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April 2016


Upcoming Events in the DC Area

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Iron Dome, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

Did you know that medical devices, camera products and a host of other technologies got their start in Israel’s defense industry? You are invited to join us to hear Gideon Weiss, Vice President of Business Development for Rafael USA, Inc., discuss the influence of Israel’s defense industry on Israel’s commercial high-tech economy.

In a double feature of sorts, Alex Rudin, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, will also speak about the research he conducted alongside Technion scientists at the SciTech Summer Science Camp.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, Virginia

RSVP: to Irv Elenberg, Regional Director at

FREE: There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served

Rafael USA is an affiliate of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which developed the Iron Dome missile defense system — credited with eliminating hundreds of rockets headed toward Israel during Operation Pillar of Freedom. Mr. Weiss’ presentation will show how defense know-how has been leveraged to create commercial technologies such as Given Imaging’s PillCam, wireless solutions and more. A former Deputy Squadron Commander and F-15 pilot in the Israeli Air Force, Mr. Weiss, who now lives in Bethesda, has worked with Rafael since 1995.

Alex Rudin won the Dr. Istvan Madras SciTech Award, sending him to the Technion last summer to conduct high-level research in chemistry.  Alex is a member of his school’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team and is involved in a number of activities, including the school’s marching band and Little League Baseball.


Honoring Michael Bloomberg and the Technion in NYC

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(l to r) Chapter President Sol Glasner, Larissa Ghadiali (guest of Aggie Kuperman), Aggie Kuperman and Regional Director Irv Elenberg

More than 350 friends of the Technion and other influencers from across New York City gathered March 15 at The Plaza to honor Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dream of bringing the Technion to the Big Apple. The program featured Charlie Rose as Master of Ceremonies, performances by acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming and legendary Israeli pianists Leonid Ptashka and Gil Shohat, and an award ceremony to confer a Technion Honorary Doctorate on Mayor Bloomberg. Innovation was front and center as Technion alumni innovators demonstrated powerful technology ranging from real-time environmental monitoring apps like BreezoMeter to revolutionary assistive technology like ReWalk

Lauren and John J. Veronis served as Gala Chairs. Joan and Irwin M. Jacobs, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., and Joan and Sanford I. Weill served as Honorary Chairs.

If you missed the Gala, you can still join us in celebrating the Technion by viewing our video.

The American Technion Society (ATS) held its annual Board of Directors Meeting in Manhattan prior to the Gala and approved its new Strategic Plan. Regional supporters who attended either the Gala and/or the BOD included: Chapter Chairman Mark Sheinkopf, Bill and Barbara Dahl, Tamara and Harry Handelsman, Al Munzer and Joel Wind, Carol Epstein, Chapter President Sol Glasner, Janet Shatz Snyder and Aggie Kuperman.  

Watch our latest video, launched at the Gala: Israel’s Tech Miracle, New York City’s Future

Share our official photos from the Gala on our Facebook page

Check out photos & more from Gala attendees via #TechnionGala


#TechnionFuture: Our Innovators and CEOs of Tomorrow

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(l to r) Undergraduate student Nimrod Harani with Professor Alon Gany and his graduate student Shani Elitzur.

It is rocket science for two members of the Technion student-faculty delegation that visited the area in March. Aerospace Engineering Professor Alon Gany and his doctoral student Shani Elitzur, along with undergraduate Nimrod Harani talked about their brilliant research and shared their inspirational journeys at several events on March 2 - 3.

Dr. Stuart Portnoy and Ron Friedmann, and Chuck and Michele Fax hosted a luncheon and dinner, respectively, at their homes. The group also spoke at B’nai Shalom of Olney; JCCGW Art Gallery and the Ring House retirement community — both in Rockville, and the accounting firm of CohnReznick in Bethesda.

Prof. Gany, a Technion alumnus and former head of the Sylvia and David I.A. Fine Rocket Propulsion Center, focuses his research on propulsion and clean alternative energy. He and Shani are developing a novel method for hydrogen storage and production, and applications for eco-friendly automotive and marine fuel. Prior to working with Prof. Gany, Shani served as an officer in Aeronautical Design for the Israeli Air Force’s Aircraft Engineering Department, taking part in projects to improve aircraft capability and performance. Nimrod is undertaking a double major in materials science and engineering plus chemistry. He has served as a combat engineer in Operation Cast Lead, Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge.

Read ATS EVP Jeff Richard’s Q & A panel with our student delegation

Check out photos & more from their trip across the U.S. via #TechnionFuture


Don't Get Quantum? Then You Should Have Joined Us for Dinner

"Quantum effects will make communication and computing absolutely safe.” — Prof. Gadi Eisenstein, Director of The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute

We can’t see quantum particles with the naked eye, and most of us cannot begin to understand quantum principles. But we do know that quantum is set to revolutionize our world. Technion Professor Gadi Eisenstein, Director of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, touched on the wonders of quantum technology at a dinner presentation on January 13, 2016, hosted at the Bethesda home of Sylvia Edelstein and David Price.

Once the stuff of science fiction, quantum physics is enabling scientists to harness the smallest particles in the universe. Prof. Eisenstein shared how Technion scientists are using quantum engineering to develop secure communications, implantable biomedical devices, energy-saving solutions and defense technology such as ultra-sensitive night vision and sensors to detect hazardous materials.

A renowned expert in photonics, optoelectronics and quantum electronics, Prof. Eisenstein was recognized with the prestigious 2014 IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award for his exceptional scientific contributions in the fields of lasers and electro-optics. Joining the Technion in 1989, he launched Israel’s first significant research laboratory in fiber optics and related technologies.

Learn more about Technion & Quantum


Think Differently, Think Globally, Travel Technion

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There is still time to join us this spring for the first part of the Technion World Tour. The Tour is a three-part journey that will visit Technion campuses in Israel (2016), New York City (2017) and China (2018). The tour combines luxury travel with exclusive immersive tours and once-in-a-lifetime networking events with Technion faculty, students and local influencers & thought leaders.

Spaces are filling up, so reserve your spot now. See itinerary, pricing and more by visiting

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