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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

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Upcoming events

Cornell Tech and the global Cornell alumni community

Sunday 11 June 2017, 19.00
ha-Nasikh (הנסיך), Naḥlat Binyamin 18, Tel-Aviv (map)
RSVP: https://cornellisrael.eventbrite.com/

Cornell Tech and the global Cornell alumni community


The Israel Cornell Club presents ...

Cornell Tech and the global Cornell alumni community

Sunday 11 June 2017, 19.00
ha-Nasikh (הנסיך), Naḥlat Binyamin 18, Tel-Aviv (map)

a networking event with Prof. Ron Brachman,
Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell University, and
Hongnan Ma (MA ’01),
Director of International Alumni Relations, Cornell University

Since the announcement in 2011 that the partnership between Cornell University and the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology had won a tender for the creation of new science and technology campus in New York City, many exciting developments have taken place. Join us as Prof. Ron Brachman, Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and professor of Computer Science, shares the latest news about Cornell Tech (whose first buildings will open for students later this summer), and Hongnan Ma (MA ’01), Director of International Alumni Relations, on her first visit to Israel, updates us on the global Cornell alumni community.

Please RSVP by 09 June 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 is free for Cornellians and non-Cornellians. Attendance is restricted to 30 participants. The talks and networking will begin at 19.00.

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 ha-Nasikh (הנסיך), a popular pub in the historic White City. While no parking is available at the venue, a large parking lot is located not far away at the Karmelit Terminal and several major bus lines pass nearby.

Profile

Ron Brachman
Prof. Ron Brachman is the Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. He oversees all Institute activities, while developing its vision and strategy and training new leaders who use deep science to change the world. Prof. Brachman’s research specialisation is in Artificial Intelligence, in which he created the new field of Description Logics. He obtained his BSEE from Princeton University in 1971 and his SM (1972) and PhD (1977) from Harvard University.

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Hongnan Ma
Hongnan Ma (MA ’01) is the Director of International Alumni Relations at Cornell University. She oversees Cornell’s international alumni engagement activities in over 50 world areas, connecting Cornellians with each other and with the university, broadening and deepening the university's engagement, branding, and advancement reach around the world. A Cornell alumna and parent, Hongnan is an anthropologist by training and has been involved in various global Cornell initiatives before stepping into her current role in 2011.

Ivy League Yacht Race/Penn Israel Regatta and Beach Party

Thursday 22 June 2017, 17.30 (beach party at 20.30)
SeaGal Yacht Club, Herzliyyah Marina (map)
RSVP (for race participation only): owner-israelalumni-l@cornell.edu


The Israel Cornell Club, in association with the Penn Club of Israel, presents ...

Ivy League Yacht Race/Penn Israel Regatta and Beach Party

Thursday 22 June 2017, 17.30 (beach party at 20.30)
SeaGal Yacht Club, Herzliyyah Marina (map)

Ivy Israel alumni are invited to man their universities’ boats at the 10-year-old Mediterranean Classic: The Penn Israel Regatta—Ivy League Yacht Race.

Please RSVP by 04 June 2017 (for race participation only) to owner-israelalumni-l@cornell.edu).

Attendance to this event is open to all Ivy Leaguers and friends. Fee of NIS 2000 per boat. No need to participate in the race to join us for drinks and dinner.

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

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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