Lisbon 2013

The 8th European conference of the Hebrew University took place in Lisbon from October 10 to 13, 2013.  

This year’s topic “The Explorers of Knowledge:  Discoveries, Perspectives, Influences” offered a wide range of panel discussions about Judaism in Portugal, the Marranos, Science, Religion, International Economics and Finance thanks to the participation of leading European speakers such as Professors Henri Atlan, Arnold Munnich, Rabbi Haim Korsia, and Hebrew University experts Professors Ruth Fine, Amir Amedi, Re’em Sari, Yosef Kaplan and many more…

Guests were welcomed on Thursday at the splendid privatized National Palace of Ajuda where the cocktail evening ended with a beautiful recital by Fado singer Cuca Roseta who enchanted the guests by her delicate voice and emotion. Please click here to view the pictures of the welcome reception.


Please click here to view all the pictures of the welcome reception.

Hosted in the sumptuous Pestana Palace Hotel and gardens, this 8th European Conference offered the guests a relaxing and sunny break where intellectual stimulation, tourism, convivial exchanges and festive evenings met.  On Saturday night, the participants of the Conference met together with the Art Circle Belgian Friends of the Hebrew University and local guests at the Ritz Four Seasons hotel for a Gala evening followed by a concert of Klezmer which led the merry guests to gather on the dance floor.  The Ambassador of Israel, H.E Tzipora Rimon, Knesset members, Secretary of State Carlos Moedas also attented this friendly evening along with TV political commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Mrs Maria João Salgado, President of the Portuguese Friends of the Hebrew University, and her husband M.  Ricardo Salgado, Chairman of the Espirito Santo Bank were also part of the guests of honor.


Please click here to view all the pictures of the Gala evening.

On Sunday 13, the plenary sessions closed the conference with a presentation of the works of Albert Einstein by Hebrew University specialist Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund and ended with a panel discussion about The Science of Tomorrow with the participation of notable Portuguese neurosurgeon Prof.   João Lobo Antunes.



Please click here to view all the pictures of the panels.


This year again this one-of –a –kind event in Europe gave a unique chance to share, meet and learn among Friends and supporters of the Hebrew University.

Prague 2008

From March 6 to 9 2008, the 21st European Conference took place in Prague on the topic: "When Asia Encounters the Occident".

Urgent and challenging issues arise in this context.

More than 150 attendees gathered to discuss the following questions with renowned experts from all around the world:


  • What is the place of South, East and Southeast Asia in the emerging global system? Does the future lie with the great economic powers of Japan, China, Korea and India?
  • What are the lessons that we can learn from the rise of Asian countries, as major players in the economic world, compared to the lower economic performance of countries in Africa, Latin America, and parts of the Middle East, that are still regarded as "less-developed"? Is the "Asian miracle" a result of smart government policies or should it be attributed to some cultural determinants? Are the economic policies the same in the various advanced countries of Asia? Do these countries share common cultural traits? Is there such a cultural entity that can be called "Asia"? Are the future political and economic rivalries of the world going to be between East and West, or are they going to remain rivalries between different Easts and different Wests?
  •  Are there modes of political activity that are unique to Asia, that might serve as models for Western states?
  •  What are the points of congruence between the religions of India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia on the one hand and the Judeo-Christian-Islamic systems of belief on the other?
  •  Has the Gandhian ideal of non-violent protest gone out of fashion in the Indian sub-continent, or does it still retain something of its emotional, motivating power? Might it have implications for peace work in other parts of the world?
  •  Could Israel play any role in mediating and stimulating the developing conversation between East and West?


Why the Hebrew University of Jerusalem?

Israel is placed at the meeting point of East and West, and is uniquely open to both worlds. The Jewish people have for many centuries excelled in understanding different cultures and in acting in a multicultural environment. Jewish scholars have played a remarkable role in the study of Eastern civilizations, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem today is a vibrant area for Asian studies and one of the world's academic leading centers in this field.

A festive opening reception was held in the evening, hosted by Prague Mayor Pavel Bém, at the magnificent Lord Mayor’s representative residence and a gala event took place at the Rudolfinum, one of the most important neo-renaissance buildings in Prague. Musical entertainment was provided by the violinist Michaël Guttman and his ensemble.



The Scopus Award

The Scopus Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual by a Friends Association.  It truly represents and reflects the traditions of excellence that embody the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Scopus Award is presented to an individual or to an association who have excelled in their respective fields and whose humanitarian endeavors and outstanding commitment contributed to the betterment of the Hebrew University, the State of Israel, the Jewish people and the Humanity.

The Scopus Prize was designed by Gérard Garouste

List of the recipients:

Nobel Laureates
Saul Bellow – USA
Baruch S. Blumberg – USA
Milton Friedman – USA
Elie Wiesel – USA
Professor Sir Aaron Klug – U.K.
Political Leaders, Statesmen, Ambassadors & Businessmen
President Gerald R. Ford – USA
Senator Hubert H. Humphrey – USA
Max Kampelman – USA
Senator Edward Kennedy – USA
Ambassador Dr Jeane J. Kirkpatrick – USA
Senator Frank Lautenberg – USA
Senator Carl Levin – USA
Baroness Nadine de Rothschild – Switzerland
Helmut Maucher – Germany
Lord Michael Levy – U.K.
Lord David Sainsbury of Turville – UK
Professor Martin – Switzerland 
Professor Jean-Francois Bergier – Switzerland
Heinrich Von Pierer – Germany
Liz Mohn and Dr. Brigitte Mohn – Germany
Lily Safra –  Switzerland
Maurice Levy – France
Eric de Rothschild – France
Benoit Wesly – Holland 
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer – Holland
Ruth Fayon – Switzerland
Rolf Bloch – Switzerland 
Simone Veil – France 
Robert Badinter – France
Charlotte Knobloch – Germany
Regine and Erich Sixt - Germany
Jacques Brotchi – Belgium
Dr. Josef Joffe – Germany
Beate and Serge Klarsfeld – France
Gerrit Zalm – Netherlands
Patrick Drahi – France
Chief Rabbi Haïm Korsia – France
Karel van Oordt – Netherlands  
Arts, Entertainment & Media
Bob Hope – USA
Danny Kaye – USA
Larry King – USA
Iris Berben – Germany
Zubin Mehta – India
Gregory Peck – USA
Itzhak Perlman – Israel
Artur Rubinstein – Polen
Frank Sinatra – USA
Billy Crystal – USA
Roman Polanski – France
Bernard Henri Levy – France 
Charles Aznavour – France
Philippe Labro – France
Radu Mihaileanu – Belgium
Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne – Belgium
Jean d'Ormesson – France
Lord Norman Foster – Switzerland
Chief Thierry Marx - France

Madrid 2010

From March 11th to 14th 2010, The Westin Palace, located in the heart of Madrid, hosted the 22nd Conference of the European Friends of the University of Jerusalem. 

This Conference entiled "The World at the Crossroads of Cultures” benefited from the High Patronage of the Queen of Spain. This unique event was an opportunity to bring together about 200 Friends of the University, around presentations of leading Hebrew University Faculty as well as opinion leaders of international repute.

The 4-day program included lectures in French and English, a welcome reception at the Prado Gardens, guided tours of the city of Toledo, of Madrid’s museums and a dinner party at the French Ambassador’s residence.

Venice 2011

For the 23rd edition of this gathering, over 150 worldwide friends of the HUJ met in Venice to attend the European Conference focused this year on the theme of Love and the Song of Songs.

Workshops presented and debated by renowned international experts from the fields of Literature, Music, Philosophy, Sociology and Religion gave a unique insight on the Song of Songs and allowed the Friends a wide approach and comprehension of this one of a kind book of Love. 

The 4-day gathering also offered participants fascinating guided tours of the Venice Ghetto, museums of Contemporary Art and the Biennale exhibition.

Prestigious venues such as the Fenice Theater hosted the Friends for a beautiful welcome reception entertained by the performances of Soprano Brett Kroeger as well as for a concert of Brahms and Schubert symphonies under the direction of Maestro Myung-Whun Chung.

Supported by the Mayor of Venice, local political figures and the HUJ Friends, the European Conference was applauded, once again, as an outstanding event.

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