2017, at the Dahan Unity Park on the Bar-Ilan University campus in Ramat Gan.