Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, an
international expert on contract law,
academic president and professor, as well as
award-winning author, served as the Keynote Speaker at
American Friends of The Hebrew University’s Seventh
Annual Scholarship Brunch, held December 13 at the
Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach.
The Ambassador, Israel’s fourteenth
permanent representative to the United Nations and the
first woman appointed to this post, was interviewed at
the brunch by Claire Shipman, senior national
correspondent for ABC News.
Prior to her appointment to the UN,
Ambassador Shalev served as president of the Academic
Council and Rector of Ono Academic College in Israel.
She is considered an international expert in contract
law and procurements and has taught at The Hebrew
University as well as others across the United States,
Europe and Canada. In addition, the Ambassador has
provided legal opinions for the Supreme Court of Israel,
received numerous law awards, authored nine books and
has provided audit expertise for major corporations in
Ms. Shipman, who regularly serves as a substitute anchor
for both "Good Morning America" and the weekend edition
of the morning broadcast, has interviewed former Vice
President Dick Cheney, Queen Rania of Jordan, California
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as presidential
candidates and political leaders. Shipman has reported
from Iraq, where she spent time with former U.S.
Ambassador L. Paul Bremer. She was part of the team that
covered the 2008 presidential election for ABC News and
also continues to report on various news stories
affecting the lives of Americans around the country.
Chairing the brunch were Roberta and Stanley
Bogen, Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, Roberta and Paul
Kozloff, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein.
Honorary Chairs were Dini Katz and Dr. Maria Spinak.
Attending the brunch were: Diane Belfer,
Phyllis Gurwin, Barbara and Morton Mandel, Violet
Werner, Lois and Martin Zelman, Mickey and Larry Beyer,
Marjorie and Robert Emden, Barbara and Clive Kabatznik,
Ellen and H. Irwin Levy and Susan and Darrell Ross.
“This event raises funds for scholarships to
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which has a student
body of 23,000 and a faculty of 1,000 on four campuses
which attracts students from Israel as well as 70
countries around the world,” reported Roberta Bogen.
According to Mrs. Bogen, The Hebrew University in
Jerusalem is a vital link for those dedicated to
“Hearing from the Ambassador, especially within the
context of a one-on-one interview conducted by such a
talented journalist, provided an invaluable perspective
to the challenges facing Israel today and in the
The American Friends of Hebrew University will present
the 2010 Scopus Awards Gala on Jan. 30th at
the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Barbara and Richard
Rothschild are serving as chairmen of the event,
honoring Lois and Martin Zelman. The evening will
include dancing and musical entertainment, “The Best of
Broadway.” Proceeds from the Gala will provide
scholarships to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
More information on AFHU and the Gala is available by
calling Monica Loebl at 800.899.2348 or at