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Celebrating the global Weizmann family

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Date: October 16, 2018
Weizmann Magazine Volume 14
Nineteen new families and individuals were inducted into the President's Circle at the 2018 Global Gathering.

Nineteen new families and individuals were inducted into the President's Circle at the 2018 Global Gathering.

The Global Gathering of the Weizmann Institute of Science, which took place in Boston in early June, brought together 350 Institute friends and supporters for three days of science—with plenty of art, music, and camaraderie. 

Opening night at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum honored the new inductees to the prestigious President’s Circle, which was followed by two days of learning and celebrating Weizmann science. Sessions were held at MIT—where MIT President Prof. Rafael Reif welcomed guests—and at Harvard University, where then-President-designate Prof. Lawrence Bacow did the same. An evening out at the Boston Pops Orchestra was a highlight, and the closing gala at the Museum of Fine Arts celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Weizmann American Committee—and the close of an extraordinary few days.

At the closing gala, Weizmann Institute President Prof. Daniel Zajfman congratulated the American Committee, saying it is “a central pillar in the global fundraising efforts of the Weizmann Institute, generating tens of millions of dollars in support of science for the Institute every year. Its work on behalf of the Weizmann Institute cannot be overstated.”

Institute Board Chair Prof. Jehuda Reinharz spoke eloquently about the value of philanthropy in advancing Israeli science, and how the Institute is the realization of Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s dream that science would serve as the backbone of Israel’s economy and society.

He thanked the Global Gathering co-chairs, the father-son duo of Ted and David Teplow of Boston, all of the events’ generous sponsors, the honorary committee chairs from around the world, and finally the Patron Sponsors and Leadership Sponsors.

President’s Circle

At the opening night of the Global Gathering, 19 new families and individuals were inducted into the President’s Circle, bringing the total number of members to more than 230. The induction ceremony takes place every two years at the Global Gathering.

Our own TED Talks

TED-style presentations by Weizmann scientists focused on a range of cutting-edge areas of discovery. Prof. Michal Schwartz of the Department of Neurobiology, for example, discussed her game-changing insights into Alzheimer’s disease and its connection to the immune system. Other speakers included Prof. Shimon Ullman (Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics), Dr. Sarel Fleishman (Department of Biomolecular Sciences), Dr. Einat Segev (Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences), Prof. Yitzhak Pilpel (Department of Molecular Genetics), and Prof. Rony Paz (Department of Neurobiology).

Prof. Shimon Ullman

Hailing Weizmann at Harvard

Prof. Larry Bacow, who took the reins as Harvard University President on July 1, 2018, welcomed guests to a full-day symposium of Weizmann science held at the Havard Science Center. Speaking to the audience of friends, he said, “Science needs many more people who care deeply about it and help promote it, and you are doing just that—for Weizmann, for science, and for the world.”

The “Friends of Larry Bacow,” led by David Geller of Brookline, Massachusetts, generously supported the day of science at Harvard, in a gesture to honor the new Harvard President.

The "Friends of Larry Bacow" (L-R): Peter Roth, Erin O’Boyle, Jack Dawley, Larry Bacow, Sarah Abrams, Allan Cole, David Geller, and Tom Ford.

Lunch at MIT

David Teplow opened the lunch at MIT, introducing Prof. Skylar Tibbits of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab and tracing his own family’s deep connection to the Weizmann Institute, starting with his great-uncle, Dewey Stone. Mr. Teplow and his father, Ted, were the co-chairs of the Global Gathering.

David Teplow

Harmony and high notes with the Boston Pops

Weizmann Institute scientists and the Boston Pops Orchestra, led by Conductor Keith Lockhart, created a special concert entitled “Sounds of Science” that emphasized musical and scientific harmony and collaboration.

A fine closing gala at the MFA

The closing gala of the Global Gathering, held at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, highlighted the 75th anniversary of the American Committee. Prof. Jehuda Reinharz, Chairman of the Weizmann Institute International Board, outlined his vision for the Institute, while Marshall Levin, CEO of the American Committee, led ceremonies around the milestone year. Ellen Merlo, National Chair of the American Committee, congratulated guests on a successful Global Gathering.