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The Division for Advancement and External Relations

The Division's goal is to strengthen the Hebrew University's ties with its supporters and to provide support for partners and Friends in Israel and throughout the world in order to secure the resources necessary for the continued development of the Hebrew University as a world-leading institution, extending the frontiers of knowledge for the benefit of Israel, the Jewish people, and humanity.

Missions & Visits

Division staff members are available to arrange the perfect visit for each visitor or group. Based upon the visitor's interest - veterinary medicine, Jewish studies, environmental protection, brain sciences etc, the Division will arrange a tour of one or more of the University's four campuses as well as meetings with faculty and students where appropriate, and will be happy to help with other arrangements such as seeing some of the major sites of Jerusalem and the country.

Ceremonies & Events

When donors reach a milestone in their relationship with the University, the Division can arrange a personalized ceremony to celebrate the occasion, be it the inauguration of a new center, the dedication of a new lab, floor, building, or faculty chair or the launching of a new research or scholarship fund. The University also invites its donors to join in donor recognition ceremonies at the annual Board of Governors meetings in June.

Marketing & Communications

The Division works with University faculty and staff and with Friends associations worldwide to create marketing and communications materials, including brochures, proposals, films, newsletters and social media depicting the achievements and activities of the Hebrew University. In addition, the Division provides information and photographs about different aspects of the University to Friends associations upon request. Through its website and annual publications, the Division provides donors and friends with an inside view of news and events at the Hebrew University and its Friends associations. Through its Catalog of Opportunities, the Division provides updated information to Friends Associations on key needs for funding across the University.

Donor Recognition

The Hebrew University shows its profound appreciation to donors in many ways: reports on how their gift has made a difference, special ceremonies, thank you letters from grateful students, engraving the donor's name on one of the prestigious walls of recognition, or by creating a plaque on the site of the funded project. At the close of a special ceremony marking a milestone, donors may receive a beautiful personalized photo album or a film depicting their visit to the University.

Alumni Relations

A number of Hebrew University faculties and schools and Friends associations have active alumni groups. To learn more about alumni activities click here. To join the interactive community network, please visit

To contact the Division, please call 972-2-5882805 or write to:




Amb. Yossi Gal, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations

A career diplomat, and graduate of the Hebrew University, Yossi Gal most recently served Israel as the nation's Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015) and previously was posted to Washington, D.C. twice, as Director of the Ambassador's office (1976-1981) and as spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989).  He served as Israel's ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001.  He has lectured throughout the world and published articles in the French and U.S. media.   

Ambassador Gal launched his foreign service career in 1975.  He fulfilled varied responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director of the Information Department and Deputy Director-General for Communications, participating in peace negotiations with Israel's neighbors and chairing the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace talks on the environment.

He then headed the Press and Communications Department at the Prime-Minister's office, served as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs, and was ultimately promoted to Director General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Extensively involved in international relations, Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference, was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians, headed the process of Israel's adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and led the negotiations on upgrading relations with the European Union.



Ram Semo, Director of the Division for Advancement and External Relations


Ram Semo is Director of the Division for Advancement and External Relations at the Hebrew University. He was born and raised on Kibbutz Ein Dor in the north of Israel.  Following military service in the parachute brigade he studied at the Hebrew University, gaining a B.A. in Sociology and Business Studies, and an MBA. Ram was previously Director of the Office of the University President and most recently the University's Financial Controller