Campaign Priorities

Leadership for Tomorrow

Leadership for Tomorrow



The future of the Hebrew University is only as bright as the talent and faculty it can attract in the coming years. Therefore, we are committed to attracting the very best students and scholars. With the continued support of our generous community, we can drive the innovative breakthroughs needed to solve the world’s complex problems, and together make the Hebrew University of tomorrow a reality.

Global Collaboration

Global Collaboration



In an increasingly connected world, technology is reducing and eliminating traditional borders and boundaries. Information and knowledge are being shared faster than ever before and real-time communication is bringing people and ideas together, often without even meeting face-to-face.    

Better World

Better World



Driven by its mission to develop science and knowledge for the benefit of humankind, the Hebrew University embraces initiatives that aspire to a better world by:

  • Training future researchers, professionals, and leaders to pursue in-depth scholarship, ask big questions, and develop new approaches to solving local and world challenges.

  • Creating knowledge with far-reaching potential and sharing it with students and colleagues from around the world.

Building Capacity

Building Capacity



Allowing the next generation of scholars to solve society’s most pressing challenges requires places and spaces. Hebrew University is committed to building the necessary laboratories,  libraries, classrooms, and more, so that our students and faculty can meet, share ideas, engage in pioneering research, and ultimately change the world.

Human Impact

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Joint Study Discovers Possible Genetic Cause of Childhood Onset Schizophrenia

28 March, 2023

We announced today that a ten year research effort studying the genetic contribution for the causation of Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS), has now come to an end. Conducted in collaboration between Eitanim of the JMHC and Ness Ziona psychiatric hospitals, Sheba medical center and researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia University in the City of New York, the results were recently published in Schizophrenia Research.


Researchers Show Optical Fiber Communication Cables Can Warn Against Earthquakes

6 February, 2023

Study Shows Optical Fibers Can Provide Early Warning for Earthquakes, Including Fibers from Commercial Communication Companies

In a new study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, an international team of researchers led by Dr. Itzhak Lior from the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, showed that optical communication fibers can provide warning for devastating earthquakes.

Half Shekel Coin

Rare Half-Shekel Coin from the Great Revolt Found in Jerusalem’s Ophel Excavations

13 December, 2022

Recent excavations in the Ophel area south of the Temple Mount uncovered the remains of a monumental public building from the Second Temple period, which was destroyed in 70 CE.

In the destruction layer, dozens of Jewish coins were found from the period of the Great Revolt (66–70 CE), most of them of bronze. This assemblage also included a particularly rare and unusual find - a silver coin in a half-shekel denomination originating from 69/70 CE.

Woman Excavating

Ancient DNA from Medieval Germany Tells Origin Story of Ashkenazi Jews

30 November, 2022

DNA Analysis of 14th-Century German Jews, Led by Researchers at Hebrew University and Harvard, Shows Jewish Community was More Genetically Diverse than Modern Day Ashkenazim

Excavating ancient DNA from teeth, an international group of scientists peered into the lives of a once thriving medieval Ashkenazi Jewish community in Erfurt, Germany. The findings, shared today in the Journal Cell, show that the Erfurt Jewish community was more genetically diverse than modern day Ashkenazi Jews.

Patricia Alvarado Núñez

Breakthrough in Antibiotic Safety

23 November, 2022

Bionic Technology Blends Sensors and Human Tissue to Create Smart “Kidney-Chip”

Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health concern with global implications. Antibiotic-resistant infection affects over 2.8 million individuals each year in the United States alone, resulting in more than 35,000 annual deaths. New resistance mechanisms constantly emerge and spread globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and sepsis.

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International Team of Leading Israeli Universities Finds Oldest Evidence of the Controlled Use of Fire to Cook Food

15 November, 2022

The remains of a huge carp fish (2 meters/6.5 feet length), analyzed by the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with Oranim Academic College, the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research institution, the Natural History Museum in London, and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, mark the earliest signs of cooking by prehistoric human to 780,000 years ago, predating the available data by some 600,000 years.


Follow-Up Study Shows Significant Decline in Sperm Counts Globally, Including Latin America, Asia, and Africa

15 November, 2022

An international team led by Professor Hagai Levine of Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, with Prof. Shanna Swan at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, along with researchers in Denmark, Brazil, Spain, Israel and the USA, published the first meta-analysis to demonstrate declining sperm counts among men from South and Central America, Asia and Africa.

Lachish Comb

Hebrew U. Unearths Ivory Comb from 1700 BCE Inscribed with Plea to Eradicate Lice

10 November, 2022

"May this [ivory] tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard”

The alphabet was invented around 1800 BCE and was used by the Canaanites and later by most other languages in the world.  Until recently, no meaningful Canaanite inscriptions had been discovered in the Land of Israel, save only two or three words here and there. Now an amazing discovery presents an entire sentence in Canaanite, dating to about 1700 BCE. It is engraved on a small ivory comb and includes a spell against lice.

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Hebrew University and Meta AI Launch Joint AI PhD Program to Drive Cutting-Edge Research

26 October, 2022

This first of its kind partnership between Meta and an Israeli university marks a significant step to bring industry-leading Artificial Intelligence research from Hebrew University’s Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering to the AI marketplace. 

Today, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU)’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and Yissum, HU’s technology transfer company announced a new research partnership with Meta AI.

IBM Partners

Hebrew University and the Technion Partner with IBM to Advance Artificial Intelligence

8 September, 2022

Following Collaborations with MIT, Stanford, and Other Leading Universities round the Globe, IBM Research to Invest Millions in Research at These Two Leading Israeli Universities

The Technion and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have signed a partnership agreement with IBM Research to advance artificial intelligence capabilities and applications in Israel. The collaboration was announced this week at a conference held by IBM in Tel Aviv to mark 50 years since the establishment of the IBM Research Lab in Israel.

Desert Climate

Desert Regions May Be Best Predictors of Climate Change in Wetter Areas

21 August, 2022

When it comes to the world’s climate, in the past decade, planet Earth keeps sending us its summer siren’s call. According to NASA, nineteen of the hottest years have occurred since 2000, with 2016 and 2020 tied for the hottest on record. This summer is already making worldwide headlines, with England scorching beyond 40 degrees Celsius.

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Hebrew University Ranks 77th Worldwide and #1 in Israel

15 August, 2022

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) climbed 13 places to rank 77th among the world’s top universities and number one in Israel, according to the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published today (Monday).  Topping the list were Harvard, followed by Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, and UCLA Berkeley.  Two other Israeli universities placed in the top 100, as well—the Technion and Weizmann Institute both shared the 83rd spot.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s higher education at large and for Hebrew U., specifically.

Lightning over Jerusalem

Coarse Sea Spray Keeps Lightning Strikes Away

8 August, 2022

Hebrew U. Researchers Discover Why There’s Less Lightning in Storms Over Oceans than on Land

As the world grapples with the cataclysmic events associated with climate change, it is increasingly important to have accurate climate models that can help predict what might lie ahead. 

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Diagnosis of Early Stage Parkinson's Now Possible with New Method Developed at Hebrew U

12 July, 2022

Parkinson's is a progressive and debilitating disease of the brain that eventually compromises patients' ability to walk and even to talk. Its diagnosis is complex, and in the early stages – impossible.

The usual method of visualizing brain structure utilizes a technique most of us are familiar with, called MRI. However, it is not sensitive enough to reveal the biological changes that take place in the brain of Parkinson patients, and at present is primarily only used to eliminate other possible diagnoses. 

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