The American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev launched the 2020 Vision 50th Anniversary Campaign at its annual meeting at the Mandarin Oriental New York Hotel earlier this month. Cast members of “Fiddler” surprised guests with performances from the Tony Award-winning revival.
AABGU’s worldwide $500 million campaign on behalf of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will expand the university’s campuses, facilitate groundbreaking research, and help transform the Negev. The university is turning 50 years old in 2020. AABGU is leading the major fundraising initiative; its goal is to raise 80 percent of the total, or $400 million, by 2020.
Toni Young and Doron Krakow, pictured above, presented Lloyd Goldman with a reproduction of rare letters about the dream to create a “Yavne in the Negev.” It was signed by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.
A significant portion of the funds raised will be dedicated to building the university’s new 57-acre North Campus, which will double the size of its campus in Beersheba.