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About the Cornell Club of Israel

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Welcome to the website of the Israel Cornell Club!

The Israel Cornell Club aims to foster, maintain, and encourage a sense of community for Cornellians living in Israel and we serve as an umbrella group for all past and present members of the Cornell community (including alumni, faculty, and current students) located in the country. In addition, our association promotes two other goals: it functions as a link between Cornellians in Israel and Cornell University and it represents Cornell to the broader Israeli public. The ICC organises events throughout the year, while our informal affiliate, the Cornell Young Alumni in Israel hosts and promotes frequent events for recent graduates of Cornell University living and working in Israel. This website includes information about our group, its activities, and its events, as well as general news about Cornell and the ICC.
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Club leadership

Co-chair: Renie Adler Hirsch ’55
Co-chair: Dr D Gershon Lewental ’03
Contact information: owner-israelalumni-l@cornell.edu

ICC Committees

Tech Committee Chair: Todd Towers ’98 (info@towerslegal.com)

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Upcoming events

How thirsty are our plants? The History of a Cornell technology

Monday 09 January 2017, 18.30
Ben-Gurion House, Sderot Ben-Gurion 17, Tel-Aviv (map) RSVP: https://cornellisrael.eventbrite.com/

How thirsty are our plants? The History of a Cornell technology

The Israel Cornell Club presents ...

How thirsty are our plants? The History of a Cornell technology

Monday 09 January 2017, 18.30
Ben-Gurion House, Sderot Ben-Gurion 17, Tel-Aviv (map)

a lecture by Prof. Abe Stroock (’95),
Gordon L Dibble ’50 Professor and William C Hooey Director of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

How do plants and soils ‘drink’ water? How can we determine how ‘thirsty’ they are? And what developments in this field have taken place at Cornell? This lecture by Prof. Abe Stroock ’95 will describe the physics of water in plants and soils, the importance of these phenomena in agriculture and ecology, and the history of research on these topics at Cornell.

Please RSVP by 06 January 2017 through the Eventbrite registration page (https://cornellisrael.eventbrite.com/).

Attendance to this event is open to all Cornellians, fellow Ivy Leaguers, and other friends. Admission fee: NIS20 for Cornellians (and immediate family members) and NIS30 for non-Cornellians. The talk will begin promptly at 19.30, however, a tour of the historic Ben-Gurion House will be provided at no additional charge for those who would arrive at 18.30. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact ICC co-chairs Renie Hirsch and D Gershon Lewental (owner-israelalumni-l@cornell.edu).

Location and parking: The event will take place at the historic home of Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, at Ben-Gurion Boulevard 17. There are three paid parking lots near the venue: at the corner of Ben-Yehudah and Gordon, on Yarqon near the Leonardo Hotel, and the parking garage at Kikar Atarim. However, we recommend parking for free at the Riding parking lot near the Tel-Aviv Port and taking the no. 4 bus or sherut to the Ben-Gurion House.


Richard Gussow MBA ’81
Prof. Abraham Stroock ’95 is the Gordon L. Dibble ’50 Professor and William C. Hooey Director of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. His research relates to engineering microchemical process with an emphasis on transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and physiology. Current projects in his laboratory include the development microfluidic platforms and the engineering of mammalian microvascular structure for use in regenerative medicine. He obtained his BA in Physics from Cornell in 1995 and his PhD in Chemical Physics in 2002 from Harvard University. He has received a MIT Technology Review TR35 Award and an NSF CAREER Award.

ICC in the news

Jerusalem Post (20 March 2012): National Labour Court event

It’s not every day that a bunch of Cornell alumni living in Israel find themselves in court. They were neither plaintiffs nor defendants, but had come to hear fellow Cornell alumnus Steve Adler, former president of the National Labor Court and currently a visiting lecturer at Cornell, and current NLC president Nili Arad speak about the activities of the court and compare the rights of Israelis to those of Americans.

Arad, who spoke in Hebrew, sought to dispel the public’s misconception that the Labor Court deals only with strikes.

“That’s what they read about all the time in the newspapers, but they don’t really know what the Labor Court is,” she said. While the Labor Court does in fact deal with the a lot of strikes, it also deals with every aspect of employeremployee relations, with national health laws and with the rights of the individual beyond the workplace. The Labor Court is socially oriented and is “a social platform for the State of Israel,” said Arad. “If you want to receive your rights in any sphere – you name it – this is the address.

According to Arad, the Labor Court has greater authority than any other court; a decision by the NLC cannot be appealed in the Supreme Court. Despite media reports that the public has lost faith in the court system, the Labor Court, according to Arad, remains popular and when in session is always full, with people sitting there from morning to night. One of the reasons that the wooden benches are so hard and uncomfortable, she quipped, is in the hope that people would be disinclined to settle in.

The judges in the Labor Courts work much harder than any lawyer, she said. There are five district Labor Courts in Israel plus the NLC serviced by 60 judges who deal with a collective annual case load of 44,000 files. Arad recommends in almost every case that the two sides go to mediation rather than depend on a court ruling that may be more difficult for them to accept than any compromise they might agree on.

Americans don’t appeal to a Labor Court to settle disputes because America has no Labor Court. Adler, who spoke in English, noted that whereas Israel is a welfare state with laws that benefit its citizens, America is not, which is why 50 million people in America have no health insurance coverage.

In Israel funerals are free. In America they’re very expensive.

Pregnant women in the workplace have many more rights in Israel than they do in America. Education is also much more expensive in America, he stated, citing Cornell tuition fees at around $50,000 a year compared to the $7000–$8,000 charged by Israeli universities.

Adler also mentioned the partnership between Cornell and the Haifa Technion in applying for a tender issued by New York City for the construction of a hi-tech campus that will turn Manhattan into a Silicon Valley, giving dramatic impetus to the city’s economy.

The Cornell-Technion team won the tender, and the first phase of the campus will open next year.

Source: Greer Fay Cashman, ‘Grapevine’, Jerusalem Post (20 March 2012).

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