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  • Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Arie Zaban delivers his address at the Honorary Doctorate Convocation Ceremony

    Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Arie Zaban delivers his address at the Honorary Doctorate Convocation Ceremony

    Bar-Ilan University Awards Honorary Doctorates

    Date: 2019-06-11 Hour: 15:01

    Marking the 64th annual session of its Board of Trustees, Bar-Ilan University awarded Honorary Doctorates to individuals and organizations whose impact on a broad range of disciplines is felt in Israel and throughout the world. 

    The University's Honorary Doctorate recipients for 2019 are Dr. Miriam Adelson, Physician, Expert in Drug-Addiction Research, Humanitarian and Publisher, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Gadi Eisenkot, 21st IDF Chief of Staff; Israel Harel, Journalist and Public Activist; Industrialists Sami Sagol and Itzhak Sagol; Rabbi Kalman Samuels, Founder of the Shalva Organization; Dr. Zipora Schorr, Director of Education, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Chairperson of the Baltimore Schools Association, and Treasurer of the Dahan Foundation; and The Reim Duo -- Yisrael Gottesdiener and Benny Rosenbaum.

    Dr. Miriam Adelson was recognized by the University for her contributions to medicine, philanthropy and humanitarian activities. Specializing in diseases linked to drug use, she established two research centers in Israel and the United States dedicated to fighting addiction. With her husband, Sheldon, she established the Adelson Medical Research Foundation focused on the prevention of serious diseases.  The Adelsons are among the leading supporters of initiatives in Israel and Jewish identity programs in the US. Dr. Adelson is the publisher of Israel's daily newspaper Israel Hayom. In 2018 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. 

    Lt. Gen. Eisenkot was honored for his contribution to the security of the State of Israel during his years of service in various roles in the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces.  As a fighter and a commander, Lt. Gen. Eisenkot risked his life for four decades.  As a military strategist he well understood the complex military system and led the IDF during years in which the battlefield acquired new dimensions. The Gideon Plan, which he conceived and initiated, improved the IDF's preparedness for existing and future threats, in addition to strengthening cyber capability and adapting military forces to a changing reality.  Lt. Gen. Eisenkot also led the IDF's activities in the campaign against Iran in Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas cross-border attack tunnels, and terrorism in Judea and Samaria.

    Bar-Ilan conferred an Honorary Doctoral Degree upon Yisrael Harel in recognition of his wide-ranging public activism. A journalist and publicist, Harel was among the founders, and served as the first chairperson, of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria and founded the journal Nekuda.  He and like-minded partners established the Institute for Religious Zionist Strategies, whose goal is to strengthen Israel as a sustainable Jewish and democratic state.

    Brothers Sami and Itzhak Sagol were recognized for their contributions to Israel’s economy, culture, education and higher education, and to the advancement of science in Israel and abroad. Among other things, the Sagol family is known for its unprecedented support for the advancement of the life sciences and the transformation of the State of Israel into a global center in this field. Over the years, the family has contributed to the establishment of a dozen research centers for neuroscience and longevity in hospitals and universities in Israel and for establishing partnerships with leading centers around the world. In doing so, the family is involved in promoting higher education and research in Israel and around the world.

    Rabbi Kalman Samuels was honored for his activities on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.  Shalva is a leading center in Israel for treating people with disabilities and integrating them into society. Shalva researches and develops programs that serve as a model for the proper integration of people with disabilities, changing the face of society in Israel and around the world. Most recently, the performance by the Shalva Band at the Eurovision semifinal earned widespread praise from viewers in both Israel and abroad who hailed the band for its message of inclusivity and acceptance.

    Bar-Ilan bestowed an Honorary Doctoral Degree upon Dr. Zipora Schorr in recognition of her contribution to Jewish education in the Diaspora. As the director of education of the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, chairwoman of the Baltimore Schools Association, and treasurer of the Dahan Foundation, Dr. Schorr works to promote unity among all branches of Judaism out of a commitment to all of Israel and respect for diversity.

    The Reim Duo – Yisrael Gottesdiener and Benny Rosenbaum – were awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of their unique contribution to Hebrew and, especially, Hassidic song. Through half a century of music and television appearances, Gottesdiener and Rosenbaum have succeeded in reaching a broad, diverse audience, bringing joy and warming hearts in Israel and around the world.