Open University

Tim Boxer At Open University

10/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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There are many success stories coming out of Israel. Take Nicole Menagid for one. She was born 26 years ago in Brooklyn to Israeli parents who moved back to Israel a year later.

Her sister suffered from manic depression and killed herself. Over the years her mother deteriorated, physically and mentally. Then her parents divorced.

“I didn’t have a family, a friend or a legitimate source of money,” she said at the American Friends of the Open University of Israel gala Oct. 21 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

Open University alumna Nicole Menaged, and AFOU president Ingeborg Rennert, at gala celebration. Ellen Dubin

Tim Boxer At Open University Dinner

12/31/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

The Open University of Israel has embarked on what its president calls a “revolutionary” course for high school students. Typically, Israeli students complete their high school, do military service for several years, then enter the job market.

The president, Hagit Messer-Yaron, described a new program whereby the young people are able to enter the economy much sooner.

“Our university has replaced some high school courses in Israel,” Messer-Yaron told guests at the Open University Foundation dinner recently at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

Student Gillat Kol and university president Hagit Messer-Yaron at Open U. dinner. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Plaudits for Open University

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

There was an excessive amount of praise between the military and civilians at a gala dinner on Dec. 13 at The Plaza for the American Friends of the Open University of Israel.

Upon receiving the organization’s Yigal Alon Award, Gen. (ret.) Shaul Mofaz earned the admiration of the gold-plated audience for his accomplishments in the IDF and current service in the Knesset.

Mofaz turned to Ingeborg Rennert, president of the American Friends, and declared, “As an old soldier I salute you for your support of one of the best educational systems in Israel.”

Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert at Open University of Israel gala at The Plaza. Photo by Tim Boxer
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