Since 1925, American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) has connected the passions of Americans with innovation at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU).  

AFHU is a national, non-profit organization based in the United States. Headquartered in New York with regional offices around the country, AFHU promotes greater appreciation of HU's breadth and scope of achievements and the university's pivotal role in educating leaders for Israel and the world.  By nurturing philanthropic partnerships with U.S.-based constituents, AFHU helps the Hebrew University to improve human health, lead the way with agricultural innovation, spearhead new technology, and illuminate the world through the humanities. Additionally, AFHU provides supporters, Hebrew University alumni, and the general public with stimulating programs and events and organizes missions to Israel. Fundraising activities support scholarly and scientific achievement at the Hebrew University, create scholarships, new facilities, and assist the university's efforts to recruit outstanding new faculty.

We bring together a community of like-minded individuals who are motivated by the pursuit of knowledge, supportive of human ingenuity, and dedicated to global progress.




Clive Kabatznik, President

Marc O. Mayer, Chairman

Beth Asnien McCoy, Chief Executive Officer




American Friends of the Hebrew University

One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Tel: 800.567.2348

Email: info@afhu.org


Regional Information:

Northeast Region

Co-Presidents: Pamela N. Emmerich & Neil Grossman

Executive Director: Suzanne K. Ponsot

Address: 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038

Tel: 212.607.8510      

Email: northeast@afhu.org


Mid-Atlantic Region

President: William Kilberg

Executive Director: Maggie Auerbach Bolstad

Address: 5100 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20016

Tel: 202.363.4600      

Email: midatlantic@afhu.org


Philadelphia Office

Philadelphia Director: Rachel Sigman

Address: 2100 Arch St, Suite 455, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tel: 215.330.6722      

Email: rsigman@afhu.org


Southeast Region

President: Alan P. Fiske

Executive Director: Monica Loebl, National Director of Development

Address: 100 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 865, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Tel: 561.750.8585      

Email: southeast@afhu.org


Midwest Region

President: James Matanky

Executive Director: Judith Shenkman

Address: 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60606

Tel: 312.329.0332      

Email: midwest@afhu.org


Pacific Northwest Region

President: Eric Stein

Executive Director: Jeremy Benjamin

Address: 180 Grand Ave, Suite 955, Oakland, CA 94612

Tel: 415.299.8691      

Email: pacificnorthwest@afhu.org


Western Region

President: Mark Genender

Executive Director: Sheri L. Kaufer

Address: 16633 Ventura Blvd, Suite 715, Encino, CA 91436

Tel: 310.843.3100      

Email: western@afhu.org