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July 2011


Israel President Shimon Peres Meets Mission Group

Shimon Peres, Israel President

Last month, 75 people who took part in the "Illumination and Innovation" mission to Paris and Israel returned home energized and enthused by what they saw and experienced.

With Mission Chairs Scott and Susie Leemaster of Detroit leading the way, the group was hosted in Paris by the French Technion Society and some of Paris' top dignitaries. They toured the Marais — the old Jewish quarter, and visited the Memorial de la Shoah. Mission goers also enjoyed the city’s many cultural attractions.

At the Technion, participants met with inspiring students and faculty members, and saw firsthand the Technion's cutting-edge research — including many ATS-supported priority projects featured at a campus science fair. The rewarding dedications of ATS projects, including the Ed Satell Family Nitrogen-Hydrogen Alternative Fuels Reaction Research Laboratory in the Grand Technion Energy Program, and the Janice and Stanley H. Sussman Wing in the Shalom Zielony Graduate Student Village, provided physical evidence of our impact.

But the highlight of the Mission was the program with Israel’s President Shimon Peres, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity normally out of reach for most tourists. Throughout the meeting, mission goers were delighted to hear the President emphasize the importance of the Technion in Israel’s successful high-tech economy.

View a video of President Shimon Peres speaking to our Mission group.

Watch your emails in the coming weeks for the dates and destination of next spring’s Mission.


A Technion Annex in the Big Apple?

New York City

Already a business and academic capital, New York City is now conquering another frontier: applied science. The NYC Economic Development Corporation is seeking to develop a NYC-based premier science and research facility and campus that will lend itself to commercialization opportunities.

The Technion is one of 27 international institutions that have already submitted an RFEI (Request for Expression of Interest), and have now been invited to submit a proposal to the city.

Read this article in Crain’s New York Business, which mentions the Technion and the city’s plan.


Have you heard?

You can transfer funds directly from your IRA, tax free, as a gift to the ATS.

Turn your required minimum distribution into a tax-free gift to the ATS. Reduce your IRA, which is likely the most highly taxed asset in your estate.

Unless Congress acts before December 31 of this year, this special opportunity is available only during 2011.

For more detailed information, please contact Mark Hefter, ATS Director of Planned Giving, at 212-407-6313 or

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