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February 2016  
Arrow Seiden Family Feted at the Technion

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(l to r) Assistant Professor Ruth Hershberg, Professor Roy Kishony, Norman Seiden, Stephen Seiden, Assistant Professor Roee Amit, Diane Seiden, Mark Seiden, and Sharon Seiden

Norman Seiden, Deputy Chairman of the Technion Board of Governors and a leader of the ATS New York Metropolitan Region, was recently honored at the Technion for three generations of support to the university. “Today we commemorate a tradition that began 70 years ago when Norman graduated from college and his parents made a contribution to the Technion in his name,” said Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie.

Norman was joined by his sons Mark and Stephen, and their wives Diane and Sharon (respectively), for a day of festivities December 9, 2015 that began with the dedications of the Mark and Diane Seiden International Workshop in Nanosciences and the Nanotechnology Pearl Seiden International Meeting in Life Sciences. “The first time I visited the Technion, there was only one building on the hill,” Norman said. “Look at it now.”

Together with his late wife, Barbara, Norman has made many contributions to the Technion, including the Barbara and Norman Seiden/New York Metropolitan Region Center for Advanced Optoelectronics. He is the honorary chair of the Technion Guardians, a member of the New York Regional Board, and has received almost every honor the Technion has to offer, including an honorary fellowship, an honorary doctorate and the Distinguished Technion Medal.

“It’s rather hard to find something at the Technion that the Seiden family hasn’t given to,” said Professor Gadi Eisenstein, who holds the Seiden Chair in Optoelectronics.

Other highlights included award ceremonies for the Norman and Barbara Seiden Prizes for undergraduate student projects, which Norman’s children created to honor Norman when he turned 80. They also made a three-year commitment to the Technion for the new Norman Seiden Prize for Academic Excellence. “It has been very exciting for us as a family to honor our parents in this way,” said Stephen Seiden, a member of the Technion Board of Governors. The undergraduate prizes, he said, “create a great incentive for future scientists to aim higher and pursue advanced degrees.”

“To my parents—you have instilled in us how great the Technion is and has become,” added his brother, Mark. “I hope to do the same for my children and grandchildren.”

Arrow ATS Gifts Transform the Technion Campus

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A rendering of the rooftop terrace

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation of Teaneck, N.J. recently pledged two gifts, one for $2.5 million and the other for $900,000, contributing to renovations in the existing Henry and Marilyn Taub and Family Science and Technology Center. The bulk of the gift will transform the ground floor Computer Farm into a modern Multipurpose Learning Complex designed to meet the Technion’s growing student population’s current demand for advanced multimedia facilities with collaborative workspaces.

The Taub gift will also transform the Center’s rooftop terrace, which commands spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Carmel Mountains, into an inviting and practical outdoor venue. In addition to the main terrace, the rooftop will contain a multipurpose event space and rain garden.

The gift is an example of multigenerational support for the Technion, which began with the late Henry Taub. A legendary ATS leader who served as National President from 1974-1976 and chair of the Technion Board of Governors from 1990-2003, Henry, with his wife Marilyn, was a Technion Guardian — a designation reserved for those who support the institution at the highest level. Marilyn and the couple’s three children, Ira, Steven, and Judy Gold, continue to support the Technion as board members of the family foundation. Ira is also a member of the local ATS board and the Technion Board of Governors.

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Proposed experimental setup. Applications lie in the detection of oceanographic flow patterns and more.

In another act of multigenerational generosity from a New York Metro Region family, The Morton and Beverley Rechler Family Foundation, Inc. of Jericho, N.Y. pledged a $900,000 gift to renovate and provide new equipment for The Environmental Fluid Mechanics Teaching Laboratory in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The laboratory will be renamed to honor the Rechler family.

The renovation is aimed at applying new laser, acoustic and imaging technologies in order to modernize the experimental and visualization setups that will serve the undergraduate and graduate courses.

Morton Rechler passed away in March 2015. He and his wife, Beverley, were also Technion Guardians. They supported a number of projects, particularly in the area of laboratories and student housing, including the Morton and Beverley Rechler Family Environmental Sciences and Engineering Teaching Laboratory Complex and the Morton and Beverley Rechler Family Foundation Dormitory (read more below). Today and for the future, Beverley and their children, Bennett Rechler, Hannah Rabinowitz and Yvetta Rechler-Newman, sustain his loyal commitment to the Technion.

Arrow Chapter Project Approaches its Funding Goal!

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Zachary and Lindsay Rechler visited The Morton and Beverley Rechler Family Foundation Dormitory, which provides much-needed housing for graduate students and their families.

Like most Israelis, Technion graduate students typically study after serving in the military. Often married and with children upon arrival on campus, they are in need of housing that can accommodate a young family. Thanks to the Rechler Family and you, our New York Metro community, Technion master’s and doctoral students and their families can now live on campus in the new, spacious, state-of-the art Morton and Beverley Rechler Family Foundation Dormitory.

This family-friendly dormitory doesn’t just make life comfortable for some of the best and brightest graduate students in the international field – it helps to attract them to the Technion in the first place.

We’ve nearly reached our funding goal. With your support, we can get there! For more information on how to contribute to this important New York Metro Chapter Project, Contact Kobi Tav (, Gloria Neimark ( or Amy Mazer (

Arrow The Technion Breaks Ground in China

(l to r) Technion President Peretz Lavie; People’s Republic of China (PRC) Vice Minister of Science and Technology Cao Jianlin; Israel Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis; Governor of Guangdong Zhu Xiaodan; former Israeli President Shimon Peres; Secretary of the CCP Guangdong Province Committee Hu Chunhua; Chairman of Li Ka-Shing Foundation Mr. Li Ka-shing; PRC Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping

Continuing its global expansion, the Technion broke ground in China on December 16, 2015 for the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT). Former Israeli President Shimon Peres and Hong Kong philanthropist Li Ka-shing were among the dignitaries on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony. The historic partnership with Shantou University will offer high-level innovative and research-oriented undergraduate and graduate education.

Click here to read a blog post from ATS Executive Vice President Jeff Richard about the groundbreaking.

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