Adams. "The University Gave Life to Ben-Gurion's Vision"/Mark Israel Salem
Sylvan Adams, the Canadian-Israeli businessman and philanthropist, made a donation of $100 million to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Adams' donations were intended for an extensive program aimed at advancing education and improving student life on campus, along with a vision of rebuilding and strengthening the South, especially important in light of the October 7 massacre. That Black Saturday, Ben-Gurion University lost 82 members, including students, staff, faculty and their families.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the BGU Canada intend to use this donation for the rehabilitation of the Negev, in light of the vision of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. With three campuses located in Be'er Sheva, Sde Boker and Eilat, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the largest employer in this region of Israel.
Haimovich. "The donation will help us rehabilitate and strengthen the Negev"/Danny Michals, Ben Gurion University
"After the October 7 massacre, it is important to strengthen Israel's south to ensure the security of its residents and to rebuild life in the Negev," Adams said. Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, had a vision: he understood that the Negev is the beating heart of Israel, and is the source of the country's growth and future. We tell our enemies and the entire world that we are here to stay. Therefore, the effort to strengthen and build the Negev is now more important than ever. We must ensure that the desert and the Negev remain the source of strength for Israel's future, despite the terrible massacre experienced by our people, just 58 days ago. Ben-Gurion University, located in the capital of the Negev, gave life to David Ben-Gurion's vision of making the wilderness bloom. I am proud to make this donation to Ben-Gurion University, which is an important pillar for the State of Israel."
"We thank the Sylvan Adams Family Foundation for its tremendous commitment to the future of the Negev in general and Ben-Gurion University in particular," said Ben-Gurion University President Prof. Daniel Haimovich. "This donation will help us pave the way forward for the university community, and will help us rehabilitate and strengthen the Negev, together. We are moving to the next stage, focusing on several key areas of influence, including: the future of the Negev and the State of Israel, future technologies, climate change, sustainability and the environment, and global health."
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