2012 “The Future Is Open” Gala at The Pierre Hotel on December 10th

The 2012 Open University Foundation (OUF) Gala will be held on Monday, December 10th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.  The annual event, themed “The Future is Open”, is designed to raise awareness and financial support for the Open University of Israel (OUI).

“This is our signature program for the year,” explains Mrs. Ingeborg Rennert, President of the OUF.  “It’s a time to celebrate the extraordinary progress and vital importance of the OUI in Israeli society and to recognize individuals who have made important contributions to education in the State of Israel, and Jewish life here in the U.S.”

The Honorees this year are:

Senator Joseph Lieberman and Hadassah Lieberman – Senator Lieberman, completing his fourth term in the U.S. Senate representing Connecticut, and his wife, Hadassah, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, have addressed America’s most pressing issues – education, the environment, national security and equal opportunity for all – during their distinguished careers in public service.  Yigal Allon Award

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Galia Maor – A member of the Open University Council for 25 years, Ms. Maor is one of Israel’s most prominent banking and financial leaders.  She was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Leumi Group from 1995 to 2012, guiding the bank through the recent financial crisis to re-emerge as the largest bank in the State of Israel.
Max Rowe Award

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Alberto Sutton – Mr. Sutton, a Founder and Principal at Middlegate Securities, is a leader in the Sephardic Community in New York City.  Young Leadership Award



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Professor Hagit Messer-Yaron, President of the Open University of Israel, will extend greetings and provide a brief overview of the OUI’s new programs and initiatives.



“We invite everyone passionate about extending the benefits of education and strengthening Israel to join with us on December 10th,” says Gala Chair Mrs. Mimi Perlman.  “The funds raised will help OUI achieve its mission of extending access to higher education to all segments of Israel’s population.”

To learn more about the Gala and to register online, click here >>>