BOG 2017 : Wall of Benefactors Breakfast and Ceremony

In a moving ceremony in front of the Wall of Benefactors, President Menahem Ben-Sasson acknowledged the generosity of the people whose names had been inscribed on the stone panels in the past year. Presenting them with a copy of the Jerusalem Crown: The Bible of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which incorporates reconstructions of the missing parts of the historic Aleppo Codex, he noted that this newest version symbolized the importance of discovery and learning, the core of the Hebrew University ethos.

He called upon the new Benefactors present – or their representatives – to say a few words.


“We are happy to make this little contribution to the endless project that is the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in service to humanity,” said Caterina Amon of Switzerland, speaking for herself and her husband, Philippe.


Catherine Belais, Delegate of the French Friends, spoke on behalf of Victor Baruch, of blessed memory and Nicole Bloch Baruch, stressing that the couple had dedicated the last 30 years to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the French Friends.


Nadia Guth Biasini, European Council Co-President, described the late Max Behrenstamm of Switzerland as dedicated to the Hebrew University’s research and educational mission. “It’s wonderful that Max’s legacy will help expand the research and developments in the field of nanoscience,” she said. 

Prof. David Hahn, Custodian General of the Ministry of Justice, stated that he was proud to represents the wishes of the late Claire Maratier of France, noting that her trust will strengthen research in the brain sciences. 


Susan Bouganim spoke lovingly of the late Eric Roland of Vienna, London and Monaco, reflecting that “ELSC is the embodiment of his heritage.” He would be pleased to know that the funds he donated would make a difference in research and potential cures for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases.”

To see all the pictures from the Benefactors Breakfast and Wall of Benefactors Ceremony, 12 June 2017, Photos by Miriam Alster