Message from the Chair

Prof. Jehuda Reinharz

January 2018

Dear Friends,

It is with great privilege that I write to you as the new Chair of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science. This is an exciting time for the Institute, and I am proud to take part in leading it forward.

As a career academic who has dedicated a major portion of his professional career to the study of the life and work of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, I can honestly say that the Weizmann Institute is a genuine manifestation of the legacy of its founder. It is home to brilliant scientists and dedicated students, all driven by a deep passion to elucidate the mysteries of our universe – just like Dr. Weizmann. Yet by hiring the best scientists and bringing them to Israel, the Institute also helps achieve Dr. Weizmann’s Zionist vision of making Israel a strong, resilient nation.

The scientists of the Weizmann Institute are responsible for the wonders that emerge from our campus in Rehovot. Their passion, curiosity, and dedication to scientific discovery are what drive the Institute forward. We – the members of the International Board – are fortunate to be a part of this magnificent journey. Yet our role is not merely to admire the scientific work done at the Institute from afar; rather, it is our duty to help navigate this vessel called the Weizmann Institute in an ocean of financial, political, social, and scientific uncertainty, and to make sure that the scientists are free to dedicate themselves fully to their research.

I would like to thank the members of the International Board for electing me as Chair, and to express my deepest esteem and appreciation to my predecessor, Mr. Abraham Ben-Naftali. His calm and thoughtful leadership and wise counsel have helped the Institute grow and succeed, both during the past three years when he was Chair, and throughout his decades of support of the Institute.

I look forward to working with all of you in the months and years ahead.

With all best wishes,

Prof. Jehuda Reinharz